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Dad Creates A ‘Stick Library’ For All The Dogs At The Local Park

Dad Creates A ‘Stick Library’ For All The Dogs At The Local Park

Nahla, David Carter’s Goldendoodle, has helped him and his family get through a terrible year. Whether she’s cuddling with her family or chasing sticks at the dog park, the lovable doggie is always there to give entertainment and diversion.

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“It took her two years to thoroughly teach us, and now we’re entirely taught to do anything she wants all the time,” Carter said to The Dodo. “She’s simply a lovely family member – especially in the last year, having a pet like this has been nice.”

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Carter decided to establish a “Stick Library” for his local dog park in Saskatchewan, Canada, to give back to Nahla and the other dogs in the community.

Carter originally saw the concept on social media and thought it would be a great project for his 10-year-old son, Jeremiah.

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The father-son collaboration had to come up with the appropriate design before the construction could begin. “We had to have a debate about the type of proportions it should have so that it was the perfect length for the sticks that most dogs prefer, and we had to build it durable enough to stand up to being in the dog park,” Carter explained.

The two got to work with some scrap timber. Carter taught his kid how to utilize the equipment needed to build the library, including how to mark it using a wood burner.

“We came up with the concept of designating each of the dog parks a ‘branch’ of the library, which made us laugh a little,” Carter explained.

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“Then [Jeremiah] applied the letters, and we assembled it.”

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There are now two branches open, with more on the way. However, unlike other libraries, Carter’s stick libraries have a somewhat loose return policy.

“Because we’re dealing with dogs here, the restrictions are relatively lax,” Carter explained. “We don’t have anything like an overdue policy or anything like that.” We’re hoping that folks will return the sticks.”

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The stick libraries have gotten a lot of attention from dogs and their owners in the last week. Nothing beats seeing Carter and Jeremiah’s libraries offer delight to their furry friends. “It’s incredibly wonderful to see dogs rush right over and grab a stick,” Carter remarked.

“Ultimately, it’s just a wooden box on the ground,” Carter explained. “But I believe the tale is about giving people something else to think about and speak about that has nothing to do with the pandemic and is about something joyful — especially because it includes their dogs.”

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The father-son team is already hard at work attempting to perfect its design for the library’s next branch. They’re thinking about putting up a stand with hooks for lost and found stuff, as well as a spot for some balls – but Nala can’t always be trusted when there’s a ball nearby.

“If she snatches a ball in the dog park, that’s the end of it.” “Carter said. “We won’t be able to reach her for the next hour.”

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