About Me

Hi and welcome to my website!

Love and attention for your dog

My name is Mara and I wanted to let you know a bit more about me and how I got here…In a nutshell, I love dogs! Growing up on a sheep farm, there were always teams of working dogs around, right from a young age. Seeing the amazing things they could be trained to do, enjoyed doing and their love of their owners, I grew to have so much respect for these amazing animals. As a result, I just had to have pet dogs as I move through life. (I actually love all animals, but dogs are my favorite – ssshh, don’t tell the cats)

For me, owning a dog is a great responsibility and an extremely rewarding experience. I think it’s important to build and maintain healthy relationships with any pet animal, taking into account their needs, as well as your own and that of other family members.

So what does a dog need?

dog toys for fun playtimeApart from the obvious of a roof, food and health care, they require love and attention. Part of this means physical exercise, mental stimulation and engagement with their owner. What better way to do all of these things, than with some dog-specific toys?

Toys can be purely for pleasure, or for help in training. There are many types available, made from various materials and coming in all shapes and sizes. So how do you know what’s best for you and your dog?

Hopefully I can help you research what’s out there and the things you might want to think about before buying different toys. I want to make it easier for you to find meaningful information and get what you want for your dog.

Oh, I also love feedback so if you have any questions or want to share any of your own findings, please get in touch. You can email me at mara@toys4doggies.com.

Let’s all make it a dog’s day! 🙂

Mara

10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Randy

    Great site! You have a very warm and welcoming website here, with a lot of great information on dogs. Congratulations and best to you always!

    Randy

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Randy,
      Thank you so much for your feedback. I really appreciate you visiting my site and taking the time to have a look around. Best wishes to you too – you made my day with this!
      Thanks again, Mara.

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  2. ComfyCat

    Hi Mara,

    I’m a fellow dog lover (although I’m a bit more biased towards cats). I know all about how important it is to keep dogs entertained. It’s the same with a lot of pet species. If we don’t provide them with toys to enrich their life, they can develop lots of behavioural problems and unfortunately that’s why a lot of dogs end up in shelters. Toys really are one of the best ways to keep dogs occupied and what’s truly amazing is the variety of toys there are on the market. A dog can never get bored if it could get it’s paws on all those toys!

    Sarraa

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Sarraa,

      Thank you for taking the time to look at my site, and for sharing your feedback. You are so right about boredom leading to more serious issues. Hope to see you here again soon, Mara.

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  3. Julie

    Hi Mara! I’m a fellow dog lover, having grown up with German Shepherds all my life. I know how pesky it can be when dogs are growing up and they tend to think that your entire house is a toy for them to chew on, oh dear! This is why I agree that training toys can be very important. I’m currently looking for a biodegradable toy or one that’s made out of all natural materials for my German Shepherd pup who’s 2 years old, is there one you know about? Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Julie,

      You are a woman after my own heart! German Shepherds are one of my favorite breeds. There are two places I would recommend you take a look for the type of toy you mention: Orhanic Pet Boutique (http://toys4doggies.com/organic-pet-boutique) and another one that looks great is http://www.earthanimal.com/. There is plenty of choice there, including chew toys for 2 year old German Shepherds! All the best to you,

      Mara.

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  4. alisonklingvall

    Hi Mara,
    I have two dogs and I am totally devoted to them and I think toys are super important.
    I made the mistake recently of throwing away all the rawhide bones because i saw a post on facebook saying that they were dangerous.
    The problem was I mistakenly left a tv remote on the bed instead of the bones and my biggest dog thought that was what she was meant to chew!
    Not her fault at all. I’m pretty sure the tv remote is more dangerous than any rawhide bone 🙂
    What are your thoughts on those?
    Mydogs are definitely past the puppy stage of chewing everything in sight but they do like something sometimes, it’s comforting for them and good for their teeth I guess.
    Alison

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    1. Mara Post author

      Hi Alison and thank you for commenting.

      Rawhide chews – hmmmm? There is a huge amount of debate about these, so I’ll start by saying we used to give them to our German Shepherd almost daily, but they were flat, rectangular and un-colored. His vet used to comment all the time on how great his teeth were, and we never went near them with a toothbrush! He loved them, spent a lot of time chewing and we never had an issue. However, he was a 100lbs (45kg) beast of a dog and I can quite easily see why those same chews would be unsuitable for other types/sizes of dogs. So to put my “peg in the ground”, this is how I feel about them:

      – never give them to a puppy, only adult dogs who aren’t as inclined to gulp things down (and be sensible about the size for your particular dog)

      – steer clear of colored and flavored versions. It’s often the chemicals involved that cause problems

      – know where they come from and what’s in them, before you decide to give them to your pet

      – avoid the bone-shaped ones with the knots at each end, as they can cause major problems if swallowed

      – don’t leave your dog unsupervised with a rawhide chew

      I do think there are some horrendous stories out there about rawhide chews, but if you look hard enough I’m sure there are many accidents involving other things too.

      Anyway, I hope you managed to replace your TV remote! All the best to you and your dogs, Mara.

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  5. Daniella

    Hi Marra,

    Nice to meet you, the about me page is very interesting.
    I love dogs as well and all the animals on earth. I have two dogs and two cats and I can tell from my own experience that dogs really need a lot of attention. In fact, they make me go out even though sometimes I don’t feel like it. Because they are big dogs, it;s quite difficult to control them outside, especially when we meet other dogs:) I am sure you can imagine!
    I am sure I will find good suggestions on your website. I have bookmarked it!
    Thank you

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    1. Mara

      Thank you Daniella. You are right – big dogs can require more attention, simply because they require everything on a larger scale, including food, exercise and control. Most dog owners seem to understand the enthusiasm when meeting other dogs. Our German Shepherd was very much like that until about 4-5 years old, when he seemed to settle a bit more when out and about. Thanks for the bookmark too – I will be posting lots of content as time goes on, so hope you can get more tips from my site!

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