Man Creates 'Stick Library' For Local Dog Park
When he wasn't finding any good sticks to play fetch with his dogs, he sprang into action.
If there's one thing dogs love more than their owners, it's sticks. But it's not always easy to find just the right one for a good game of fetch. That's why one dog owner in Kaiapoi, New Zealand took it upon himself to create a "Stick Library" for his local park when he noticed there weren't any suitable branches around to keep his dogs occupied.
So, Andrew Taylor went home and trimmed some branches from a tree in his backyard. Then, he chopped them into smaller pieces and smoothed the rough ends of each branch with a sander. The 59-year-old made a custom box out of plywood and engraved the words "Stick Library: Please Return," and brought it to the park.
Tara Reece, Taylor's daughter, took a few Tik Toc videos of her dad's project and shared them to social media.
"Our dog Bella loves a good stick, but there were no good sticks at our new dog park in Kaiapoi," Reece wrote in a Facebook post. "So, my wholesome dad made a stick library so all the doggos can enjoy a good stick!??????"
Taylor and Reese organized an impromptu "doggo date" at the park for people to try out the library with their pets. Since it was introduced, more than 50 dog owners have used the box of sticks for some pretty intense fetch sessions.
"As people started to arrive, there was a disbelief of how simple the idea was, but it's one of those ideas no one had thought of," Reece told TVNZ . "All the dog owners appreciate it, as they all have experienced the 'good stick search', which isn't always fruitful. It's an idea that just makes sense to them."
Once word got out about the Stick Library, people from all over the world reached out to let Taylor know what a great idea it was. He's done over a dozen interviews with local and international news outlets, and Reese says she's tagged by her friends every day in a new article about the project.
"It's absolutely wild," she said.
Becoming 'Instafamous' was not something Taylor ever expected to happen.
"I'm not really into Facebook and all those things," he said. "Yeah, I'm glad it's making people happy," he continued. "A lot of people around the world have decided they\re going to do the same. So, yeah it's a good result all around, really."
Inspired by Taylor's awesome act of kindness? Why not create a Stick Library for your local dog park? If you don't have a pet, or you're more of a cat person, you can help out in other ways, like picking up trash at a local park or starting a Little Free Library in your neighborhood.
Let's #StartSomethingGood together.
(Source: images & video Tayla Reece Facebook )