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Old 05-05-2011, 03:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bandit died on April 15. He was 8. We still have not been able to dispose of his toys and his favorites, the Orbee balls. We put them in a black plastic bag in the garage so that we would not have to see them but we have not been able to dispose of them. What do you do with your departed dog's toys?
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Cash died back in July and I still have his bowl.

2 things I can think of with your departed dogs toy's: keep them for your next dog, or donate them to the animal shelter.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Since I have always had multiple pets, I just let the other dogs play with them. I know what you mean about it being hard though. I still have my poodle's collar; she died 7 years ago
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I keep the "favorite" toys. Bear has his favorite chewing wood on the mantle. Kai's favorite stuffed animal is on my night stand. The other toys stayed in the toy box.
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We gave his bed to his litter mate. He belongs to my son and family. He is going to get Bandit's squeaky tennis balls too.
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It is hard to deal with the stuff left behind . . . Do what ever feels comfortable for you. I just held on to the "favorite" toys because I could not stand to see any other dog play with them. The toys I have kept out remind me every day of my past dogs, what they taught me and the good times we shared. The piece of wood was just one of many Bear had. He would steal a piece of wood from the wood pile, chew until there was nothing left, then go get another. The piece I have kept was the last piece he had stolen before he died. Kai's stuffed animal is a special drool absorbing toy that she ADORED! It was great for her because she drooled more than any dog I have ever met! . . . I miss my wood stealing, drooling dogs . . . <3
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Thank all of you for your replies. It helps to know what others have done.
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I'm so sorry you lost your boy. I've kept and use my first dog's puppy collar, a red rolled leather one, and each dog I've had since has worn Pink's collar until they outgrew it. When our last gsd died, I gave away her bed and Igloo dog house since she never slept in it anyway but I did keep most of her toys. Now Stosh plays with them and I love it that he gets as much enjoyment from them as Omy did. He even found a few things out in the yard that she must have hidden. If you want to hang on to them for your next dog, even if it's going to be a while, then keep them.
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It's always hard in these situations. My Shiloh's collar was retired in a box on my beside table for 4 years...then I let my current GSD, Echo, wear it (she still does). I always have multiple dogs, so the other dogs just kind of take over the toys, although my sheltie does have one special "love bug" that she won't let anyone else play with and so someday (hopefully a long time from now!) that toy will likely go with her to the bridge. Ditto for Echo's training dumbell: she actually hides it from the other dogs and races to get it if she thinks one of the other dogs might be heading to take it...
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2 things I can think of with your departed dogs toy's: keep them for your next dog, or donate them to the animal shelter.
That was my thought too.

Most importantly I would do what you are comfortable with.
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