It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole when trying to find the best products for you dogs. This is the rabbit hole that started the whole Dylan & Rainey journey—wanting to find nontoxic, USA-made products that are as eco-friendly as possible. We use dryer balls when doing laundry and the dogs used to steal them all the time. They love playing with them—but I didn’t really know where they came from or how they were made. So, I decided to look into making them myself. And thus began the journey of the wool ball dog toys.
We do not use just any wool. Our wool is certified organic and from a predator-friendly ranch in Montana. The natural ball toys are from wool of different sheep breeds so they may have color variations.
These wool balls are great for dogs of all sizes and ages. They are also soft, so they are great for older dogs who might have teeth issues. They are also great for puppies.
Now here is where we need to emphasize that these wool ball dog toys are handmade. We have not quite mastered uniformity. Plus wool is rather interesting. We try and weigh everything so that it’s uniform, but sometimes in the felting process, you can have a small but heavy ball or a large but light ball. I’m sure a felting/wool expert can explain this but all I know is that Dylan and Rainey love them all. And I hope so will your dogs.
Here’s what you will get for certain:
- The balls are at least 12″ in circumference (think a softball)
- They weigh at least 1.25 oz.
- Wool is from a range of sheep breeds so no two are the same (so don’t assume you will get an exact replica of the photos)
- Your dog (or cat) will love them
- They are made with love and care
- Currently the wool balls are all undyed. We don’t have the red or green dyed ones at present
Each wool ball is unique and, at times, may have little patterns on them using a mix of different dark and light wool, or may just be a solid darker color. It just depends on what and how much wool is on hand. Remember each wool ball is handmade with natural materials and will vary in size and color.
We actually have to hide these wool ball dog toys from Dylan as he takes his job as Chief Testing Officer very seriously—he wants to test each and every one of them. He loves them so much!! He likes to nibble on them. Thankfully he hasn’t destroyed any yet but he has pulled some layers off. But that’s okay, these balls can just go into the compost bin when your dog no longer wants to play with them.
Please note: while we do our best to pick through all the wool before we make the toys, you may find small pieces of grass/hay bits. You can throw them in the washer and dryer if you need to clean them.
We were going to stop selling these because we just can’t get these uniform. But a friend reminded me that these are for dogs and they will not care if the color or size is a little off. Dogs just love having fun and these are fun for them to play with.
Green, Pink, Orange, Purple, Red, Surprise Me, Undyed, Yellow