Most women love to shop at Bloomingdales or Nordstrom, but sadly for my mom, my favorite places to shop are Ace Hardware, Lowe’s and Home Depot. The reason for my quirky shopping preference is my obsession with puppies. I am always looking for ways to provide learning experiences that will develop our puppies’ physical, psychological and emotional health. I know that every experience we give our puppies before they go to their new homes can help them to be the best they can be. So I wander the aisles of hardware and home improvement stores thinking of ways to use their products – usually not the way they were intended to be used – to challenge our pups as they grow.
For many years we have been filling our puppy pens with as many learning experiences as possible, from jungle gyms to bottle pools. In 2011 we got the idea to make an Adventure Box. We tried many ways to put one together but they never seemed to work quite the way we wanted them to, especially since our first priority was safety! We had to be sure that everything we used in the Adventure Box had no sharp edges, could not be stripped down, peeled off, chewed up or swallowed whole by the puppies. We also wanted to be sure it would be sturdy enough to be pulled on, jumped on, walked through and still remain upright. With our last litter we got it right and the puppies loved it!