Saskatoon

Saskatoon family creates 'stick library' for neighbourhood dogs

A family in Saskatoon has come up with an innovative way to keep dogs happy during this frigid winter.

Dog park box encourages owners to take a stick, leave a stick

Nala the goldendoodle next to the Carter family's stick library. (David Carter/Submitted)

A family in Saskatoon has come up with an innovative way to keep dogs happy during this frigid winter.

Recently, David Carter was looking for ways to keep his ten-year-old son Jeremiah busy during the pandemic, so the family collected some scrap wood from their garage and got to work making life a little bit easier for dogs.

"I got to learn how to use a nail gun," said Jeremiah. "We had this burning tool that I burned the letters on. So, yeah, we had a lot of fun."

The idea of a stick library for dogs originated in New Zealand and has since spread around the world. Similar to little free libraries, dog owners are encouraged to return the sticks to the box.

You know those little free libraries? I'm talking about small wooden boxes, easily accessible to people, and filled with books. Well take that, and replace books with sticks, and see how popular it is with the neighbourhood dogs. A man and his son have filled a few boxes with sticks and put them in dog parks around the city. We'll find out how it's helping them get through this pandemic, right away. Host Leisha Grebinski talks with David Carter and his son Jeremiah. 9:00

The family noticed a similar stick library in the city, but noticed sticks were being strewn around the street and not brought back.

So, the Carter family decided to place their library in two dog parks in the Avalon and Furdale neighbourhoods, in part for their goldendoodle Nala.

"Some of the dog parks have a limited amount of trees and those trees get well used," said David. "And our dog is like many others, she loves to have sticks."

Jeremiah Carter with his stick library. (David Carter/Submitted)

So far, the stick library seems to be a roaring success.

"When we go there, there will be some people like talking about it and we're behind them listening in, like all excited," said Jeremiah.

"It's cool hearing people talk about it and knowing that we made it."

The father and son team said they're planning to build more of the stick libraries at other dog parks they frequent in the months to come.

With files from Saskatoon Morning

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