Lisa Kamer loves her 2-year-old Corgie, Leo.
But last year when he was just a puppy, Kamer says his chewing of furniture was becoming too much to handle.
So Kamer came up with an idea for a toy for Leo, which has now blossomed into her own business, Knots of Fun LLC.
“He was eating us out of the house,” she said. “But now when he sees me with one of these toys, he knows it’s play time and he’s stopped chewing on the furniture.”
But Kamer knew the toy had to be safe for Leo. She decided to develop one made out of fleece, and Leo immediately took to his new toy.
“There are toys made out of rope, but dogs destroy those and the rope is dangerous if it is swallowed,” she said. “Fleece will pass through a dog harmlessly if it’s swallowed.”
Kamer said her toys are not meant to be chew toys, but rather one to be used with a dog’s owner or caretaker.
After making a few of the toys, Kamer thought they might make a fun project for adults and kids. She reached out to the Perkins School for the Blind, which turned out to be a success.
“They loved it and sold the finished toys at a fundraiser,” Kamer said.
Kamer’s dog toys are currently sold at Pet World in Natick for $14.99.
She plans on having a table at the Buddy Dog Humane Society fundraiser, Woofstock, on Sept. 21 in Hudson. The fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
For more information about Kamer’s knot toys, visit http://knotsoffun.net/.