Ruffwear introduces a new line of natural wooden stick toys and is asking for your help!
We have been working for years to perfect the dog toy. Our designs focus on toys that are interactive, highly durable and constructed from natural and or recycled materials. At times, we feel like we have nailed it, only to be outdone once again by our toughest competitor… the stick. Countless times we have seen dogs in full sprint, chasing a toy that has been thrown, only to return with an attractive stick in their mouth rather than the toy.
So, we decided, why fight it? If dogs love sticks so much, let’s start shipping sticks!
We have teamed up with our partners at The Conservation Alliance to develop an environmentally responsible sourcing plan and started collecting sticks from around the country during stewardship projects called Backyard Collectives – which are events that bring together member company employees and local grantees for a day of environmental action. Through these environmental projects, we have been able to clean up natural environments and collect different types of sticks in the process! Locally, Ruffwear has been fortunate enough to work with Deschutes Land Trust, Oregon Natural Desert Association, and Upper Deschutes Watershed Council on such projects.
By removing sticks from specific areas, we are helping with fire mitigation efforts, clearing fuel for wildfires, as well as making room for new growth.
Whether your dog prefers spruce, juniper, pine, birch, aspen or maple, we hope to have them covered.
We have been able to collect plenty of pine and juniper (both plentiful here in Central Oregon), as well as some birch and aspen.