A stick library is a collection of sticks that are sourced by people and placed in a box for dogs to play with. David Carter and his son, Jeremiah created this for their local dog parks.
A thoughtful young boy of 10 has come up with a brilliant idea for ensuring dogs have the best time during their walks in Saskatchewan, Canada. Inspired by the concept of a "stick library" for dogs, created by a man in New Zealand, David Carter and his son, Jeremiah decided to recreate the same in their hometown. A stick library is a collection of sticks that are sourced by people and placed in a box for dogs to play with. Like a book library, these sticks can be borrowed by people to play fetch with their dogs and should then returned to the box or replaced when possible.
The library came into being because of the quarantine, says Carter. "He likes doing sports, he's sports-crazy, and he likes hanging out with his friends," he told CNN. "And that hasn't been happening very much lately." The family had taken up the task of creating one thing every week. This time, they happened to come across 59-year-old Andrew Taylor's creation of the stick library in Kaiapoi, New Zealand. Taylor wanted to make sure that all the local dogs had a stick to play with when they went to the park, after seeing how excited his own dog was about sticks.
New Zealand craftsman Andrew Taylor uses his area's dead branches to create a “stick library” for his dog Bella and the other dogs who frequent the park where they go. pic.twitter.com/3uJSDE7E0Q— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) December 17, 2019
The stick library was a hit with the local people of New Zealand who marveled at the simplicity of the idea. Inspired by this idea, the Carters decided to replicate the same all the way in Canada. "We had to do a lot of measuring and figuring to cut the wood and put it all together," Carter explained. "Plus Jeremiah got to use the power tools, which always makes it a good time." A bigger incentive for the Carters was that they are dog parents to dogs Nahla and Swiffer. Their excitement when they go to the park can now be felt in the same way by other dogs.
After finishing the construction of the stick libraries, the father and son took it to their local dog park. "We took it and zip tied it to the fence so it wouldn't disappear, we gathered sticks that we figured dogs would enjoy, and filled it up and waited to see what happened," Carter explained. They were pleasantly surprised to find that the library was actually being used by the people who visit the park. Jeremiah could not be more pleased with his creation and how it has come to be of use to the dogs in his locality. "It seemed to make people happy and it's given him some enjoyment and a bit of purpose," his dad said. The kid and the dogs have also been able to bond better during the pandemic. They even launched a Facebook page - Doodles of Saskatoon, after rolling out the stick libraries.
You can find Carter's stick library at Avalon, Nutana and Chief Whitecap, Furdale dog parks. They are now working on a third library for the Sutherland dog park. “We have also talked about some modifications. Do we have a section for lending balls to dogs, do we have a section for lost and found leashes or car keys,” Carter told Global News. Jeremiah has been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm with which people have received the stick library. “Everyone on social media has good comments about it,” he said. “It’s kind of satisfying going to the dog park seeing people talking about it, looking at it.” The project has given the Carters a reason to have fun during the pandemic.