We comfort people with Alzheimer's with realistic looking stuffed animal dogs and cats and baby dolls as therapy companions!
Black lab, Jack Russell terrier, golden retriever... Whatever breeds you prefer, you're sure to find some fetching toy friends among our handsome line of giant plush dogs and realistic stuffed animals! You'll never find stuffed animals more loyal than these large, lifelike canines.
Dana Ebbecke, an Animal Behavior Counselor at the ASPCA Adoption Center, is a certified professional dog trainer who has worked with dogs professionally for more than 10 years, so she’s seen all types of interactions with stuffed toys. The most exciting part of a stuffed toy is the squeaker, she said.
You see, Theodora's real-life family pups always came from the local animal shelter. Unlike the shiny new, replicated pedigree dogs sold in the toy stores, Theodora's dogs were often quirky mixed-breed companions. No two were alike. One had crooked teeth. One was blind. One was just plain crazy! But to Theodora, a mutt is the most loyal, loving, and fun friend on the whole planet. Those are the kind of "stuffed" dogs she wanted.So we researched factories in far-off lands, but quickly discovered that Shelter Pups didn't belong there. The good people who make toys in crowded foreign factories work very long hours and make very little money. Theodora didn't like that idea. We also learned that most stuffed animals are made with lots of harsh, dangerous chemicals. All of this made Theodora a little uncomfortable. She said, "But we don't live in China or Mexico or India, we live in America." Another good point. We knew it would be silly to make dogs in puppy mill factories around the globe, and stuff them uncomfortably onto giant ships to be sold in America. "We should make them here, so I can make sure they are the best dogs ever. Lots of our friends are good at making stuff. It will be fun!" So we set out to find a way to make the world's best stuffed dog in the good ol' USA.So, just for fun, we set out to create a few stuffed animals that looked more like the dogs we like - stuffed dogs that resemble real mixed-breed mutts and whose profits could be . Theodora told us that as long as they were the absolute best dogs ever, she didn't care how we made them.We'll make a custom stuffed dog of any dog you can photograph. Your dog is absolutely unique. Wouldn't you love to have a stuffed animal that looks just like your beloved pooch?! We would too, which is exactly why we offer ShelterPups Custom Plush Stuffed Dogs.