Our two hounds, Bonnie and Claudie, both adopted together from our local dog shelter.
It all started with a simple question, “why are almost all toys for dogs made from either plastic or other materials which are not friendly to our environment and not always safe for our dogs?”
Underwhelmed by the lack of natural, exciting, safe and sustainable toys for dogs on the market today.
We all love to treat our dogs to new toys but unfortunately the majority are made from non-recyclable plastic and synthetic materials which ultimately, at the end of their days, will end up in landfill and in our oceans, or even stuck in their tummies! Given there is an estimated population of 9.9 million pet dogs in the UK alone*, that’s a lot of dog toys!
*UK PDSA statistic
To create something better for our pets and better for our environment, and of course to keep our mutts happy and healthy in the process!
We spent months doing market research and researching sustainable materials that were not only safer for our dogs but friendly to the environment too. Non-treated natural hemp rope and sustainably sourced natural beech wood were a big hit, ticked all of our boxes and most of all dogs loved the materials. With our passion for design and love for all things natural and simple, our first toys were made and we began our Smug Mutts adventure!
All of our toys are handcrafted right here in the Cotswolds. We may be biased but dogs love them, and we love making them!