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 go through so many of these toys in a dog’s life time and that there is an estimated population of 9.9 million pet dogs in the UK alone (26% of UK adult population)*, just imagine how much of that non-recyclable plastic ends up in landfill, our oceans, sometimes even stuck in our dogs tummies!
*UK PDSA statistic
We did our research into sustainable materials that were not only safer for our dogs but friendly to the environment too. After trialing lots of different wood and rope types, non-treated natural hemp rope and beech wood performed best, with not an ounce of plastic in sight! Our passion for design and love for all things natural and simple, we began our Smug Mutts adventure!
All of our materials used are sourced from within the EU and the toys are handcrafted right here in the Cotswolds. We may be biased but dogs love them, and we love making them!