Harley — as you know — loves his snacks. I usually hide his snacks so he has to do a little work for his dessert, but Bruce usually hands them to Harley on demand. Lately, though, Harley has also made another demand: loves.
That is, he turns his head in a coquettish manner, asking to get scritches. You know. With his snack.
Best. Scritches. Ever.
Eventually, of course — and usually quite suddenly — Harley is READY FOR THE SNACK.
The Phoenix Landing Blog recently posted an article about using food items in toys to spice up foraging opportunities. They suggested using ice cream cones and rice cakes to add to the shredding appeal. Check out the post
for more details and some fun photos.
I'm not so sure about ice cream cones — I haven't had one of those around the house in ages, but I remember them being sweet. However, rice cakes appealed to me right away. Phoenix Landing suggested using a rice cake as a lid for a plastic tub from applesauce. I didn't have any of those around, either, plus I know Harley loves to chew up paper. And while I didn't have a bird-friendly paper cup handy, I did have one of those molded paper packaging pieces:
I cut about a third of the paper packaging, put some dehydrated squash and a couple of snacks inside, strung it on a skewer with the rice cake on top, and hung it on Harley's tree. He was a little wary at first, but he could see there were things inside:
and he quickly realized that rice cakes are pretty fun to chew up:
He's a little shy of the camera when he's playing with toys so I don't have too many more pictures, but he really enjoyed it. He managed to get almost all the snacks out of the packaging, plus he chewed away about one quarter of the packing itself. Rice cakes being what they are, most of it ended up in crumbs on the floor, including one chunk that was almost half of the cake. But the toy was a big hit: several textures to chew, two big things to destroy, plus snacks to find. He was all over it — literally! He's usually very delicate when it comes to toys, but with this one, he held onto it with one foot to steady it while he was destroying it, got at it from both sides, all of it.