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Allegan Students Create Toys for Shelter Dogs

male student with dogWhat do you do when you have an overabundance of t-shirts that the community has donated to L.E. White Middle School for various causes over the past several years? Leave it to the students in Katie Storbeck and Mike Zimmer’s Explore classes to figure out a solution: create t-shirt chew toys for area rescue dogs.

With the guidance of their teachers, the students worked together and used a variety of braiding techniques to make durable chew toys. “I have two dogs that destroy nearly every toy they get,” Ms. Storbeck said. “They haven’t been able to destroy the braided shirts.” After the toys were made, Mr. Zimmer reached out to the Allegan County Animal Shelter and asked if it would be willing to bring a rescue dog to the middle school to collect the toys.

On October 27, the students were visited by “Twix” and Allegan County Animal Shelter representatives. Twix excitedly stuck his head into the box of braided shirts several times to pull out the toys and then proceeded to wander the classroom to meet the students and show off his new playthings.

“Twix is the most outgoing and friendly of the dogs,” Danika Langstraat, a Behavior Specialist with the Allegan County Animal Shelter, said. Danika was especially appreciative of the students’ generosity and assured them that Twix would find a home.  “He is in foster care with me right now,” she said. “He’ll get adopted when people complete an application, meet him, and fall in love with him. Then he’ll find his forever home.”


Author: Rob Patin, Allegan Public Schools