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Sun Sep 2, 2012, 03:38 AM

Introducing Ms. Ladybug wiggly giggly ball cover!

Yeah, I know, whoopdiedoo. LOL!

Since I have another wiggly giggly ball being shipped I needed to make another cover for it, so here's Ms. Ladybug (all I really had enough scrap material was the red and black, so the ladybug was the only thing I could think of)....



I have no idea why this one came out so dark, but here's Ms. Ladybug from the side which is a lot easier to see...



I have no idea why her front legs looks so much longer than her back legs because they're all the same size. Huh.

And here's Yoshi trying to kill Ms. Ladybug (he always does the attempted destruction on his binkie and then buries it under it and sits on it... no idea what that's all about). Incidentally, this is also the position he takes when I tell him to sit (that one he can't seem to get quite figured out though I suppose he gets points for having the general idea. LOL! He gets all the hard commands with no problem but he can't seem to master "sit"... but that could be because I can't help but laugh when he does it so maybe because of that he thinks it's what I want, and I just can't manage telling him to sit with a straight face because I know he's going to do the ass in the air position)...



nom, nom, nom...



I really tried getting at least one photo of him burying Ms. Ladybug underneath his binkie and sitting on her triumphantly, but I just couldn't stop laughing at him to hold the camera still enough. And of course, Ms. Ladybug is already in emergency surgery since he ate off one of her legs already. Sometimes I wonder why I bother making these covers and all the umpteen emergency surgeries afterward, but I can't stand having idle hands, so I really don't mind. Otherwise I'd probably be putting 20 coats of nail polish on my nails or shredding napkins.


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Reply Introducing Ms. Ladybug wiggly giggly ball cover! (Original post)
TorchTheWitch Sep 2012 OP
meti57b Sep 2012 #1
TorchTheWitch Sep 2012 #2
meti57b Sep 2012 #4
TorchTheWitch Sep 2012 #6
Curmudgeoness Sep 2012 #3
TorchTheWitch Sep 2012 #7
Curmudgeoness Sep 2012 #11
Texasgal Sep 2012 #5
TorchTheWitch Sep 2012 #8
gaspee Sep 2012 #9
Walk away Sep 2012 #10

Response to TorchTheWitch (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 08:41 AM

1. Yoshi is an absolutely beautiful pooch!!

Does that wiggly-giggly ball come in small sizes? My cats might like something like that. ... although as years go by, their favorite exercise seems to be aerobic napping.

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Response to meti57b (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 09:45 AM

2. Yes, about the size of a whiffle ball or maybe a little smaller

It's actually the small sized ball that is still marketed for pets (the large sized one is now only marketed for kids but it's the same damn ball only bigger). I've seen the small ones advertised lots of places on the intertubes including ebay. Since the original company that made them (Multipet) no longer does and must have sold the design with the name and logo to another company (whose name escapes me at the moment) is an international company the size of the ball isn't measured in inches but likely with the metric system, so when looking for one, the size is usually given in inches, but most websites never actually measured the thing accurately and depending on what internet site is used the size (if given at all) may be described as 4 inches, 4.5 inches or even 5 inches, which is damn confusing, but it's all the same small ball. I noticed that many sites didn't bother to give a size at all and just called it "small".

The smaller ball also makes a somewhat higher pitched giggle sound than the large sized ball, but I think a cat might like that even better than the lower toned sound of the big ball. I would think to a cat it would be more close to mimicking the sound of small prey cats normally go for like mice and birds and stuff. My big beastie doggie seems like noisy toys that make lower toned sounds like his big wiggly giggly balls and farting hedgehogs (I confess I think I have even more fun with the farting hedgehogs than he does! LOL!).

Just do a google search for "wiggly giggly ball" or "small wiggly giggly ball", and a lot of sites that have it will come up. I haven't seen them sold in stores for a few years now, and the one place I did find them back then was a specialty pet shop that only had the small sized ball... and when I checked again to see if they had the large sized one again a few months later they didn't even sell the small one anymore. I think this is because when Multipet sold the item to the new company that sells them now the new company decided to only market them on the internet and not in stores... a marketing decision just as dumb as deciding to only market the large sized ball to kids and not pets.

The ball is a durable hard plastic/rubber that's hollow on the inside to hold the tubes that make the sound. I think that's why the small ball makes a higher pitched sound than the large ball... smaller ball means smaller and narrower tubes I would guess. The thing about it that seems to make it such a fascinating toy (at least it has been the absolute favorite with all three of my doggies, not to mention the only one that's lasted to the third dog where everything else they destroyed and pretty quickly) is that the giggle sound is very inconsistant... sometimes it makes the noise when rolled or thrown or flung around and sometimes it doesn't... keeps my dogs endlessly interested because they cant figure out why it makes the noise sometimes but not other times... a regular squeaky toy is easy for them to figure out ("if I do X the toy squeaks - ok, that's easy - bored now". LOL!).

I'd check a lot of places for it and compare prices. There really is a big gap in price depending on where you buy it, but generally it's quite a bit less than $10 though I have seen it sold for that much some places but I could swear I saw it advertised at a couple places on sale for like around $4. The large sized ball also seemed to be sold at a wide range of prices... anywhere from around $13 to $25! That's a big difference, so I'd look around at a lot of different sites for a good price.

Aerobic napping! LOL! Cats have a unique way of napping in such a ultra-relaxed manner they appear to be entirely boneless... their Empty Bag of Fur imitation.



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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 09:19 PM

4. thank you ... I'll have a look around...

For a long time, my cats liked tightly-wadded paper balls. I would throw them and they would chase and retrieve. Lately, they chase but they don't retrieve. I think they would be fascinated by something that seemed to move on its own, like a wiggly ball. These are indoor cats, so their options are limited.

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Response to meti57b (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 12:01 AM

6. You're very welcome!

Incidently, the ball doesn't move on its own, but it does roll rather "drunkenly" if you can imagine what that would look like. When I first got one a friend of mine used to call it the "blotto ball"... took me awhile to understand that "blotto" means "drunk".


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Response to TorchTheWitch (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:27 PM

3. Whoopdie doo!

I love your creativity. You just keep posting!

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 12:15 AM

7. Thanks!

I just wish I had more scrap material to use to try making something else. Well, I do have stuff like floral prints or plaid, but I can't think of what kind of creature has either floral or plaid fur or skin. I do have a pair of really goofy leopard print fuzzy pants I might sacrifice to make a fat round leopard cover since I've had them for years and never worn them. I don't know what in the world I was thinking when I bought them... they must have been 70% off or something, but even that's not a good enough excuse for buying them. At least I never actually wore them anywhere.

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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 08:15 PM

11. Bwahahahaha!

I have a feeling that my closet and drawers could be fertile ground for your searches too.

I think that there was a reason for you to buy those pants, and you have just found it.

But why can't you make a plaid or floral toy?????? You realize that dogs don't mind, right?

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Response to TorchTheWitch (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2012, 06:22 PM

5. I love these!

So talented! Have you ever thought of selling them on Etsy or something like that? So cute!

Yoshi is beautiful ofcourse, looks like he is enjoying that very much! Good MOMMY!

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 12:29 AM

8. Sell them?

Nope, never thought about that. I doubt it would be practical anyway since i have to make them by hand since the sewing machine crapped out years ago. Like my bead work I just do it to keep my hands busy... I always feel discombobulated without some kind of project to keep my hands busy. The next project really should be refinishing the dining room table since I promised my mom years ago that I would, but after doing all the chairs I can't stand the thought of looking at another piece of sandpaper just yet.


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Response to TorchTheWitch (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 03:53 PM

9. I make toys for my Shibas, too.

Otherwise, they would cost too much. They destroy everything! their favorite game is to find the squeaker, do emergency surgery to liberate it, then run around throwing the squeaker in the air.

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Response to TorchTheWitch (Original post)

Tue Sep 4, 2012, 07:19 PM

10. These are just fantastic! You are a good Mom!

My idea of making a toy is stuffing a footy sock with a tennis ball and tying a knot so it doesn't fall out! We are not crafty

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