Spring is here, and your best friend is sitting by the door, ready to play. We scoured the shops for the best toys to get you—and your pet—outdoors.

The West Paw Design mat is so soft you won’t believe it’s made from recycled soda bottles, $55, Three Dog Bakery.

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West Paw Design’s ZoGoFlex Bumi is guaranteed to stand up to strong chewers, 100 percent recyclable—and it floats! $12, Wolfgang’s Pet Shop.

Chuckit’s Flying Squirrel is flexible for easy catching, $17, Wolfgang’s Pet Shop.

Hugglehounds orange owl squeaker is flexible and durable—great for hours of fetching fun, $13, Treats Unleashed.

Katie’s Bumpers Sqwuggie is made from a fire hose to hold up to strong chewers, $13, Three Dog Bakery.

The Tuff Enuff Dangles pink pig is made to fly! Not only that, it’s super-durable with reinforced, multi-layer fabric, and machine washable, $14, Treats Unleashed.

The games can continue after dark with Planet Dog Foundation’s Orbee-Tuff Glow for Good Ball. It’s buoyant and bouncy with a minty taste. Plus, 2 percent of every purchase benefits canine service programs, $13, Three Dog Bakery.

West Paw Design’s ZoGoFlex Frisbee is 100 percent recyclable, soft for dogs’ mouths and guaranteed to last, $16, Three Dog Bakery.

Go long with the Busy Buddy football. It stands up to strong chewers, and holds treats for an extra incentive, $13, Treats Unleashed.

What is a lady without her heels (even if she has four legs)? These stilettos just happen to squeak…$3, Serenity Pet Spa

Born to Run

The Cardio Canine hands-free dog leash was designed by a runner with good running mechanics in mind. The adjustable band ties around the owner’s waist to keep your hands free and avoid jolting your pet. It also has a quick-release snap, built-in water bottle and storage pouch, $50, Treats Unleashed.


Pet Event

Spring is here, and where better to see nature at its finest than Longmeadow Rescue Ranch? The Humane Society of Missouri hosts its Spring Fling at the Ranch on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family-friendly event gives guests one-on-one time with the horses and farm animals, riding demonstrations, tours, wagon rides and more! Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is located at 480 Joseph Road, Union, Mo. Free for children 12 and younger; $5 for adults. longmeadowrescueranch.org.

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