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Publication numberUS20040198156 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/668,049
Publication dateOct 7, 2004
Filing dateSep 22, 2003
Priority dateMay 20, 2002
Also published asUS6623328
Publication number10668049, 668049, US 2004/0198156 A1, US 2004/198156 A1, US 20040198156 A1, US 20040198156A1, US 2004198156 A1, US 2004198156A1, US-A1-20040198156, US-A1-2004198156, US2004/0198156A1, US2004/198156A1, US20040198156 A1, US20040198156A1, US2004198156 A1, US2004198156A1
InventorsJulie Theel
Original AssigneeJulie Theel
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pet toy
US 20040198156 A1
Abstract
A method of appeasing a domestic animal comprising the steps of forming members having a fabric exterior member interface surfaces. The member interface surfaces are capable of repeated nondestructive disconnection and reconnection via attachment means. Members connect at their interface surfaces to form a cartoon character of predetermined configuration and shape. A user allows a domestic animal such as a canine to rend apart members to simulate destruction of the figure. A user reassembles said figure by attaching members using the attachment means at the interface surfaces. A user can repeat the last two steps until appeasement of the domestic animal.
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1-20. Cancelled.
21. A pet toy device for a house pet, the device comprising:
a pet toy main member having an exterior surface and one or more interface surfaces, wherein the main member exterior surface is non-destructively gripable by a house pet using its mouth and paws, and wherein the pet toy main member is shaped and sized to prevent swallowing by a house pet; and
one or more pet toy secondary members, each pet toy secondary member having an exterior surface that is non-destructively gripable by a house pet using its mouth and paws; each pet toy secondary member further having an interface surface that corresponds to the main member interface surfaces, and wherein the pet toy secondary members are shaped and sized to prevent swallowing by a house pet;
wherein the interface surfaces of the main member and the interface surfaces of the secondary members are attachable by a human to create an attached toy state, non-destructively detachable by a house pet using its mouth and paws to create a detached toy state, and repeatably reattachable by a human to recreate an attached toy state after being detached by a house pet;
thereby enabling a house pet to tear apart the main and secondary members of the toy by gripping the exterior surfaces of the toy with its paws and mouth, and subsequently enabling a human to easily reassemble the toy by reattaching the interface surfaces of the main member and secondary members.
22. The device of claim 21, wherein the house pet is a dog.
23. The device of claim 21, wherein the exterior surfaces of the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are sufficiently durable to non-destructively withstand biting and chewing by a house pet.
24. The device of claim 21, wherein the interface surfaces of the main member and the interface surfaces of the secondary members are attached securely enough to require a substantial amount of force to detach the secondary members from the main member that a challenge is provided for a house pet.
25. The device of claim 21, wherein the pet toy is constructed from one or more materials selected from the group of denim, plush, corduroy, and rubber.
26. The device of claim 21, wherein the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are attached at the interface surfaces using hook and loop tape.
27. The device of claim 21, wherein the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are attached at the interface surfaces using magnets.
28. The device of claim 21, wherein the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are attached at the interface surfaces using snaps, whereby the pet toy main member includes a protrusion at each interface surface that snaps into a mating socketed portion on an interface surface of each secondary member, thereby attaching the pet toy main member to the pet toy secondary members.
29. The device of claim 21, wherein the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are attached at the interface surfaces using snaps, whereby the pet toy main member includes a socketed portion at each interface surface that snaps onto a mating protrusion on an interface surface of each secondary member, thereby attaching the pet toy main member to the pet toy secondary members.
30. The device of claim 1, further comprising a cord that connects the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members at the interfacing surfaces, wherein the cord is sized in length to allow the interface surfaces on the main member to separate from the interface surfaces on the secondary member while still remaining connected via the cord, and wherein the cord facilitates restoring the pet toy to the attached toy state after the main member and the secondary members have been detached from each other by a house pet.
31. A method of producing a pet toy for a house pet, the method comprising:
forming a pet toy main member having an exterior surface and one or more interface surfaces, wherein the main member exterior surface is gripable by a house pet using its mouth and paws, and wherein the pet toy main member is shaped and sized to prevent swallowing by a house pet; and
forming one or more pet toy secondary members, each pet toy secondary member having an exterior surface that is gripable by a house pet using its mouth and paws; each pet toy secondary member further having an interface surface that corresponds to the main member interface surfaces, and wherein the pet toy secondary members are shaped and sized to prevent swallowing by a house pet;
wherein the interface surfaces of the main member and the interface surfaces of the secondary members are attachable by a human to create an attached toy state, non-destructively detachable by a house pet using its mouth and paws to create a detached toy state, and repeatably reattachable by a human to recreate an attached toy state after being detached by a house pet;
thereby enabling a house pet to tear apart the main and secondary members of the toy by gripping the exterior surfaces of the toy with its paws and mouth, and subsequently allowing a human to easily reassemble the toy by reattaching the interface surfaces of the main member and secondary members.
32. The method of claim 31, wherein the house pet is a dog.
33. The method of claim 31, wherein the exterior surfaces of the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are sufficiently durable to non-destructively withstand biting and chewing by a house pet.
34. The method of claim 31, wherein the interface surfaces of the main member and the interface surfaces of the secondary members are attached securely enough to require a substantial amount of force to detach the secondary members from the main member that a challenge is provided for a house pet.
35. The method of claim 31, wherein the pet toy is constructed from one or more materials selected from the group of denim, plush, corduroy, and rubber.
36. The method of claim 31, wherein the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are attached at the interface surfaces using hook and loop tape.
37. The method of claim 31, wherein the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are attached at the interface surfaces using magnets.
38. The method of claim 31, wherein the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are attached at the interface surfaces using snaps, whereby the pet toy main member includes a protrusion at each interface surface that snaps into a mating socketed portion on an interface surface of each secondary member, thereby attaching the pet toy main member to the pet toy secondary members.
39. The method of claim 31, wherein the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are attached at the interface surfaces using snaps, whereby the pet toy main member includes a socketed portion at each interface surface that snaps onto a mating protrusion on an interface surface of each secondary member, thereby attaching the pet toy main member to the pet toy secondary members.
40. The method of claim 31, further comprising a cord that connects the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members at the interfacing surfaces, wherein the cord is sized in length to allow the interface surfaces on the main member to separate from the interface surfaces on the secondary member while still remaining connected via the cord, and wherein the cord facilitates restoring the pet toy to the attached toy state after the main member and the secondary members have been detached from each other by a house pet.
41. A pet toy device for a house pet, the device comprising:
a pet toy main member having an exterior surface and one or more interface surfaces, wherein the main member exterior surface is non-destructively gripable by a house pet using its mouth and paws, wherein each of the main member interface surfaces includes a first portion of a snap connector, and wherein the pet toy main member is shaped and sized to prevent swallowing by a house pet; and
one or more pet toy secondary members, each pet toy secondary member having an exterior surface that is non-destructively gripable by a house pet using its mouth and paws; each pet toy secondary member further having an interface surface that includes a second portion of a snap connector that mateably corresponds to the first portion of the snap connector on each main member interface surface, and wherein the pet toy secondary members are shaped and sized to prevent swallowing by a house pet;
wherein the interface surfaces of the main member and the interface surfaces of the secondary members are attachable by a human to create an attached toy state via the snap connectors, non-destructively detachable by a house pet using its mouth and paws to create a detached toy state by disconnecting the snap connectors, and repeatably reattachable by a human to recreate an attached toy state via the snap connectors after being detached by a house pet;
thereby enabling a house pet to tear apart the main and secondary members of the toy by gripping the exterior surfaces of the toy with its paws and mouth, and subsequently enabling a human to easily reassemble the toy by reattaching the interface surfaces of the main member and secondary members.
42. The device of claim 41, wherein the house pet is a dog.
43. The device of claim 41, wherein the exterior surfaces of the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are sufficiently durable to non-destructively withstand biting and chewing by a house pet.
44. The device of claim 41, wherein the interface surfaces of the main member and the interface surfaces of the secondary members are attached securely enough via the snap connectors to require a substantial amount of force to detach the secondary members from the main member that a challenge is provided for a house pet.
45. The device of claim 41, wherein the pet toy is constructed, at least in part, from rubber material.
46. The device of claim 41, wherein the first portion of a snap connector includes a protrusion, and the second portion of a snap connector includes a mating socketed portion, and wherein the first portion of the snap connector is shaped and sized to snap into the second portion of the snap connector, thereby attaching the pet toy main member to the pet toy secondary members.
47. The device of claim 41, wherein the first portion of a snap connector includes a socketed portion, and the second portion of a snap connector includes a mating protrusion, and wherein the first portion of the snap connector is shaped and sized to snap onto the second portion of the snap connector, thereby attaching the pet toy main member to the pet toy secondary members.
48. A method of producing a pet toy for a house pet, the method comprising:
forming a pet toy main member having an exterior surface and one or more interface surfaces, wherein the main member exterior surface is non-destructively gripable by a house pet using its mouth and paws, wherein each of the main member interface surfaces includes a first portion of a snap connector, and wherein the pet toy main member is shaped and sized to prevent swallowing by a house pet; and
forming one or more pet toy secondary members, each pet toy secondary member having an exterior surface that is non-destructively gripable by a house pet using its mouth and paws; each pet toy secondary member further having an interface surface that includes a second portion of a snap connector that mateably corresponds to the first portion of the snap connector on each main member interface surface, and wherein the pet toy secondary members are shaped and sized to prevent swallowing by a house pet;
wherein the interface surfaces of the main member and the interface surfaces of the secondary members are attachable by a hum an to create an attached toy state via the snap connectors, non-destructively detachable by a house pet using its mouth and paws to create a detached toy state by disconnecting the snap connectors, and repeatably reattachable by a human to recreate an attached toy state via the snap connectors after being detached by a house pet;
thereby enabling a house pet to tear apart the main and secondary members of the toy by gripping the exterior surfaces of the toy with its paws and mouth, and subsequently enabling a human to easily reassemble the toy by reattaching the interface surfaces of the main member and secondary members.
49. The method of claim 48, wherein the house pet is a dog.
50. The method of claim 48, wherein the exterior surfaces of the pet toy main member and the pet toy secondary members are sufficiently durable to non-destructively withstand biting and chewing by a house pet.
51. The method of claim 48, wherein the interface surfaces of the main member and the interface surfaces of the secondary members are attached securely enough via the snap connectors to require a substantial amount of force to detach the secondary members from the main member that a challenge is provided for a house pet.
52. The method of claim 48, wherein the pet toy is constructed, at least in part, from rubber material.
53. The method of claim 48, wherein the first portion of a snap connector includes a protrusion, and the second portion of a snap connector includes a mating socketed portion, and wherein the first portion of the snap connector is shaped and sized to snap into the second portion of the snap connector, thereby attaching the pet toy main member to the pet toy secondary members.
54. The method of claim 48, wherein the first portion of a snap connector includes a socketed portion, and the second portion of a snap connector includes a mating protrusion, and wherein the first portion of the snap connector is shaped and sized to snap onto the second portion of the snap connector, thereby attaching the pet toy main member to the pet toy secondary members.
Description
DISCUSSION OF RELATED ART

[0001] The natural prey instinct in a canine makes it difficult for dogs to refrain from rending ordinary household items such as furniture, plush animals, shoes and carpet. The natural hunting instinct in a canine is curbed during domestication. The resulting frustration leads to unhealthly fits of destruction.

[0002] Because many household items are often torn apart by a dog, one can conclude that dogs have the need to tear items apart as well as the need to chew on certain items. The prior art shows various toys that attempted to satisfy canine urges. In U.S. Pat. No. 6,216,640, Zelinger discloses a play ball that can be chewed. The play balls are replaceable to extend life of the play ball toy. Other play toys have a rawhide cover allowing a dog to chew on the play device. Although many devices allow a canine the satisfaction of chewing, canines also have a need to rend and rip.

[0003] U.S. Pat. No. 4,208,832 is a constructible animal doll made of detachable parts with hook and loop tape to allow a child to interchange animal parts between various animals. The animals disclosed are a feline, an elephant, a beaver, and a mosquito. The children's animal doll can teach children various animals and serves as an educational device. U.S. Pat. No. 5,788,554 also allows children to create more than one animal from a plurality of interchangeable animal parts. U.S. Pat. No. 6,116,979 creates a geometric body from a plurality of detachable uniform units. Unfortunately, these child educational devices cannot be used with canines.

OBJECT OF THE INVENTION

[0004] It is an object of the invention to provide a toy for a dog that rips apart and can be reassembled for reuse.

LIST OF DRAWINGS

[0005]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an assembled snake character.

[0006]FIG. 2 is a side view of a worm character having detached parts.

[0007]FIG. 3 is a side view of a three part ball character having faces on each side.

[0008]FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a monkey character having detachable limbs.

[0009]FIG. 5 is a side view of a monkey character having detachable limbs.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0010] The present invention encompasses a method of providing a plush play toy for pets such as a dog by means of detachable rendable members. By allowing a canine to detach portions of a plush toy, canines can alleviate frustration and domestication related anxiety. The attachments allow a dog to take apart the pet toy and play with individual parts. A human can reassemble the members for repeated use.

[0011] Detachable portions of a plush toy are particularly adapted to the teeth of a canine, thereby preventing their destruction. These portions can be made of the sturdy materials that dog toys are usually made of such as denim, plush, corduroy or a rubbery material such as vinyl, latex polyethylene. The sections are adapted to the teeth of a dog and sized large enough to prevent accidental swallowing. Being sturdy, they can withstand biting, chewing and rending. Being made of a thick material, a dog can play with a detached portion individually without owner concern regarding the safety of the dog or device.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0012] The present invention is a dog toy that comprises a plurality of members disconnectable by a dog. A dog must apply a substantial amount of force in order to detach the members. In this way, a dog can be challenged when dismembering the device. Preferably, a main member is attached to various secondary members. All members are of sufficient size to prevent swallowing by a dog.

[0013] In a first embodiment FIG. 1, a snake like character having multiple sections is shown in figure one. The snake has a main head section 160 and a plurality of body sections 170. FIG. 2. A snake or worm can be made of a number of segments 160, 170. These segments have connecting means between them that allow connection between different segments. The main section is preferably connected to other sections by means of detachable and reattachable hook 145 and loop 146 tape secured to the inside interface surface 145,146. Hook and loop tape is preferred due to its ability to creating a ripping noise when detaching. Alternatively, the main section can be connected to the first body section by snaps or magnets. Magnets can be made in a soft pliable material and located underneath the sturdy cloth to be invisible to a canine.

[0014] A snake or worm can also have a connecting rope or string 210 threaded through the axis of the body. The rope 210 can pass through the segments of the snake or worm. The rope 210 attaches to the head at a first end and passes through each of the members of the snake or worm to terminate freely at a second end 222. After a canine disassembles the worm members 146, a user can pull at either end of the rope 210, preferably at the second end 222, to reassemble the worm. The rope is positioned to allow the proper orientation of member parts upon reassembly. A rope or string connecting the individual members can allow easier recovery of individual members.

[0015] For large animals having more bite power, the interior of a plush member normally filled with loose stuffing can be substituted with a roll of cloth or fabric such as denim. The roll or folded cloth can be stitched together to create a unitary piece and provide resistance to the jaw of a large animal having more bite power. The interior of the plush member can also be kept loose. and light for a small animal having less bite power.

[0016] A second embodiment is a spherical shaped device having a number of sections. Preferably three sections form a head having two face members sandwiching a central main section. FIG. 3 The first section 310 shows a cartoon face using various animal safe elements such as stitched cord and printed designs. The first section 310 forms a circular flat interface surface with a main section 320.

[0017] A second member is the main member 320 and forms a circular disk shaped cylinder having two flat connecting interface surfaces. A third member 330 is substantially similar to the first member but may have a different expression or gender to allow for variation in design.

[0018] The device can be dismembered by a canine. The dog can first grasp the first member 310 in a maw and can place a paw on the main section 320. With persistent effort, the dog can remove the first member from the main section. As the dog removes the first member 310, the dog can change position as necessary. A retaining cord made of rope or string can optionally join the three members along a central axis perpendicular to the section interface, to prevent loss of parts and assist reassembly. In this case, the retaining cord can be attached to either the main member or the third member.

[0019] A third embodiment encompasses a plush type animal having a main section being a torso. A plurality of secondary members forms appendages or portions of a plush animal. An animal figure such as a monkey figure can be formed from a main torso section and a number of appendages. For a monkey, the main section can receive six secondary members including a head section, a tail, a pair of legs and a pair of arms. The third embodiment allows a canine to remove appendages from an animal. Because a canine lacks opposing digits, a flat surface is difficult to grasp. Flat surfaces optionally include attachments. These protrusions attached to the flat surfaces allow ease of manipulation by a dog. They may include, for example, a plurality of rope pieces simulating hair on a cartoon face figure allowing a dog to grasp at the rope pieces on the a cartoon face. In another example of a protrusion is cartoon face figure having a wooden knob simulating a nose. Such attachments are not completely detachable from the member to prevent an animal from swallowing the attachments. A cord can attach various appendages of an animal figure as seen in the third embodiment.

[0020] The first embodiment can also have separate cords connecting between each member. The benefit of a single rope would be simplicity in design and manufacturing as well as simplicity in the reassembly. With a single rope, intermediate members are allowed transverse movement along the rope or cord. Thus, a single rope configuration allows a user to grasp one end of a rope and pull the members toward the main member without additional work or steps.

[0021] A monkey or other cartoon animal, as seen in the third embodiment, can be connected by a plurality of cords traveling through a main section and attaching to a tail member. A user can pull the tail member and reassemble the cartoon animal with ease. The user then connects the tail member to the cartoon animal. FIG. 5. Slack cord can be kept inside a hollow portion of a member 148 such as a tail member.

[0022] Analogously, any other appendage can be used as the terminal point of a plurality of cords. Because cords are connected to each appendage and travel through a hollow portion of the main section, the cords can be adjusted so that all cords allow the same length of travel. This assists a user in reassembly of the device.

[0023] A user can use the device to assist in playing with a dog by simply tossing the character to the dog when the dog is bored or upset. In the case of the snake character, a user can hold the snake and allow a dog to sequentially remove member of the snake. The user can also use the snake character having a medial retaining cord by holding the snake at a tail end and allowing the dog to sequentially remove members of the snake. Optionally, the medial retaining cord 210 can be made of elastic material such that it can automatically reassemble the character immediately upon release of a member by a dog. Elastic cord allows the user to save time in the reassembly process. The elastic cord is positioned to allow automatic reassembly of character members in proper predetermined configuration. This configuration can be useful when a user is not present to reassemble a cartoon figure.

[0024] The length of travel in an elastic cord configuration can be adjustable. A user can set the length of travel in the elastic cord to a zero length not allowing play in the cord. This allows automatic reassembly that is useful when a user is not present to reassemble the cartoon figure. A user can set the length of travel in the elastic cord to a longer length to allow interaction between a user and his or her pet.

[0025] A user can implement the adjustable play in an elastic cord where a user can tie a portion of the elastic cord to a member. The slack portion can also be retained by a knot or by commonly available means of retaining a slack portion of cord. Optionally, a user can place a slack portion of elastic cord inside a cavity, such as a pocket, formed in a member to allow safe storage of the slack portion of the elastic cord. A zipper disposed on the opening of the cavity 148 can close the member to prevent opening or entanglement.

[0026] Elastic cord may be attached at interface surfaces where members are designed to reattach. In the use of the elastic cord, preferably hook and loop tape allows automatic reassembly and orientation of character members.

[0027] The foregoing describes the preferred embodiments of the invention and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.

[0028] Call Out List of Elements

[0029]145 hook tape

[0030]146 loop tape

[0031]148 cavity storing slack rope

[0032]160 main head section

[0033]170 body sections

[0034]180 body section

[0035]190 tail segment

[0036]210 medial retaining cord

[0037]222 medial retaining cord second end

[0038]320 main section of ball FIG.

[0039]330 secondary section of ball figure

[0040]340 secondary section of ball figure

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US8376804Nov 3, 2008Feb 19, 2013Mattel, Inc.Motorized toy creature
US20130052912 *Aug 22, 2011Feb 28, 2013Diana PampliegaDoll having multiple removable limbs and heads
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Classifications
U.S. Classification446/268
International ClassificationA63H3/02, A01K15/02, A01K11/00
Cooperative ClassificationY10S446/901, A01K15/026, A63H3/02
European ClassificationA01K15/02C1, A63H3/02