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Paul Roach
Chesterfield UK
34 Posts
March 25, 2019 - 8:09 am

Well this all came about by accident, I saw a nice dog puppet going cheap and a few ideas going around in my head, all of which came to an abrupt halt when I realsied how tight my other half had tied the purse strings.

Now I was stuck with a few ideas but no puppet and they were ideas that wouldn’t suit anything other than a dog, so I had to get a dog.

A quick search of that old auction website that we all know and love and I found a cheap dog…now I mean this was cheap and what I ended up paying was 1/30th of the original asking price of the other one, which meant the purse strings weren’t quite as tight and i quickly snapped him up for a tenner.

Two days later and he arrived and I was disapointed, well I guess you get what you pay for, although I was expecting him to have a mouth at least.

When I saw him on the auction site I just thought his mouth was closed

And that wasn’t the only problem, his front paws were joined together, I think the idea was so he could be wrapped around someone, but it didn’t look very puppet like.

And although it’s not clean from the picture, the entrance to work him was at the front.

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At this point I was thinking OK I’ll let dogs have a play with him, it’s only a tenner and it works out at being quite a big dog toy for the money.

As Saturday night drew to a close and the early hours of Sunday morning began I’d cut off his rear legs and repositioned them as such that the entrance was now at the back and I’d cut open is front paws and sealed them to stop stuffing falling out (I’ve not yet gone to great lengths with sewing, the rear legs are held on with cable ties and the front legs sealed with cable ties at the minute.)

OK So I have everything pretty much as i wanted it, I just need a mouth. Meanwhile racking my brain with the best way to do it and easy i could cut his head open and make a mouth. Then I had a moment of inspiration as I remembered how I saw someone make a sock puppet one, by putting an elastic band around the mouth and between your fingers then around the back of the head part…so i tried it and it woorks quite well, I’ve even found some old red felt I had and given him a tongue…he now looks quite cute 😀

The biggest problem now is that you can’t see his eyes and what use is a dog if you can’t see their eyes? You’ve guessed it, and they’re on order, some nice pale blue one which I hope will show up better :D.

Even in the couple of days since I got him I’ve transformed mid at very little cost and written a 7 minute script…I look forward to working with him 😀

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Paul Roach
Chesterfield UK
34 Posts
March 29, 2019 - 5:27 pm


A few more “things” done…

  1. New light blue eyes
  2. Shorter legs
  3. Travelling crate to carry him on stage in

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K. Ann Seeton
52 Posts
March 31, 2019 - 4:21 pm

Cute puppet, and I love the crate for bringing him on stage.

Paul Roach
Chesterfield UK
34 Posts
April 1, 2019 - 6:12 pm


Eddie Siller
122 Posts
April 12, 2019 - 12:42 am

It’s nice you were able to work it out. I have done my share of turning stuffed animals into Vent puppets. I actually have kept quite a few. 

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