Method and apparatus for reducing risk that a thrown toy will injure an animal

  • US 7,201,117 B2
  • Filed: 05/26/2004
  • Issued: 04/10/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/26/2004
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for producing an animal toy, including the steps of(a) providing a hollow sound device (307) to produce a sound audible to a dog when air travels through said sound device at a selected rate of flow, said sound device having a top;

  • (b) forming a core having(i) a compressibly elastically deformable hollow thin outer wall having a thickness of less than about eight millimeters, and(ii) an aperture formed through said outer wall, said core circumscribing a gaseous volume;

    (c) removably inserting a plug in said aperture to seal said aperture when heat and pressure are applied to said core;

    (d) providing a fabric cover having a thickness, the ratio of the thickness of said fabric cover to the thickness of said core wall being in the range of 1;

    6 to 1;

    0.15;

    (e) providing adhesive;

    (f) applying said adhesive to said outer wall;

    (g) applying said fabric cover to said adhesive;

    (h) applying heat and pressure to said fabric cover, said adhesive, and said core to affix said fabric cover to said outer wall, said plug sealing said aperture during said application of said heat and pressure;

    (i) removing said plug from said aperture;

    (j) inserting said hollow sound device in said aperture in said outer wall such that said top of said sound device is adjacent said outer wall and is visible; and

    ,(k) concealing said top of said sound device (307) by covering said top with a piece of fabric (306).

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