Yes I admit, I’ve been on a nautical rope kick. Once I learned a couple knot and tie tricks, I got a little “hooked”. This toy was made with the same single rope braid technique that I used for Tiger’s collar and I gave it to the dogs for a tug of war toy-they love it! My husband mentioned how quietly and how long they play with it. Plus, it does double duty and cleans their teeth. 🙂 Make sure you use a good quality nylon or cotton type rope-you don’t want jute “splinters” or anything nasty going in their mouths.