We got Luke and Sheba some new toys for their birthdays! I recently wrote about our challenges with Luke destroying toys, and I promised to update you on how he did with his new toys. Each toy was carefully selected in the hopes it would survive. We’ve had good experiences with a couple of them, and a couple were totally new to us.
I put the toys in two bags and let them pull them out. Sheba kind of hung back and let Luke do all the work!
In that previous post I wrote about how Luke had destroyed the small West Paw Design Bumi we had gotten for him. Since the larger one had held up, I selected a West Paw Tizzi in the large size for his birthday. After I had already purchased that, he chewed the end off the large Bumi. Of course, I was still foolish enough to give them the Tizzi, but look how much fun they had with it!
Now look at what they did to it. As I’ve mentioned before, West Paw toys are guaranteed so you can get a one time replacement if this happens. I can buy the toys wholesale because we sell them at the store I work at, therefore I don’t usually do that. You can also send the toys back to the company for recycling, which I have done once or twice.
That destruction at least didn’t happen for a few days. We also got this Jolly Pets Romp-N-Roll in the largest size and look how much fun Luke is having with it!
I knew the rope inside this was not a good idea for Luke. So I told my hubby that Luke was only allowed to run around outside with this toy and not stop and just chew on it. The next morning as I was getting ready for work, my hubby said Luke was outside having a blast with the toy. I commented that I hoped he was running with it, and not lying down with it chewing. When I came downstairs my hubby showed me the shredded rope which had come out of the toy. Men! Do they ever listen? He is supposed to try to fix it. I hope so, because Luke loved it and the ball by itself doesn’t interest him much.
We had plans to get out the agility equipment for their birthday pawty, but the weather has not cooperated ALL WEEK here, so we never got to do it. It’s been raining off and on almost every day for the last two weeks and the grass never gets a chance to dry. So I was happy to see them having fun with the toys and getting some exercise.
Playing with and chewing on toys is great for dogs in many ways. Luke loves to run around with toys, and he and Sheba will play tug with them, which is good for strengthening their back legs. The exercise of chewing can stimulate a dog’s mind, and at other times it can being relaxing and soothing. It has dental benefits as well….all that chewing can help keep their teeth clean. Luke at how intensely Luke is chewing here, and really getting his back teeth into it!
That is a handmade cotton rope toy from Damien’s Best Dog Toys. We have had many of these toys, and they hold up very well. Eventually Luke or Sheba will get the handle off, but the ball part lasts a long time (and you can buy just the ball as well). These toys are only $10 each and the company donates many of their toys to shelters and rescues, so your purchase contributes to that effort.
Last but not least, we got this fun orbee-tuff sport football from Planet Dog. This company also gives back to animal causes. All toys are made in the USA and 100% guaranteed. So far this toy is holding up! I’ll keep you posted.
*Disclaimer: I purchased all of these toys on my own. I am sharing about them simply because we like them and thought you might too.
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