Dog toys have a reputation for not lasting long in our house. The softer the toy, the shorter their lifespan. Rubber balls get plucked into tiny little pieces within days, and anything with a squeaker gets destroyed until it squeaks no more. Add anything ‘stuffed’ to the mix, and it doesn’t stand a chance…
Not long ago, we found some dog toys for $2.99 at a local home improvement store and decided to pick a couple up. We got one ‘stuffless’ plush toy, and one ‘monster’ with minimal stuffing with a tug rope inside of it. Wouldn’t you know, both of our doggies decided they wanted the one with the rope in it, trying to steal it from the other one back and forth. They would carry that toy around all night, and Sweetie would protect it like it was her child. It didn’t take long, though, for them to fight for it and within a day, bits of white fluff was poking through the holes that they had created.
Because they were inexpensive, and our doggies are spoiled, I went back to the store to get a few more of the monster toys so that both of them could have their own and we had backups. Brownie continued to tear hers apart, while Sweetie licked and snuggled hers.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks later, and they were on their third toy. We gave it to them to let them play with and went about our morning, periodically checking on them to make sure they weren’t getting into trouble. What we found was not what we expected.