Continuing with the discussions of what we provide our dogs with, this post will discuss their playthings. It is really a simple list.
At the top of the list is the most heavily used, the Chuckit brand of balls and throwers. Yuki has always been madly in love with the Chuckit ball. He chews them like bubble gum for hours, or until he falls asleep. Before his hips and age caught up with him, he would chase the balls for as long as we kept throwing them. He will still chase them, but does reach a point where he says, “Enough!” and lays down on the spot. Pecos is not, himself, too infatuated with balls, per se, but he is an ardent adherent to the economic theory of, “Whatever toy Yuki has is the toy I want … now.” If he gets a ball from Yuki he will chew it only momentarily, but will guard it, placing it under his chin and resting his head on it, for hours…or at least until he wants whatever new toy Yuki is playing with.
The other main toy for them has been a constant also for quite some time. It is, however, hard to recommend to folks as the name they are sold under keeps changing. When we first started buying these indestructible wonders, they were sold at PetSmart, and other small boutique stores as Toy Shoppe brand. But now, depending on where you go these toys, apparently made by a company called GoDog can be sold as GoDog brand or, in the case of PetSmart, Top Paw. The PetSmart version appears to be the same toy, so the name change is confusing at best. Regardless, these toys, dragons, gators, pigs, are very sturdy. Yuki, a soft chewer by nature, loves the squeaker and nibbles on these things with determination and gusto. But, he never creates a hole. Pecos, on the other hand, is quite a bit more savage in his chewing. For the most part, the toys hold up to even his attacks, although he will crush the squeaker given time and will “scissor teeth” the wings, ears, or basically any part that sticks out from the main torso. He has only once ripped one apart enough to pull out the limited amount of stuffing inside the toy. Again, these are great and durable toys. They are, however, not made in the U.S. so buyer-beware on the chemicals and dyes used to create the materials for the toys.