His love of bones really knows no bounds…
His love of bones really knows no bounds…
So, it’s been almost two months since my last review of the red rubber three-pronged toy from SPOT. Why so long you ask? Well, things have been happening recently, see Rosee’s hives, Rosee’s broken toe. Honestly, the past two months have just been pretty hectic and full of all other types of excitement that playing with the SPOT toy has not been a top priority. Not to mention that Simon has been getting a little more possessive of his toys lately (i.e. he’s mean with them) which means he gets some separation time from his absolute favorite ones and is forced to play with the lesser ones like his giant tennis ball. (Apparently, the tennis ball is great after five minutes of staring forlornly at his box and realizing he is not getting a rubber toy that afternoon.) Basically between not getting to play with his SPOT toy and then everyone else getting sick, the toy simply has not gotten the proper play service to fully review it . . . until now that is.
You see, just these past two weeks or so has Simon been able to really play with this particular toy and enjoy it to its fullest extent. However, two weeks is also about as long as the toy lasted before it suffered a pretty significant loss. You’re probably wondering what loss a toy could possibly suffer, and of course I am referring to one of its toes on one of its three legs. That’s right. After just a play session almost every day, and minimal (we’re talking maybe five minutes each time) chewing time the toy has lost a toe. Ironic, no?
Unfortunately for chew toys, and humans, when Simon is able to find a weak spot he tends to try and exploit it shamelessly to get what he wants. Flipping his water bowls over because he wants new water? You got it! Learning how to use those long arms and dexterous claws to reach the butter dish on the counter? Check! Obsessively gnawing on the already torn and hanging on by a thin piece of rubber end of his toys? It’s his favorite past time!
Naturally, this meant any time he was given his SPOT toy he was more inclined to try to run away and hide with it so he could chew. Due to this predisposition both Theresa and I made sure not to leave him alone with the toy and keep him engaged with constant never-ending games of fetch (at least until it got dark outside). Still, it wasn’t long before that this poor little toe was barely hanging on and I was forced to just pull it off completely lest he be able to get it himself and put the whole thing in his mouth to chew. Then I would never get it!
Sadly, with this toe end breaking off it means the so-called “virtually indestructible” toy was only indestructible for about three months in our household. And, and it wasn’t even really from two dogs playing with it, but mostly just one! In the beginning Rosee would play with the toy, stealing it from Simon and getting him to chase her around the backyard mostly. However, after the initial newness of the toy wore off so did her interest in it. (She’s not much of a toy-playing dog unless that toy happens to have string, which she then likes to shred and leave all over the living room.) So, the toy has really only had Simon as a playmate and it still only lasted about three months without injury. Not too good SPOT, not too good.
Looking on the bright side, losing a toe doesn’t necessarily make the toy ready for the garbage. The rubber itself is still pretty intact around the open wound, so it is safe to play with as it is. Also, the rubber itself is thick enough that it will hopefully take Simon another three months before another piece comes off. It’s just unfortunate that a toy touted as “virtually indestructible” and for “aggressive” chewers already has such structural damage to it. The initial price point on it ($15) also helps to ease the pain a little bit. However, I can’t help but wish the whole toy had lasted a little longer, especially because Simon wasn’t allowed to just go to town and chew on it constantly in order to warrant such hefty damage already. Alas, it is still a usable toy and will probably (hopefully) give Simon another three months of play to enjoy.
Sadly, Rosee will have to refrain. (And I guess we’ll be looking into how fulfilling that 100% Lifetime Guarantee actually is. Wish us luck!)
Week two has passed and it’s time to reflect on how well the hard rubber chew toy from SPOT is fairing under the rule of Sir Simon and Sir Rosee (because she is definitely a knight in this kingdom, not a lady-in-waiting). So, here we go.
First of all, I have to say that the toy is still in one piece. Yep, that’s right. After pretty much daily 30 minute play sessions every evening the toy is still intact. And the way the pups’ play is hard. They each grab an end and pull in opposite directions for minutes at a time. Sometimes one of them will sit and just chew on it for a good ten minutes too, gnawing on it with their back molars very harshly. The toy gets thrown around, bounced off of the ground, and just plain battered by Simon and Rosee who both haven’t quite figured out how to share graciously.
While the toy is still in one piece I am saddened to say that it does have a few pretty good tears on one side. The tears are all concentrated in one particular spot, probably the result of Simon and Rosee just going to town and chewing that spot continuously during one (or a few) of the play sessions. So, not bad. However, for a toy that touts itself as designed for “tough chewers” and “aggressive chewers” I was hoping it could last for a few more weeks without such obvious damage. Teeth scrapes and scratch marks are one thing, but an actual gouge is another. It would be too easy now for either dog to get their tooth in the opening and begin to tear it open, and there goes another toy. Clearly, neither dog will be getting too much alone time to just chew on the toy anymore, which partly defeats the purpose of the toy, so . . . sad.
It’s not like Theresa and I just let either Simon or Rosee have the toy without proper supervision, always ensuring someone is around to monitor their play and stop them if they get too rough, or in Simon’s case obsessive with the toy. However, we also know that both dogs enjoy chewing on rubber toys, so we don’t want to deny them such a pleasurable activity. It is just slightly disheartening that after only two weeks this toy is already showing signs of distress. Chewing might have to be scaled back, if only to make the toy last longer. So, while the toy is still a good buy at only $15 and durable enough to stand up to two strong dogs pulling on it and playing with it, there is currently a lot left to be desired about its resilience to chewing. Only time will tell how long it will actually last!
Make sure to check back soon for an update on the SPOT chew toy and any new developments Simon and Rosee are kind enough to offer.
It happened. This past February 14th, Valentine’s Day for those who are more inclined to red, pink, and all things heart-shaped, my majestic, powerful, sweetly annoying, pushy, frustrating little boy Simon turned the big 4. Unbelievable! I mean just yesterday is seemed like he was being a little devil pulling on his leash, stealing food off of the counters–oh wait, that was yesterday. (At least it’s not as frequent as it used to be. I call that progress!)
So, let us take a look at how the birthday boy spent his big day (especially since he had to share it, ugh.)
The playful pup was happily gifted with a giant birthday treat and a giant tennis ball. The tennis ball is made by Kong (as it so subtly displays) and comes with quite a high-pitched squeaker inside that Simon thoroughly enjoys squeaking to death. The ball itself seems to hold up really well, it barely has a scratch on it even after four days of exhaustive play, the squeaker still sounding strong. Also, its bigger size makes it easier to take out of Simon’s mouth compared to regulation size ones, so that’s a plus for my beleaguered fingers.
As for the over-sized bone it is made of Simon-friendly ingredients, meaning no peanut butter. (Unfortunately, the stuff gives Simon and Rosee the worst hives so it’s best just to stay away from.) Instead this treat includes a much better flavor with applesauce. He very much enjoyed his birthday bone. Simon was even nice enough to share his goods with Rosee. He’s so benevolent is his old age!
Let’s hope that 5 proves to be just as fruitful (or should I say bone-ful?) as 4 has been.
Happy Birthday Simon!
On the fifth day before Christmas my true dog gave to me…
Five brand new toys!
I am thankful for…backyard fountains.
They’re beautiful and double as a dog toy cleaner.
**Warning** This post is seriously, hilariously, egregiously, ridiculously . . . late.
We here at Play Hard Bark Often love Halloween. It’s just such a fun holiday that never takes itself too seriously and encourages a multitude of decorations to litter front yards. Similar to the winter holidays, yet with more mischief and spooks hanging around. I personally find Halloween fun because it means carving pumpkins, breaking out the tombstones, and wearing all ten of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion-themed t-shirts I own without feeling like I’m pining for something. All in all it’s a great holiday filled with gooey baked goods, a miniature village with frightening sounds, and two pups trying to wrestle themselves out of strange costumes their silly humans keep trying to wrangle them into.
Halloween and the entire month of October has always been a greatly anticipated month, but about two years ago this holiday took on an entirely new meaning when we brought a new addition into our home and family.
You see, October 31st, the day dedicated to all things Halloween-related, in our house is also dedicated to all things Rosee-related as it is the day of this esteemed girl’s birth. That’s right. It’s Rosee’s birthday!
It was two years and four months ago that my family walked into our local PetSmart while it was holding its weekly adoption event and saw Rosee being walked around the store with a cute little vest on that proclaimed “Adopt Me.” We were sold. Two weeks later and she was ours.
She was about nine months old at the time and Simon was about a year and a half. It was love.
Now at three years old Rosee is a little ping pong ball, bouncing around the house, making a racquet, and generally getting spoiled. She enjoys long walks to our local parks, keeping the squeaky toys away from Simon, and taking up the whole couch for her naps.
This year I decided to go all out for the big 3, whipping up candy treats for humans and trying my hand at some sort of tasty pumpkin cake for the pups to enjoy. Now, let me start by saying as much as I love to bake and cook and try my hand at all things with clear, concise recipes I wanted to be a little more adventurous this time. So, I put on my big girl apron and tried creating a birthday cake for Rosee out of sensitive-stomach-dog-friendly ingredients. After making about five different versions of some kind of pumpkin cake (because it is Fall after all), and Simon and Rosee enthusiastically taste-testing all of them, I finally settled on a version. It turned out to be a little closer to pumpkin bread, but it tasted pretty good, looked even better, and was eagerly gobbled down by the birthday girl and her partner-in-crime.
It was a fun evening and even though I’m pretty sure the pups have absolutely no idea why they were happily given new treats to eat, they enjoyed it all. However, getting so much attention does tend to tire a girl out pretty quickly.
Simon Says: That’s how you OWN weave poles!