As I wandered the aisles of Walmart today, I happened upon the pet section and was intrigued by what passes for dog toys these days. An entire row of sweet cuddly stuffed animals sat awaiting their fate as shoppers considered whether or not to take them home to their pets.
I warily eyed the stuffed lamb which made cute giggling sounds when handled, and pictured what would happen if I turned her over to my dog Lucy.(Readers may want to refer to the before and after of a supposedly indestructible tennis ball – https://geanieroake.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/dog-tales-cleverly-disguised-2/.) Lucy would make short work of the poor little lamby, quickly reducing it to a tattered pile of fabric and stuffing, with one dangling eye and shredded extremities. As was the case in the recent annihilation of the fluffy bunny toy, it’s a gruesome sight, and not one I’m not eager to experience again.
After learning the hard way, we’ve opted for more durable toys, Kongs have managed to hold up under duress, as have a couple of varieties of basically plasticine bones. As mentioned, tennis balls are immediately toast but there is one that comes wrapped in rings of hard foam which is worth investing in. One of our favorite dog toys is a hard, clear plastic ball which lights up when you bounce it. So far its proved tough enough, and is great fun for an after dark game of fetch.
Some of the silliest ideas have originated from the Martha Stewart Camp. Her plush mallard toy comes with the recommendation that you present it to your dog for gentle play. Excuse me – is this even within the realm of possibility? It it just my dog that feels she must methodically destroy all of her belongings? I’d love to hear if others have pets that can gently enjoy Martha’s offerings.
In the meantime,I think I’ll just move on to the rubber and rawhide section of dog toys . Maybe I’ll find something cute and cuddly there.