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My dogs love soft, stuffed toys, especially Cassie who carries toys around in her mouth like a security blanket.  Unfortunately, they also love to dismember their stuffed toys, pull out the squeakers and shred them, then distribute the toy stuffing all over the house.  I’m sure many of you can relate!  Most dog toys, especially the stuffed kind are short lived in my house, so I look for toys that will last or toys that are cheap enough to be considered “disposable”.  I’m willing to pay extra for a tough dog toy, but I get pretty annoyed when manufacturers make false claims that their toys are tougher than my dogs.

Well VIP Products is restoring my faith that tough toys do exist!  I recently got a “Tuffy Mega Balls” square ball, and am very happy with how this product is holding up!

VIP’s product description reads: ”

Mega Construction: Seven Rows of Stitching Each toy’s seven layers of material are sewn together with two rows of linear stitching and two rows of cross stitching. The four rows of stitching are protected with an industrial grade luggage material that is sewn 3 more times. Seven Layers of Material Three layers of 600 Denier industrial grade material, three layers of plastic coating and finally one layer of soft fleece. All seven layers are rolled together and then sewn with a one inch cross pattern to prevent layer separation. Protective Webbing Additional industrial grade luggage material is sewn around the outside edge with three rows of stitching to cover and protect the first four rows of stitching. Squeaker Safety Pockets Each Squeaker is safe and quiet because they are sewn into a nylon safety pocket beneath seven layers of material. These toys are machine washable (air dry) and float.”

This toy’s tuff-scale is ranked 10, meaning it is “MEGA STRONG – the Tuffest!” We put this toy out for the dogs and they are having a blast with it.  The toy has been in play for about 3 1/2 weeks so far and the only damage we can detect is the cloth hang tag that is sewn into the toy for store display… they did chew that up into a small mound of fuzz.  The rest of the toy is completely intact… no stuffing has been strewn over the house and the seams are going strong.

Mega Square after 3 1/2 weeks of play

Mega Square after 3 1/2 weeks of play

The label states that there are squeakers in the toy.  To be honest, I can’t remember if it squeaked when we first got it… but it doesn’t seem to squeak now (at least I can’t get it to squeak! Maybe I should ask Cassie.).  However, they didn’t puncture through the toy, so it could be that the squeakers are so well protected, they don’t squeak.  That’s fine with me, in fact, I like that the toy doesn’t squeak, because the squeakers are just too tempting for them.  Perhaps there’s a correlation that the toy doesn’t squeak, and it’s still in one piece!

Another interesting point is the square shape of this toy makes it harder for the dogs to get a super fast grip on it, meaning their tug-o-wars are not as aggressive.  This toy makes a great soccer ball for inside use, and it’s too big to get stuck under the couch (a pet peeve of mine since Moxie complains loudly if she can’t reach the toy she wants).

We have not used this toy as a pool toy, so I can’t comment on it’s floatability.  Besides the idea of a wet, dripping toy coming back in the house is not pleasant, so we’ll keep it as a house toy, thanks.  Maybe somebody can comment on that point.

In short, I’m really happy with this toy.  The dogs love it, it’s strong, and I’m a believer.   Looking forward to more Mega Tuff products from VIP.