The Kyjen folks sent me a new toy for the dogs to try out recently; Seamsters, The First Rawhide and Rubber Puzzle Toy, by Dog Games Puzzle Toys™. Touted to be a “Rewarding Long-Lasting Boredom Buster”, I thought this could be a great toy for my dogs.
The package states:
- Restitchable for repeatable fun
- Stands up to the toughest chewers
- Cleans teeth and strengthens gums
It also claims that it is “a toy that’s meant to be ‘destroyed.'” Basically it’s a two piece rubber bone “stitched” together with rawhide stips. The package comes with two refills for the rawhide stitching. The bone is hollow so you can also add some kibble to the bone when you restitch it for added interest and fun.
When I gave it to the dogs, Moxie was all over it, and quickly carried off to keep it all to herself. Cassie wanted that toy too, but Moxie was not feeling very generous. She worked at the bone for over an hour, happily chomping away at the rawhide stitching and had a great time with it till she had all the stitching off, and the bone was opened up. After that, she let Cassie take one half of the bone, once the “good stuff” was gone! She’s nice like that!
Within MINUTES of Cassie having the rubber bone to play with, she had chomped right through it and started tearing bits of rubber off the edges. NO! I was really excited about this toy and not at all expecting it to be destroyed in one night. But there is was, in pieces on the carpet. Moxie also had started to pull off pieces from the other half of the bone.
I took the bone away, much to their disappointment. The next day, I tried restitching what was left of the bone, just to get a complete review of the toy…
The rawhide refills need to be soaked in warm water for a few minutes to soften them up. Then you can put some kibble or treats in the middle of the bone, and stitch it up. I was expecting this to be a messy/slimy process, but it wasn’t slippery at all. I’m not seamstress, but I got the job done. Would I want to do this often? Probably not, even if the toy was more durable. But it wasn’t the slimy icky project I was anticipating. Once the stitching is complete, you let the rawhide dry and stiffen up before giving it to the dog.
I did want to give Cassie a go at the toy, so the next day I let her have the bone to play with just until the rawhide was gone. And I watched her like a hawk so I could take away the bone part as soon as she got it pulled apart. After that, the toy got thrown out.
It’s very disappointing that the rubber part of the bone isn’t at all durable. The toy itself is a good idea, but I can’t recommend it for enthusiastic chewers. If your dog is not much of a chewer, it might work out, but do keep a close eye on it for signs of damage. You can buy it here.