Twas the day after Christmas… and all through the house
The stuffing was strewn and the squeakers chewed out…
There are two things you can plainly see from the video above:
What you might not readily see though is that this is a TOUGH toy and has lasted in our “house where dog toys go to die” for several months. Yes even that loud squeaker is still intact!
The Sprong Dog Toy by R2P Pet, Ltd is described on the package as “the fuzzi squeaki spungi chewi floati squishi velveti bounci smooshi dog toy”. So, maybe these folks can’t spell worth a dime, but their product is priceless in our estimation! The Sprong that we got is shaped very much like a traditional “Kong” toy, but the texture is fuzzy. Not quite tennis ball fuzzy, but similar. Like you know what velvet feels like after something spills on it and then dries? Like that. Cassie loves how it feels in her mouth, and the fuzz helps keep the slobber factor down.
The toy is light-weight, so we can throw it inside the house without too much worry. The package says it floats, although so far we’ve kept this as an indoor toy.
The dogs have played tug with it, and have been pretty rough on it, and yet it lasts. We’ve used it as a training reward, played hide and seek with it, and yes have resorted to hiding it really well when we need a little rest from all that squeaking. But Cassie is so giddy when she’s squeaking away that usually we just enjoy the show.
We are delighted with this toy and Cassie says “Thank you VERY MUCH” to the creators!
Usually I’m not all that sad to see the squeaker destroyed. After all it brings a welcome peace and quiet until the next loud toy gets pulled out of the toy box. But Cassie loves this one so much, that I’m glad to see it is so durable.
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:
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.
Over the years, we’ve thrown out more dog toys than we care to admit. After wasting tons of money on cheap dog toys that don’t last more than an hour or so, we’ve found some great toys that make the Ruff Toys Recommended List. Where to buy? Most of these toys can be found in our Amazon Shop.
Where to buy? Most of these toys can be found in our Amazon Shop