Archive for Toy Types

25 Mar 2011

Mighty Lenny Leopard Safari Dog Toy by VIP Products

2 Comments Stuffies, VIP Products

Durability Rating: (2/5)

Earlier this week, we reviewed the Mighty Ball also by VIP Products, which is a big hit here at our house.  This toy, the Mighty Lenny Leopard Safari Dog Toy, unfortunately, has not been so lucky.  Even though VIP Products rates this toy as a 9 on their Dura-Scale, it didn’t last more than a day here.  Before we knew it, there was stuffing everywhere, and what a lot of stuffing there was!

Mighty Lenny Leopard... not so mighty

This is the second disappointment in the Safari series.  We also tried the Polar Bear stuffie back in November, and were equally disappointed.  That toy got returned to the store the next day, but this toy, we kept since it was part of the Dog Toy Tester program.
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24 Mar 2011

Mighty Balls by VIP Products

2 Comments Balls, Ruff Toy Recommended, VIP Products

Durability Rating: (5/5)

Another awesome toy from our friends at VIP Products. The Mighty Ball has been in the toy bucket for several months now and it’s held up remarkably well over the duration.  No signs of wear on it, and it gets a lot of play.

The Mighty Ball is a fleece covered rubbery ball that squeaks, about 6″ in diameter.  The ball is just the right size — large enough so that it doesn’t get lost under furniture, works well as a kick ball, but small enough to pick up and carry around.  It’s also very flexible and soft on the mouth.  Moxie likes to catch it with her paws and mouth while showing off her amazing talent for mid-air acrobatics.  Cassie likes to catch it and then make it squeak and squeak and squeak till it drives us crazy and we toss it again, hoping Moxie will get it for a while. The toy’s round shape doesn’t make it a good tug or chew toy, which might account for its long wear.

The fleece does get a bit wet from all the mouthing, but not as much as a tennis ball or plain rubber ball.  We’ve used this toy strictly as an indoor toy to keep it clean.  The company states the toy does float if you want it for a pool toy.  We’ll keep it inside though, since it’s soft and great for indoor play without worrying too much about knocking things about. Read more

08 Mar 2011

Ruff Wear Hydro Plane

3 Comments Ruff Toy Recommended, Ruff Wear, Throw Toys

Durability Rating: (5/5)
I was hoping to hold off doing this review until summer. After all the Ruff Wear Hydro Plane is a soft disc that is (according to Ruff Wear’s website) “built for dogs that love to play fetch in or around water”.  Cassie and Moxie got this toy for Christmas, a present from my sister in Seattle and her two Shiloh Shepherds.  Each dog got one.  Honestly, the toy is so lightweight, I was afraid the dogs would destroy it before spring, so we put one toy away for pool use, and kept one out for the dogs to play with in the house.

Well, this this toy is a big hit here!  It is so lightweight, that we can throw it in the house, without worrying about it crashing into something delicate.  Moxie loves to show off her high jump to catch this toy, and it has survived many rounds of rough tug-o-war sessions.  It is also carried around a lot and chomped on, and their teeth marks don’t even show on the toy.  When they say Ruff Wear, you can believe it!

The heavy duty canvas material is extremely rugged, and has held up well all winter.  Although we don’t leave it outside (I’m pretty sure it’s so lightweight the wind will carry it off), we have brought it outside and the dogs have a blast.  This is one of the softest of the frisbee type toys we’ve tried, and a great way to train a dog to catch a flying disc, because it won’t hurt their mouth.

Both dogs think they are hysterically funny when they wear the toy like the collar of shame.  People who say dogs don’t have a sense of humor clearly haven’t met my dogs!

Although the pool is currently more of a skating rink, I’m sure summer will eventually show up, and we can try this toy out in the pool.  I probably wouldn’t risk taking it to the beach because it could easily get carried away by the wind or surf (or another dog!).  But I’m looking forward to seeing it in action as a pool toy, and will use this disc to try and train Moxie as a frisbee dog.  I actually have no idea how to do that, but would love input from you if you have suggestions. Read more

05 Mar 2011

Ruff Dawg K-9 Flyer

5 Comments Rubber Toys, Ruff Dawg, Ruff Toy Recommended, Throw Toys

Durability Rating: (5/5)

It’s back!  Last week, I started to post about our favorite winter toy, the Ruff Dawg K-9 Flyer.  Unfortunately, before I had a chance to take many pictures, the toy went missing!  We eventually found it, trapped under the deck, where I presumed it would stay until the snow melts, sometime in July by the looks of things here in Boston.

Well, this toy keeps coming back!  Just as it has surprised us all winter long, it turned up again on the deck this Thursday!  Talk about a durable AND persistent toy!  My best guess is that Cassie must have chased a squirrel or three through a small opening in the snowbank to get under the deck, and wandered around till she found the K-9 Flyer.  Good dog!

We can enthusiastically recommend this toy.  As you can see from the photos, it gets rough play, and has held up very well.  It’s very soft on the mouth, so the dogs are happy to try and catch it mid air… if only they had somebody who could throw well! Read more

26 Feb 2011

Our favorite mystery winter toy

14 Comments Musings, Rubber Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended, Throw Toys

Last night, I dreamed it was spring. Green, lush, glorious spring. I awoke and looked out the window, and everything was so green. It was like a miracle! Or a dream!  I woke up, and said to my husband, “I dreamed it was spring!” and he laughed. Then I looked out the window and it was spring! The yard was green and full of animals passing by in procession: lions, bears, bear cubs, foxes… so wonderful.  So weird.

Then I really woke up. Dogs pouncing on the bed to wake me, sticking their cold nose in my face, insisting on lying on top of me. Back to reality, back to winter. Blech.  Need coffee.

I really shouldn’t live in Boston. I know that now. I was born here, it’s home. Eight months out of the year, I love it here. This is not one of those months. The winter is dragging on and I’m done with it. Of course I’m not alone. Everybody is sick of winter and ready for spring.  Stupid, lying groundhog! Read more

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