Archive for Rubber Toys

14 Oct 2011

Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat by Premier

2 Comments Other, Puzzle Toys, Rubber Toys

Durability Rating: (5/5)
Looking out the window on this rainy, muddy day, it’s hard to believe just a few weeks ago we were trying to stay cool in the summer heat.  Was it just me, or did the summer speed by even faster than usual? I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at this, since the first half of the summer was spent training for the Boston Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk (which by the way was an AMAZING experience!).  The event was in late July on the hottest weekend of the summer, with temperatures above 100!

Cassie and Moxie were, of course, my training partners, walking with me during the months of training in the rainy spring and early summer. I doubt I would have gotten in nearly as many training miles if not for their company, enthusiasm and spirit!

Cassie and Moxie in their gear

Once the walk was over, we turned our attention to quality sailing time… culminating in our 11 day sailing trip to Portland, Maine. Of course, the dogs came with us, and are wonderful boat dogs.

Before leaving on our trip, we visited the pet supply store to stock up on essentials, and to pick out some fun toys to keep them occupied on the boat when us humans wanted to get off the boat for a dinner on the town.

We chose the Busy Buddy Twist n’ Treat by Premier.  This is a rubber toy that holds small treats, and can be adjusted to control how fast the treats are dispensed.  The shape of the toy gives it an off-balance rocking motion when dropped or tossed.  Our hope was that the toy would keep them occupied, but calm so they wouldn’t be stressed when we left them alone inside the boat.  It was a great choice, as evidenced by the contented silence below the decks as we snuck away for dinner!

The Busy Buddy folks suggest their Premier Buddy Berries Dog Treats and Premier Buddy Oh’s Dog Treats to use with the toy.  We didn’t find either of these in stock, but it was easy to find small treats to use.  Kibble would also work well in this toy. Just play around with the size of the opening to adjust to the treats you choose. Very small treats will fall out too fast, so size up to what works for you. The label also suggests using peanut butter or cheese bits, but we thought that might get too messy on the boat.

Cassie and Moxie on Finesse

As you can see from the photo above, the toy got a lot of use during and after the trip.  It does show bite marks, but nothing major.  We notice that this toy is pretty much ignored as a toy unless we add treats to it, which makes sense.

This toy is great for keeping a dog occupied when company comes to the door, to help calm separation anxiety, or even to slow down a fast eater.  Be warned that the Busy Buddy will get slobbery!

All in all we had a great trip — that is until Hurricane Katya decided to churn up the seas and make things rather rough on our journey home.  Luckily my dogs are much braver than I am, and handled the heavy seas well.  We all got to wear our foul weather gear and life jackets for several days, and there is nothing better than cuddling with a warm dog in the v-berth after a stressful day on the water.  Good girls!

Want to give it a try with your dog?  You can purchase this toy in our online store in the Puzzle Toy section, or go directly to Amazon.com with one of the links below.  Have fun!

 
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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

27 Nov 2010

Top 10 Durable Dog Toys for 2010

1 Comment Chew Toys, Chuckit, Kong, Nylabone, Planet Dog, Pool Toys, Rubber Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended, Stuffies, Throw Toys, VIP Products, Zanies

Here is Ruff Toy Reviews 2010 Top 10 Durable Dog Toys List of the most durable, safe and fun dog toys out there for dogs who love their toys to death.  We have personally tried all of these toys with our dogs, and wanted to share the top dog toys under $20 that would make a great holiday gift for any dog that loves to play rough! Here are our favorite dog toys… in no particular order.

  1. Zanies Rubber Chicken

    The Zanies Rubber Chicken is a surprisingly durable toy that is silly and floppy.  Stands up to shaking and tugging.  We’ve had this toy for about a year, and it’s still going strong.  The dogs love it.  Beware of slobber.  Full review

  2. Nylabone Double Action Chew

    The Double Action Chew by Nylabone is a very long lasting chew that doubles as a rubber toy.  As with all Nylabone products, look for the “for aggressive chewers” label for the toughest chewers. Full review

  3. Planet Dog Orbee Bone

    The Planet Dog Orbee Bone is a wiggly rubber bone that is soft on the mouth, but very durable.  You can fill the hollow center with treats. This bone also floats and makes a great pool toy. Full Review

  4. Tuffy's Ultimate Tug of War

    Tuffy’s Ultimate Tug-O-War Dog Toy takes a lot of abuse in our house, and is still going strong after two years of rough play.  This is a big toy at 22 inches long, and the dogs love carrying such a big toy around.  This one is on our own list for replacement this year.  Shh, don’t tell the dogs! Full review

  5. KONG Snugga Wubba Dog Toy

    The Snugga Wubba Dog Toy by KONG was one of the first stuffing free dog toys out there, and it was a big hit with the dogs and with me because it lasted a long time without leaving a stuffing mess all over the house. The Snugga Wubbas are fleecy soft, although they also come in classic rip stop material.  But our dogs love the Snuggas best.  This is one Cassie’s security blankets. A great tug toy and snuggie. Full review coming soon.

  6. QT Dog Deer Antler Chews

    QT Dog All Natural Chew Toy Antlers Deer Antlers are an all natural chew that you can feel good about. It’s not made from dead things, so if you are squeamish about pigs ears, hooves and other nasty sounding (and smelling) chews, deer antlers are a great alternative, plus they last a long, long time. These are harvested from from 100-percent naturally shed deer antlers, and are not smelly or slimy at all even after a good long chew.  Full review coming soon.

  7. Chuckit Ball Launcher

    Chuckit! Ball Launcher Your best friend if you have a dog that needs to run! When we go to the beach, there are so many people there with Chuckit’s, I’m pretty sure we never come home with the same tennis ball.  Moxie will chase a tennis ball until the cows come home and the Chuckit makes my arm almost bionic when it comes to really getting a long and accurate throw.  You can’t go wrong with this toy.  Get extra balls, though.  You will need them. Full review

  8. Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Zoom Flyer

    Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Zoom Flyer
    We think Moxie was a Frisbee Dog in another life and we’re hoping to teach her to catch this fun toy like a pro. This toy is soft on the mouth, but very tough, and it floats, making it a favorite pool toy. Full review

  9. Tuffy's Mega Square Ball

    Tuffy’s Mega Square Ball Our dogs love stuffie toys, but they tear them to shreds… except for the Mega Series from VIP products. We now have several of these toys and the dogs love them. Equally important, I love them because they really do hold up. They are more expensive than other stuffed toys, but you really do get your money’s worth out of them. Full review

  10. Zanies Rip Stop Training Dummy

    Zanies Ripstop Training Dummy We got two of these for pool toys, thinking they wouldn’t last very long. We were wrong! Both of them are still going strong even though they are hands down, the absolute favorite pool toy. They float of course, but they are also easy to through and you can swing them around to get a nice long toss from them. An all around great throw toy. Full review

All of these products are available online and we’ve provided links to purchase. If you already have these toys, let us know what you think. And please tell us your own top durable toy favorites too, for future reviews. Happy holidays!

19 Nov 2010

Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Orbee Bone

1 Comment Planet Dog, Pool Toys, Rubber Toys, Ruff Toy Recommended

Durability Rating: (5/5)

Cassie's version of a security blankie

Planet Dog toys are a big hit in our pack.  The Orbee-Tuff Orbee Bone is no exception.  This toy goes from the house to the yard to the pool, even to bed with Cassie.  She loves the feel of this toy in her mouth, it’s absolutely indestructible, and (despite how it looks in the photo) it cleans up easily with soap and water, or a run through the dishwasher.

We love that this toy floats in the pool, and the two dogs have a great time fetching this toy, because it initially sinks on impact, but then floats up to the top.  And, unlike hollow toys that eventually fill up with water, we’ve never had to dig this one from the bottom of the pool.

The bone is fairly soft and flexible… almost jiggly, and it bounces when tossed onto a hard surface, as in our tile kitchen.  This gives them an extra challenge to grab it on the bounce up.  We have the size large, which is big enough for them to use as a tug toy.  In the yard, it’s heavy enough that you can give it a good long throw to tire them out with a game of fetch.

Like all rubber toys, though, beware of the slime factor!  The surface of the bone is particularly smooth, making it extra slippery when slobbery.  Ugh.  But oh, they do love it.

Makes a great pool toy too.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Cassie needs something in her mouth whenever she’s excited or anxious.  A deer in the yard, the UPS guy, somebody in the neighbor’s yard all require something in the mouth! Any guest at our door is greeted by a wiggly golden with a toy in her mouth.  She usually goes for a stuffie toy, but this bone is makes the cut for her “security blanket,” I suppose because it is so soft in the mouth.

We’ve had this toy now for several years.  The logo on the toy is hard to read and there is some tooth wear on the bone, but other than that it’s holding up great.  Highly recommended!

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