Invincibles Snake by Kyjen

Durability Rating: [Rating:3/5]

Before I had a dog of my own, I loved buying dog toys for my sister’s two German Shepherds.  They loved their toys and I loved to spoil them when I visited.  The toys they loved the best were LOUD ones.  Once, I found an awesome stuffed monkey that made a terribly loud monkey scream that went on and on for about 10 seconds. Eeeeeyah! Eeeeeeeeyah! It reminded me of those old Tarzan movies. The dogs went crazy for it!  And OH, my sister HATED me.

The Invincibles Snake from Kyjen reminds me of that toy.  This is 6 squeaker and one rattle, stuffing-free snake, which is great for playing tug, shaking and tossing.

As you can tell by the video, this toy is LOUD! Cassie went bonkers for it… so much we had to take it away from her when we needed a little peace and quiet.

The Kyjen Company states “our stuffing-less Invincibles™ keep squeaking, even after being punctured. No more short-lived squeakers! If you want to get more bang for your buck, buy a longer-lasting toy!”

That statement is a bit deceiving in my opinion. It gives the impression that it is a tougher than average toy, but I can’t say that was our experience. Although I did appreciate that there wasn’t a trail of stuffing left throughout the house, the toy did get chewed on, and the giant squeakers pulled out and torn. They were certainly not “invincible” at our house. Yes, I’m sure they still squeaked when punctured, but that doesn’t mean they are truly invincible.

The squeakers were not invincible

Not that I’m complaining, mind you! After listening to the cacophony of squeaking for a week or so, I was truly relieved when the squeakers started breaking down. Ah, quiet! The toy is now about two months old, and still a favorite, although now it is blissfully silent, devoid of squeakers and rattles… it just lies there… like a snake in the grass. My favorite kind of snake!

Bottom line: This toy didn’t quite hold up to its “Invincible” name, but it’s the type of toy that you’re sort of happier after it’s “killed”. And if you are a dog aunt, this makes a great dog gift. The dogs will LOVE you for it, but you won’t have to listen to all that noise once you go home. Besides, once the squeakers die out, your relatives will surely forgive you!

Mighty Lenny Leopard Safari Dog Toy by VIP Products

Durability Rating: [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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2 Dogs, 2 Toys, no conclusions

New Plush Lobster

When we first picked up Cassie, her human mom gave us a stuffed duck that had been spending time in the pen with Cassie, her dog mom and her siblings. The explanation was that it held a familiar safe smell. This was her “woobie” for months helping ease her away from a doggie centric life to life with us. She was notorious for tearing up stuffed toys in no time flat – but that duck stayed intact for months.

Three years and countless toys later we wanted to see if we could prolong the life of her stuffed toys by doing something similar. I picked up 2 identical stuffed toys. At first glance they look like seals, but then you notice they have claws. The tag says “plush lobster”. Really? White lobsters with cute noses and whiskers?? Anyway we marked one “lobster” with a small X on the tag and placed it in our clothes hamper for 24 hours. The other was pristine. I then presented both toys to the girls who started to have a ball.

Still looking good after 1 week of hard play

Squeaker and some stuffing removed

Side by side - I can't tell the difference

Usually a cheap stuffed toy lasts no more than 24 hours before having its squeaker removed along with most of its stuffing. 72 hours and it resembles a rag. My hypothesis for this experiment was that clean lobster would meet this fate while smelly lobster would be granted a pardon. 24 hours came and went and the toys held up. Maybe a day later both squeakers were removed with a modest amount of stuffing, but both on the same pace. Now a week has passed and as you can see both toys are, while filthy (don’t buy white toys), still looking good.

So – what did we learn? Absolutely nothing. Take a look at the side by side comparison – both look the same – but have held up fairly well. My only lessons learned: don’t buy white toys, and mad scientists have made seal/lobster hybrids.

Tuffy’s Mega Creature Octopus and Mega Ring

We have two AWESOME tough toys to review this week.  The Tuffy’s Mega Creature Large Octopus Dog Toy, Tiger Print and the Tuffy’s Mega Ring Dog Toy were Cassie and Moxie’s birthday gifts this past November. They’ve had tons of play now for about two months and both toys are showing no signs of wear.  We are so happy with these toys and the dogs love them!

Top 10 Durable Dog Toys for 2010

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-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!