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Ruff Toy Reviews –
29 Jun 2011

Invincibles Snake by Kyjen

2 Comments Kyjen, Stuffies, Tugg Toys

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!

02 May 2011

Cesar Millan’s 3-Ring Rope Toy

5 Comments Other, Tugg Toys
Nelly and Belle

Nelly and Belle

Cassie, Moxie and I have been a bit out of the blog loop lately!  The weather has finally warmed up and we are outside as much as possible, training for the Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk that is coming up here in Boston in July.  Cassie and Moxie are great walking buddies, and tired dogs are always good dogs.  We’ll be back though as more toys cross our paths.

Meanwhile, we received this email report from Jeff and Margaret H in Leavenworth, KS about the durability of the Cesar Millan 3-Ring Rope Toy:

“We are the proud owners of a pair of German Shepherd pups, Nelly and Belle (a little tribute to Roy Rogers). Got them a week ago and they just turned 8 weeks old today. We follow Cesar Millan on-line and on TV and thought we had discovered the perfect toys when we saw his products. Purchased the 3-ring rope pull toy and the covered water battle chew toys. While the water bottle toy with its ruff-tuff cover is taking a licking and keeps on ticking, the rope toys literally bit the dust in just a matter of days. Who says puppy teeth ain’t sharp! And shame on you Cesar for putting out a product that was not puppy proof.”

We have not personally reviewed this toy, but are interested in getting your feedback on this and any other toy in your dog’s toy box.

07 Apr 2011

Special Offer from VIP Pet Products

4 Comments Musings, VIP Products

We love VIP Products, and their Tuffy and Mega Toy lines are terrific. They are extremely durable for stuffies, and last for months here at our house.  These toys are NEVER in the toy box and get plenty of play.  We specifically choose the toys that are at least 9 and usually 10 on the Tuff Scale rating.  Basically, the stuffies with the black reinforced edging are the tough toys that work for us.  All the toys you see in the photo above have been in play all winter long.

Now we have some good news from VIP Products!  Here’s a special offer just for Ruff Toy Review readers! When you purchase your toys directly from VIP Products website (http://www.vipproducts.com/) you can get $7 off any toy or bed by using the coupon code below.

VIP Pet Products
$7.00 off any regular priced toy or bed

Coupon code: vipfan

Enjoy, and please do let us know how you like their products, and which toys do well with your dogs.

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06 Apr 2011

Wordless Wednesday: 4/6

4 Comments Wordless Wednesday

Warning! Major cuteness ahead! I couldn’t decide on just one, so here are three Wordless Wednesday shots for you, courtesy of Donna Kelliher Photography. The beach babies are Trelawney (Golden Retriever) and Clewe (Border Collie).


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01 Apr 2011

Update to PawTracks TireBiter Review: Dangerous to Dogs

35 Comments Mammoth Pet Products
PawTracks Tirebiter can make dogs sick

PawTracks Tirebiter can make dogs sick

Since writing about the PawTracks TireBiter by Mammoth Pet Products, in which we gave it 5 stars for durability, but not much else, we’ve been getting a steady stream of comments about how the toy has made their dogs sick. We never experienced any issues like that, but our dogs just didn’t play with the toy much, and we found it to have an oily foul smell, like an actual car tire.  After hearing some of our readers comments, we threw out the toy.  It seems that some dogs are actually tearing the tire to bits, or shredding it, and swallowing pieces of it, which is making them vomit.

One reader, Rose, submitted this comment:
“My daughter chose the Tire Biter for my Doberman as one of her first Birthday presents. It seemed like a fun toy at first but the next day she started to chew it apart and an hour later started to vomit and vomit and vomit. The poor dog was scared and shaking. This is a terrible toy, if your dog is a big time chewer! Don’t purchase it! I now know to research toys before I purchase. The Tire Biter reads safe and non-toxic, someone should make them remove it from the shelves.”

Tony commented:
We just bought the tire biter for a 1 1/2 year old Dachshund that wieghts about 9 pounds. After chewing on the toy for less than 10 min he had eaten part of the rubber and has been throwing up for several hours. My wife is calling the vet! I would not recommend this toy!

Niquita wrote:
I bought this toy for my mastiff, rottweiler, pit bull mix. and within 20 minutes it was torn up and he vomited about seven times. It has been two days now and he hasnt had a appetite and is laying around (which it the complete opposite of him) I am going to have to take him to the vet. I researched this toy and it has made a lot of dogs sick. IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN OFF THE SHELVES!!!

And just today, Mike wrote:
I bought one for our 11 month old female yellow lab, who is a big-time chewer-we watched her play with it, she liked to play tug-of-war with it, and ran around the house with it in her mouth, thrilled with it from all appearances…we went to bed around midnight, she also took her spot on her bed tired out from playing, then-we were awakened at 2 AM by the sound of her vomiting at the door. The ‘tirebiter’ toy was in shreds, with small pieces all over the floor. If I had any idea this thing could be destroyed like this, I never would have bought it and i strongly recommend no one buy this, it is dangerous and poorly made.

I took a look around the web and found some other reviews with similar reports on Buzzilions, PetSmart, and Amazon.  Yikes, that’s pretty scary stuff!  I hope Mammoth Pet Products removes this product from the shelves, but in the meantime, please spread the word that this toy is not at all safe for your pet!

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