Dog Soft Toy Staying Power
The ‘Deading’ Process
First, they start by killing the squeak (how do they do that so quickly?). Then they move on to chewing off any appendage; ears, arms, legs, tail… this can take sometime. They will happily lie down, gnawing away until the appendage is off. We have to quickly grab the soggy (yuk!), chewed up piece before one of them decides they will eat it as a snack!
Next, they decide to attack the seams, with the sole purpose of making a hole and getting to the all important stuffing. It never ceases to amaze me how much stuffing comes out of these toys. You think they must have it all out, then, the next thing you know, the carpet is covered again in white snowballs of stuffing (Sandy’s favourite trick)! Does a stuffing fairy come in overnight and re-stuff the toys? 😆
I am forever throwing away, chewed up, legless, armless dog soft toys. I am forever buying new soft toys, in the hope they might last a bit longer.
Is Any Dog Soft Toy Safe?
Hahaha… I think we all know the answer to this question… NO! Well, not with terriers anyway.
I have been known to sew up the holes they make, but as soon as I give the toy back, Barney makes it his task to chew my wonderful stitching (OK, not wonderful at all!) and it doesn’t take his gnashers long to open up the hole again. We do still have the soft toy which was given to us when we brought him home from Battersea Dogs Home, but after numerous sewing operations, I have hidden him away, for safe keeping (I know, I don’t really know why, sentimental I suppose).
A soft toy that’s standing the test of time (or terrier teeth). 😆
Sandy loves squirrels, she will sit out in the garden for hours waiting and watching the squirrels jumping around the trees. Just hoping that one might come down into the garden.
So, for her birthday in May, I bought ‘Sammy Squirrel’, from Animal Instincts, part of the Forest Friends range.
Sammy Squirrel has a squeaker, is made from plush premium ultra soft fabric and is machine washable. He has a full, bushy tail too. It does say that “this toy is not designed for excess chewers” but so far Sammy seems to be holding his own.
- one chewed off ear,
- one ear chewed up, but still attached, and
- one small hole on his back.
That is pretty good going for 4 full months of chewing by two tenacious terriers! The tail is still intact, the stuffing is still inside and apart from his ears, he looks in good nick.
A Recommended Dog Soft Toy Purchase
Both Barney and Sandy love Sammy Squirrel. I am so impressed with his durability that I bought Barney, Barry Badger for his birthday, which next Saturday, 16 September. We can’t quite believe he will be 4 years old!
All these soft toys come in either small or large size, I have bought large both times. As well as Sammy Squirrel and Barry Badger in the Forest Friends collection, there are also these other characters;
- Frankie Fox,
- Sally Stoat,
- Ollie Owl,
- Raymond Rabbit,
- Walter Woodpecker, and
- Flora Frog
Oh, I can feel a forest gathering of dog soft toys coming on! 😉
I will let you know how they get on with Barry Badger! I’m sure your dog will love which ever one you chose and you’ll enjoy not having to pick up stuffing every night!
Do you have a favourite dog soft toy that’s lasted the terrier test? Let us know in the ‘Comments’ below.
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- Sammy Squirrel by Animal Instincts
- Barry Badger by Animal Instincts