Wag Worthy Toys

Posted by Chad on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 at 4:56 pm.

“Cuz” takes a lickin’ and keeps on kickin’!

JWPetCuzWhen it comes to “chew” toys, we’ve found that most fall into two categories: (1)squeaky, fun, and easily destroyed or (2) tough, non-squeaky, and sometimes not so fun. Now while most of the toys we give Guinness end up looking like they’ve been through a wood chipper, we did come across one that has so far held up to his jaws of steel, and kept him entertained.

So what is this miracle toy? It happens to be JW Pet Company’s “Cuz the Walking Ball”. This tough rubber ball squeaks, bounces, and has held up to some pretty tough chewing for over a month now. As a matter of fact, the only casualty so far has been the “feet” and the squeaker…we now stick treats inside through the hole which keeps Guinness just as happy. Overall, this toy has performed far better than any other rubber or squeaky toy we have purchased, and is definitely one that we would recommend (don’t be afraid to get your dog a bigger size, since that seems to be what keeps it from getting destroyed – Guinness is 50 lbs and we gave him the large).

Boiled Wool Rules!!

EarltheEelAs you may or may not recall, one of the first Episodes of The Urban Mutt took place at Parker’s Pets on the Southside of Chicago. It was there that Guinness and I first saw the Nepalese Boiled Wool toys from “A Cheerful Pet.” For Guinness, it was love at first sight. He was quite taken with one in particular that apparently was an eel (I called it a snake), but I forgot to get it once we were done shooting.

Luckily, at the recent HH Backer Trade Show, “A Cheerful Pet” had a booth and we were able to get our hands on some…the dogs were VERY excited. I was told they love the smell, and sure enough, each of them grabbed a toy and were soon happily chewing away.

Now, some things to remember about these toys. While they can be chewed, they are not heavy duty chewing toys, and will easily be destroyed by an aggressive chewer (like Guinness). The dogs also seemed to like “shredding” the toys, resulting in numerous piles of wool fluff all over the place. The good news is that the wool is 100% natural, so if your pup swallows some it should pass through with no problems. Also, the toys are solid wool. It’s the same material on the outside as on the inside so they are relatively tough, especially for a soft chew toy.

Besides making a great toy, the company also donates a portion of the proceeds to charitable causes in Nepal, where the toys are hand crafted.

Overall, the fun characters and shapes that are available, coupled with the natural material, make these toys a fun choice that are sure to keep your pups happy!

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