Christmas is almost here! I keep checking my stocking each day for goodies from Santa. Mommy hides my gifts from her until Christmas Eve. You break into gifts early one year and suddenly you can’t be trusted. Geez! Now I know some doggie parents out there don’t shop as early as mommy. For those who are still looking for doggie gifts, I thought I’d share my list of favorite gifts to receive.
1. Bully sticks. Any kind of bully sticks. Short, long, thin, thick, straight, braided. Lots of bully sticks!
2. Bacon rolls!
3. Puppy Kisses! I tolerate baths for these.
4. Mother Hubbard P-Nuttier Biscuits.
5. Atomic Treat Ball. I love flipping this around trying to get the treats out.
6. Snoop Interactive Dog Toy. This might be my favorite toy! It has a deep crevice in the middle for treats. I love trying to get the treats out by flipping, tossing, and nudging the toy.
7. Thinkers Duck Sticks. These don’t last as long as bully sticks but I love them the same! They also come in chicken.
8. Zukes Minis. These are great for when I’m practicing commands & tricks. So many flavors!
9. Tricky Treat Ball by Omega Paw. It takes some thinking to get these treats out.
10. Himalayan Dog chew. It lasts a long time. I nibble on it over days.
11. Pet Dreams Cratewear Plush 3 Piece set. I love this! I don’t like regular kennels after being in a shelter cage. Mommy bought this wonderful kennel set and now my kennel feels like a plush, safe den to me. I love going in it now when I want some alone time. It comes in different colors.
12. Petzlife TickZ – suppose to work on fleas and ticks. Mommy just bought this a couple days ago. It gets sprinkled on my food for 5 days and doesn’t irritate my skin like the spot treatments.
I’m always on the look out for a long-lasting treat toy that will safely entertain Suki. I tend to work a lot on weekends, so don’t want her becoming bored quickly. That girl can devour a chew like nobody’s business, so giving her a plain chew didn’t work! She’s also very smart (too smart for her own good sometimes), so it needs to be challenging as well. I saw an ad for Ruffhides Refillable Chew Toy made by Pawabunga and was intrigued.
Pawabunga refers to the toy as a rubber wrap on their website. The toy surrounds the chew to prevent removal by the dog but has openings for the dog to be able to chew on it. It’s supposed to slow dogs down, make the chews last longer, and promote dental health. Sounds good. They are also refillable….sounds even better! These rubber wraps come in 3 colors (blue, pink, green) and 3 sizes: mini (up to 25lbs), classic (26 – 60 lbs), and super (60+lbs and aggressive chewers). They come filled with rawhide, Himalayan chew, or a Pizzle (braided bully stick) and are dishwasher safe (yes!). The Pawabunga website has a great product description page: http://www.pawabunga.com/ruffhides/
I chose a pink classic size one filled with the Himalayan chew for Suki…. mainly because it was the only pink one left in her size, and I really wanted pink. LOL. I was very excited when I took the toy out of the packaging to show Suki. She gave it one sniff and walked away. Talk about being disappointed! There is a very strong rubber smell to the toy initially, so I figured it just overpowered the smell of the Himalayan chew. After a couple days of airing it out, I tried again….same reaction. I took the chew out and gave it to her…devoured. It’s been a week now, so I tried again with another Himalayan. First let me say, refilling this toy with a Himalayan is a pain! I finally got the chew in the wrap and presented it to Suki. She gave me a look of “have you really not learned yet?” and walked away. I decided to try a bully stick instead…SUCCESS! She grabbed the toy and ran off for awhile. I think the rubber smell just overpowers the Himalayan chew too much for her particular taste. The stronger scent of the bully stick seems to work fine. She’s just a bully stick gal! I bought her chew refills at a local pet boutique, but Pawabunga also sells them on their website. Ruffhides Refillable Chew Toy may be just the answer for chew devouring dogs!
I give the Ruffhides toy 3 paws if a bully stick is in it. I think mommy has finally gotten the hint I don’t want a Himalayan, so we won’t go there (1 paw would be generous). I would give it my coveted 4 paws award if the silly wrap didn’t prevent me from devouring the bully stick in one fell swoop. Apparently, mommy finds this to be a positive aspect of the toy. She’s mistaken! It takes forever!