8.05.2009

Purrfect Play Organic Toys

Casey sees me reviewing all these books, and he decided he wanted something to review, too. Coincidentally, around the same time, I see a Wisebread post about a dog toy, and I tell him, This is it! You can review your favorite thing- new toys- and it will be good for you!

I'm careful about what Casey eats- we buy a food made in Indiana with human-grade, American ingredients. Thanks to that, I don't have to worry about recalls of Chinese-made dog food, and Casey stays healthier. It's a win-win. Why wouldn't I apply the same standard to his toys, which he also puts in his mouth and (often) eats? Purrfect Play makes organic dog toys right here in Indiana, using fair-trade, dye-free materials. I'm a fan already. But, would Casey be?

I warned Pam of Purrfect Play that no cloth toy stands up to Casey. I've mentioned our trouble with finding Casey toys before. We can give him hard bones (which he'll play with for a while, but then get bored with), heavy-duty toy ropes (which he eventually shreds), Nylabones (which he eventually destroys) or tennis balls (which he pulls the fuzz off, and eventually destroys) and that's it. He doesn't like chewing rubber (Kongs) and he eats rawhide too quickly and it makes him sick. And, techically, though he still plays with it, a plastic pumpkin isn't a dog toy. When we first got Casey, my parents brought over their late dog's old toys, and they all lasted about half an hour. Combined. Seriously. Toys made of cloth do not hold up to my furball.

Pam sent us a cloth toy anyway- a "dumpling" she's developing for heavy chewers. This was a heavy-duty toy. The heavy canvas outer layer was two layers thick, and inside the half-moon-shaped canvas there was a corduroy-like half-moon, with stuffing and a squeaker.

Casey took his testing and reviewing responsibilities very seriously. (See his serious face below)


His first impression: "A new toy?!? This is AWESOME!!"


He decided it was good for throwing (kind of like a boomerang or frisbee) and good for tug-of-war, since it was fairly heavy-duty. Josh helped him test this "feature":


He gave the toy a good workout that first night. he carried it along with him on a walk, the whole way, and wouldn't even put it down for a belly rub:


Above, I mentioned that other cloth toys have lasted about 30 minutes with him- if that. This lasted about 48 times as long. Twenty-four hours later, the canvas layer and inner layer had been chewed through, and squeaker in the core of the toy had been liberated.

I tried to document this with the camera, but Casey would only let me have the toy for a second, and watched me very closely while I held it. Like I said, he took his reviewing job very seriously. This hole appeared after about 15 minutes of play.


Here's his final report:
Pros
  • Material - This would hold up to most dogs, I truly believe.
  • Shape - The flat-ish shape made it good for throwing and tug of war. Also, it only had two corners, which seem to be the parts that get chewed open the fastest.
  • Squeaker - With Casey, this is always a Pro
  • Organic - When he shred or ate parts of this, I didn't worry about what he was ingesting.

Cons
  • Really, the only downside is that he chewed through it. 
With the "dumpling" toy, he received his favorite kind of toy- a ball! This is a solid wool, felted ball in black & gray- matching his coat! You can see the excitement on his face:


This ball has been amazing. Unlike tennis balls, he hasn't tried to chew through it. Unlike all his other toys he likes us to throw, he'll actually drop this one for us- the rest, he makes us wrench from his mouth. The ball is a great size for him- slightly bigger than a tennis ball- and light, but solid wool. I was afraid he'd try to pull the fuzz apart, and he hasn't! Another thing I like about this is that it came with instructions for washing it- if it does start to get fuzzy, I can wash and dry it to pull it back together, like new! It's going in with our next load, for a test run, in its own little washer bag. This is seriously great, and is holding up beautifully (which is saying a LOT, considering how hard Casey is on toys!)

Casey encourages you to check out Purrfect Play for dog and cat toys, as well as information on why organic, natural toys matter. Because I've learned about healthy toys for Casey, I'll have a hard time going back to the grocery-store variety, because I now know there are other options out there.

What does your pet play with?

3 comments:

fullfreezer said...

Our dog is also a heavy chewer and LOVES his squeaky toys. But, like yours, he will go through them in a manner of minutes. We recently got him a Wubba Kong. It's a Kong chew toy wrapped in tough canvas with two, count them, two squeakers inside. He LOVES it and it has lasted over a month! He has chewed partly through one 'tail' but then hasn't bothered it again. It's great for playing fetch or tug of war or just for squeaking. I may have to check out your new suggestion. I wonder if I can get them here in Iowa.
Judy

Annette said...

Oh my, Otis loves squeaker toys and has become so good at only removing the squeaker and leaving the rest of the toy in tact. Then he runs around the house squeaking the squeaker with his teeth. Otis loves tug o' war and has gone through two ropes so far and has almost finished demolishing number three. Gotta love 'em!

Heather said...

Jaz too is the ultimate destroyer of all dog toys...especially balls, which are her favorite. We have a new strategy. She and Al can only have them for a short, supervised play session. Then, the balls go back out into the garage on a high shelf. They would whine and go bonkers if we dared to put them up high in the house on a shelf (been there done that=scratched furniture,etc!)
I would love to try the ball. Perhaps this weekend when I need a break I will review their website. Thanks for reviewing the dog toys. Casey makes a great test subject because we know just how energetic he is :)

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