Posts Tagged ‘Toys’

It’s Sqwuggie time!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Remember when I got those cool boxes full of surprises?

Well, the bestest toy ever was in the bottom box.  It’s light but tuff, just like me.  Bowwow bonus:  It squeaks & floats!  I’m not ashamed to say, I lost my poodle mind over it.

Check it, dawgs!   ~Rusty~

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What’s in the box?!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

So the other day, my people put a pile of boxes on the floor & told me they were mine.

Wow!  It was like poodle Christmas in June!  So I opened them up (with help….’cuz I don’t have thumbs), and picked out my fave things.  I especially loved the Jumpin’ Ginger Snaps, the HoloBal, and the Bully Stick ring.  Watch me try them out…..

Dawgs, beg your humans to get these boxes.  They’ll need to know how much you weigh so you get the right size toys & treats, so ‘fess up.  After that, you get a box full of fido surprises every month for however long you want.  Your humans will like that the shipping’s free.  I love that they donate 10% profit from each box to a local shelter or rescue!

The best part?  I didn’t even tell you about my new favorite toy that I pulled out of the last box.  More on that later…..  Woof, yeah!  ~Rusty~

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Wig Wag!?

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

I’m tryin’ out a cool, new-to-me toy!

I love its shape ‘cuz it’s easy to grab.  Words of warning, though, dawgs:  Before you play with a new toy, ask your humans to wash it well for you with soap & water.  (Be sure to rinse the soap off well.)  As much fun as this toy is, it tasted funny @ 1st.  You can see I made a few “ick” faces in the video.  It was all better after “Mom” washed it several times with animal-friendly Dawn dish washing liquid.  But overall, I agree with Mom:  We’re gonna stick with the heavy duty, inert Zogoflex plastic toys made in America (not China like this toy!) by West Paw Design.  And you should, too.

Only the best for us, pooches!  ~Rusty~

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Demo dog!

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Big fido foodie-fun here.  “Mom” asked me to test two new feeding stations, and let you know what I thought.  So here we go!

The first one is meant to slow little dogs down when they eat.  (Seriously, pace yourselves, pups!)  If you’re looking for a puzzle toy that will keep you busy for awhile, this isn’t for you, dawgs.  But it will make meals last longer.  If your nose is bigger than mine, you’ll have trouble getting food out of it.  (I don’t mind sayin’ that I weigh 12#.  So you judge if you’re too big for this bowl.)  Human advantages:  It’s easy to take apart, and it’s dishwasher safe.  Watch me use the bowl for the 1st time, after Mom loaded it up with chicken.  Yum!

Next up is the cat version.  I hated this one, pooches.  But I tried it for you.  Mom made it harder for me by making some of the tubes deeper.  Since I don’t use my paws much to get to stuff, I couldn’t reach in far enough with my nose.  Not even for chicken!  I tried pushing it around & pulling the tubes out with my teeth – no go.

I couldn’t figure it out, but I’m not taking it personally because…………….  I’m — not — a — CAT, AM I?!!   Grrrr!    ~Rusty~

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I workout!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Hey, no New Year’s resolutions required here, dawgs!  I’m stayin’ in shape through the holidays.

It’s easy ‘cuz it’s fun!  I eat healthy foodsnacks & chewies.  I go for walks on the beach and family adventures.  Sometimes mom puts my food in toys, so I have to eat slower & exercise while I eat – cool!  I play with friends whenever I can.  Fetch & catch are always awesome.  I even hopped on the treadmill to show you dawgs how I roll!  (There are treadmills for dogs.  Your humans can help you use one safely:  read here, here and here.)  It’s all good ‘cuz I get plenty of R&R and vet care, so I stay happy & healthy.  And my humans love meAwwww…..

Happy Howl-idays, hounds!  See ya’ next year!  ~Rusty~

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A cool chew

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I’m a lucky poodle!  My humans just gave me a new, gigantic chewy:  an antler!

It’s long lasting and way healthier than my old bone.  If I do scrape anything off of it, it will be packed with good-for-me minerals, like calcium.  Tip from my “mom”:  If you get an antler & it doesn’t smell much (so why bother chewing, am I right?),  have your humans sand the surface a bit to release some smells.

And keep it safe.  Only chew antlers from the USA.  Here’s some grrreat advice from mom’s fave place to buy antlers:

Supervise your dog. Do not allow your dog to attempt to break the chew in half with his back teeth.  Do not allow your dog to consume more than 1/2″ to 1″ per day.  If you need to get the antler away from your dog and he doesn’t know “drop it”, you can trade him for a tasty treat such as a piece of meat or cheese.

Best part, dawgs:  No Rudolphs were harmed.  Woof!  ~Rusty~

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Spooky monkey

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Hey, dawgs.  Are you all dressing up for Halloween?

Last year I was Count Dogula, & I described how “mom” helped me like my costume.  This year, my people broke out a monkey suit for me.  Yeah, an actual monkey suit.  But chin up –  a cool toy & boiled chicken breast were on hand, so I was one very happy monkey!  I hope your Halloween is sweet, not-so-spooky fun.

Boo! ~Rusty~

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Spooky fun!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

My humans surprised me with a really weird toy.

It moves a lot, all by itself, and it’s loud.  I wasn’t so sure about it @ 1st, so I barked @ it.  But then “mom” got on the floor with me to show me it was OK.  She held it, so I knew it couldn’t be that bad because she wasn’t scared of it.  And then we played tug with it, so what’s not to love?!  I quickly figured out that it was quieter if I kept it on the rug, rather than the hard floor.  By the time I played with it outside, I was shaking it to get it to go.  Big fun!  Ruth has some advice, so listen up, dawgs:  This isn’t the toy for you if you’re easily scared or another animal in your family is fearful.  It’s not the toy for you if you shred your toys.  You’ll like this toy more if you start playing with it outside so it’s quieter.  If you play with it inside, play on carpet.  Make sure your humans are there to help you have fun.

Dig it? Now fetch The Doggie Bag! ~Rusty~

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Poodle scores!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

My humans spent some time in Seattle last week while I was @ doggy camp. I missed them, but it’s all good now.  It seems “mom” found an amazing store in Seattle with lots of goodies for dogs.  (She’s almost as sad as I am that we don’t have one of these stores in CA.)  I scored yummy new noms made out of sardines & carrots, and a new toy!  I love my boiled wool ring because I can fetch it & tug on it.  It’s soft & light, but strong.  And since I don’t chew thru my toys, it’s perfect for me.  My humans play tug with me because I’m happy to drop my toys when asked.  We play it safe & smart.  (I know – good boy!)  Dawgs, I hope your humans visit their favorite pet store soon, too.  If they pick up the treats or toys I mentioned above, part of the proceeds goes to charity.  Woof, yeah!  ~Rusty~

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A fun twist on noms

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

New noms for me!  Recently, “mom” switched me to a new, crunchy food. She says it will be easier for me to eat when she’s not here to make my meals.  Hey, I’m a foodie poodle, so I’m not picky.  The super cool part about my new food is that I get to eat meals out of a bunch of new toys!  Mom says that’s to slow me down a bit when I eat.  (I do tend to wolf it down – not gonna lie.)

I tried each of the toys Ruth gave me separately, but those were too easy for me to figure out.  (Scary smart, here.)  So she connected the 2 toys to make it harder.  (She’s even smarter, or so I let her think.)  My pal, Elliott the corgi, eats fast, too.  So his mom feeds him from 3 toys!  Watch – we’ll show you how it’s done, dawgs.  Bone appetit! ~Rusty~


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