UPDATES: Pink Fuzzy and the Westpaw Hurley

We have established that Grace is pretty tough on chew toys. She is the very definition of power chewer. See here the various and sundry items she has destroyed in a matter of seconds, including the indestructible Westpaw Bumi. Westpaw honored their guaranty and replaced it with their Hurley (tougher than the Bumi). That was around January 1.

UPDATE: it took over 4 months, but she finally broke the Hurley.

Time was not on Hurley’s side.

I’m impressed that it lasted 4 months and still give Westpaw a high rating on their toys – I’ll buy more for sure since nothing else has lasted nearly that long. It was a challenge for Grace for sure!

Then there was the flimsy little $5 stuffed toy from the grocery last week that she gently mouthed until the poor thing was entirely covered in dog saliva.

UPDATE: I didn’t expect Pink Fuzzy to last more than 5 or 10 minutes, but he has undergone only one minor procedure – a few stitches on his side. Other than that he is intact and living the dream!

She carries him around with her (even onto the bed at night) and takes him to the kitchen or living room in the morning. Pink Fuzzy has really stolen her heart 🙂

Ready for night-night.

Does your dog (or cat) have a favorite toy? Post a pic if you have one!


Is Your Dog a Power Chewer? Steer Clear of the Kong Traxx

After work I stopped to buy dog food, and I always get sidetracked either to the coats and sweaters or the toys. Today it was the toys. Since Grace has so few of them, I’m always on the lookout for something she can sink her teeth into…or rather not.

She’s a power chewer, and right on the Kong Traxx packaging it reads “Power Chewers” and “Toughest Durable Formula.” Grace has a red Kong Classic toy which is not holding up very well. A friend suggested the black Kong Extreme toy which is for the power chewers. The Kong Traxx is listed in the same “Extreme Rubber Toys” category as the Kong Extreme toy, so we should be good, right? No Ma’am.

Grace had this toy for less than 10 minutes and was able to bite a piece off of it. The tire design has a lot of texture, so it’s actually easier for her to get a grip on it when chewing. I’ll try the Kong Extreme toy instead and see if the smooth, round surface doesn’t give her more of a challenge.

Less than 10 minutes.

I like the Kong products in general, but if you really have a power chewer, I wouldn’t recommend the Kong Traxx. I’ll let you know how the Extreme holds up.