Here are ten tough dog toys that have proved their strengths. Plus, one special toy that we've had since Pierogi's early days...
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1. Butterfly toy (going on 4 months strong) - This toy made its debut in this post and has been a favorite of Gilly's ever since. It's a palm-sized toy and one half of the butterfly is textured with little bumps, which may be why he loves gnawing on it so much. At this point, the toy does have a few nicks, but there are no tears or missing pieces. (Available here, in multiple colors)
2. Crunchcore bone (going on 8 months strong) - I bought this toy a few weeks before Thanksgiving, so Pierogi had it to himself for awhile before Gilly joined our gang. But just like this toy's name suggests, it features a crunchy core. When squeezed, it sounds similar to crushing an empty water bottle - a sound that Pierogi goes crazy for. Today, the bone still has no visible damage and the core is intact. (Available here, in multiple sizes and quantities)
3. PopFoam toys (going on 5 months strong) - Last featured in this series, we still adore these toys! Both Pierogi and Gilly love playing fetch with these shapes, and Mike and I love chucking them around. They're super lightweight and the shapes and colors of the toys are so appealing to me. After months of play, both toys did absorb tiny bite marks, but the structures of the toys remains unharmed. (Flip toy available here and Cirq toy here, both toys available in 2 sizes)
4. PEEPS bunny (going on 4 month strong) - This little PEEPS bunny was once a part of sets that were tucked into Pierogi and Gilly's Easter baskets. Today, they're simply free-range bunnies doing their own things. But really, these guys' durability surprised me. Even the squeakers still squeak! I could no longer find them online, but they're also an Easter special, so look out for them next year :)
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5. Jolly Egg (going on 4 months strong) - This toy is yet another warrior from the Easter Baskets! It's wobbly egg shape is perfect for nosing around, which is exactly what the boys have done for hours in our backyard. It's been knocked all over concrete and thrown into the depths of our backyard, but only has a few scuffs to show. (Available here, in multiple sizes and colors)
6. Mini gummy toys (approximately 3 months old) - I can't quite remember when or where I picked these little toys up from, so I underestimated the time that we've had them. But, I do know that I would have selected these with Pierogi in mind because he especially loves playing with bite-sized toys. (He loved this toy set as a puppy.) Apparently, the pinecone-shaped toy originally had a string through it, but it's long gone. Apart from the string, these toys are still doing their jobs as dog toys. (Available here)
7. Multi-play bone - We'll come back to this one...
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8. Gummy bear (going on 13 months strong!) - I have a major sweet tooth and so this dog toy was a no-brainer for me! We last mentioned the toy, just over a year ago, in this series. It's another fun toy to toss around because it bounces sporadically. Plus, it's fun to float in the bathtub or pool. After all this time, it only has some surface scratches. (Available here, note that colors vary)
9. Candy scented (!) treat ball (going on 5 months strong) - This is the extent of the candy theme, but the candy hasn't failed us! This tough toy is a house favorite for rolling up and down our hallway, and Gilly loves just holding on to it. The ball also doubles as a treat holder, although, we've yet to test that feature. (Available here, in multiple intergalactic shapes)
10. Jolly Ball (going on 13 months strong!) - This toy was also featured in our very first installment of our Freshly Dug Up series. When I found the ball, just over a year ago, I remember thinking that the design was so clever -- it's a perpetually trapped ball within a ball! Those are the kind of things that I love and thought Pierogi would, too (this was pre-Gilly). Today, Pierogi and Gilly have gotten hours of play out of the toy. There are some scrapes on the outside of the ball, but it's in great shape otherwise. (Available here, in multiple sizes and colors)
And finally, the longest standing toy goes to...
This multi-play bone! It was gifted by my Grandma just after we brought Pierogi home. She had included it in a little gift bag along with a few other cute puppy things and a card paw printed (signed) by her own dogs.
But this bone is one tough toy for lasting so long. Plus it's a multi-play toy. We've played fetch with it, countless tug-of-war games and weaved treats through the middle; it's survived many baths and has even travelled across the country with us.
Are any of these toys familiar to you? What features do you look for when buying new toys? Let us know below!
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