Kyjen toy company sent us some awesome dog toys to review, and one of them was a sheep toy of the Hard Boiled Softies line. It’s a soft “squeak” toy with a tough interior that is meant for more aggressive chewers.
My dog Ellie loves plush toys and anything that squeaks, but she is also very destructive with them and loves to see how quickly she can “kill” the toy. So this sheep toy was refreshing because it seemed very sturdy, and also makes noise!
As soon as I held the toy out, Ellie immediately became excited as she does with most toys, with the look of “OMG GIMME!” on her face. She squeezed it about half way and became delighted at the fact that it makes noise. Then she gave it a full squeeze which let out a long loud whine, and she actually flinched a little. She definitely wasn’t expecting that sort of sound!
As she got used to it, she kept chomping and squeezing and tossing it around the floor. This toy seems like a winner by her book! She did chew off one of the ears (Ellie likes to saw-tooth any little pieces that stick out). I later realized that the exterior is removable, but she wasn’t too thrilled about playing with a large hard rubber egg.
Entertainment value: 5/5
Human enjoyment: 3/5
The toy was very fun for Ellie, but not the most fun for the humans when we are trying to watch TV. It’s quite a loud toy, so if you’re trying to relax, you’ll probably want to keep it up on a high shelf.
Want to win? Trupanion and Kyjen are giving away one Hard Boiled Softies toy!
To enter into the drawing: Comment on this blog post telling us what your dog’s first thoughts would be upon hearing that “squeak” sound. Only one comment per person please. Winner will be selected via random drawing. Bonus: For an extra entry, post about this giveaway on Twitter! (be sure to mention Trupanion)
Winner will be drawn and announced by 4:30pm PST, Thursday October 7, 2010.