Three Things for Thursday

One: Dog Toys

Last night, I posted this on Instagram:

Yup. Mocha’s Kong, split in two like it was nothing. Mocha loved the Kong because it bounced, but she was particularly good at losing the thing, so it has lasted her almost her whole life. But now… we’ll still allow it for a little while longer, but it’s shooting home the frustrating time we have with dog toys. Every time we buy a new toy, especially one with a squeaker, she has it destroyed in 15 minutes. We’re hesitant to spend money on them to get a good quality one knowing that most toys will end up in her stomach – she is particularly fond of chewing them into little pieces and swallowing them, especially the ones with squeaky rubber.

(One day, this habit of hers is going to land us with a hugely expensive vet bill. Or a dead dog. I try not to think about this too hard.)

Now that we have two dogs in the house, having good toys for them, especially for Kingsley and his crazy puppy energy seems even more important. So, last night, I turned to Twitter and Facebook for a little help. This is what I learned:

  1. Kong makes a black version of their toys that is supposed to be tougher for the extreme chewers like Mocha. I was vaguely aware of this, but after so many people recommended it, I think we’ll be replacing this red one with a tough black one. Additionally, they may replace the Kong once – but not a second time. 
  2. There exists a store called Bark and Fitz in various places in Ontario, but unfortunately not Toronto, that will, I hear, replace their toys if the dog destroys them. The friend who suggested this noted that these toys tend to be a little more expensive. If they’re going to guarantee them for the lifetime of the dog, though? Totally worth it. Of course, I need to confirm this. They may have a similar deal to Kong’s guarantee that they’ll replace the toys a certain number of times. After all, they do need to be profitable.
  3. Nylabone. We got a couple of these for Kingsley, which Mocha, of course, stole, and then proceeded to eat. She got halfway through it before I reread the package and discovered that, even though they’re in the shape of a bone, they are not edible. Seriously, our dog has a gut of steel. I may look for a harder one for Mocha (we got puppy ones, since they were meant for Kingsley) and see how that goes.
  4. Deer antlers. This I can agree with! Mocha used to have a deer antler, scavenged by a coworker, and she loved it. We lost it somewhere in the move from the condo to the house, much to my disappointment. My only concern with all bone-like toys is our floor. Will it scratch?
I know I have plenty of dog-loving readers. Do you have any other suggestions? A toy we absolutely should splurge on because Mocha will not be able to destroy and she will absolutely love it? Please, share!
Two: Libraries

I said once that I find bookcases of books in homes to be kind of ugly. Books are shabby. Shelves of them look disorganized and messy. 
I would like to take that sentiment back.
Also, I really want that couch.
Three: Libraries of a different sort

On the weekend, I took a video of the Parliamentary library. I’m not a particularly good videographer (rookie mistake, holding my phone the wrong way…), so I highly doubt that it fully captures the grandeur of that place. But it is, I believe, the perfect library.

If you ever have a chance to go visit, do, just so you can experience that library.

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  1. Our aussie managed to destroy his nylabone in less than two weeks, and we had bought the biggest "toughest" one we could find. For our rampant chewer (when he gets bored he would like to chew, when he wants to play he would like to chew, when he's sleeping he dreams of chewing) we try and engage his interest beyond pure seek & destroy. Kongs are great for this because you can stick a long treat inside, fill the rest with peanut butter and freeze to keep them entertained for a long time.

    We also make a point of putting squeaky toys, frisbees and tennis balls away where the dog can't get them after we're done to avoid a doom of being shredded to a million pieces.

    But when it comes down to it our dog just likes to chew, plain and simple. So for that personality quirk we go to the butcher and pick up a large raw soup bone. Durable, good for their oral health, edible, nutritious and naturally appropriate.

    The library at Parliament is awe inspiring. I remember being there when I was 11 and thinking it must be the biggest library in the world (not true but hey I was young).

    I love love love everything from the house beautiful room from the books (oh my gosh the books) to the couch.

  2. My parents do the soup bone thing with their dog. I'm worried they would scratch the floor. Then again, perhaps we can train her to only chew on a blanket to avoid that?

    I've been searching for lots of library inspiration lately. I'm even thinking of pulling out all my packed up books to display them on shelves again. And they're not exactly pretty books! I guess I'm just craving being surrounded by the written word.

  3. Tass is a major chewer, too, although I've had good luck with both antlers and the extra durable Nylabones. Raw soup bones are a no go for her, she inhales them and managed to give herself pancreatitis once.

    I can't tell you whether the antlers will scratch your floor or not – our floors aren't finished, plus they're pine, so I can't tell the difference between scratches new and old.

  4. I love libraries/bookshelves! Although I'm a bit biased since we're starting on in the front room of our house, haha. And that Chesterfield is gorgeous!

    Hope the black Kong works out better for Mocha! Freckles hasn't destroyed his yet, but he also seems to have grown out of playing with his toys as much.

  5. I've always found stuffed children's toys hold up for longer periods than pet store toys. Not to say they are indestructible, just … well, they do have to meet certain safety guidelines (particularly anything for the under three crowd). And – no squeakers inside is SUCH a blessing!

  6. Yes! We bought 3 stuffies for Mocha when we were garage saling last summer for 15 cents each or something like that. We removed the stuffing as soon as she started spreading it all over the house so she couldn't consume it (we had a NASTY experience with a stuffed cat toy and Mocha when she was only 3 months or so old, so we know what stuffing can do to a dog's insides!) but she and Kingsley are STILL carrying around the gross shells of the teddy bears. Time to wash them for sure. But, they've been the best toys for them. Perhaps I can find some more cheap ones at the thrift store?

  7. Somedays I wish we hadn't gone for something that scratches so easily and shows every scratch so clearly… they look great, but…!

    Thanks for the tip! I might have to go hunting in the back yard and the garage for that deer antler we had… it must be around somewhere, right?

  8. I'm throwing in my 2 cents on the dog toys – Kona will also destroy most toys within minutes. We've used the black kongs since she lost her puppy teeth. Every day we stuff them with soaked kibble each morning, freeze it and then give them to her while we eat dinner. The first 2 lasted over a year and we just replaced them with another one that is larger.
    Nylabone has some extremely durable hard plastic toys that have lasted over a year and are still going. They may scratch your floor though (at least ours did once they got chewed on).
    We have also had some luck with the rubber toys by JW, but none lasted more than a few months and we could never leave them with her unsupervised.
    Lately we've been taking Kona to daycare once or twice a month. I asked the staff what toys they use, and they said the only ones that they leave with the dogs are the nylabones. Everything else would be destroyed.
    Hope that helps!

  9. Black kongs & deer antlers are arriving in santas sleigh next week!
    Our Oliver- small sherpedie thing, has had his red kong for 5 years, we got it the wknd we found him.
    Lilu- chihuahua/ boston terrier mix, ate the kong, peels the fuzz off tennis balls & destroys anything plush requires something sturdy.

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