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Size Matters – Dog Toys for Those Big & Small

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

As you may now know, the family at DogToyStuffz has recently grown. But the size it grew was in a teeny-tiny way. Little puppy Nova joined our group as a puppy street rescue weighing in at 1.4 lbs. She is the smallest addition to the family we have ever had as far as dog sizes go!

Nova with her Pet Stages Safe Puppy Toy

What this meant to us was that suddenly the squeakers in squeaky dog toys didn’t matter for her. Reason being is that these plastic squeakers all seem to come in sizes bigger than her mouth (some bigger than her head)! But, safety was a huge concern. With her delicate health and fragile little body, we needed to make sure her surroundings were completely safe for her – this included all the current dog toys scattered about. What we found was that Pet Stages makes some awesome, non-squeaky dog toys and in different sizes. We had some of their toys for the bigger dogs in the past but seeing their tiny ones, almost cat toy size, just made us all smile. All are made with textures, fabrics, rubber, string or rope that keeps our dogs (and puppies) interested. With Nova teething, these different textures are great for her. When we did further research on this particular group of Pet Stages dog toys, we noticed that some can be put in the refrigerator or freezer to be cooled and used as “real” teething types of chew toys that even human babies would love!!



Anyway, we appreciate any and all of the dog toy companies that consider the size of the dogs these days along with the safety factors for them too. Here (above) are some of our favorites of the Pet Stages safe puppy toys that we have at the house (and office) for play!

Oprah Goes to the Dogs and Puppies Behind Bars

Friday, May 15th, 2009

We love how so many celebrities are advocates for helping puppies and dogs. As you know our house is full of rescued dogs so we love to hear how others get that need!

 

Oprah Winfrey is one of those wonderful celebrities. A few months ago Oprah added to her pack by adopting a couple of shelter puppies. We are sad to report that the adopted puppies were both diagnosed with the deadly parvo virus. One of the puppies didn’t make it, but one of them did. This month, and next, Sadie will help Oprah out with alerting the public to all sorts of animal needs both for dogs as well as for humans!

 

Tomorrow, May 15th, Oprah will air her TV show and dedicate it to the dogs. Actress, Glenn Close will also be on. She is a huge dog advocate – we know this from the FetchDog.com website she is affiliated with! Both celebrities will be promoting all sorts of topics around puppies and dogs. Our favorite one, for the moment, is on the topic of service dogs. A wonderful organization, called Puppies Behind Bars, focuses on helping dogs and people. The puppies are actually behind bars with prison inmates. The inmates are trained to raise these puppies to become service dogs for wounded US veterans. We love the intertwining of needs and issues all addressed by this one program.

 

Anyway, to help promote the Puppies Behind Bars organization, we wanted to give you information on how and where you can help the dogs and people involved in these projects.

 

One is going to the Puppies Behind Bars site and donating directly:

puppies behind bars - donate

The other is with some great new dog and puppy chew toys. They are called DogTags and they are chew toys for both puppies and dogs. And, you know our dog and puppy safety concerns! These dog chew toys are made with safe all natural, non-toxic rubber. What’s also cool is that they are molded using the same shoe molds used to make the soles of military boots. We like that connection!

dogtags from fetchdog

FetchDog is donating $2 of their proceeds from sale of each chew toy. Pretty nice!

Oh, and if you have a special project or item that helps our dog and puppy community, let us know, we’ll gladly create a post about it at DogToyStuffz.com.

A New Breed of Safe Dog Toys – Time to Play

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Simply Fido website before and after view

Oh yay! We found these cool, cute, soft plush and safe dog toys from Kong. You’ve heard us before about our quest for soft plush dog toys that don’t have the squeakers in them – always on the lookout for safe dog toys. These seem pretty clear on their safety factors and we’ve ordered our supply for this doggie household. These are made by Kong, a giant in the dog toy industry, especially for indestructible dog toys.

These particular removable squeaker dog toys can be found under the names of Kong Material Dog Toys or Dr Noys’ Dog Toys with Kong referring to their own products under both labels. It seems these soft plush safe dog toys definitely have the strong double Velcro closure that we like which allows us to remove the squeaker from the dog toy – the squeaker is in its own separate pouch. We also noticed that these particular Kong dog toys are designed with no messy filling or removable stuffing so there’s no “stuffz” that ends up all over the place if the toy is dissected.



We really like a lot of the Kong dog toys (you’ll find more below). Being that I, Zeus, am a 110 lb pretty large guy, large dog toys are what I go for! Lots of them will also allow me to play tug-of-war with my buddy Charlie. But, Kong is good to consider even the tiniest toys for small dogs. Do note that the extra-small dog toys really are extra small and great for miniature and toy dog breeds. You’ll see they have sizes from x-small all the way to x-large if needed. You can find all the individual Kong removable squeaker dog toys we liked on our Dog and Puppy Toys page so you can pick the one you like best.

We noticed some reviews suggesting replacing the squeaker with a tennis ball. We love that suggestion and the large dog toys have the room to put a tennis ball in place of the squeaker which makes us even happier with regard to our safety concerns and doggy fun. Many other reviews we’ve read seem to be nicely satisfied with their purchases of these safe dog toys. We can’t wait to give these cute plush removable squeaker dog toys a try.

We need to set a doggy play date! Bring your toys.


Removable Squeaker Dog Toy Recall

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

We are issuing our own Dog Toy Recall. We had mistakenly believed SimplyFido in their labeling of certain plush dog toys that we backed up here at DogToyStuffz.com. We were told, via the SimplyFido website, that they had products that were not only organic dog toys but that they offered these dog toys with removable squeakers. We even wrote about these great safe, soft, plush organic dog and puppy toys in our Cutest Organic Dog Toys article. We even invited Oscar The Monkey into our house!

We are going to leave our original article up, but will be updating it with more appropriate information so you can keep up with us and our suggestions on safe organic dog toys. Note the strike-thru on the word “removable” in removable squeaker of our pictures – seen here:

Plush Monkey - Organic - Dog Toy Plush Lamb - Organic - Dog Toy Plush Bear - Organic - Dog Toy

For us, we still hesitate in referring to a dog or puppy toy as organic in nature if it has plastic parts. Squeakers, see our article on What Makes the Squeak in a Squeaky Dog Toy, are generally made of non-organic plastic materials. We especially don’t like squeakers because of certain safety issues. For one squeakers in dog toys don’t digest properly and can seriously hurt your dog if swallowed (like our poor Sydney!). And, the obvious reason for a dog toy being considered organic is if all parts are bio-degradable, carbon based or made from similar natural products.

We have written SimplyFido about the sudden change in products and availability. It seems that the company is under some sort of reorganization because their Simply Fido website is a mess right now. Seen below is a partial view of their site upon our initial research and their site as it is seen today – note there is no mention of “removable squeaker” any more:

Simply Fido website before and after view

Anyway, we will keep you up-to-date if Simply Fido responds to us and continue to search and review safe dog and puppy toys – especially those that have no-squeakers in the dog toy if possible.

Again, our apologies!

To help, here are some alternative soft, plush dog toys that offer replaceable or removable squeakers in their toys:


Cutest Organic Dog Toys – and safe with removable squeaker!

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

We are so excited to find these cutest ever soft plush organic dog toys – or puppy toys – from Simply Fido! They are not only safe because of their organic nature for dogs but they also have a removable squeaky. This is great for any pet owner because if you have concerns about the squeaker toy part for your dog or puppy you can simply remove it – or leave it in for those dogs who are drawn to the crazy squeaky noise when playing and chewing on their toys.

Plush Monkey - Organic - Dog Toy Plush Lamb - Organic - Dog Toy Plush Bear - Organic - Dog Toy

Our dogs love the soft plush dog toys almost better than their hard rubber or plastic toys. We love these toys because they follow our personal safety concerns and they are so terribly cute too.

Benefits of Organic Dog Toys:

Cotton is safe and non-toxic. These toys by Simply Fido use materials that are organically grown with the fibers unbleached, untreated, and unprocessed. The dyes are organic too. Simply Fido uses only natural extracts from plants and minerals, such as gardenia seed, clove and chestnut bur, to dye the fibers.
Simply Fido’s organic dog toys are healthy by focusing on reduced toxicity and allergy levels for your dog or puppy – making these really nice safe dog toys. Some other plush dog toy products use pesticides and herbicides during cotton production, and chemical dyes during coloring, which can lead to allergies and sickness in pets.

The production of organic products such as these dog toys does not contribute to environmental pollutants and hazardous waste so are considered eco-friendly dog toys. Non-organic production process may cause damage to natural ecosystems including contamination in the water due to pesticide residue and chemicals. DT Stuffz wants to watch for all elements affecting not only our dogs or other pets but for ourselves, children and the community around us.

Note: See our newest update and information in our article about Removable Squeaker Dog Toy Recall.
And check out some of our new favorite soft, plush dog and puppy toys – with removable (or replaceable) squeakers!