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Favorite new dog toys for Christmas? Nope. Old is the new “new.”

December 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Daisy, Jasper and Lady's Favorite Things are not new

Last December, I wrote about some of Daisy and Jasper’s Favorite Things to help readers with some Christmas gift ideas for their dogs. I purchased all of those favorite things with the intention of writing product reviews and because I love spoiling my dogs with new things.

This year I was thinking about doing another post on Daisy and Jasper’s favorite things, but just couldn’t bring myself to purchase more “things” for my dogs. The truth is that Daisy, Jasper and Lady have lots of new toys to choose from, most of them sitting in their toy basket, untouched. It turns out that the toys my dogs love most are not new. In fact, they’re old, and dirty and dilapitated… and in most cases, falling apart. Why invest in new?

So instead of writing about Daisy and Jasper’s new favorite toys this year, I would love to hear from you.

Is there a new toy that you purchased this year that your dog absolutely loves? Or, have you purchased a new toy for your pup that you can’t wait to give him? And if not, is there a toy that your dog has long held as their favorite over the years?

I would love to hear what your dog’s favorite things are this year.

  1. December 19, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Murphy goes through at least 2 Kong Wubbas a year. It’s his favorite toy EVER–It’s like a canvas wrapped kong-shaped thing with long straps that hang from it. We throw it down the hill and he dashes after it, leaps through the air, and catches it almost every time. It’s also good for a game of “Get the bunny!” (tug-o-war) He also loves herding a big ball around the yard. When it comes to stuffed animals, he likes them, but the little stinker takes the seams out and then pulls the stuffing out. It’s really amazing–he doesn’t chew holes in them, he literally loops his little teeth under the threads in the seams and meticulously opens them up. I could rent him out to a seamstress as a seam-ripper! Love that sheltie-boy!

    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 6:48 AM

      Wow Chris! Two a year? I love the Kong Wubba, but have yet to get any of my dogs interested in playing with it. It’s a shame because I actually like that one a lot.

      I can completely relate to the stuffed toys. I was just picking up stuffing last night when I got home. πŸ™‚

  2. December 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    You make an excellent point, Mel. My dog’s toy box is teaming, teaming, with toys that she never plays with either in preference for a good bone (or antler) or because most of her toys are interactive ones that require us to get off our butts. Now that she no longer destroys everything we bring into the house, the tug toys are lasting much longer and there isn’t as much need to buy new ones as there used to be. We haven’t bought anything new for her yet this holiday season. Though, our family members have included several gifts for the dog in their parcels! This year I may just get her a new Kong as her current one is cracking – we are on her 9th one now – and call it a day!

    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 6:46 AM

      Yup! Our basket is teaming with toys too Kristine. Her 9th Kong!?!? I didn’t think those were even destructible!

      I got Lady a new Kong after we lost her old one to a raccoon that had stolen it from one of the traps we had set up to catch her, but that’s it. Daisy has a big one and Lady a small one. Jasper could care less about Kongs (except for his Kong Wobbler, which he bangs around the house with gusto).

  3. December 19, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    The dogs are getting a new bed, some antlers, and a few new toys. Christmas is the only time that they get plush toys since they (and by they, I mean Maggie) destroys them in minutes. It’s my annual holiday tradition with them – I call it the “how fast can Maggie destroy the Christmas toy” game. 30 seconds is her record. πŸ™‚

    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 6:43 AM

      LOL! I love that you have a contest to see how quickly Maggie can destroy her Christmas toy. 30 Seconds???? Holy cow! I am impressed!

  4. December 19, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    We only have a couple of old toys that Purdy (our 5-year-old Australian Shepherd, Blue Merle) absolutely loves to play with. One is a frisbee from PetSmart and the other is an old tennis ball. She loves catching either one and will not stop unless we make her stop.

    She is such a good dog, and I would love to buy her new toys, but I doubt she’d even play with anything new that was brought into the house. She is very happy with what she has, I see no reason to go out and get her anything new.


    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 6:40 AM

      I love that she has two absolute favorite toys – a tennis ball and frisbee. Jasper also has a passion for tennis balls. That’s pretty much all he’d pay with if he could. The whiffle ball that I have in my picture was actually a find from a softball field. I brought it home, washed it and gave it to Jasper to play with inside. He loves it. It’s unpredictable in it’s direction which means he spends a lot of time almost getting it before having to chase it again. Best toy I ever brought home that I didn’t pay for! πŸ™‚

  5. December 19, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Honey loves chewing up stuffies. And then she carries the battered shells around in her mouth until there’s barely anything left.

    Stuffed dog toys are so expensive. I’ve started buying stuffed animals from the Salvation Army.

    Loved your idea for a review.

    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 6:37 AM

      That’s so funny Pamela. My dogs will carry the shell of the stuffed toy around too. Jasper and Lady love to tear the stuffing out of their toys so we have lots of shells around. I have a friend who also gets their stuffed toys from the Salvation Army. I think it’s smart given how quickly all of you dogs destroy them!

  6. December 19, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    P. loves ORANGE RUBBER BALLS which she leaps through the air for! Oh, and one soft squeak duck for tugging play. That is it! Have tried misc. kong toys and others; she is not interested and they disappear after awhile. (We think she buries them in the neighbor’s yard!) She never goes anywhere, including to sleep, without a beloved ball! Happy Holidays!

  7. December 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    My big toy dogs are the Front Dogs, Chance and Blaze. I bought a Kong(?) thing that was in the shape of a jack, put a rope on it and it was their everyday play toy for a year. We bought a second one when there was nothing left of it, that last for another year. Then we couldn’t find anymore at the store, so I took this hollow rubber ball that was like a web, (something they would NEVER touch) put a rope through it and now that is the favorite toy for the year. So to sum up, any toy you can put a rope through last forever with the Front Dogs!

    We haven’t bought new toys for the last couple of years, we just dig up old ones and make them new and exciting. This year I plan on making a few toys myself. I still have toys from when Brut was a puppy (5 years ago) that still get some excitement around here. πŸ™‚

    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 6:36 AM

      What a great idea 24 Paws! I love that you create your own tug toys just by adding a rope. Why didn’t I think of that?
      I also love that you are making a few of your own this year. Maybe I’ll try that too.

  8. December 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Kuster and Morgan LOVE the Tug A Jug! Kong Tugger Knots are also a popular favorite with the two of them. I don’t think Kuster has met a toy he didn’t love yet, though! lol

    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 6:34 AM

      Ah! The Tug-a-Jug! Jasper loves that one too! He’s already figured out that if he drops it upside down he can get all the treats out, but he still loves it. I had forgotten about that one Carrie!

      I have no doubt Kuster loves all his toys. Christmas should be a special one for all of you this year with him there. πŸ™‚

  9. December 20, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    When we first got Junebug, she was 6 months old and destroying everything. But she loved having soft things in her mouth, so we got her an unstuffed dragon. It’s one of those that they aren’t supposed to be able to chew (ha!), but it lasted a full year. So then we got her a second one.
    When we got Larry, he decided he loved the dragon to. (My other blog, The Dog Ate My Wallet, has a picture of the two of them palying tug with it.)
    We are starting our 3rd year with Junebug and just recently purchased our 3rd dragon. Of course, with two dogs focused on it, I’m not positive this one will last a full year.

    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 9:57 PM

      I love those unstuffed toys Erin. They last so much longer than the stuffed ones! Junebug and Larry (love the names btw!) are lucky they get such awesome toys. Where do you get ones that look like dragons? I’ve only seen the squirrel, weasel and skunk ones before.

  10. December 20, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Bella definitely has her favorites (usually rope bones or squeaky plush toys, including her Tuffy toys). I will be giving her another rope bone for the holidays, but who knows where it will fall in the hierarchy! πŸ™‚

    • Mel
      December 20, 2011 at 9:55 PM

      So funny AJ. Bella has a hierarchy of toys! Squeaky toys are definitely a favorite here too. Rope bones are more for carrying around in your mouth where Daisy is concerned, but they are awesome toys.

  11. December 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Jersey has a fluffy duckie that is her absolute fave. Dexter’s new BFF is Big Hairy Gorilla, it’s his new wrestling partner. The Holey Roller is his other favorite when it has food in it.

  12. December 22, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Kolchak and Felix are *avid* toy dogs and they are always **thrilled** with new toys. Felix loves any toy that is giant and overized. Kolchak prefers anything that talks, makes an obnoxious noise or that he can take apart. Even once destuffed, the “pelts” are highly prized at Casa de Kolchak. That being said, anything that is not an immediate hit is swiftly picked up and deposited in a box for our local shelter AND any new toy brought into the house must be replacing an old toy that I can throw out or giveaway. Otherwise the toy box would be as out of control as it was a few years ago.

    • Mel
      December 22, 2011 at 7:10 AM

      How interesting that Felix and Kolchak have such different taste in toys! I love the idea of giving the unused ones to a shelter and replacing old toys. Maybe if I did that I wouldn’t have an overflowing toy basket! πŸ™‚

  13. December 23, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    This is the first year I have not bought our dog or cat any new toys for Christmas. Like you our dog had boxes full of toys. Some that she loves to still play with and others she doesn’t do anything with. I bought her a new toy the other day because I haven’t in a long time and she doesn’t play with it she goes back to one of her favorites. One of her favorites is a snowman that has a squeaker in it. She will just lay there and keep squeaking the toy. I have also decided this year with some of her old toys she doesn’t play with I’m going to give them to my nieces Yellow Lab. She will love them.

    • Mel
      December 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

      I can completely relate. I am sure your sister’s Lab will love the news toys!
      I am thinking about donating to MN Sheltie Rescue or to Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. I hate to see good toys go to waste.

  14. January 8, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    This Christmas I bought my dog a babble ball, for anyone who hasn’t heard of them it’s an electronic dog ball which when played with talks to your dog it says various sentences like hey puppy, coming to get ya, it’s a great toy and my dog loves it. They come in various sizes small medium and large they can also be used for cats or birds.

    • Mel
      January 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      I am so going to have to check that out. Thanks Linda!!

  1. December 21, 2011 at 8:06 AM

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