Monday, December 22, 2008

Dog toy testers

I think these two (well, really just Tristan) should be employed as dog toy testers. Problem is, no toy would survive!

The dogs' Auntie Phyllis sent them a stuffed Milkbone dog and an Orbee-Tuff bulb (which is only rated for medium chewers, and thus you can't blame them for what happened when Tristan got ahold of it!) Phyllis is a brilliant dog writer and she did an article for the Tufts University vet school newsletter in which she compared various toys and gifts for dogs.

Anyhoo, I was going to save these gifts from Christmas, but the dogs were driving me nuts the other day when it was too damn cold to go for a walk (today I gave in and walked them in a -30C windchill. I care, they don't!!!) so I let them have their prezzies. First, Tristan got the stuffed toy and surgically removed the squeaker within 90 seconds:


"Is that it?"


Meanwhile, Sophie checked out the giant rubber Christmas bulb:


"I'm allowed to have this, right?"


Then Sophie foolishly left her bulb toy unattended and Tristan grabbed it:

"Hey! This is minty! Cool!!"


And in 90 seconds, the Orbee-Tuff bulb was ... not so tough anymore:

Yes, Tristan bit the base right off! And again, don't blame Orbee, because they rightly rated this for medium chewers. I should get the Tristanator an Orbee-Tuff Snowball, rated for aggressive chewers like him. Knob.

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:22 pm

    Tristan is faster at disemboweling than Dodger is, but Dodger/Butthead leaves a FAR bigger mess...stuffing everywhere. And that Milkbone thing was cheap, so no surprise. Still, you wish they'd last more than a few seconds.

    90 whole seconds for the Orbee Not So Tuff, eh? I think if you got him the aggressive one, he'd nail it in two minutes. Let's clock him!

    We are not even lasting a few minutes outside to do business, much less take a walk. Phyllis

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  2. I LOVE Tristan's face!
    There is no stuffie safe with Duncan either. And he makes a massive mess of stuffie guts also.

    Merry Christmas Tristan!

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  3. Orbee-Tuff, not tough enough for your crew, huh?

    That's OK, Emma shredded her purse in short order. She is still working on the squirrel and wooly frisbee though.

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  4. Ha ha ha i love it that you call him 'Tristanator' cause we call Nethmi, 'Nethminator' especially during her terrible twos phase ;o)

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  5. I think our Shadow puppy must be related to Tristan. The entire point of a stuffed toy seems to be to get to that lovely, fluffy stuffing as fast as possible!

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