When we first got Happy back in October, I vowed that’d we’d never be “those people” who spoil their pups with tons and tons of toys. And although I feel like we’ve done a good job at staying true to that mantra, I think we have slowly but surely assembled quite the arsenal of “all things squeaky.”
By longevity of survival, the following is a list of squeaker toys Happy has collected over the past (almost!) six months:
Pros: Compact, easily portable and great for head-thrashing. When Happy was a pup, Hippo was the perfect size for her bite-sized clench (of death).
Cons: Dead squeaker. (This little fact does not phase Happy, though. She still goes to town chompin’ at Hippo and makes the thing wheeze like crazy.)
Where you can find me: Mostly retired, but makes the occasional appearance…often found resting on Happy’s bed.
Pros: Equipped with appendages (arms and legs) for easy carrying and tossing around the house. Still squeaks.
Cons: Balding; loses interest during the off season (or maybe because she has more toys now???)
Where you can find me: Crate-side pillow. (Yes, Happy actually uses this little football as a pillow for her head while in her crate, it’s pretty much adorable.)
Pros: Reliable partner-in-crime; durable squeaker.
Cons: Deaf in one ear (Happy has torn a little bit of Pig-Pig’s ear…)
Where you can find me: Attached at the hip
Name: Scruff McGruff (alias: Scruff)
Status: Middle Child Syndrome (aka…the forgotten one, despite what the pictures might show – Jan Brady, anyone?)
Pros: Soft, cuddly and bigger than Happy herself
Cons: Intimating and awkward to drag around the house
Where you can find me: Same spot as last week…
Name: Bacon Bone
Status: Replaced. Because Happy chewed so much on her first one that it became unsafe…(Little pieces falling off. Not so good for the digestive tract…).
Pros: Smells like bacon; provides hours of endless entertainment.
Cons: Misperceived as real food
Where you can find me: In Happy’s mouth
Pros: Dispensed food; fun and entertaining puzzle.
Cons: Dispensed food slowly; Clanged against walls; rope frayed and became digestable…thus ending the lifespan of Tug-A-Jug.
Where you can find me: Out of reach and on the top shelf
Status: New Kid on the Block
Pros: Happy’s first spherical toy (besides the elusive Kong that gets ignored when not filled with peanut butter); Ryan’s favorite pasttime; Most powerful squeaker to date.
Cons: Learning curve because it rolls around so much
Where you can find me: Being tossed around by Ryan
Status: Residential Jackass
Pros: Perfect sized companion; flavor of the month; brand-spankin’ new
Cons: To be determined…
Where you can find me: Attached to Happy’s other hip
Oh, and then of course, there’s the plunger. Unfortunately for Happy, Ryan and I do not condone playtime with this pseudo-toy. It now resides under the bathroom sink, where mammals sans thumbs cannot reach it (ahem, Happy). Nevertheless, here are some pictures from the first (and only) time she dragged it out of the bathroom for some lovin’. I couldn’t resist snappin’ a few photos before freeing it from her death grip.
So there you have it, Happy’s army of toys (minus the plunger…). She’s not the biggest chewer, so all of the toys we bought her when we first brought her home are still in use today.
What types of toys do your pets like to play with? Do they pick favorites? Do they destroy and conquer their toys? Or do they like to play nicely?