Before Flo’s arrival I had lovingly gone out and purchased some toys for her to play with when she got here. There were a fair few lion toys, of course, along with an octopus, and I can’t remember what else. These stood up well to those puppy teeth but, once her massive big-dog teeth came through at 4 months-ish, one by one the toys copped a beating. Or a shredding. Or an eviscerating. Every now and again I’ll go and buy a nice plush toy in the foolhardy belief that it will last more than a day. Sadly, most don’t even last a minute. All her stuffable Kongs have lasted, although some of the first ones won’t last much longer because of the climate more than anything… the heat and humidity don’t agree with rubber toys. Her Kong tugable was good for a day, then the squeak was excavated. The Kong Wubba is still on the go, just, although all the tassle bits were chewed through within a morning. The Kong Air tennis ball is minus its fluffy outer covering but that did last a few months before she realised that the covering could be prised away. Once she realises that something has stuffing that can come out or a covering that can come off she becomes a dog possessed, taking every opportunity to have a little go at it.
When she was teething I bought her a couple of Nylabone inedible chews, which lasted a while but did eventually succumb to the jaws. Today I bought a Nylabone Double Action Chew. It’s big, it’s heavy and apparently it’s minty, though I’m not going to test it. Flo got stuck straight into it when I brought it home and it’s still in one piece. I am amazed. I want to hug whoever invented it.
However, after all those other toys have come and gone, the orginal octopus and lion that I got for her and which stay in her pen are still intact. She goes and fetches them out and has a play with them, making them squeak and honk, but she hasn’t destroyed them… maybe Flo’s got a sentimental streak too.