I took Lula shopping last night, so we could spend her PetSmart Christmas money. I kept hoping she'd actually pick something out, and luckily, when another customer squeaked a Baby Dragon, her ears perked up, and she seemed interested. The sales associate came to tell us that these are very durable toys, with a thick mesh underneath the fabric exterior. They have a squeaker, a grunter, and they crackle-all good stuff for a dog to play with. Plus, there is no stuffing, so no messes.
So we spend the $14.99, (yes, $14.99 on a stuffed dog toy) and head home. Remarkably, the dogs played tug with the baby dragon, and it stayed perfectly in tact! I could even see the look on my Lab's face--this toy wasn't like the others.
But, then, when he got it away from Lula, he took it aside and went to town, pulling at the exterior with his teeth. There are lots of little prongs and protrusions to pull on, and he liked that. He's pretty brutal when he starts gnawing on things, so within 15 minutes he had two small holes in the exterior fabric. Baby Dragon was wounded!
I took it away, so that there might still be some Dragon left when Lula wants to snuggle with it. I think the dogs loved it, but, I'm not sure that Chew Guard is up to the challenge of a Rottweiler and a Lab when they set out to destroy. I think it would be money well spent for a dog that plays nicely with their toys. The good news is, according to the sales associate, the manufacturer will replace the toy if we send it in. However, I'm not sure how many Baby Dragons I can bear see brutalized.
Maybe we should have gone with the Jolly Ball?