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SPOT Toy Update

See: First Week Review, Second Week Review

So, it’s been almost two months since my last review of the red rubber three-pronged toy from SPOT. Why so long you ask? Well, things have been happening recently, see Rosee’s hives, Rosee’s broken toe. Honestly, the past two months have just been pretty hectic and full of all other types of excitement that playing with the SPOT toy has not been a top priority. Not to mention that Simon has been getting a little more possessive of his toys lately (i.e. he’s mean with them) which means he gets some separation time from his absolute favorite ones and is forced to play with the lesser ones like his giant tennis ball. (Apparently, the tennis ball is great after five minutes of staring forlornly at his box and realizing he is not getting a rubber toy that afternoon.) Basically between not getting to play with his SPOT toy and then everyone else getting sick, the toy simply has not gotten the proper play service to fully review it . . . until now that is.

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You see, just these past two weeks or so has Simon been able to really play with this particular toy and enjoy it to its fullest extent. However, two weeks is also about as long as the toy lasted before it suffered a pretty significant loss. You’re probably wondering what loss a toy could possibly suffer, and of course I am referring to one of its toes on one of its three legs. That’s right. After just a play session almost every day, and minimal (we’re talking maybe five minutes each time) chewing time the toy has lost a toe. Ironic, no?

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Unfortunately for chew toys, and humans, when Simon is able to find a weak spot he tends to try and exploit it shamelessly to get what he wants. Flipping his water bowls over because he wants new water? You got it! Learning how to use those long arms and dexterous claws to reach the butter dish on the counter? Check! Obsessively gnawing on the already torn and hanging on by a thin piece of rubber end of his toys? It’s his favorite past time!

Naturally, this meant any time he was given his SPOT toy he was more inclined to try to run away and hide with it so he could chew. Due to this predisposition both Theresa and I made sure not to leave him alone with the toy and keep him engaged with constant never-ending games of fetch (at least until it got dark outside). Still, it wasn’t long before that this poor little toe was barely hanging on and I was forced to just pull it off completely lest he be able to get it himself and put the whole thing in his mouth to chew. Then I would never get it!

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Sadly, with this toe end breaking off it means the so-called “virtually indestructible” toy was only indestructible for about three months in our household. And, and it wasn’t even really from two dogs playing with it, but mostly just one! In the beginning Rosee would play with the toy, stealing it from Simon and getting him to chase her around the backyard mostly. However, after the initial newness of the toy wore off so did her interest in it. (She’s not much of a toy-playing dog unless that toy happens to have string, which she then likes to shred and leave all over the living room.) So, the toy has really only had Simon as a playmate and it still only lasted about three months without injury. Not too good SPOT, not too good.

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Looking on the bright side, losing a toe doesn’t necessarily make the toy ready for the garbage. The rubber itself is still pretty intact around the open wound, so it is safe to play with as it is. Also, the rubber itself is thick enough that it will hopefully take Simon another three months before another piece comes off. It’s just unfortunate that a toy touted as “virtually indestructible” and for “aggressive” chewers already has such structural damage to it. The initial price point on it ($15) also helps to ease the pain a little bit. However, I can’t help but wish the whole toy had lasted a little longer, especially because Simon wasn’t allowed to just go to town and chew on it constantly in order to warrant such hefty damage already. Alas, it is still a usable toy and will probably (hopefully) give Simon another three months of play to enjoy.

Sadly, Rosee will have to refrain. (And I guess we’ll be looking into how fulfilling that 100% Lifetime Guarantee actually is. Wish us luck!)

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SPOT Toy Review: Week Two

See SPOT Toy Review: Week One

Week two has passed and it’s time to reflect on how well the hard rubber chew toy from SPOT is fairing under the rule of Sir Simon and Sir Rosee (because she is definitely a knight in this kingdom, not a lady-in-waiting). So, here we go.

First of all, I have to say that the toy is still in one piece. Yep, that’s right. After pretty much daily 30 minute play sessions every evening the toy is still intact. And the way the pups’ play is hard. They each grab an end and pull in opposite directions for minutes at a time. Sometimes one of them will sit and just chew on it for a good ten minutes too, gnawing on it with their back molars very harshly. The toy gets thrown around, bounced off of the ground, and just plain battered by Simon and Rosee who both haven’t quite figured out how to share graciously.

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While the toy is still in one piece I am saddened to say that it does have a few pretty good tears on one side. The tears are all concentrated in one particular spot, probably the result of Simon and Rosee just going to town and chewing that spot continuously during one (or a few) of the play sessions. So, not bad. However, for a toy that touts itself as designed for “tough chewers” and “aggressive chewers” I was hoping it could last for a few more weeks without such obvious damage. Teeth scrapes and scratch marks are one thing, but an actual gouge is another. It would be too easy now for either dog to get their tooth in the opening and begin to tear it open, and there goes another toy. Clearly, neither dog will be getting too much alone time to just chew on the toy anymore, which partly defeats the purpose of the toy, so . . . sad.

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It’s not like Theresa and I just let either Simon or Rosee have the toy without proper supervision, always ensuring someone is around to monitor their play and stop them if they get too rough, or in Simon’s case obsessive with the toy. However, we also know that both dogs enjoy chewing on rubber toys, so we don’t want to deny them such a pleasurable activity. It is just slightly disheartening that after only two weeks this toy is already showing signs of distress. Chewing might have to be scaled back, if only to make the toy last longer. So, while the toy is still a good buy at only $15 and durable enough to stand up to two strong dogs pulling on it and playing with it, there is currently a lot left to be desired about its resilience to chewing. Only time will tell how long it will actually last!

Make sure to check back soon for an update on the SPOT chew toy and any new developments Simon and Rosee are kind enough to offer.

SPOT Toy Review: Week One

While on a trip visiting family in southern California a few weeks ago my mother did her due diligence and paid a visit to a locally owned pet store in the area. At this particular store she found quite a few new toys to try out on our pups, but the one that made the cut (and the trip out of the store and back home) is a red, hard rubber chew toy from the company SPOT.

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The toy is rather large for a chew toy; it certainly has a little more surface space when compared to similar Kong toys. It is, like I mentioned, made of pretty hard rubber, so it is not immediately flexible or bendable, which is actually a good thing. It also has three different ends on it, with holes in each end so that (as the packaging states) it can easily float. It’s seemingly durable construction means that the toy is actually a little heavy, so not the best toy to throw around without care.

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It has become something of a delicate balance that needs to be reached when it comes to chew toys for Simon and Rosee. You see, they are strong chewers. Simon cannot be left alone with Kong rubber toys because his teeth can tear apart a brand new toy in just a few minutes. By now he knows the weak points on all of the toys (specifically where the different parts are glued together) and he shamelessly exploits them, tearing apart these toys ridiculously easy.

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However, Kong toys because they are lighter and bounce pretty well make for very good toys to play fetch with. Simon, and Rosee when she deigns to grace us with her cooperation, loves to chase after these toys for at least a solid thirty minutes every evening. It’s just a little costly to constantly be buying new Kong toys every time Simon is able to tear an old one apart and the separate pieces get to be too small and torn up in order to use safely anymore.

So, finding this new rubber toy by SPOT has certainly been an interesting development on the rubber toy front. The packaging on the toy that we got even states that this particular brand is “virtually indestructible” and is made for “tough chewers.” To sweeten the deal the toy only cost $15. Some of the other heavier duty chew toys we’ve found have always been upwards of $20, so finding this SPOT toy for cheaper is definitely a plus. The best part though? The toy comes with a 100% Lifetime Guarantee! If your toy breaks of is chewed up you can take it back to the store and get a new one.

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Clearly, this toy has all the makings of being a really good buy. The true test will be to see how long exactly the toy stands up against Simon and Rosee’s play time. Lots of toys in the dog world claim to be indestructible and for powerful chewers, but most are considered good buys if they last at least a month in our house.

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So, over the next few months (hopefully!) we here at Play Hard Bark Often will be keeping tabs on SPOT’s chew toy and reporting how exactly it is fairing, doing our best to test how indestructible this toy really is. We have high hopes after all, and not just because of the Lifetime Guarantee or because of the heavyweight rubber it is made out of, but because it has already been a week and so far after many rounds of fetch, chase, and just straight up chewing the toy has only a few scratch marks and teeth marks.

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Not bad for one week’s worth of play. But is it just early success?

I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out!

Check back in next week to find out how Week Two went.