How to Keep a Dog Toy Alive

Shiva may no longer be the antler-anihilator she once was but we still have to work hard to keep her toys intact for longer than five minutes. Below is a picture of the alien Tuffie toy we bought for her Gotcha Day. This was taken before she first got her teeth on it.

Look, Ma! No holes!

That was two weeks ago. Today it looks more like this:

Quite impressive stitching, don't you think?

I am thrilled the toy resembles its original form. Green Alien Man has not lost a single body part in over fourteen days! It is completely unprecedented.

How did we do it?

By never allowing this:

Ensuring this stays gentle:

And if this does happen:

Doing a lot of this:

That's right, my PH can sew.

Our home is now an official safety zone for dog toys. No more will they cower in fear when we enter the store. Once word gets out, toys will be fighting for the chance to come home with us.
“Finally!” They’ll cry with glee. “A family who understands toys have feelings too!”
Don’t worry toys. There will be no more mindless violence under our watch. Shiva’s murderous ways are over.
Well, as long as we’re in the room anyway. If a toy “just happens” to fall off the shelf when we’re not around… Green Alien Man is on his own.
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18 Comments on How to Keep a Dog Toy Alive

  1. Jen
    May 2, 2012 at 11:15 am (2 years ago)

    Giving Elka a stuffed toy means 10 minutes or so typically. Granted, I haven’t shelled out for one of the super cool ones like that; maybe it could stand a supervised ten minutes. A good lesson, though. Toys need not perish!
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  2. yulaffin
    May 2, 2012 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

    That’s why I try to avoid getting stuffies with a lot of filler. Otherwise, I’d be picking up fluff for hours.

  3. Tena
    May 2, 2012 at 11:24 am (2 years ago)

    I love tuffie brand toys. Although I love the look of their “cute” toys, i’m a big fan of their simple ring toy and have had good luck with it surviving (with some help by me being careful to lot let it become a ‘chew’ toy).

    That alien is SUPER cute!
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  4. Jodi
    May 2, 2012 at 11:36 am (2 years ago)

    Well now you are taking all of the fun out of having stuffies. :-) I usually won’t spend very much money on the stuffy, I know they will destroy in fairly short fashion. Of course on their birthdays I spend a bit more, and sometimes the toys don’t last.

    Sometimes I just restuff the toys (without sewing) and let them pull it out again, but good for your PH for restuffing and resewing the toys.
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  5. Anna
    May 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    We do a lot of that here too! I have a whole collection of toys in the hospital, really should keep them more handy so I sew while I watch TV or something. Luna is pretty good about making toys last though, especially if it has a squeaker as then she just plays with it… and it it is fury she love bites it more than chews it. Guess I have gotten better at picking toys too.
    As I mentioned to Flo’s owner you may want to check out Kyjen dog toys… they have all sorts of tuff and cool toys. Go Dog is another good brand with double chew guard fabric layers and double stitching… and We have quite a few Hugglehound toys laying around here too.

    Good work with Shiva and her toys!! you are proof that it can be done.

  6. Sammy Sam
    May 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Kristine, we have one of those things too except its an octopus. It’s pretty much intact. But the other ones, even the ones with “super strong” ballistic cloth lining, well let’s say that they’re all goners :)
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  7. Sue
    May 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm (2 years ago)

    PH can sew……marry him quickly, don’t let him get away:)

  8. Annie
    May 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Gentle tiny little Kita will rip a stuffy twice her size to bits. If it has a squeaker its minutes are numbered. None of our other dogs ever did this. I’m confused

  9. Maggie
    May 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Cooper destroys toys so fast that I’ve started putting all stuffies away until he’s at doggy daycare, then getting them out for Emmett and Lucas to play with in peace! How on earth did you get her to be gentle with them??
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  10. Tegan
    May 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I had Tuffies destroyed here, too. They don’t get love, they get confettied…
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  11. Julie
    May 3, 2012 at 1:11 am (2 years ago)

    Cali is pretty good about not tearing them apart, but the squeakers don’t even last 5 minutes! That is a cute toy! It’s sweet of you to keep it alive ;)
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  12. Kolchak & Jodi
    May 3, 2012 at 3:04 am (2 years ago)

    Awwww come on! Shiva’s humans wou;dn’t stop her from a perfectly satisfying stuffie hunt and murder…WOULD THEY?! One of Kol’s great joys in life is killing a toy – although, somehow the Felix has designated a large number of those toys as his and Dog help Kol should he destuff one. Felix is badass, man.
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  13. Georgia Little Pea
    May 3, 2012 at 5:17 am (2 years ago)

    Every other bit of news in this post has just flown by me because I’m still stuck on the caption that reads…PH can sew.

    Could you please, please clone him and send me one?
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  14. Kari
    May 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL Love it – there are certain ones that I sew up too and that I only give her while im supervising! I actually made her some toys once too :)


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