What We Need is a Medical Examiner

It’s been an intense week. I am still waiting for things to calm down. We have another crazy weekend ahead of us – all good things (yay!) – and I have yet to recover from the past five. What happened to my boring life spent crashed in front of the television?

Shiva is probably feeling a bit of the increased energy levels pinging around here. As a result, the Ultimate Tug is feeling the pressure. I regret now that I didn’t take bets. I am not sure if this counts as dead yet.

The good news is, we can still play with it without the stuffing in the middle. It’s just a little… Limp. The rings at the end still have their guts. For now. So I guess it doesn’t quite count as destroyed. Though I do think it restores Shiva’s reputation as a goddess of destruction. Some people questioned this status. Not mentioning any names.Β Pamela.

At least it lasted a lot longer than the poor Elephant of which I will not speak again. We didn’t need that money anyway.

28 thoughts on “What We Need is a Medical Examiner

  1. I hear ya on the busy weekends.. even when it feels like we did nothing, i still don’t feel ready for the week. Maybe it’s a more mental thing. Does Shiva like to chew on like bones and things? I have a great suggestion for a good hard chew for her. Little pricey to start but they last a long time.

    I like that they are coming out with more “tuff” toys but maybe we should go to the root of the need for this. Luna will occasionally rip a toy while playing tug with wyatt but doesn’t destroy many, but I also worked with her as a puppy to “not eat it”. But those hearding dogs (and bostons) are notorious for killing all toys.

    Hope your weekend goes well


    • Shiva loves her bones, especially fresh ones. In fact, she is chewing on a favourite right now. It amuses me that there is almost always a bone in every picture I take of her. The power in her jaws scares me a little. I’d love a bone recommendation! She has gone through a number of nylabones but she doesn’t always love them so much. Nothing is as good as the real deal.

      If I ever get a puppy, that is a great idea.

      Thanks, and yours as well!


  2. “Bring out yer dead.!” [klank] “Bring out yer dead.” [klank] “Bring out yer dead.”

    (I assume you’re a Monty Python fan?)

    I bow before the mighty Shiva–Goddess of destruction.

    For myself, I’m trying to think of these toys as “consumable.” I just wish they didn’t cost so much. Time to get out the old sewing machine.


    • Naturally. πŸ™‚ Too funny. For some reason we keep the nastiest toys around long after they are dead. Like the alligator that officially died in the summer. It’s still here, just one long string at this point, but she still loves it.

      Sewing them back together does help increase the longevity as well. My husband is better at it than I.


  3. We have another crazy-busy weekend ahead too…where did this year go! It’s already almost March!

    Gus, like Shiva, can always sense when something out of the ordinary is going on. They probably both wish we were back on the couch watching t.v.!


    • Shiva just doesn’t understand why she can’t always come with us. It’s hard leaving her behind.

      Have a great weekend!


  4. Have you tried the stuffing-less toys? They’re not quite as tough themselves, Shiva would probably be able to tear them up, but there’s a lot less mess to deal with. We have a rabbit stuffless toy that’s lasted longer than any other soft toy we’ve had around here.


    • We have tried them but the material is pretty thin and tears almost right away. Which is fine, the toy just stops resembling anything and looks like a dirty rag.

      Not that rags aren’t awesome tugs toys. πŸ™‚


  5. A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, and Shiva is a girl with a de-stuffing gene that has to be expressed. πŸ™‚

    AKC should consider that as a contest. Give dogs of same height/weight classes same toys to de-stuff and whoever de-stuffs first, second, and so on gets the ribbons. And three passing scores gets you and your dog into the next level. They could use Tuffies being they are already numbered for toughness. Perhaps I’ll email the AKC with this idea today on behalf of all those owners with talented de-stuffers.


  6. I hear you… this week has been crazy for me too! I dont know if I am coming or going. And… to make matters even crazier, I just found out that either next week or the week after I have to go to the DR on business. While I am excited, going to a tropical island & spending the days in an office is NOT fun!


  7. Shiva, you just make my heart happy with your Most Magnificent destuffing abilities. And NO – that tug stuffie is NOT dead. It’s still got lots of good use left in it.

    As for the elephant, my mom won’t buy me anything that costs more than 4 money papers.

    Wiggles & Wags,


  8. We have a fine collection of “pelts” at house – the empty fabric shells of once expensive toys. We have a local crafter that makes dog tugs and toys out of seatbelt material that are pretty darn good, but our best tug of war toy is actually a length of heavy duty climbers rope from the rock climbing store.


  9. I dearly love your sense of humor. Your last comment brought me back to this morning when I awoke. Hubby had left early and Tanner climbed in to snuggle….bringing along his beloved ELEPHANT. What an adorable picture that would have made, had it not been dark, and a photographer been handy. A robotic arm for the camera would be handy in these situations where I am pinned down and want a quick pic. Ugg.

    Today’s post is a book review/giveaway that I did (surprise!) and I know how much you hate to read (tonue in cheek), so I thought I’d mention it for the benefit of your readers. http://www.allthingsdogblog.com/2011/02/assistance-dog-stories-to-tug-your.html


  10. We have settled on the few toy brands that at least give us a couple days’ worth of fun, except on Christmas, when we donate one toy for the Doodlebug to kill with abandon.

    P.S. I have given your blog a Stylish Blogger Award! Stop by my spot if you’d like to pick it up πŸ™‚


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