Notice how all the eyeballs and appendages are intact?  A success!!

Notice how all the eyeballs and appendages are intact?  A success!!

Plush Puppies

Jay shreds pretty much any toy presented to him.  Within seconds, the air is thick with floating cotton batting and the floor is strewn with pulverized bits of thread.  An amputated arm or decapitated head might be all that’s recognizable in the carnage.   My dog is compelled even to rip the fuzzy yellow coating off tennis balls.  He is a true 'toyminator'.

Plush Puppies are designed for dogs like Jay.  They are a soft toy, stuffed with three ‘eggs’ or balls that have a squeaker in the middle.  The concept is for the dog to rip out the eggs while preserving the toy, and they actually work for Jay.  If, like Jay, your dog likes to ‘hunt’ the squeakers and destroys the egg, you can buy replacement eggs separately.  This is one of very few toys that my dog does not immediately decimate.  I love Plush Puppies also because I can spray them with DAP when I need extra calming, then tuck a treat inside the toy to entice a good whiff.  It’s not entirely rational, I acknowledge.  A dog can smell DAP from across the room;  he doesn’t need to drag his nose in it to receive the benefits.  But I somehow feel that it’s more effective if he’s up close and personal with the pheromone.  It’s one of many reasons you can call me crazy.

Plush Puppies are widely available in most pet stores.  Petland has the largest selection if you’re interested in amassing the entire menagerie, which includes a duck, turtle, fish, hedgehog, dinosaur, platypus, shark and alligator.

 The opening

The opening

 Stuffed with 'eggs'

Stuffed with 'eggs'