DOGS AND THEIR TOYS

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It’s always a great day when boxes arrive at the house. 99% of the time they’re addressed to the Boys.

My primary (and only) purpose on those days is to open the box. #expeditiously

I find it captivating to observe dogs and their toys.

Irregardless to the suggested instructions, my two invent their own games and find unique ways to entertain themselves.

Take the Kong Squeeze Ball with Handle dog toy. It’s designed to be the perfect interactive toy for me and my dog. Perfect for tossing, tugging and retrieving.

It even has a protected squeaker inside to “induce” playing.

I just knew this bright purple thingy would create hours of pulling, tugging and falling down fun. #forall

Silly Doodle Mom, I must have been thinking about somebody else’s dogs.

Jax was only interested if it was held in the air by a human so he could run, jump and grab it #leapingdoodles

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And Harley?

Well he prefers to play his own game – alone – quietly – exerting as little energy as possible…

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Thanks chewy.com for sending the toy AND the yummy Orijen Black Angus Beef treats. They did stop long enough to devour almost half the bag…

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Tell me, do your dogs follow the rules on the package when it comes to playing with toys? #justwondering

In full disclosure: Groovy Goldendoodles™ was not compensated (monetarily) for this review. I was asked to select products from chewy.com  for Harley & Jax to enjoy. Groovy Goldendoodles™ only shares information I feel is relevant to our readers. All opinions are my own, swayed only by Harley & Jax’s lip smacking and tail wagging approval. chewy.com , Kong, nor Orijen are responsible for the content of this post.

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63 Comments
  • Pamela
    June 24, 2015

    Many dogs seem to prefer playing with others instead of playing by themselves.

    I’m guessing you’re right–they just never read the instructions.

    Harley looked like he was using doggy dental floss in that picture, BTW. It was adorable.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      You’re right Pamela, he does look like he’s flossing BOL

  • Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady
    June 24, 2015

    Omg I love the jumping doodle pic! hahaha!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      He’s a jumper Jenna. That’s something we didn’t cover in puppy pre-school LOL I’m on my own with curbing that habit…

  • Tootsie
    June 24, 2015

    Oh doggy… these pictures are so adorable! Fluffiness! Great reviews, too.

    Keep on wagging,
    Tootsie & her mom

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Thanks Tootsie – have a wonderful Wednesday 🙂

  • Barkocity
    June 24, 2015

    I love this! Your photo’s are beautiful. I love how Jax only played with it when a human played with him and Harley was the complete opposite! When Mila gets a new toy she usually doesn’t read the instructions either. She always takes it and goes off on her own and plays with it herself. About 10 minutes later, she wants us to play with her. She’s a combination of your two boys. Great article! 🙂

  • The Daily Pip
    June 24, 2015

    Not usually. Ruby is a bit timid so with encouragement she will play along …as long as we stay with her. Our cat, Rosie, is the opposite. Forget the toys she’s more interested in the wrapper or the bag the toys arrived in.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Harley is a paper, box type of dog also. But mainly after he’s investigated to see if there’s any treats or food available.

  • Flea
    June 24, 2015

    Your family – people, dogs and all – are adorable. Sometimes I feel like we dog bloggers don’t show enough of our people. Though it looks like you have a pre-teen boy? Which means you won’t be getting many photos of him soon. And for a long time. Teenagers! Crazy making.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Flea, believe it our not those little boys are my next door neighbors! They do not have a dog, so they play with mine. They’re the ones that walk with me almost everyday. The neighborhood calls them my grandchildren. The older kids that you may see from time to time are mine.

  • Athena and Marie
    June 24, 2015

    Fun pics!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Thanks!

  • Monika & Sam
    June 24, 2015

    Sam has never been interested in those kinds of pull-toys-he will only engage if it’s a stuffie and then only to eviscerate it and remove all of the stuffing and ripping out the eyes and button noses. Standard poodles are very hard on stuffies. 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Little stuffies seem to last around here. It’s almost as if they feel like it’s a baby of some sort and they try to protect it. Harley has one that he’s been carrying around for years. This does not however, apply to the larger versions #gofigure

  • Karen Dibert
    June 24, 2015

    My dogs’ only rule in toys is Keep Away. Keep away from someone who wants your toy, taunt someone who doesn’t have a toy so that you can keep away from them… I am a little disturbed that it’s a form of dog bullying or something. BOL

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Hey Karen – didn’t someone once say – possession was nine tenths of the law? BOL

  • Talent Hounds
    June 24, 2015

    A Leaping Doodle – oh my! Great photos.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Thanks Talent Hounds – Jax is truly like a Jack in the box #punintended

  • nichole
    June 24, 2015

    We posted our review of this same toy last week… Penny sure did love it, but then she started chewing on the handle during one of her “playing alone” times… So I’ve had to pick it up and we now only play with it when supervised, of course. She does LOVE to hear the ball squeak!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      No one’s destroyed it yet – My two are very destructive. They just see it differently and play differently with it.

  • Taryn
    June 24, 2015

    That looks like a great toy! Funny that each dog has his own play style.

    Glad to see you refer to your two as “the Boys”…I use that for my two as well. I did it in front of a neighbor recently, and they gave me this funny look. Of course they weren’t “dog people” so I guess they didn’t understand 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Karyn, Someone from my church heard my VM message and thought I had two young sons at home. I laughed and laughed. When I composed myself and explained she laughed too!

  • Earl Lover
    June 24, 2015

    My dogs adore it when they receive parcels through the post too!! It always equals new things!

    sumskersandearlskers13.blogspot.com

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      New things and fun times Earl.

  • Sue
    June 24, 2015

    LOL You never know about dogs and toys. We have this dog toy and 2 out of three of my dogs love it. Well, the third likes to shack it around while he softly growls… so I’m thinking that’s a “no.”

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Could be a no and then again it might just be his pretend “kill” sound as if he were in a jungle battle LOL #justsaying

  • DZ Dogs
    June 24, 2015

    Such cuties!! Dante and Ziva like to play when human hands are attached to the toys too. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Human hands give the best assists #sotheysay 🙂

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    June 24, 2015

    Mr. N mostly prefers to play with humans but he will toss the toy up for himself and chase it every once in a while.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      See, that’s a great technique. Playing by yourself always guarantees a fun time. That and you usually win LOL

  • Emmy Scammahorn
    June 24, 2015

    I’ve bought my hamsters toys, but they like the free stuff just as much: an empty kleenex box with a circle cut in the back so they can run through or a bunch of coffee sleeves that make a tunnel. Hope your week is going OK.

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Thanks Emmy – things are going fine, it’s so hot here, I hope you’re taking it easy in all this heat. Jax and Harley both enjoy “free” stuff too!

  • JeanneP of bichonpawz
    June 24, 2015

    Love the Jumping Doodle!! What awesome pics you got! Mine always want to look the other direction!! Happy Wednesday!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Jeanne, Harley was born for the camera, Jax has been a work in progress, he’s getting better at it – I keep telling myself, he’s only a baby.

  • Jackie Bouchard
    June 24, 2015

    Rita would probably do the same as Harley, She’s a laid-back sorta player! Jax is a Jumping Jax!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Jackie you nailed it – Jax is a jumping Jax. He’s the maniac of the family. Rita and Harley know how to pace themselves LOL

  • Lauren Miller (ZoePhee)
    June 24, 2015

    They are so cute! Most of the time my girls don’t follow the rules! Haha!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Mine are teaching me to bend a few myself!

  • Robin
    June 24, 2015

    Harley really got some air in that photo! I’m glad that your dogs are loving the things they get from Chewy.com. They give out some great goodies!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Robin, they are such a great company to work with – we love everything that we get 🙂

  • Emma
    June 24, 2015

    I’m with Harley, let the young ones run around like crazy. I prefer to relax in the grass and munch on some tasty treats!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Emma, if I didn’t know any better I would think some where down the lineage tree you two are related!

  • Jan K
    June 24, 2015

    Our crew makes their own rules too! Luke’s favorite is to shove the toy in Sheba’s face to try to get her to try to take it away from him. If she’s up for it, the tugging and snarling begins! 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      I think perhaps Jax is still too young for the tugging game. They really haven’t started that yet. I’m sure it will come soon.

      • Jan K
        June 26, 2015

        I think you are right. Luke did not start doing this with Sheba until he was the same size as she was. I guess he waited until they were on equal footing!

        • Cathy Bennett
          June 26, 2015

          I think that’s definitely the case here in Doodleville.

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    June 24, 2015

    Great review, my gang has this too and they still pick it up and play with it. Gambler took your advice and tried the hump day gig with me today, he got a spanking!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      No fair Joanne – you can’t spank because someone did the hump day dance. Give Gambler a hug, apologize and tell him you didn’t understand the rules 🙂

  • Andrea @ This Pug Life
    June 24, 2015

    Harley says, don’t judge me! I’m having fun! hehe

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Definitely no judging here in Doodleville Andrea – never ever (wink-wink) just making an observation of a rather “strange” way to play!

  • Melissa & Truffles
    June 24, 2015

    Chewy boxes always contain the best goodies!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Don’t they? I think they are priceless. Always a hit here in Doodleville!

  • MyDogLikes
    June 24, 2015

    We were able to try out the KONG Squeezz Ring with Rope recently and Charlie loved it! So much fun for tug and fetch. These are really great toys for active dogs!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      Yes they are – I just think they would work much better if two Doodles (no names) would try to play with them the way it was intended 🙂 #gofigure

  • Spencer the Goldendoodle
    June 24, 2015

    I would say that 99% of all packages that come to my house are for me as well! I just love opening up boxes! 🙂 -Spencer the Goldendoodle

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 24, 2015

      I know what you mean Spencer! The humans in both our homes are only there to answer the door LOL

  • Pawesome Cats
    June 25, 2015

    Our cats are exactly the same when the toys come out… playtime is one of their favourite times of day, after dinner time of course!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 25, 2015

      I love watching cats play with string and pipe cleaners. They move so stealth like, with such grace. Fascinating to watch –

  • Tiffany
    June 25, 2015

    Great pic of Jax!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 25, 2015

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  • Dogs N Pawz
    June 26, 2015

    Those look like great toys! What fun!

    • Cathy Bennett
      June 26, 2015

      They are! The Boys have the best time when they play with toys their own way! So I let them 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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