Saturday, November 21, 2009

Toy Box

Just like most dogs Sable loves to play. She would willingly wake from a nap for a round of play.

If you couldn't guess by now, Sable is a little spoiled. Some of her toys are pictured: Herbie, Hotdog, Elephant, and Banana. While they may not be the most creative names, Sable knows each of her toys by these names and will quickly fetch one or more of them so that we can play with them.
This group of toys is rubber or soft plastic and is quite durable considering that Sable loves to chew. Banana has been a favorite for several months while Hotdog and Herbie have been around for a year or two, amazing survival rate.

However as much as Sable likes to play with the rubber toys, she absolutely ADORES playing with soft plush toys that have SQUEAKERS! The problem is that this type of toy just doesn't stand a chance against Sable's teeth.

The bedraggled toy pictured to the right was once a cute little puppy. This is Baby, and it did have two ears, stuffing and a squeaker. Baby actually survived longer than the average plush toy, it wasn't until the second day that Sable gnawed off the ear, and pulled out Baby's "brains" to get to the squeaker, victory! Even though Baby has been de-stuffed Sable still enjoys playing tug-of-war with it.

This very sad looking creature is Sable's newest toy and latest conquest. If you look closely you might be able to guess what animal this toy originally represented...any guesses?...alright, this mess is actually a pig named Porky. Porky's manufacturer claimed that it was created with a reinforced new material that would make it harder for a dog to chew through. Well, within several minutes of Porky's arrival, Sable chewed off the tail, opened each hoof and removed the squeakers! I spent ten dollars, so I took the Porky away for the night. Porky lost his ears when it was returned to Sable the next day. Since then, Porky has suffered general abuse and dishevelment that comes with being a dog toy, and surprisingly the body and the largest squeaker remain intact. Porky is Sable's current favorite and is often brought to me along with Banana and Baby all together in her mouth, expectant look on her face, and tail wagging fast and high, saying "Wanna play?!"


"When a dog wags her tail and barks at the same time, how do you know which end to believe?" ~Anonymous

Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend. ~Corey Ford