Bernie and Lizzie each have a favorite plushie. Neither will go to bed without Marvin Moose or Jenny Giraffe.
Knowing how devoted our pups are to these toys, I thought I'd ask other dog lovers if their pups had any special connections with certain toys. The answers I received are as diverse as the dogs!
Christine Caplan's dachshund Walter keeps busy with his snuffle mat.
My dog Walter, a spunky dachshund, can be described as having two settings: on and off. To help us all out, I’m focusing on training “calm” behavior through hunting techniques and nosework. And one tool in particular has been a lifesaver: a Snuffle Mat. Elegantly simple, it’s just the thing to keep Walter busy.
Read more about Christine and Walter's Snuffle Mat at My Life with Dog PDX.
Debbie Bailey's sweet girl Boomer prefers her toys outdoors.
Boomer's favorite things are playing fetch with a frisbee and swimming, so we got her a frisbee THAT FLOATS! She pretty much thinks it's the coolest thing in the whole world!
Check out all of Debbie's outdoor adventures with her dogs over at Life With Mutts.
Stephanie Seger's mastiffs Sulley and Junior each have a favorite ball.
That big blue ball has been with my husband and I since we had our first mastiff 17 years ago. None of our dogs in the last 15 years cared to play with that ball. It's extremely hard plastic with nothing for the dog to bite in order to pick it up. That is until we got Sulley. Sulley obsesses over that ball and becomes obnoxious at times, constantly dropping the ball in the pool so he can swim (or force us to swim to get it for him), refusing to come in if he's not done playing with it. And when I take it away, he will bark at me until I give in and give it back to him. He has created groves in the ball in order to easily pick it up and he loves to play soccer with it by kicking it with his front legs up and down the yard. He is wild about his Big Blue Ball!
Junior really loves all toys, but his Giggle Ball is his favorite. He can hear that giggle from a mile away and, while normally, very mellow, becomes bonkers chasing after his Giggle Ball. Unfortunately, we are on our second Giggle Ball because he loved his first one a little too much.
Learn more about raising large-breed dogs at Stephanie's blog Big Dog Mom.
Rochelle Epstein's pup Layla found a loyal companion in her pink poodle.
Layla and her favorite pink poodle toy. She has had this toy from the first day she arrived home from the shelter.
Read more about Rochelle, Layla, and all of the good causes they support over at Layla's Woof.
Amelia Johnson's American Eskimo Gusto cherishes his snuggle pup.
This picture is of Gusto with his little brown snuggle pup. I had both the dog pillow and the snuggle pup along when I picked up Gusto from his breeder. I had the breeder put these in with the mother and pups so that their scent would remain as Gusto became adapted to life without them. Gusto loves to sleep with his snuggle pup and it is one of the few toys he has not unstuffed yet...lol.
Get to know Amelia and Gusto over at her website Amelia A Johnson.
Sadie's dogs Reese, Henry, and Jack each have a different favorite toy.
Reese thinks all the toys are hers, but she will share as long as other dogs don't take her 'toy of the moment.' She would play fetch 24/7 if we let her and if we tell her 'take five,' she thinks it means we don't want to play with that toy anymore so she'll go and grab a different one. Her absolute favourites are the little orange and blue 'Chuckit' balls.
Although Henry will play with other toys, his hippos are special to him. He has them in pink, green, and orange. He has one to bring to his bed in the kitchen, to cuddle while he waits for his meals. He has one that he takes out to the garden, and another for bedtime. It's hilarious watching him go from one to the next deciding which one to pick for which occasion.
Jack is the newest member of our pack. Before we adopted him, he was living life as a mill dog. He didn't know how to play and didn't know what a toy was. He sees Henry and Reese play with them and wags his tail but won't join in. It's as if he thinks he's going to get into trouble. I have discovered he is a secret ping pong champion. Sometimes, when the rest of the pack are watching t.v. in the den, Jack will sneak upstairs, and we will hear him squeaking away. I know his favourites are soft, squeaky ping pong ball toys as I find them out of the toy box, by the bed after he's had a play. I keep encouraging him and letting him know it's good to play. He deserves to play! He will join the others soon, I'm sure.
Find Sadie, Reese, Henry, Jack, and the good causes they support over at Her and Her Dogs.
Lois Britton's newly adopted pups Rigby and Ellie love their hedgehog.
With a huge basket full of toys (left behind by our daughter and her dog), our newly adopted dogs have selected this hedgehog as their favorite toy. It’s the only one they’ve pulled out of the basket. Rigby loves to take the hedgehog outside and often leaves it outside on the pool deck.
Work up an appetite by visiting Lois Britton's food blog Polish Housewife.
Stephanie Olson's puppy Winston seems pretty attached to his fishy.
Winston loves his fishy. It is a Kong toy with rope for this teething boy. He loves it so much that he takes it upstairs, downstairs, outside, inside, and even for potty breaks.
Samantha Haywood's fur babies Winnie and Pippa share Lamby.
Anyone who has small dogs will know that "small dog" toys are never large enough to fit their huge personalities; my two munchkins are no exception. Pippa (4yo female Black Terrier mix) and Winnie (3yo female White Poodle/Terrier mix) like their toys big and loud...the squeakier the better. As a slightly obsessed dog mom, I am on a constant quest to find a toy that will hold both their interests, something they will pick up on their own and start playing together with, and of course durable for rough-housing, all while adorable to look at.
I first picked up "Lamby" (Lamb Chop) on a whim at Tractor Supply. They needed something to entertain themselves with at my grandparents', so Lamby came to grandma's house.
Anything that squeaks is always a hit, but little did I know the amount of squeakers that Lamby contained within all of her fluff. Five total: one in each hand and foot with a large, super loud one in her middle belly.
Instantly, she was a hit; Pippa jumped up, grabbed her and started squeaking, while playing keep away with Winnie. After about 10 minutes, Pippa graciously allowed Winnie to have a turn and the squeaking continued. For both Pippa and Winnie, it was love at first squeak!
Being besties, my fur babies play with each other every day, to the point that they get so rowdy and loud it's as if they are in a wrestling match for the WWE. You can judge their true love for a toy when it is included in their wrestling matches, and about an hour into Lamby's new life at grandma's, she had made it all the way to the wrestling ring.
Lamby is still so popular that there are two of her at my house, one at my mom and dad's, and grandma's has since had to be replaced with a mini version that they still love so much! Every where they go they look for Lamby, even taking her outside for potty time.