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I've noticed that even though Shelby can be quite active, that the past few photos have been of her being lazy. So she was very close to ripping the head off of her pig toy, so we brought it outside for a game of tug. We were hoping to catch the pork tearing on camera, but Shelby failed to finish off the toy. I guess she's still a bit attached to it. I've rarely had to throw away toys. She's not that destructive.

January 25, 2006 | Permalink


My guys are very 'mouthy' also. They chew a variety of toys and chews and are expert pant leg shakers!! Makes me wonder if indeed they were once used as "ratters" in ancient China as well as house companions.They truly do love playing tug and chewing their toys. Makes you wonder though!!! Orangeville Canada

Posted by: Ann Crago | Jan 25, 2006 8:11:18 AM

Lucky you. We've got a jackrat (half Jack Russell, half Rat Terrier)who not only destroys her toys & chews in record time (1 ball with a bell inside lasted a day), but also furniture, shoes, books, carpet, etc., etc. Love your website. I always check to see what Shelby's up to next.

Posted by: Veronica Shawcroft | Jan 25, 2006 12:00:06 PM

Woody has that same toy! He does rip holes in his very quickly.

Posted by: Lori-Lyn | Jan 25, 2006 4:43:04 PM

Mushu loves to chew his plush toys. Strangely, he doesn't seem to care for rubber and hard toys, such as Nylabones. I would like to add a word of caution to pug owners about playing too rough at tug-of-war. You should let your dog do most of the tugging while you just hold the toy (or shake it just a little bit). Pug teeth are not always as strong as we think and may come flying out if tugged too hard.

Posted by: J.D. | Jan 25, 2006 6:29:20 PM

my aunt had a dachshund who destroyed a toy as soon as he got it, desperately searching out the squeaker, and leaving the rest in a pile of little chewed pieces on the floor.

moxie also destroys all plush, but of course, in true pug fashion, instead of pulling out the fuzz or whatever, she tries to EAT it. ALL OF IT. it's kind of a pain. also, i have found that [sadly] when she rips open toys & i sew them shut again, my hand sewing [albeit totally ghetto] holds way better and somehow appears almost indestructible to her. hm.

also, she loves nylabones, thank god. chewing for hours.

Posted by: stephanie | Jan 26, 2006 11:05:29 AM

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