It’s official, Orso has the jaw strength of a baby dinosaur. There are photos of Orso in the manager’s office of the local PetCo. Every week, I go through the mission of purchasing toys for Orso to keep him engaged and his toy drive fresh. This is great and all, but the toys don’t last more than 20-30 minutes, at best. It goes something like this:
Yvonne: Look, Orso, a new chewtoy!!!
Orso: Wags tail with enthusiasm. Performs tricks to obtain desired new toy.
Yvonne: Good puppy! Don’t break this one!!!
Orso: 15 minute lapse. Hmmmm, if I chew from this angle, I can tear off chunks of the industrial strength toy.
Yvonne: Watching intently to make sure there are no signs of toy debris.
Orso: Got it! Broke it! I won!
Yvonne: Orso! Give the toy back before you cause yourself an obstruction and $5,000 in vet bills!
Next day, we have to walk ourselves right back into PetCo with receipt, toy, original packaging and any debris we managed to salvage, all collected neatly into a grocery store bag. We don’t really have to say much to the cashier anymore, they just call the manager, who already knows why we are there. We have literally gone through almost every toy PetCo sells!
In the spirit of saving other puppy owners some chewtoy grief, the ONLY two toys that are still in one piece are made by Nylabone and are pictured below:
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