Play Strong

We have tried many different chew toys over the years for Steel.  You see Steel is a serious hard core chewer.  He can typical destroy a new toy in a matter of a few minutes.  We have gotten where most of his toys are put up and we only bring them out for us to have one on one play time.  If he is left to just chew on them then they are destroyed almost immediately.  I have looked for bones for him and he usually chews through them in a matter of minutes too.  But every time we go to the pet store we will look for some new toy for him.

On one of our most recent trips to the pet store I saw something that caught my interest for him, but I don’t buy bones for him without researching about them first.  But that got me and the cashier discussing toys for intense chewers.  She recommended the play strong rubber bone by Spot.

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I really wanted the one with the rope because Steel’s favorite game is tug of war.  But I really wanted a toy he can chew on without me so I went with the bone.  Since it holds a treat or peanut butter, I decided to put some peanut butter in it when I first gave it too him.  He loved it!!!  But the next day he didn’t not come back to chew on it when it didn’t have any peanut butter in it.  A few days later I made some treats with peanut butter in them and I decided to cut one in half and put a half in each end of the bone.  Sugar and Steel both chewed on it then for a while.  Sugar typically never plays with any toys.  Even after all the peanut butter was gone Steel continued to chew on it for a while.

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I would say we have found a new toy that is good for when I need something to keep Steel occupied for a little bit!!!

Staying Cool in the Hot Summer

Staying Cool inthe Hot Summer

There is no denying that it is hot in Alabama summers!!  Its is important for not only humans to stay cool during those months, but also our animals.  My babies don’t even like to go outside it is so hot outside these days so we are looking for ways to stay cool and still get some energy out!!

Early Mornings

One of the coolest parts of the day to get outside and get some exercise is first thing in the morning before it gets hot.  We enjoy going outside and running a few laps around the yard keeping our pups off the hot concrete to not hurt their paws.

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Dog Pool

Another thing we have outside that is a lot of fun for our pups is a dog pool.  Our dog pool is actually an old sand box.  My daughter got the sand box for her first birthday and somehow it managed to stay around for over 10 years before I decided to use it as a dog pool.  Its not super deep, but deep enough that they can splash around in it and cool off.

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Inside Play

Probably our most favorite activity has been inside play.  We have a long hall in our house so we play a lot of fetch down that hall.  Usually after about 15-30 minutes they are tired and have gotten all their energy out, but they have not over heated themselves.

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How does your family enjoy play time and still stay cool during the hot summer months??