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We’ve all been there. We find the cutest little dog toy. It’s fluffy and colorful and looks at you with big cartoon eyes that just seem to say “don’t worry, your dog could never destroy someone as adorable as me!” Then you bring it home, and sure enough, the toy does, in fact, get destroyed. But what if we were to tell you that we knew of a plush toy that can withstand your pup’s jaws…and what if we told you it was also…machine washable??? Too good to be true? We thought so at first, too.

Meet Fluff & Tuff, one of our favorite plush brands that opened a very new, very cuddly door of playtime opportunities for our dogs!

First and foremost, Fluff & Tuff values safety above all else. One of the biggest issues with many plush toys is that you don’t know what they’re made of or where they come from. Dogs have been known to get sick from ingesting the materials of cheap toys, or choke on the squeakers inside them. There have also been issues with foreign objects like plastic or metal accidentally getting stuffed inside, leading to illness and even fatality. That’s because the safety standards for dog toys are typically much lower than human-grade products. Needless to say, we find that unacceptable, you probably find that unacceptable, and Fluff & Tuff definitely finds that unacceptable.

All the materials used are American-made and non-toxic, right down to the polyester filling and squeaker inside. To avoid choking hazards, every detail (eyes, mouths, etc.) are embroidered on, rather than using plastic that could fall off. The squeaker has also gotten a safety upgrade by being sewn in a little pouch, so you can rest easy knowing that your pup won’t choke. They’re also double scanned individually for any foreign objects, and fit the same tough standards that human toys do.

It’s those little ways of going the extra mile that make Fluff & Tuff such an amazing brand. It almost feels as if you were the one who designed the toy, because if we’re being honest with ourselves, we can all be a little neurotic when it comes to making sure our furry friends are kept safe! That’s because this family-owned company is headed by pet parents, just like you, and their quality testers are their own canine companions since nobody knows what dogs like better than dogs!

But what exactly makes Fluff & Tuff so “tuff”? The secret is in the extra layer of Tuffweb™ mesh lining and double-stitched seams. In short; everything is super reinforced and ready to withstand a whole bunch of tugging, tossing, and snuggling. Our very own Beamer and Sassy actually have several Fluff & Tuff toys of their own, and we’re proud to report firsthand that they definitely live up to their expectations!

That being said, it’s important to remember that a plush toy is still a plush toy and therefore not indestructible (nothing is when is comes to a dog with a goal!). A common misconception we’ve run into is that people mistake them for chew toys since they’re marketed as a durable brand. They’re definitely durable! But not for extended chewing. That’s why it’s always important to know what types of toys your dog prefers, and to always supervise them during play.

If you still aren’t sold on why we love Fluff & Tuff as much as we do, you should come by Two Bostons and feel one for yourself. “Fluff” isn’t half their name for nothing! There’s a reason dogs love them so much, and we’ve even had reports from pet parents who find typically “un-cuddly” dogs asleep with their fuzzy friends. They’re so soft, you’ll have trouble believing they’re actually dog toys, and with the huge selection of animals to choose from, you might even end up wanting one for yourself. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t!

West Paw Design loves dogs and that’s why one-hundred-percent of their durable Zogoflex® dog toys are made in America, Guaranteed and Safe!  Designed to withstand gnawers, fetchers and every dog in-between, every one of the seven styles of Zogoflex® toys are: latex-free, BPA-and-Phthalate-free, non-toxic and recyclable.  All toys float and are dishwasher safe, making cleanup a snap!

If your dog is one of the few that can take on a Tux (and win!), simply return to us for a replacement toy – that’s right 100% of West Paw Design’s Zogoflex® dog toys are guaranteed!

TOPPL® A customizable puzzle and treat toy that turns play time upside down and all around.  Trap treats inside its inner ridges and watch your dog try to tip it over and keep him entertained and challenged.  Perfect for smaller dogs, big dogs and clever dogs.  Topple-Green-Kibbles-380PRO PUP TIP: Interlock the two sizes (small and large – sold separately) to make playtime over the Toppl!zogoflex-dog

 

BUMI® Pull it, flex it, stretch it, love it!  Large Bumi stretches out to 20″ and is an easy-to-throw toy that will keep people and pets entertained and active for hours.  PRO PUP TIP: Playing tug-o-war with Bumi is tons of fun and keeps both humans and pets engaged and entertained.

JIVE® Designed with a groove to give it an extra fun bounce, Jive helps improve a dog’s physical and mental fitness.  PRO PUP TIP: Small Jive fits in a standard ball thrower for an extra workout for dogs and your arm muscles!  Also available in black!

TIZZI® Lively, fun and excitable, the oh-so-entertaining Tizzi helps dogs release pent up energy.  The spiral design helps propel this toy further for extra-calorie burning fun.  PRO PUP TIP: Unlock the handles to dispense favorite treats in the hollow center when dogs need a snack break!

TUX® A dog’s chance to have his cake (or peanut butter) and eat it too!  The perfect combination of a supremely stuffable treat toy that will not hurt or damage the soft mouth of a dog, while still being guaranteed tough against dog damage.  PRO PUP TIP: Stuff peanut butter, yogurt or canned dog food in the center and freeze to keep dogs entertained.

2012-03-dog-frisbee-kai-200x150ZISC® A Frisbee that flies through the air with speed and accuracy.  Its pliable material allows dogs to pick it up from flat surfaces easily.  In backyards, at the park or on the water (it floats).  Zisc is also available in glow-in-the-dark, for fun without the sun – no more excuse that it’s too dark outside to exercise.  PRO PUP TIP: Flip Zisc over and fill with water when dogs need a drink!

 

HURLEY® Toss it, float it, chew it, love it!  Hurley is a bone-shaped durable dog toy that won’t absorb slobber.  Hurley is all the fun of a ball and a bone in on durable toy.  PRO PUP TIP: Replace dog’s sticky, raw hide bone with a Hurley – it’s dishwasher safe so super easy to clean!

West Paw Design’s proprietary Zogoflex® material is one-hundred-percent sourced, designed and manufactured in the USA!

Made in America with the planet in mind, and pets at heart®

 

Dogs need exercise and so do humans.  This summer get happy and healthy with your personal-trainer motivator, and best friend — your dog.  Whether walking, hiking or running, take along an American made, Guaranteed tough and Floatable Zogoflex® dog toy to add excitement to exercise!zogoflex-blog1

In a study conducted by Northern University, overweight people were given a sensible diet and advised to take daily walks with their dogs.  A control group without dogs got the same diet and exercise recommendations.  Not only did the dog owners lose more weight, they were happier. (source: ModernDog.com)

ZISC® A Frisbee that flies through the air with speed and accuracy.  Its pliable material allows dogs to pick it up from flat surfaces easily.  In backyards, at the park or on the water (it floats!) Zisc will get you and your dog moving.  Zisc is also available in glow-in-the-dark, for fun without the sun – no more excuse that it’s too dark outside to exercise.  TIP: Flip it over and fill with water when you dog needs a drink!

BUMI® Pull it, flex it, stretch it, love it!  Large Bumi stretches to 20″ and is an easy-to-throw toy that will keep people and pets entertained and active for hours.

JIVE® Designed with a groove to give an extra fun bounce, Jive helps to improve a dog’s physical and mental fitness.  Small Jive fits in a standard ball thrower for an extra workout for your dog and your arm muscles!

TIZZI® Lively, fun and excitable, the oh-so-entertaining Tizzi helps you and your dog release pent up energy.  The spiral design helps propel this toy further for some extra-calorie burning fun.  TIP: Unlock the handles to dispense low-fat treats in the hollow center when dogs need a snack break!

Zogoflex comes in bright, easy-to-spot colors, are guaranteed tough, floatable and pliable.  Perfect for trips to the park and lake or to toss down the trail.  West Paw Design’s proprietary Zogoflex material is one-hundred-percent sourced, designed and manufactured in the USA! Made in America with the planet in mind, and pets at heart®

 

I want to talk to you today about Ruffhides…an excellent toy that we have been eagerly awaiting. Diesel was introduced to the Ruffhide toy in February, and we’ve been actively playing with it ever since!

What is the Ruffhide?

It is the answer to your prayer! Trust me!

If you have a dog who plows through chews in record speed, this is YOUR toy! Diesel can get through a Himalayan Chew in about five to ten minutes…and a Bully Stick even quicker. While I love to treat him to these chews, I worry about how quickly he eats them.

Until now.

The Ruffhide is a safe-to-chew natural rubber material that wraps around a dog chew, and it will considerably slow your dog’s roll on Himalayans and Bully Sticks.

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And, by slow your roll, I mean it took Diesel a week to finish this Himalayan. One. Week. Completely blew me away.

Made in the USA with your dog’s health and safety in mind, Ruffhides help:

  • Promote good dental health
  • Extend the life of your pet’s chews
  • Protect your carpet and upholstery by keeping gooey chews from coming into contact with surfaces

Looking for Ruffhides that are just right for your delicate teacup poodle or your grizzly bear-sized Newfie?  You are covered as they come in three different sizes.

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And we keep things interesting for pets and their people with three vibrant colors—super blue, lime green and deep pink.

We carry them pre-filled with either a Himalayan Chew or a Pizzle Chew… so it’s a great value!

And, clearly, my dog can’t wait to get ahold of it…he didn’t even mind that I got him the pink one 😉

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I’ve had the Ruffhide since February, and it still looks brand new. This is what it looks like today, May 30, 2013:

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This is an extremely durable toy that your dog will really enjoy. If you want to see it in action, check out this video:


Head over to one of our stores and pick one up today!

 

You know we love to scour the planet to find the newest and most fun toys for your pooch. We also know how important durability is to you.

Well, check this out:

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It’s the UnBreakOBall!

This toy is virtually indestructible. It’s made in the USA of a non-toxic, high density polyethylene plastic (which makes it 100% recyclable). It is super durable and weather resistant and has a really great easy grip pattern all over the ball so your dog can grab hold. And, it is a lovely shade of bright orange…so you’ll never lose it!

We carry the UnBreakOBall in two sizes, the larger one is perfect for dogs 65 pounds and up and the smaller one is great for dogs 65 pounds and under. You could even put some small treats or kibble in the holes and watch the fun begin with this toy!

When you pick up this toy, you will notice how lightweight yet solid it is. The large UnBreakOBall is seriously one of the best toys around for large breed dogs. It’s also a great toy for any dog who destroys things in a matter of seconds. The grip pattern makes it easy to play with and very tough to destroy.

Check out this video and see how much enjoyment this pooch gets from playing with this toy:

Looks like hours of fun are in store to me! So head on over to either of our store locations and pick up your very own UnBreakOBall before they are gone. Your dog will thank you!

Okay, okay…I know you’re not thinking about this right now. Who wants to play outside in this weather? I know I’d rather have a cup of hot cocoa and a down comforter in front of the fire today…so much for the first day of spring!

In any case, trust me, you will be thinking about playing with your pooch outside soon. And you’ll wish you knew about this.

Because it is so completely AWSOME!

Check out the Chewber:

Ummm…yay?

You’re darn tootin’ YAY!!

Fine, so you can’t tell much by this picture, but trust me…this is one cool toy.

It’s a disc that you can toss it like a frisbee, or tug it, or bend it, or pull it, or fetch it ~ not you, your dog…well, maybe you~, or chew it ~I’m not even going to go there~, or…well, you get the picture. It’s durable and has a great texture to it:

And here is the best part! The part you won’t even believe. It’s seriously one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” moments:

It becomes a bowl. Yes, that’s right! A B.O.W.L.! How cool is that? You can take this toy to the park with you, have a super fun time playing, and then you can head over to a water fountain and get your pooch a drink. No muss. No fuss.

And, this little baby is dishwasher safe. Plus, there is a 30 day guarantee from the manufacturer, so if you happen to have a dog with jaws of steel save your receipt. We know nothing is indestructible, but this toy comes close.

The Chewber comes in two sizes, so you’ll find a perfect fit for your pooch. Head on over to Two Bostons today and check it out. (Maybe wait to fill it with water until it won’t turn to ice…but that’s up to you. 🙂 )

 

Take a look at these awesome new toys we’ve brought in:

These are toys are from the Mopz line from Go Dog.We’ve got a lion, a rhino, a bird and a pig. How cute are they?

They come in two sizes. The smaller toy squeaks and the larger toy grunts. Plus, the floppy middle makes play time fun!

Each one of these toys is lined with Chew Guard Technology. What is that? Look here:

Chew Guard Technology is that piece of black fabric you see here. Go Dog has come up with a way to line their plush toys with this super tough and durable liner…making them engineered to handle rough play. All of the seams are double stitched and reinforced too…making these toys a really great durable plush toy.

Plus, if your dog happens to destroy his Go Dog toy, they are guaranteed. All you have to do is send a picture of the toy to info@quakerpetgroup.com with your contact information and they will replace it for you. (Limit one replacement per household.)

So, if you’re in the line for a new mop…this isn’t the place for you. But, if you’re in the line for an awesome durable plush toy for your pooch, be sure to check out one of these Mopz toys from Go Dog at Two Bostons today. Your dog will thank you!

Attention, Attention! Quinci here! We at Two Bostons have some exciting news for all those doggies who love their Starmark Everlasting Treat Ball and Bento Ball!

We now have the replacement treats made in the USA! We pulled the treats a few months ago when we discovered that the treats were made in China, however that’s not the case anymore! Now you can feel comfortable letting your pups chew away!

So what’s so great about these chew toys you wonder? Well, to start you can find the perfect size for your dog. Both the Everlasting and Bento Ball are available in small, medium and large sizes. They are stronger than rubber, which is especially good if you have a tough chewer on your hands.  Also, both treat balls are free of latex, vinyl and phthalates and are dishwasher safe. But let’s face it, one of the most important key points of these treat balls is that it helps keep your dog busy! They are designed to help encourage play and keep your dogs mind stimulated.

The Bento Ball has small nubs all over to help massage your dogs’ teeth and gums. The Everlasting Treat ball holds two Everlasting Treats, but it can also be filled with smaller treats or kibble.

Now let’s take a closer look at the treats. The Everlasting Treat chews like a bone, so it will last longer than your average treat. They have a natural chicken flavor and are wheat and soy free. They are uniquely shaped so your dog can lick, chew or gnaw depending on what they prefer. They have special raised dental ridges to help remove tartar and plaque from your dogs’ teeth. You can buy the treats in small, medium and large sizes and each pack comes with two refills.


An important fact you should know when purchasing the Everlasting Treat Ball or Bento Ball is that the ball is already filled with a treat. However, this treat is made from China so we recommend throwing out the prepackaged one and filling it with a replacement.  We want nothing but the best for your dogs, and strongly discourage feeding treats from China.

A mind stimulating, dental hygienic and tough toy; you can’t really go wrong with these!  Come pick one up today and let your pup get to chewin’!

 

I hope you had a chance to check out yesterday’s blog post about the Mighty Moose and the x-brace toys. If not, check it out here.

Today, I’m going to show you a few more new finds from Hugglehounds.

This is Billy the Alligator:

He is ferocious. Ferociously fun that is! He is a great interactive toy. His belly has fabric that is actually infused with latex for durability:

He squeaks:

right up there in his mouth. It’s a good squeak, not a really high pitch at all.

And, he’s a puppet!!

(yes, that’s my arm in his belly)…you could also put an empty plastic water bottle in there for a crinkly effect. He’s sure to keep your pal happy for a long time.

Speaking of crinkly things, check out these new flat toys from Hugglehounds:

The entire length of their bodies is a crinkle fest! And since they are from Hugglehounds, you know they are durable. Plus the plaid pattern is just adorable!

Check out the side view:

They are a great length and really flat, so if you have a pooch that loves to rip out stuffing, this is a great option for you. And since all crinkle and no squeak would not be fun, there is a squeaker in each of the legs and one in the head. You’re welcome dogs. You’re welcome.

Fabric toys not your thing? Check out this Owl and Puffer Fish!

They come in two sizes and are made of Hugglehounds ruff-tex material. Ruff-tex is a thick and flexible, 100% natural rubber product.  Eyes and noses are painted with safe colorings, making the whole product non-toxic to your dog.  The super-loud squeaker makes for lots of fun.

Plus, the Puffer Fish has a cute behind:

So be sure to come to either of our Two Bostons locations today and check out these (and all) new Hugglehounds toys. Your pooch will thank you!

Our pals over at Hugglehounds have been busy! They’ve made some awesome new toys that we are thrilled to have on our shelves for your pooch! I’m going to show you two right now.

Do you have an antler chewer? Check out the Might Moose:

This durable rubber toy is an excellent way for your pup to have fun. It’s designed to handle tons of chewing because:

there is a spot for you to place an antler right through it’s head!

Hold the phone! It bounces too!

And, there is a spot at the bottom of the toy for you to fill with small treats, kibble, peanut butter or pet fairy noshers:

And, as if all of that wasn’t enough fun…the Mighty Moose comes complete with an antler:

This is really the ultimate treat toy that will keep your pal busy and engaged for hours!

Next, check out these wacky creatures:

We carry them in two sizes and they are super floppy and super fun durable plush toys with a new technology called “x-brace”. What is x-brace? Well, the opposite leg and arm are one continuous piece of material that is knotted in the center of the belly.  When they are pulled, a knot in the body forms an “x” making it more difficult to lose a limb.

They are really great to toss around and have a quick game of tug, plus, they have squeakers!

We’ve got these awesome new finds on the shelves for you today at both of our Two Bostons locations. So head on over and check them out today, and be sure to check back tomorrow for two more great finds from Hugglehounds.