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At Two Bostons this weekend (5/17 – 5/20) we are having our Annual Toy Buy Back.  For each gently-used toy you bring in you can get up to $5.00 credit to purchase a new toy that day. (click here to see all of the details)  Here are a few toys to consider for Summer Fun!

Orbee GuRu by Planet Dog ~ This new interactive, super durable toy is perfect for the dog that needs a new challenge. Fill each of the 5 openings with something different like kibble, bully sticks, carrots, apples, Planet Dog Treats (like the Turkey Gobbler or Barkin’ Blueberry), peanut butter or a your dog’s favorite treat. The GuRu is designed for your dog to get the treats when enough pressure is applied for them to pop out. It scores a 5 out of 5 on the Durability Scale!

American Classic Plush Toys by P.L.A.Y. ~ Let your dog indulge with an amazing plush burger, drumstick, hot dog and fries this summer! And don’t forget the milkshake for them to wash it down…They are all have crinkly paper inside and most have detachable parts to keep your dog entertained for hours!

 

Tether Tug ~ Check out Beamer trying out the Tether Tug!  This is the perfect outdoor toy to keep your dog busy and active!

 

Breath Right Fetch Ball by Chuckit! ~ The Breath Right Fetch Ball is designed to allow your dog to run farther and fetch longer during playtime. The hollow, mesh-like design allows breathing and airflow while running and fetching. It is great for the pool or lake, because it floats! It is compatible with all Chuckit! Launchers and is available in two sizes.

Ultra Ball Launcher by Chuckit! ~ With this ball launcher you won’t have to worry about arm fatigue, because it will allow you to throw up to 140 feet with the flick of the wrist! Plus, no more getting your hands all slobbery, you can pickup the ball without touching it!

There are several other toys that are sure to keep your dog entertained this Summer, indoors and outdoors!  Check out our full selection online or at any of our stores!

 

 

Are you looking for something to keep your pup entertained while we wait for the warmer weather to get here? Look no further than Planet Dog’s Snoop!

Simply pop it open, fill it with your favorite food or treats, fold it back down, and give it to your pup.

Not sure what food or treats to put into the Snoop…Rocket suggests Ziwi Peak, an air dried raw food that looks like tiny beef jerky squares. To mix things up, we also use Freeze Dried Treats by Open Farm.

If you have any questions any Two Bostons team member can help you find the perfect snack to fit in your Snoop!

 

 

If you have a dog at home that goes through toys like it’s a treat, you might be hesitant to purchase more toys. But have you tried these??  These are perfect toys for our heavy chewers this Holiday Season!

snowball_coalThe Snowball and Coal by Planet Dog: This non-melting snow ball and lump of coal is made from an innovative material that allows your pets teeth to bounce off rather than sink in!  They are buoyant, bouncy, and have a minty smell and taste (great for bad breath) and made in the USA!  These balls are one of our most durable holiday toys and great fun for your pooch.

 

Knotties Holiday Toys by Hugglehounds: These holiday characters are lovingly made from cozy-soft yet tough corduroy.  They are also constructed with Tuffut technology; double-layer lining, extra stitching, no external stitching and embroidered details make it a safe and super-durable toy.  Each floppy limb features a knot to give your pup a good grip for flipping and tossing, and an enticing squeaker to encourage play!knotties

kyjen_holiday_tuff_candy_caneHoliday Tuff Candy Cane by Kyjen: It’s not the holidays without a giant candy cane! This dog toy has special durable seams to make sure that your tough chewer won’t get in. Sweeten up your dog’s holiday season with this Tuff Candy Cane!

hugglehounds-long-squeak-santaLong Squeak Santa by Hugglehounds: This Santa will have no problems fitting down the chimney for Christmas!! This Santa is a perfectly stick-shaped plush without pesky limbs getting in the way of quality squeak time. Long Squeak toys are all about the important business of squeaking; they squeak when squeezed, squeak when released, and the squeaker continues to work even after being punctured. Santa is made of ultra-plush, super-tough corduroy fabric, and a soft fuzzy beard.  Inside of course is the durable double-layer Tuffut lining. The extra stitching, no external stitching and embroidered details makes this a safety-conscious and super-durable toy.

Check out all of our Holiday Toys on our website and surprise your dog with a present under the tree this season!

 

 

We carry SO many unique and awesome toys at Two Bostons, there is an option for every type of pup (and kitty) personality! Yes, all of these toys can make playtime a blast for your pet…but most pets (especially dogs) love when YOU take part in the game as well.  With our Fall weather getting a little more rainy and unpredictable, here are a couple of energetic playtime ideas that are some big favorites with our team!  The best part is that they are great for both indoor and outdoor play, any time of year!

Monkey in the Middle ~ Remember this game when you were a kid? Well, it is also fun (and exercise) for your dog!  This is an ideal game for canines who like to chase flying objects – even those who don’t naturally retrieve.  It’s also perfect for families, because there’s no limit to the number of humans who can play along.  Simply stand about 7-10 feet apart (or in a circle, if there are three or more of you), and randomly flip a favorite toy or ball to each other while calling to your canine in an enthusiastic voice. A wonderful furniture-safe indoor toy for this game is the lightweight Chuck-It Indoor Roller, by Canine Hardware, Planet Dog Orbee Ball or even the durable Mega Junior Ring by Tuffys.  Whichever toy you choose, just make sure to “miss” it once in awhile so your pup has a chance to actually pick it up and play along.  When you call to your pup and he brings the toy over, he earns a tiny treat or belly rub! This is a fantastic game for high-energy breeds like Jack Russells.  Plus, if you keep it up long enough, many non-fetchers will even begin to exhibit fetching behavior once they figure out it’s so much fun!
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Bow-Wow Basketball ~ Here’s an incredibly fun and easy way to interact indoors with your pup on a cold, blustery fall day.  Grab a wastebasket, or an empty box.  Or, if you want to get really fancy, head over to the toy store and pick up a toddler-sized basketball hoop – even the kind you can suction-cup to a door or wall.  Place your “hoop” of choice in a place that is about chest-level for your furry friend.  Then, simply work on teaching your pup to drop his favorite ball into the basket for a treat!  Once your dog gets good at doing this, you can step it up a notch: Toss a soft ball or plush toy to your pup, and have her work on nose-tapping it into the basket for an extra-special reward!

Looking for more ideas? Stop by any Two Bostons, and ask us about fun toys (and creative playtime suggestions) that can help keep your favorite furry friend engaged, active and energized no matter what Mother Nature might throw our way this year!

You may hear us at Two Bostons talk about the dangers of Tennis Balls, but you have never really understood why.  Let me explain why you will never see a tennis ball at any of our stores.

dog-tennis-ball-by-certified-su-thumb-480x360-15516 (1)Tennis balls can turn a typical game like fetch, for example, into a scary situation.  There are times your dog might catch the ball in his mouth, but farther back than it should go. The ball could get stuck in your pup’s throat, and once this happens it usually blocks off breathing.  This requires immediate action — and if the blockage is not removed right away, your dog many not survive.

There have also been studies showing that the outer layer of a tennis ball is abrasive and can wear down the tooth enamel.  The glue that is used on a tennis ball can also cause the tooth enamel to erode. This is because the natural stickiness allows the glue to stay on teeth long after your pup is finished with the ball itself.  If your pooch likes to chew or eat tennis balls, pieces can also get stuck in the throat, esophagus, or anywhere along the digestive tract.  Fragments can often get lodged in the bowel, and this can require emergency surgery.dog-tennis-ball-by-AndyeMcee

These problems are seen most often in breeds like Labs, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers.  Why? Mainly, sheer size. These larger breeds are more likely to enjoy catching tennis balls and playing a bit more roughly with their toys.  They also have mouths that are large enough to wrap around the entire ball.  But tennis ball fragments can still pose health and choking risks for any size dog.

Fortunately, there are many great alternatives that are safe to use while still having fun! Most toys we carry are made of safe, non-toxic, and/or recycled plastic or rubber.  Many are reinforced with extra-durable seams and stitching.

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When it comes to tough, fetch toys, check out the Planet Dog line.  These non-toxic, clean-rinsing toys are made in the USA for energetic players and assertive chewers!  First of all, they all smell like peppermint, so they offer a great little breath-freshening boost with every chew.  But they’re also made of pliable, super durable Orbee-Tuff material.  The special rubberized consistency allows the toy to bounce and float; and it stands up to even the most aggressive chewer because it encourages a dog’s teeth to rebound off the toy instead of puncturing the surface.  Plus, Planet Dog toys are 100% guaranteed against defects…and many are also recyclable.

This is just one of the many safe and durable toy lines that we carry.  Stop by and ask us for more firsthand suggestions!

 

We have a great way for your dog to have fun and to get a healthy cool treat for this summer!

IndustrialStop at Two Bostons and pick out your favorite Planet Dog Toys:  These toys are perfect for any dog and they are: durable, non-toxic, bouncy, buoyant and made in the USA!  They come in several fun shapes and sizes.  And most can be stuffed with a yummy treat for more playtime fun!

Here are three easy and healthy recipes that you can put in one of your new Planet Dog toys

  1. Parsley and Yogurt Filling: This recipe is a great cure for dog breath.  It also is a good source of carotenoids, iron, calcium, fiber, and vitamins B, C, and K.  Yogurt is a natural probiotic and builds stronger bones.
    • Add 3 parsley leaves
    • Add 2 scoops of (plain) yogurt
  2. Flax Seed and Cream Cheese Filling: Great for skin and fur! This recipe is also a good source of protein and calcium. Flax seed is a great, affordable, and vegan alternative to fish.
    • Add 1 scoop of flax seed
    • Add 2 scoops of cream cheese
  3. Banana and Pumpkin Filling: This recipe is a good source of potassium, fiber, carotenoids, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and vitamin A and C.  Pumpkin is great for your dog’s digestion, for firming stools, for overall gland health, and can assist your dog’s transition to a new food.
    • Add 1 inch of banana
    • Add 2 scoops of pumpkin6a00e55221a350883301b7c7aee7cf970b-800wi

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients to form the filling
  2. Fill dog toy with the mix
  3. Place dog toy in the freezer
  4. Wait 3 hours or until content is frozen
  5. Take dog toy out of freezer
  6. Give to your pup to enjoy!

Thank you to our friends at Planet Dog for putting these great recipes together so we could pass them along to you!! We look forward to helping you find the perfect Planet Dog toy soon…This is sure to keep your dog busy, while enjoying a cool treat!

 

 

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We carry SO many unique and awesome toys at Two Bostons -– there’s an option for every type of pup (and kitty) personality! It’s true that these toys, all by themselves, can make playtime a blast for your pet … but remember, most pets (especially dogs) love when YOU take part in the game as well. With our fall weather getting a little more rainy and unpredictable, here are a couple of energetic playtime ideas that are big favorites at my house. The best part is, they’re great for both indoor and outdoor play, any time of year!

Monkey in the Middle
Remember this game when you were a kid? Well, it’s also great fun (and great exercise) for your dog! This is an ideal game for canines who like to chase flying objects -– even those who don’t naturally retrieve. It’s also perfect for families, because there’s no limit to the number of humans who can play along. Simply stand about 7-10 feet apart (or in a circle, if there are three or more of you), and randomly flip a favorite toy or ball to each other while calling to your canine in an enthusiastic voice. A wonderful furniture-safe indoor toy for this game is Canine Hardware‘s fluffy, lightweight Chuck It Indoor Roller. Our own pups also adore any Planet Dog Orbee ball; and for super-tugger Maizy we use Tuffy’s amazingly durable Mega Junior Ring. Whichever toy you choose, just make sure to “miss” it once in awhile, so your pup has a chance to actually pick up the toy and play along. When you call to your pup and he brings the toy over, he (naturally!) earns a tiny treat or belly rub. This is a fantastic game for high-energy breeds like Jack Russells. Plus, if you keep it up long enough, many non-fetchers will even begin to exhibit fetching behavior once they figure out it’s such a blast!

Bow-Wow Basketball
Here’s an incredibly fun and easy way to interact indoors with your pup on a cold, blustery fall day. Grab a wastebasket, or an empty box. OR, if you want to get really fancy, head over to the toy store and pick up a toddler-sized basketball hoop — even the kind you can suction-cup to a door or wall. Place your “hoop” of choice in a place that’s about chest-level for your furry friend. Then, simply work on teaching your pup to drop his favorite ball into the basket for a treat! Once your dog gets good at doing this, you can step it up a notch: Toss a soft ball or plush toy to your pooch, and have him work on nose-tapping it into the basket for an extra-special reward. Our brood’s paws-down favorite in this category would be soft-and-chewy Cloud Star Bacon and Cheese Madness. If we offered our dogs enough of these, they could probably learn to pass and do layups.

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Looking for more ideas? Stop by any Two Bostons, and ask us about super-fun toys (and creative playtime suggestions) that can help keep your favorite furry friend engaged, active, and energized no matter what Mother Nature might throw our way this year!

 

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As we celebrate our nation’s birth this month, our Team also decided to celebrate something that benefits YOU. It’s something that drives every single decision we make at Two Bostons, and it makes us very proud: We’re an independent, locally-owned business.

This means that whether you shop, work, or volunteer with us, YOU are an active contributor to local charities and Naperville civic life. YOU help create financial stability for our local community. YOU establish a training ground for generations of future entrepreneurs. YOU assist local shelters with supportive programs that help pets in need find loving forever homes.

 

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We’re a proud member of indieboundnaperville.org, and we’re also a featured retailer on shopindieretail.com (check out the Thundershirt segment)! We recognize that as our customer, you place a huge level of trust in the experience and service capabilities of our Team Members. It’s a responsibility we never take lightly. After all, every time you make the conscious choice to shop at Two Bostons, YOU make sure that:

  1. Community nonprofits receive ongoing support. It’s a proven fact that local business owners donate more to community charities than non-locals. At Two Bostons, we’re dedicated supporters of The Naperville Area Humane Society, A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, and numerous others.
  2. Environmental impact is reduced. Local organizations make more local purchases that require less transportation. Two Bostons currently has 59 product lines that are exclusively MADE IN THE U.S.A. – and within those lines, we offer many different products including treats (like Sojo’s, Cloud Star, Stella & Chewy’s, and Bravo); toys (like Planet Dog, West Paw Design, Ruff Dawg, and GoughNuts); and foods (like Fromm, Pure Vita, Zignature, Nutrisca, Merrick, and Raw Bistro). In addition, many of our supplements and ALL of our collars are U.S.A.-made.
  3. More value is created within Naperville. Studies show that a dollar spent at an independent retailer is normally re-spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. When you spend that same dollar at a national chain store, 80% of the money leaves town immediately. So by choosing to shop at an independent retailer like Two Bostons, you create $5 – $14 in value right here in Naperville for every dollar you spend! This helps give Two Bostons the resources we need to keep expanding our U.S.A.-made product line, provide community volunteers, and develop programs that directly benefit local organizations.
  4. Two Bostons owners invest in Naperville. Local business owners live in our community. They’re less likely to leave and they’re more invested in the community’s future. Our Two Bostons owners, for example, are members of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. They’re active in the Downtown Naperville Alliance. They periodically attend Naperville City Council meetings. They’ve led Two Bostons to develop a comprehensive cause marketing program that allows local organizations to receive vital sustaining funds. Our owners inspire our entire Team to partner with these organizations and participate in numerous community outreach events every month.

On August 16th , for instance, we’re partnering with popular Naperville eatery Crosstown Pub & Grill to bring you Pints 4 Paws! Stop by either of our locations through August 15th, and in return for a $20 cash donation to NAHS you’ll get a glass that you can fill with $2 pints or $3 craft pints from 12 noon -4 p.m. on the day of the event. Plus, of course, your pup’s invited to join us on the patio! Visit our Facebook page or web site for more fun summer happenings that are making a difference!

Why do YOU shop with Two Bostons? We’re always interested to hear your feedback!

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Planet Dog is one of my favorite toy brands that we carry at our Two Bostons stores — and lucky for us (and you!), we have their amazing new toy, the Orbee-Tuff Snoop.

One of my favorite things about U.S.A.-crafted Planet Dog toys is that they’re completely guaranteed … 100% of the time, every time! They’re made with a special Orbee-Tuff rubber that is designed to help a dog’s teeth rebound off while they’re chewing (instead of sinking in or puncturing the toy). With my border collie Ahsoka chomping all day on her Soccer Ball toy, I’m definitely thankful for this. So far, she loves the Soccer Ball, the Tennis Ball, and the Snoop from the Planet Dog line.

The Snoop is translucent, blue or orange, and squishy. Although it’s definitely tough like other Planet Dog toys, it’s specifically designed for puzzle play that can stimulate your pet’s natural intelligence and curiosity. It has a deep crevice in the center that can conceal a treat on the inside to create a fun challenge for your dog. I always recommend using Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch, because it’s so tasty and healthy — my girls (like most dogs) will do anything to get it!

 

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Whichever treats you choose to use, pups will nudge the Snoop with their nose, their paws, their forehead, and/or their mouth trying to get those yummy morsels out (which can not only be smelled, after all, but seen right through the toy!). All this activity helps deliver the mental and physical stimulation every dog needs. For even more puzzle fun, take that Orbee-Tuff Tennis Ball or any other 2.5” Orbee-Tuff ball, stuff it into the concave center of the Snoop, and challenge your dog to remove it. Since the Snoop is intended for interactive play, it isn’t necessarily designed to stand up to those dedicated toy-destroyers out there – but it will still be a great way for them to release energy! Just be sure to use with appropriate supervision.

It’s easy to see why the Orbee-Tuff Snoop won the Gold Medal in “Product Innovations” at the 2013 HH Backer Total Pet Expo, which Two Bostons attended last year in Rosemont, IL. It’s fun, durable, cleverly designed, and easy to clean: just fill with hot water, shake vigorously, and rinse. Plus, with every purchase you make from Planet Dog, you help support canine service programs. 2% of every Planet Dog toy sale goes toward the company’s unique grant-giving and product donation programs. More than $850,000 in grants and product donations have already been shared with exemplary non-profits nationwide. That makes these toys an even better choice for your pups at home!

Remember that every Planet Dog and Orbee-Tuff toy — including the Snoop — is non-toxic, made in the U.S.A., and 100% guaranteed any time, every time! Just bring the toy back if it gets damaged or destroyed, and we’ll be happy to replace it. So stop by with your furry friend soon, and our Team Members will be happy to show you the Orbee-Tuff Snoop. You’ll never be puzzled for a playtime solution again!

 

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A lot of us dog owners may not be aware that tennis balls can actually be quite dangerous to our furry friends. They can turn a typical game like playing fetch, for example, into a scary situation. There are times your dog might catch the ball in his mouth, but farther back than it should go. The ball could get stuck in your pup’s throat, and once this happens it usually blocks off breathing. This requires immediate action — and if the blockage is not removed right away, you dog may not survive.

There have also been studies showing that the glue used on tennis ball seams can erode tooth enamel. That’s because the natural stickiness allows this glue to stay on teeth long after your pup is finished with the ball itself. If your pooch likes to chew or eat tennis balls, pieces can also get stuck in the throat, esophagus, or anywhere along the digestive tract. Fragments can often get lodged in the bowel, for instance, and this can require emergency surgery.

These problems are seen most often in breeds like Labs, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers. Why? Mainly, sheer size. These larger breeds are more likely to enjoy catching tennis balls and playing a bit more roughly with their toys. They also have mouths that are large enough to wrap around the entire ball. But tennis ball fragments can still pose health and choking risks for breeds of any size.

Like tennis balls, there are other toys that are smart to avoid for safety reasons. They include:

  1. Any ball-shaped toy that your dog can fully fit inside his mouth
  2. Bones that are thin, small, or splinter too easily
  3. Jerky treats made (or partially sourced) in certain overseas countries
  4. Commercial rawhide chews, which are not digestible and often contain formaldehyde or bleach

Fortunately, there are many great alternatives that are safe to use with correct supervision. For instance, here are Two Bostons we only offer treats and chews that are completely digestible for cats and dogs. Our products are made and sourced in North America – often locally – with natural ingredients subject to stringent safety standards. Most toys we carry are made of safe, non-toxic, and/or recycled plastic or rubber. Many are reinforced with extra-durable seams and stitching.

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Many dogs can hold one entire tennis ball (or more!) in their mouths — and even smaller fragments pose a serious choking hazard. Fortunately, there are safe, healthy, fun, and tasty alternatives to meet your pup’s chomping and romping preferences.

We’ll talk about some firsthand Team favorites in a future post, but there are a few that are especially awesome. When it comes to toys, for instance, check out the Planet Dog line (see football photo, above). These non-toxic, clean-rinsing toys are made in the USA with energetic players and assertive chewers in mind. First of all, they smell like peppermint, so they offer a great little breath-freshening boost with every chew. But they’re also made of pliable, super-durable Orbee-Tuff material. The special rubberized consistency allows the toy to bounce and float; and it stands up to even the most aggressive chewer because it encourages a dog’s teeth to rebound off the toy instead of puncturing the surface. Plus, Planet Dog toys are 100% guaranteed against defects … and many are also recyclable.

If you’re interested in chomper-friendly alternatives that your dog CAN digest, we carry a number of safe, healthy, non-splintering chews as well. Our customers just love bully sticks, which are made from fully digestible free-range beef with no added hormones, antibiotics, or animal by-products. Himalayan Chews (far right, above) are another huge favorite, which offer a long-lasting boost of flavor and calcium. Then there are Yaky Sticks, which wrap a Himalayan Chew around a bully stick for the best of both worlds! Sam’s Yams are a safe, yummy, all-vegetable hit that are totally digestible. Crocodile Bones are a super-healthy and safe option as well. And don’t forget about antlers (center, above). These are full of calcium and phosphorus and very clean-chewing – no gunky mess on your carpets. At Two Bostons, we carry only the naturally-shed variety in deer, elk, and moose flats.

So stop by and ask us for more firsthand suggestions — then stay tuned for more fun, safe, healthy Team insights in future posts!