Product: Kyjen Invincibles Plush Dog Toy Snake (3 Squeakers)
You sexy, sexy snake.
Average Price: $6.99-$9.00
Durability: High-Very durable
Cool Factor: Medium- High.
I’ll admit it, I have at least two versions of the first generation of this toy already (Green rather than red but same idea) and I think I love it more than my dogs do. For better or worse these are my dogs absolute favorite toys even above the ones that feed them.
When this arrived I was excited and after noting what it was, so were my dogs. To my dogs this toy means two things 1) We’re going to tug 2) Play with the flirt pole or 3) TUG!. I hadn’t even fully opened the box before Z’s nose was shoving in to see it and she was trying to instigate a game of “I own that”.
As the resident seam-chewer Z’s track record with these is iffy. She has destroyed every single “tough” soft toy I have purchased in under an hour. I don’t bother with rubber or nylabones since she won’t touch them. (She is a chewing snob)
This one got off easy.
As I said previously we have the previous edition of this toy. The first one I purchased took about forty minutes but once I got bored and forgot, she had chewed apart a seam and surgically removed and destroyed a squeaker. The semi-ruined toy was still highly valued by the monster and even by M whose attention span on toys is notoriously short. It still resides in the car as a spare tug-toy as I purchased a second one to at least pretend we have nice things. The second however also met a similar fate though at the end of the flirt pole. I had been debating purchasing a third when Kyjen sent us this new generation toy
Since I wanted to give the other dogs a shot at the toy I put it up on the high toy shelf that she can’t reach. It’s been pulled out repeatedly but mostly as a tug toy or when I can contain the beast and let the others have a chance to play. Once everyone had a turn I let the monster go to town and I was frankly surprised. For the sake of experimentation I set aside a day where I left Z alone with it for and hour. I came back into the room and while frayed, the seams were all intact. Every squeaker still worked. The most damage had occurred to the eyes (Pop up fabric at the front of the head) but I consider a half-blind squeaker a vast improvement to the usual destruction I’m met with.
I paused the destruction and settled her with a bully stick in her crate and then brought out M. He as per usual met the toy with incredible enthusiasm. He flinged it. He threw it. He caught it (Once, accidentally. He’s terrible at catch.). He pounced it. He carried it around. He tried to get me to tug with him. All in all he had a blast. The endless squeaking entertained him and it occupied his desired to chew and groom something that didn’t bite back. I considered my experiment finished until H (The geriatric munchkin terrier) came from the bedroom to steal and destroy the snake. In her heyday she was my toy destruction expert. As it is, the snake is simply too large so just merely delighted in tormenting Z and prancing/tripping around with this marvelous thing she was so certain she killed.
I like food and murder.
Pros: Reasonably pleasing colors, Fun tug toy, more durable than other “tough” toys on the market, and inexpensive in comparison.
Cons: The seams aren’t lined with lead (Which is unreasonable, but honestly it’s good,) it doesn’t come in a small dog version (That we know of).
I’ve often joked that I should get Mr. T a job as a toy tester since he is rather adept at conquering and destroying any toy that crosses his path. I’m actually fairly certain that he thinks the point of toys is to destroy them, not play with them. So, naturally I was skeptical when I saw that this particular toy was part of a line called “Invincibles”. However, I can tell you that it has lasted 4 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes longer than pretty much any other toy we’ve owned.
Day 1: A Worthy Foe
After a few minutes of frolicking with his new toy, he got right down to business and hunkered down with the sole mission of killing the green snake. Much to my surprise, after about 10 minutes of trying to tear the snake from seam to seam, Mr. T simply gave up. I’m pretty sure he was just as shocked as I was that the snake put up a fight. For the next few days, he attempted to destroy it again, with little success.
On day 5 of the toy being in our home, Mr. T finally managed to rip out the squeakers. He managed to do so by tearing off the seam on one side of the snake (I’m assuming he had been whittling it away the whole time). The toy’s product info claims that it keeps squeaking even when punctured, but I never got to see that, since Mr. T literally disemboweled the snake and chewed the squeaker into smithereens. Needless to say, the squeaking has stopped.
Day 5: Silent Snake
Since the squeakers were forcibly removed, Mr. T has shown limited interest in the snake. He will toss it around a few times, but upon realizing that it no longer makes noise, moves on. Now, for some of you with gentler dogs, 5 days may not seem like a long time, but I am completely impressed that the snake made it past 5 minutes.
Pros: Squeaker works even when punctured, no annoying stuffing to clean up when your dog tears apart the toy. Amazingly durable all things considered.
Cons: Squeaker works even when punctured (sometimes it’s nice to have quiet)
This toy is actually relatively hardy compared to other “tough” dog toys on the market. Although it probably won’t last long with power chewer/destroyers, it provided plenty of entertainment, especially for the low cost. The idea of squeakers that still make noise is brilliant, but perhaps unrealistic for many dogs who tend to shred toys.
Stars: 9 out of 11
Disclaimer: The Dog Snobs were given two toys by the Kyjen company to review. We were in no other way compensated and this is an unbiased review, and in this case they happened to just make a kick-ass toy.
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