Balder – Siberian Husky

Balder – Siberian Husky


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Introducing Balder the Siberian Husky, Photo taken by Randi.

(58 votes, average: 9.10 out of 10)

Jasmine – Labrador Retriever

Jasmine – Labrador Retriever


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My dog is a little energy ball. She is always getting into mischief and madness, but we love her so much!!!!! ! – Hayley

(47 votes, average: 9.68 out of 10)

Lily – Basset Hound

Lily – Basset Hound


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Lily is a very active Basset who loves to play but loves to sleep more! – Katie

(61 votes, average: 9.52 out of 10)

Maximus – Rat Terrier & Border Collie

Maximus – Rat Terrier & Border Collie


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We got Maximus aka Max, at 9wks old. We rescued him from a rescue. And watched Max grow up so fast. He was super hyper at first like all puppies are. The pictures were from 9-15wks old. He is now 8mths old already, super healthy and full of love and energy.. He loves to play catch, and with his new favorite toy the flying squirrel. He loves to run up and down the stairs, loves walks, and chasing bunnies and birds. – Ashley

(28 votes, average: 9.04 out of 10)

Rico Suave – Deer Chihuahua

Rico Suave – Deer Chihuahua


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Time for a siesta – Melody

(22 votes, average: 8.95 out of 10)

Carlos – Chihuahua

Carlos – Chihuahua


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Carlos is a lovable, snuggley chihuahua. currently he is 1 year and 2 months old. His favorite thing to do is sun bathe and cuddle with the family. He loves being kissed on the neck and everyone he has met he has liked, except for one person and we don’t reallly know why. Even when he did meet the person he didn’t really like, all he did was bark, he didn’t even try to bite. He loves to play fetch with a ball,run around the backyard, and play with my cat, Max. and a bonus factor of Carlos… He LOVES Kids! – Teyris

(26 votes, average: 7.62 out of 10)

Callie – Golden Retriever

Callie – Golden Retriever


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Callie is very playful and loves to run a good lap (or twenty) around the house as fast as her paws will take her! She is a very good listener and rarely do we need to use a leash. – Amanda

(40 votes, average: 9.40 out of 10)

Martha Stewart Rope Bone Toy Review & Video

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Martha Stewart Rope Bone Toy
Martha Stewart Rope Bone Toy

At Play:  Test-driving Martha Stewart’s Tug Toy

Martha Stewart Rope Bone Toy ($6.99) is one of many items in the Martha Stewart/Petsmart collaboration. I always am drawn to Martha Stewart’s products–there is just something about the classic look and color palette that gets me, I suppose. Now that Mellan has the luxury of being the resident product tester here at Paws and Kisses, naturally, I had to pick up something when I saw the Martha Stewart display at my local Petsmart! It’s available in both 6″ and 8″ lengths and blue, brown, ivory, or red for colors. Mellan is 60 pounds of labrador goodness, so I opted for the 8″ and picked blue!

Though I don’t typically have high expectations for a lot of dog toys, the rope seemed made well enough. I figured that going for the rope over one of the stuffed toys would also bode better, since Mellan has no problems with his much-loved BOODA Ropes. I was completely and utterly wrong. Mellan is not even much of a destroyer–at least not deliberately–and he just likes to chew and pull at toys. He will shake toys and toss them up in the air as well, but he’s not one of those dogs that methodically looks to destroy and un-stuff his toys either.

Both ends of the bone started to unravel within the first minute, and we really weren’t playing very hard (he was laying, and I was teasing him with it). It frays and pulls apart pretty quick, particularly at the ends. The issue is the way it’s braided, because dogs can easily pull entire strings out of the bone (we had about ten pieces in as many minutes). I even pulled one out, and you really don’t need a lot of strength to do so (could easily see a smaller dog doing the same). Durability definitely lacks, but it does seem to be harder to pull apart the middle section of the rope. I’ve seen toys touted as indestructible get seams ripped faster. Since strings do pull out, this is a toy that requires supervision (as rope toys often do).


Mellan hard at work…

Inevitably, dogs will chew on this toy, even if it is designed for tug. But just tugging frays and pulls this apart, and chewing does it more so. Mellan didn’t seem particularly interested in the toy, either. Maybe he wanted to throw it around a bit, but he only chewed on it when we teased him with it–the “Oh, what do you have there? I want it, too!” kind of play. He would play with the Rope Bone for a minute or two, drop it, and start playing with another toy instead. For us, the rope is a bit short to play a decent game of tug with. I’d prefer more length (maybe 10″). The rope isn’t hard on the hands, though, and it has some spring/give when pulled at both ends.

I do like the price. For something by Martha Stewart, I expected to pay more. I don’t feel the price tag is unreasonable for a toy in general, even if it does not last us nearly as long as we’d like!

Review Snapshot

  • Product: 20/30
  • Pup Happiness: 6/10
  • Durability: 2/5
  • Value: 3/5
  • OVERALL: D

RECOMMENDATION: If you use this toy exclusively for tug for a small or medium sized dog, I think it might work out better. For a larger dog, the rope is a little on the short end for a truly good game of tug. I don’t recommend this for avid, determined, or powerful chewers, because they will make rather quick work of the ends, if not the middle, too. If left for chewing, the dog should be supervised to avoid swallowing the loose strings that he’ll inevitably pull out.

WHERE TO BUY:   Petsmart

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Hennessy – Boston Terrier

Hennessy – Boston Terrier


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its a female boston terrier. she loves to kiss alot and play with the other male boston terrier – Vanessa

(19 votes, average: 9.47 out of 10)

Jager – Boston Terrier

Jager – Boston Terrier


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Hes a male boston terrier, hes a lil bully but good puppy. hes 6 weeks in the pic. hes is now 3 months and 3 weeks – Vanessa

(16 votes, average: 9.56 out of 10)