cool purchases for big pooches


Sofa, our three-year-old Fluffy Mastiff, shows his love for the Jolly Ball.

We have two big dogs — one is 165 pounds, and the other, still a puppy, weighs about 67. Finding toys and beds that last has been, as you might imagine, a bit of a challenge. Here are some recent finds that we’re liking a lot. –Mary T.


Ruff Wear Urban Sprawl dog bed, $74.95–149.95. I’m not kidding, the largest size could comfortably sleep a human. (Which is good, because stretched out, a full-grown mastiff is that big.) These have held up terrifically, there are no loose parts for the dogs to chew, and the cover is washable and can be dried in the dryer. (Mastiffs drool!)

WETNOZ products, $2.95-129.95. We haven’t tried the toys yet, but I’m loving the dishes. The Studio scoop bowl is great — it’s easy to handle, it looks cool, and because the bowl is slightly angled, your dog can access the contents easily even if it’s slightly elevated.

Jolly Pets dog toys, $5.99-19.99. Our favorite is the Romp-n-Roll Jolly Ball; our big guy liked this so much when we brought it home, he cried when we put it away for the night. Though enough tug-of-war dislodged the rope, Jolly Pets toys are virtually indestructible — our dogs have chewed on them for months without dislodging any bits of rubber — and come in large sizes so that big dogs won’t choke on them.


Good Cuz and Bad Cuz dog toys, $2.95-5.95. Okay, this one is a mixed review — I am delighted with how these look (the Bad Cuz is cute enough to just display on a shelf) but the rubber could be a little stronger; most of the feet and the tips of the horns were gone almost instantly once our puppy got ahold of it. However, the rest of the ball is holding up great — even the squeak is still intact. It also has a fun off-kilter bounce that our buddies love.

From our partners

i feel your pain! we have a mastiff mix (with a lab) and a shepard mix (with something) and both destroy everything we give them in a matter of seconds! we’ve had a lot of trouble finding an affordable bed for marvin (our mastiff mix) so that’s a great reco. we still have our bad cuz from 3 years ago! like you said, the horns and legs are missing, thanks to Matilda (our shepard mix) but they still love it. love your pooches… those mastiff faces just make ya melt, don’t they!?

Sharon

My dog LOVEs his bad cuz ball. He also chewed the feet off of it and one of the horns. He won’t play with any other ball, it has to be this one. He’s a lab/pit mix and a pretty intense chewer and this has held up since November, which is a lifetime with dog toys in our house.

Tiffany S.

That Bad Cuz is too cute! Can I find them locally? I’m starting to get too cheap to pay shipping.

Mary T.

TIffany, yes, I’ve seen them in tons of local store (we got ours at All The Best Pet Care).

Ellie

Yay for big dogs and good design.

Just a warning on the cuz, A friend’s dog chewed the feet off, they got stuck in her intestine and the resulting surgery was under anesthetic and over $800. The makers also have other cute styles like a rubber chicken that might be a little safer, usually available at the big pet chains in the states.

If anyone has experience with the studio scoop bowl I’d be interested to hear if it stays put. My Airedale Terrier likes to pick up her bowl or even knock the thing over until everything spills out.

Mary T.

Yikes! Thanks for the note on the Cuz. Not excusing it — like I said, our puppy did chew the feet off quickly. It’s an issue with a lot of toys; we end up taking them away because the dogs are just doing too much damage.

On the Scoop bowl, I have one and it does well staying put! I don’t know about knocking it over, but the rubberized feet keep it really secure — I was trying to scoot it out of the way of a cabinet today, in fact, and had to pick it up to move it. She might want to try with a smaller one first before sinking a lot of money into them since they’re $20 or more apiece.

Sofa…what a great name! Your dog is about double the size of my chocolate lab. Pretty impressive! I met a dog the other day that was 220, a ridgeback/mastiff mix. My other dog is a rescue mix and weighs 42, but likes to chew through everything, so we’re always in seplace of Paco-proof toys, as we call them. Thanks for the tips
:)

monica

My dog (brittany/collie) loves her cuz toys. She has 2 and can tell the difference between ‘bald guy’ and ‘evil guy’.

We have her ‘bald guy’ outside, and it is fairing pretty well. She got some algae on it, and we bleached it, and it is as good as new.

Our girl is a chewer, usually she first chews out the squeaker in any toy, and anything that is soft (stuffed or rope) doesn’t make it 20 seconds, but she hasn’t chewed the legs off of these.

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Kiki

My dog’s not that big, but she’s an avid chewer and went through regular-size Nylabones in a couple days. What’s worked for us is BoodaBone rope toys and the Nylabone Galileo (which seems to have been renamed the Dino bone). It’s oddly phallic looking but she’s yet to finish one off.

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Naomi Fitzpatrick

The Urban sprawl bed is the best dogs bed I ever got, it lasted our male mastiff 1 year and looked brand new after washing, there’s a great density to it.
Sadly when we got our second pup, they used it as a battering ram and a wall bumper so we took it away and put it in my male mastiff’s crate – big mistake, overnight he destroyed it :-( but I’d get another.

The jolly ball we got from our local horse supply store, the dogs love it, the rope lasted 5 minutes but the ball is one of their favourite toys and so far it’s taken a beating and it’s still in one piece.

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