Today I’m bringing you a short review about one of my latest finds, a natural and durable squeaky dog toy that floats! How about that? I found it at an independently owned pet retail store, Fort Wagg (it’s a clever pun on Fort Bragg which isn’t far from us, lol. I always get a kick out of that name).
I was browsing through their clearance sale in search of a treasure for the pups, when I saw the cute looking hedgehog toy. Its looks got my attention first and I thought something along the lines of “aw, aren’t you adorable looking“.
What really got my “I’m-seriously-considering-buying-you-now” attention were the words non-toxic. Ever since Missy kicked cancer in the butt I have made it my personal mission to keep toxicity out of her and her brother’s lives.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review, meaning I didn’t receive any form of compensation to talk about the Ruff-Tex Hedgehog by Hugglehounds. This is simply me expressing my personal opinion. Hugglehounds is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
100% Natural, Non-Toxic, Flexible, Durable Texturized Body
This hedgehog is made of Ruff-Tex, which is a thick-walled, flexible, 100% natural rubber AND corduroy fabric combination. I have never come across anything like it, but I sure did like the sound of that – although I noticed that it’s made in China, which is typically reason enough for me not to make a purchase.
I’m willing to broaden my horizon though, and this toy does seem like one of the good guys, so to speak. It claims not to contain any PVC and no plastics whatsoever. It is stuffed with polyurethane foam which doesn’t contain any chemicals and is environmentally friendly.
To top it all off, even the paint used for the eyes and mouth portion on the toy is non-toxic, pet-friendly paint, so this really seems like a good fit for our health oriented lifestyle.
Violet The Hedgehog Dog Toy Seen From The Front
Violet The Hedgehog Dog Toy Seen From The Back
Violet The Hedgehog Dog Toy Even Floats!
There was another reason why I wanted to give this dog toy a try. Although it didn’t say anywhere on the packaging that it would float, to me it just really looked like it would!
Here’s the thing about Missy – she is VERY selective about dog toys and rarely plays with any on land. She LOVES to go swimming though and actually retrieves toys that are thrown into the water for her. Not once. Not twice. Every.single.time!
She never does that on land (unlike her brother Buzz who is a fetch fanatic), so I figured what the hell, I’ll invest the $12.99 + tax and see what happens.
Missy Waiting For Me To Throw Her Hedgehog Toy Into The Pool
Well…as you might be able to tell from above picture, it was love at first sight! Missy couldn’t get enough from her new Hedgehog dog toy which DID float very nicely and tirelessly retrieved it for 30 mins straight. That’s how long our swim session lasted at Riverbark Pet Retreat.
A Peeing Hedgehog
Granted, since Violet the hedgehog isn’t made to swim per se, she did absorb some water, but stayed afloat no problem, as mentioned above. I gave her a few good squeezes resulting in a peeing hedgehog, lol 😉 Back home, Missy was actually interested in playing with Violet some more! That’s been unheard of so far – watch for yourself:
I am very pleased with our new dog toy! Not only is it made of natural rubber and doesn’t contain any toxins, it also stayed afloat during our 30 minute swimming session. AND is enticed Missy to play fetch with it on land! That says a lot, because Missy is typically not very interested in dog toys, unless they happen to be in the water.
We bought the large size toy for a good deal on a clearance sale, so that was definitely a wallet-friendly bonus. According to Hugglehound’s website, it is also available in small for $6.95. The large size retails for $14.95.
Do you own or know of any dog toys made of non-toxic materials? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!