I suppose this can count as my first-ever MargeBlog product review!
A couple of months ago, I went on a little Amazon spending spree to get some new stuff for Marge. We tried out some new treats (which were good), tried a new treat-dispensing toy (which was returned, won't get in to that), and, for the first time ever, an interactive plushy toy.
I had seen this toy before, but never ordered it. I saw it for the low price of around $9 on Amazon, just enough to get me free shipping on the rest of my order. Since the summer time is when we don't get to do as much training and walking, I thought it would be a good time to give it a try.
When we first got it, Marge wasn't really sure what to do with it. Instead of pulling the little bees out, she was perfectly content with walking around, squeaking the entire bee hive with the little bees lodged inside of it.
To keep it novel, I only bring it out once every couple of weeks or so. Tonight, after a not-so-good (AKA extremely stressful) walk out in the field (fireworks at 4 PM in the afternoon - saw them with my own eyes, the immature, inconsiderate idiots - and I tried to call the Park Service on them, but there was no answer), I thought we needed to have a little bit of fun.
Here she is getting to work. With a little bit of practice, she now understands that the idea is to pull the three little bees out and then squeak the heck out of them.
She still does like to stick her head completely inside of it every once in a while. Sometimes, she even walks around with the bee hive covering her face. It's very cute.
And, finally, with the ultimate prize - a perfect sized bee to chomp on. They have gotten a bit worn, especially since Marge is a moderate chewer, but using them sparingly has definitely elongated their life. The squeakers inside of them are very powerful, though - all three still work.
- Affordable, comes in many different varieties (Hide a Bird, Squirrel, etc)
- Good way to keep your dog mentally stimulated without the use of treats
- Takes a familiar toy (squeaky toys) and spins a whole new concept on them
- Replacement bees available should yours get worn
- Good size for most dogs (except the very tiny or very large, perhaps)
- Not suitable for aggressive chewers; bees do fray pretty easily
- Might get boring if used too frequently
- Some dogs will need encouragement before they pull the bees out
Maybe it will work for you, too, and you can use it to give your dog something fun to do without having to go out into this oppressive, unwavering heat (and, for some of us, the darn fireworks that go with them).
Disclaimer: This post was not, in any way, endorsed by the Kyjen company. I have had no contact with any one - this is my own review of my own experience with this product, no strings attached.