Dog Toys by Kyjen: Squeaker Mat Character Sheep! Enter to Win!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota!  Anyone that knows ANYTHING about Shetland Sheepdogs knows that we are herders, and there is a certain animal that we just LOVE to herd. Sheep!!! Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

See? I told ya!

A few weeks ago I was sitting around feeling kinda blue and I couldn’t figure out why. Then it dawned on me! It hit me like a bolt out of the blue! I had NO SHEEP to herd!

I walked over to Mom and tapped her with my paw. I directed her to the computer and told her with my barks that since I test toys for Kyjen I felt the toy that I should test next should be a Sheep! Brilliant idea wasn’t it? Look at what Mom found! It’s the:

Squeaker Mat Character Sheep Large

Is this cool or what? Click on the photo to visit Kyjen!

Is this cool or what? Click on the photo to visit Kyjen!

It was the answer to my prayers!! Not only could I herd this Sheep but :

It’s like Bubble Wrap for dogs!

Row after row of squeakers create long-lasting fun for dogs

It’s plush, it is super  soft and it squeaks! It squeaks everywhere!

The squeaker mats are durable, and if I were to take out a squeaker, (which I haven’t), there are plenty more inside of the toy!

I love to shake this squeaker mat, I run around with it, it’s so much fun! Unfortunately, Mom couldn’t shoot a video of me playing with my Squeaker Mat Character Sheep  because I will only play with it when she isn’t pointing a video camera in my face!  Let me show you a video on the Kyjen web site that shows other squeaker  mat toys made by Kyjen that are the same concept, they just aren’t the Sheep.

When I’m not playing with my sheep I often will sleep with it! Let me tell you my furiends you will love this and guess what? You can enter to win!!! My buddies at Kyjen are going to give THREE LUCKY DOGGIES (We apologize but U.S. only due to shipping costs) their own Squeaker Mat Sheep, just like mine!

HOW TO ENTER: Just leave a comment telling me why you want to win the Kyjen Squeaker Mat Character Sheep! Hurry and enter! The contest will close Tuesday, January 15 at 5pm and the winner will be announced Thursday, January 17th!

 

Barks and licks and good luck!!

Dakota

I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was given a Squeaker Mat Character Sheep to test. All opinions are my own.

Friday FUN!!! Introducing the KONG Squeezz Dumbbell!!

For those of you who have been visiting me for a while now, you KNOW  I am a KONG lovin’ dog! I have KONG treat dispensers (which cheapo Mom actually BOUGHT for me on her own!) and all sorts of KONG toys! Mom and I particularly love KONG products because they are the ONLY toys that my powerful razor sharp teeth can’t destroy!

Today I am happy to show you one of the newest dog toys from KONG…it’s the  KONG Squeezz Dumbbell!!

Look at this cool purple color!!!

I was lucky enough to get my own  KONG Squeezz Dumbbell!!

Mine is GREEN!!!

Please ignore all of the cat hair on the chair BOL!!

The brilliant people at KONG know that doggies LOVE to play tug so they created the  KONG Squeezz Dumbbell!! 

The Squeezz Dumbbell has knotted rope tails on either end that are perfect for sinking your teeth into!! Look at all of the fun that Daddy and I had playing with mine!!

Sometimes I will even lay on the floor and just chew those babies and you know what? They haven’t even frayed!  The The Squeezz Dumbbell even has a squeaker inside which makes it even more fun!! What Mom likes is the squeakers are deep within the toy so that puppy teeth or shark teeth like mine can’t get through it!

As you can see the colors are super bright and fun, the bright colors also make it easier to FIND your toys when they are in the toy chest, kicked under the couch or when your pawrent gets up and nearly breaks their neck from tripping over your toys! (C’mon, you KNOW that happens!!) This way, your clumsy pawrents can SEE the toy and avoid breaking a leg!

The  KONG Squeezz Dumbbell is available in small, medium or large,  right now it isn’t on their website (but will be) but you can check out the other KONG’s Squeezz with Rope Toys  that are also  available and they come in three additional shapes:  Ball, Ring and Double Ball. They have MSRP’s of $6.99 to $15.99 and are available online and at pet retailers nationwide.

Be sure to visit the KONG website to check them out!!

For the few of you that might be sleeping and have never heard of KONG (which I cannot believe!) here is some info about them:

About KONG Company

KONG Company is the premier global provider of interactive toys and other products for dogs and cats. The company’s namesake Classic KONG is widely regarded as the “World’s Best Dog Toy” and is recommended by vets, trainers and behaviorists more than any other toy. With a persistent commitment to innovation, the company continues to regularly introduce unique, high-quality dog and cat products. KONG also makes it a top priority to give back to the pet community. KONG was founded in 1976 and is based in Golden, Colorado. For more information visit kongcompany.com orfacebook.com/KONGCompany.

I was not compensated for this review. I was given a KONG Squeezz Dumbbell to play with and to show you how much fun it is!!

Now doggies, go and grab something you aren’t supposed to and when you are yelled at, tell your pawrent you will NOT “Drop It” until they buy you the KONG Squeezz Dumbbell!! That’ll teach ’em!!

Barks and licks and KONG Squeezz Dumbbell fun!!!!

Dakota

You Can Get Cozy With KONG Cozies! A Give-Away!

Gather round the computer woofies! “Lend me your ears!” (well I guess since this is a blog that would be EYES!!)

Boy oh boy was my tail ever waggin’ when I received a giant box of goodies from KONG! Any dog worth his bones knows that KONG manufactures some of the most durable, superb quality, creative toys on the planet.  The KONG toys aren’t the type that are ruined in one enthusiastic bite, no sirree!! These babies are made to last!

Speaking of babies, KONG now has a line of plush toys called Cozies.  I know, I know, you think you are a tough doggie but we all get our times when we start thinking of  how life was when we were pups  and we just get the urge to cuddle! Or, we feel like picking something up, shaking it or throwing it, not to be mean mind you, but just to put some fun into our routine!

These are the toys in the KONG Cozie Collection. Aren’t they just the cutest?  They have:

  • Minimal filling for minimal mess
  • Extra layer of material to increase strength
  • Squeak to help entice play
  • Not for chew sessions
  • 10 fun characters: Ali the Alligator, Baily the Blue Dog, Elmer the Elephant, Buster the Koala, King the Lion, Spunky the Monkey, Marvin the Moose, Floppy the Bunny, Rosie the Rhino and Tupper the Lamb
Here are the KONG Cozies that I received:
In this photo we have (from left to right), “Tupper The Lamb”, “Floppy The Bunny”, Baily The Blue Dog”, “Spunky The Monkey” and “King The Lion!”
It was soooo hard to choose which one I wanted. I had to carefully inspect the box, sniff each one for quality control, and I even had to taste the box to see what type of packaging material was used. All of this to make sure that they met my high standards.

It was so difficult to choose! Each Cozie really lives up to its name.  Doggy friends these are the softest and most cuddly toys EVER!

Want to know which Cozie toy I chose for myself?

I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. I chose:

SPUNKY THE MONKEY!!!

I love this monkey so much that  I just had to smell him, kiss him and put the “bitey” on him! He took it all like the good sport that he is!

My brother,  Cody even tried to get in on the action!

Hey "Cat Chat" Boy!! That's MY Monkey! Give him back!

Can I play with Spunky too Mom?

Cody can’t play with Spunky or any of the other KONG Cozies. Want to know why? Because the extra four KONG Cozies aren’t for me!

The incredibly kind and generous people at KONG said that FOUR OF YOU CAN WIN ONE!!

Yep you heard that right!

FOUR OF YOU can each win ONE KONG Cozie that my Mom will mail directly to you! (THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO EVERYBODY since my Mom is doing the mailing!)

HOW TO ENTER: The first two requirements  ARE MANDATORY!!!!

1) You MUST be a subscriber of Dakota’s Den

2) Leave us a comment telling us which KONG Cozie is your favorite!

3) “Like” Dakota’s Den on Facebook and leave us a comment there!

Entries must be received no later than MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 11PM EASTERN…WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH.

THANK YOU NICE PEOPLE AT KONG!!

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS!!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota & “Spunky The Monkey”

My New Toy!!

Mom sure made up for not allowing me to blog by presenting me with this wonderful toy made by

Nina Ottosson!

Mom has a friend named Baby Patches and Baby Patches has a wonderful web site called Nip And Bones, LLC.

Mom visited one day and found me the fantastic toy,

Dog Finder, by Nina Ottosson.

Here is how the toy is described on Baby Patches’ website:

“The idea behind the Dog Finder is the dog or cat is to look for treats by moving blocks in four different directions. The block can only be lifted at the end of each track. Under each block there is a depression where treats can be hidden… ”

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Suits dogs and cats of all ages and sizes
  • A tricky and activating game for you and your dog or cat
  • Plastic, easy to clean
The Dog Finder also comes with a handy booklet “Fun Challenging Games & Puzzles” that you can play when using this toy. It also includes a Training Guide and a CD. Like the doggie on the cover says “not that I need it!”
Mom said she was surprised at just how fast I learned how to use this puzzle.
Why should she be surprised? I am a SHELTIE after all!
We are listed as number 6 in intelligence out of 100 doggies! I’m no slouch!
Mom timed me when I first used this puzzle and she said it took me less than 60 seconds to figure it out!
Mom didn’t even have to explain it to me. I saw where she put the  mouth watering  treats that Baby Patches’ Mommy sent to me as a surprise ,and it was off to the races!
Click on the photo to see all of the delicious treats!
Check out the delicious dog treats here
Mom said her favorite part of watching me play with the Dog Finder was when I would pick up the hidey bones that the treats go under,  carefully  bringing them over to my coffee table fort and depositing  them underneath.
The first time I played with the Dog Finder, I put at least half of those hidey bone covers in my fort! It made me feel secure to keep them there, safe from the meddling paws of my kitty brother, Cody.
Check out how smart I am, you can even hear my heavy breathing, I was so excited!
Be sure to watch til the end!
This is my favorite toy now and Mom said she wishes she had pawchased it long ago.  She was just too cheap at the time and didn’t.
She said that she loves it so much and loves the quality that she is going to buy me MORE Nina Ottosson toys  from Nip and Bones! YAY!! There are many wonderful toys made by  Nina Ottosson on the Nip and Bones website.
Mom said it is going to be super hard to decide which one to pawchase next.
 I think she should leave that decision up to me!
I can easily go without blogging if it means I am going to get great toys like this!
The problem is, guess who else likes it?
Mom THOUGHT she had put it out-of-the-way when she laid the box on top of the dining room table.
As you can see, she thought WRONG

Look closely in the box and you will see what I mean

When I am done playing Mom has to hide the Dog Finder in the closet with the door shut.
I don’t want any kitty germs on it!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
Mom and I weren’t compensated in any way for this review. Mom pawchased the above toy on her own. Baby Patches’ Mom only gave us the treats as a special surprise and we say THANK YOU!!!!