Because I Said So: Dog Days of Summer
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dog Days of Summer

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  We (Laney and I) received the Kong toy to review as part of's blogger review program.  Since Laney has yet to learn how to write, I am reviewing on her behalf. As always, all opinions and pictures are my own! (oh and Laney's) See Laney's other posts here and here !

It's only the third day of summer officially, but it's been in the 100s here for a while. So what happens when your fur child wants to play, but is the color of asphalt and absorbs the sun's heat so quickly that you're afraid she'll burst into flames or pass out from heat stroke?

Take the fun indoors, duh. 

The dog-child is a huge fan of any toy she can shake and shred (especially when you've freshly vacuumed). Most of the time it looks like it snowed indoors because of this habit. In fact, I was going to name this post "When your dog is actually a Velociraptor" Just kidding. Maybe.

So, when Chewy approached me to review this Kong toy--I thought "perfect, Laney will love it." The round part squeaks and we'll be able to play tug of war (me from the comfort of the couch). 

Laney is 40 lbs (30 if we don't over-feed her over the weekend) of pure excitement when she realizes she's getting some sort of treat/new toy. This one was no exception. 

The problem? She would rather play with the human part of the toy (the handle) rather than the  indestructible squeaky part. She almost cut through the rope before I even got the chance to photograph it! (Velociraptor)

Even though we didn't use it as intended, she still had lots of fun shaking and chewing up this particular toy. And since she hasn't completely destroyed it yet, I would say it lives up to the Kong name brand. It'll be a toy we bring everywhere (Nana and Pop's house, vacations, etc.)

P.S. Is anyone else's dog secretly a Velociraptor when it comes to chewing up toys at an alarming rate? Or is it just mine?


  1. Awww your baby is adorable! My pup was black too, and the summers were unbearable at times. Just gotta keep them hydrated and cool. And yes, both my dogs were ferocious with their toys! I had to keep one eye open at night :P

  2. I have a 50 pound mixed pitt bull. She does the same thing. She has destroyed so many toys and songs. Oddly enough- she loves stuffed animals. She has yet to rip one apart and those are my godsend. To keep her more entertained in the toys I freeze banana's or peanut butter in the toy. I only let her play with it outside though! don't want the mess in my apartment.

    Your dog is a cutie! If we lived near each other I would say we should get them together to play ! haha

  3. I got this toy last month too for Tank (who is reaching close to 90lbs!) and it lasted I want to say about 5 minutes and then was torn apart completely (both sides!) What can you do ha! Laney seems to love it though!

  4. awe i love this. I am writing my review of the same toy soon. My thing is though my crazy girl chewed off her handle and last night chewed the rope so the ball came off.. Laney is adorable!!

  5. Laney is adorable! My little miniature dachsund loves destroying all her toys as well.

  6. SO cute! I want a Laney!

  7. Laney is so cute and my dog is DEF a velociraptor when it comes to toys. Dogs are crazy!

  8. Don't worry, our Rimy tears up toys in a hot minute. I've heard alot of good things about Kong toys though so maybe I should give them a try!

  9. I had a boxer growing up, and she was the best. The best dog and the best friend I could've ever been blessed with for 10 years of my life. I'm a HUGE dog person, and yours is so cute! She looks like the perfect size and super cuddly :)

    Melissa | These words are my own.

  10. I do not have a dog but my sister has a yellow lab and will only buy Kong toys for him because they are the only ones that actually hold up!

    How 2 Wear It []

  11. I'm having the same problem!! Walking my dog is like torture haha Miami is a sauna!

    xo //

  12. My dog definitely rips open the toy as soon as he can.
    It's always annoying.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  13. When I see posts like this makes me miss being able to have my dog in my apartment :( I want to be able to go on walks with him, play with him and just be able to cuddle him.

  14. Looks like a great time!!

  15. How adorable! I really want to get a puppy, and this sounds like a good toy to remember when I do. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love everything Kong sells. Their toys have been great since my doggie was just a little puppy! They are so durable. When my pup was younger she definitely destroyed any toy in her path, nowadays, I feel like she's so much more gentle, and almost thinks of her stuffed toys as her babies!

  17. Laney is so adorable. I've been trying to quell my puppy fever but it might just be time to get one soon. Great pictures too!

    Ade | She Be Knowin

  18. Aw!! I love your pup! I have to look into these toys. It's one of my dog's birthday tomorrow so maybe it would be a fun gift!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  19. I don't have a dog but my aunt and uncle have two and they REALLY love their Kong toys! Your dog is so cute <3

    Marie H.
    Progression By Design