Posted by: Kristin | January 15, 2010

good toy, bad toy (according to Kona)

If a puppy’s level of interest in a toy is the gauge of what makes a good one, then Nylabone Puppy Teething Rings are as good as it gets for Kona! She’s had them since around Christmastime and they’re already practically gnarled beyond shape recognition. But, according to the product details online, that’s supposed to happen – “bristles raised during chewing help clean teeth and control plaque and tartar.” … Bonus! (post continues below)

They’re made of a hard plastic, which Alex and I were uneasy about giving her. That certainly hasn’t slowed her down. We even bought an extra set, since the originals appear to be close to retirement. Though I’m not sure she’ll ever be able to use the spares, as they’re designated for puppies up to only 25 lbs. without any adult teeth. Kona is almost there.

She weighed in today, at 17 weeks old, at more than 21 lbs.! AND SHE’S LOST SOME PUPPY TEETH! (post continues below)

8 weeks old

17 weeks old

She’s growing up so fast! [Sigh.] … But on to the “bad” toy. …

Kona loves ice cubes. She even considers them a “treat.” So, we thought she might also enjoy a synthetic toy designed to be frozen, like the Petstages Cool Teething Stick. Not so much. She usually takes it when we offer it to her, but it rarely gives her more than a minute of enjoyment. Kona clearly prefers chomping on real ice cubes.

I’ve heard soaking and freezing a regular toy rope works well, too. And we’ve thought about making some diluted chicken broth ice cubes as a treat. For now, though, it seems like regular ice will continue to do the trick of soothing her gums!

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