Written in partnership with Bark. So here’s the thing… a 70 lb. rescued pitbull can cycle through a lot of toys. Yes, toys. Miraculously, he’s always known the difference between his and my daughter’s when it comes to stuffies or bubbies or whatever you want to call them.
His, however, definitely get tossed around, ripped apart, and snuggled, which is why we’re a fan of Barbox Super Chewer toys. He lifts his head every single time I try to photograph him snuggling a toy (which is often desqueaked or beheaded) but, trust me, the sight would melt your heart.
He loves toys but I like them to last. Note: Super Chewer toys are now always fluff-free. The toys that were originally received had some fluff in them.
Toys provide Scooby both stimulation and comfort, two things I really think rescue dogs like him need. It has been interesting to see how differently he destroys toys now that he’s the ripe old age of 8 versus when he arrived at our house a super skinny and scared 2.5ish-year-old.
It takes a bit longer now but after a while, squeakers come out and heads roll.
But toy-loving dogs who are destroyers can rejoice. BARK, the makers of BarkBox (let’s just talk about how much he loves his monthly BarkBox delivery of toys and treats) now offers a Super Chewer box.
At the time of the order featured in this review, there were two themes — Totally Ripped and Under the Seams — but there are many more now that change by the month (and again, the toys are fluff-free).
This means that it’s possible to order dog toys based on how your dog plays with toys. It’s genius, especially for neurotic dog owners like me.
BARK has identified four destruction styles. Scooby must be a man of style because all four fit his mojo.
- Thrasher: These toys feature extra-long floppy limbs or t-shirt rope (depending on the toy) to grab and thrash; this dog tosses the toy around/thrashes it by taking advantage of these features.
- Squeaker-Seeker: These toys come packed with multiple squeakers and a variety of squeaker types; this dog hunts for squeakers and pulls them out.
- Shredder: These toys feature extra-long hair & variety in hair texture for gripping and ripping that the dog will grab onto and pull
- De-Fluffer: These toys come packed tight w/ twice as much stuffing: literally double the fluff; dog tears fluff from the toy.
Scooby could seriously not believe his luck when he received the Under The Seams (Give ‘Em Shell Bundle) products to fit each destruction style:
- Horseshoed Horace the Crab (playstyle is shredder)
- Lanky Larry the Lobster (playstyle is thrasher)
- Homebody Homer the Crab (playstyle is squeaker-seeker)
- Tubular Tucker the Turtle (playstyle is de-fluffer)
It’s a very cool theme, especially since we live by the beach. As people who frequently shop online, we’re no strangers to receiving packages on the doorstep but somehow he knew this one was for him right from the get go.
If he could talk, I’m pretty sure he’d say, “FOUR BIG TOYS, Mom!” I could see it in his eyes.
I would say that he gives all four Super Chewer toys equal attention but poor Lanky Larry the Lobster gets taken around the entire neighborhood during walks. This is the first time he’s ever taken a toy on a walk like this (but also oddly the calmest walk we’d ever been on).
He was focused on keeping a tight grip on Larry (making doing his business a bit hilariously difficult) and did not release the poor lobster once the entire time. Funny.
If he could talk, he’d tell you that your dog needs a Barkbox Super Chewer membership. (It used to be called a Destroyers Club membership).
Boxes come with two fluff-free toys, two chews, and two full-sized bags of treats. If your dog has dietary restrictions, you can make substitutions (I have done this).
What kind of destroyer is your dog?