We’re always excited for the chance to review high quality toys here at Dog Milk (especially ones that made it onto our gift guide!). So many toys seem designed to fall apart in 0.003 seconds, that it’s refreshing when new toys come on the market that promise durability. Enter the Garden Fresh plush toy collection from P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You!
This new plush toy line from P.L.A.Y. is made with the same high standards of quality as their award-winning beds and, like their beds, each toy is stuffed with eco-friendly filler made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Garden Fresh toys are available in five “tasty” options, including an apple, pumpkin, carrot, pea pod, and zucchini. Lucky for Wrigley and Smash, they got the chance to try out each one!
Admittedly, I usually shy away from plush toys (especially ones with squeakers) because, without fail, my dogs have every ounce of stuffing removed and are nom-ing away on the squeaker in a matter of minutes. Not only does it create a mess, but, it’s… well, kinda dangerous. Having had experience with P.L.A.Y.’s beds as well as their Voyager Bones (which are still holding up months later), I decided to give their version of the squeaky plush toy a chance.
According to the description, each of the Garden Fresh toys are hand-made and feature a double-layer exterior with double-stitched edges. Like I mentioned before, they are stuffed with PlanetFill, a filling made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. And, of course, we can’t forget the
dog crack squeaker! Each veggie (or fruit) has a squeaker hidden somewhere inside for maximum doggy fun. Oh, and they are totally adorable looking. So, what happens when I toss these toys to the eager jaws of two crazy dogs?
Check out the lust in those eyes!! That can only mean one thing…
Toy murder! No toy is safe in this house.
While Smash and Wrigley had their fun thrashing these poor, helpless garden treats to death, I got countless hours (yes, HOURS) of amusement. I also got an incredibly pleasant surprise: these toys held up (and are still holding up) unusually well. Plush toys: 1, My general skepticism about plush toys: 0. Nicely played, P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You. Nicely played indeed.
Not every Garden Fresh toy made it out completely unscathed, however. The apple began to tear after a few hours of rigorous play. But! That double-layered exterior totally saved the day and prevented any of the stuffing from coming out. NICE.
By the end, each of these toys had turned into a soggy — then crunchy — mess. Fortunately, they are machine-washable, so when they get truly disgusting (like, say, when that zucchini starts to turn brown), I can just toss them in the washer.
All told, these toys are surprisingly durable for a plush toy and definitely worth the price (from about $7-$14 each — or you can get the whole set for $39). I imagine with truly focused chewing (or with dogs who can’t help but shred soft toys no matter what), their lifespan would be shortened. For now, though, they are providing hours of play and enjoyment for these two pups. I mean, just look at Smash’s tongue:
Check out P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You to pick a Garden Fresh toy for your own dog!