I have to give a shoutout to Kyjen. This big box of dog stuff arrived on my doorstep and when I opened it up, something squeaked and Beans’ ears went like this: ^-^.

If you don’t know Kyjen, they’re the makers of the Outward Hound line along with a boatload of other dog toys and accessories. I was hesitant to get any toys because my dogs are aggressive chewers and can eat their way through just about anything. They also disembowel just about every stuffed toy they get and kill the squeakers within 5 minutes. Kyle from Kyjen assured me that I might be surprised at how my dogs interact with their toys. I was intrigued so I agreed to give ’em a shot. What did I have to lose?

The package contained an Invincibles 6-squeaker snake, a Ricky Raccoon squeaker mat (out of the corner of my eye this thing looks just like Beans — they’re the same size!), a Heavy Duty Travel Bowl, a 2-in-1 Porta-a-Bowl, and an Excursion Dog Backpack.

Ah, Kyjen, where were you when we lived in San Diego and went hiking?

OK, so back to the toys. They are huge! Ricky Raccoon (above) is as big as Beans and the snake (below) is as long as Lulu! The best part about these toys is that they don’t have stuffing inside. I don’t buy my dogs toys with stuffing anymore because they’re chewers, and if I leave the room for one minute and come back there’s always turtle or bunny insides all over my floor.

How silly is this face?

I’m also hesitant about squeakers. Lulu is like a fox when it comes to squeakers. She hunts, finds them and punctures them and then they squeak no more. But, Kyjen’s toys’ squeakers are puncture-proof. They keep on squeaking even when they’ve been punctured. It’s definitely true — they do seem to still squeak!

So, I broke out the camera and let the dogs loose with the toys.

Here they are checking them out: *sniff*sniff* They had a great time playing all afternoon. It was funny to watch them try to decide which toy they wanted. They always seem to want what the other one has. There was also some intense tug-o’-war with the snake.

Lulu on the hunt for squeakers.

Beans gives hugs and kisses to his new friend. We call him Sammy the snake.

So, what’s the verdict? I don’t know how this is possible but I still have two squeaking toys on my floor. However, there was some carnage. Ricky’s tail actually had some stuffing in it — leave it to Lulu to find it and de-stuff. Also, the last squeaker in the snake’s tail has been removed and destroyed. Overall, I’m surprised that these toys are still in such good shape.