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25 Golden Retrievers That Need A Home Now

There are hundreds of benefits to owning a dog. If you are looking to add to your fur family, consider adopting a dog. You will save the life of that dog and allow another to come into the shelter to be saved.Golden retrievers are well-mannered...
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Dog Foods Pulled From Thousands Of Stores After “Euthanasia Drug” Investigation

Following an investigative news story by news station ABC11 that led to an FDA investigation, several pet food products have been pulled from the shelves of stores nationwide.

After a lengthy investigation, WJLA (an ABC11 sister station) released some disturbing results from lab-tested dog foods. The news station reported:

“We tested 62 samples of wet dog food, across more than two-dozen brands for the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

After months of tests and re-tests, one brand repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital.

In total, we tested 15 cans of Gravy Train. Nine cans — 60-percent of the sample — were positive for pentobarbital. And while the levels detected were not lethal, under federal law they are also not permitted at any concentration.”

Image Source: Screen Shot via ABC11

Gravy Train is made by Heart Brands, a company that’s owned by Smucker’s. Some of the products that were voluntarily pulled from shelves include Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy, and Ol’ Roy lines of canned food. The article explains that huge retailers, including Walmart, have removed the foods from their stores.

The items in question are listed below. The original version of this document can be viewed more clearly directly on the Scribd website (to see it, click here). 

Image Source: Screen shot via Scribd

WJLA added in their story:

“Big Heart Brands is also the maker of Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages.”

To learn more about the investigation — and how this “euthanasia drug” may have ended up in pet foods in the first place — click here.

(h/t: ABC11)

Tags: dog food, euthanasia drug, health, pentobarbital, recalls, safety

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Quiz: What’s Your Dog’s Love Language?

Some people prefer to receive gifts from their partner, while others want hugs—or quality time. Have you ever heard of “love languages?” Popularized by Dr. Gary Chapman in his bestselling book, they describe the different ways that people express and experience love. The idea is that once you discover your personal love language, you’ll strengthen your relationships. Because we’re obsessed with dogs, we thought it’d be fun to test out the Love Language theory on our canine family members.

There are lots of ways to show your dog you care, but most dogs have a preference. Take this quiz to find out your dog’s love language!

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Got A Bored Dog? Top 8 Interactive Dog Toys To Keep Dogs Super Busy And Having Fun

Dog toys come in all shapes and sizes, but my favorite — or should I say my dog’s favorite — are the interactive ones.

Interactive dog toys (also called enrichment dog toys) are created to serve a specific purpose and to provide a unique challenge for your dog.

the best interactive dog toys for bored dogs

Basically, interactive dog toys have some really unique features to keep your dog’s interest high, including:

  • Unusual sounds – like squeakers, sound cards, or crinkled plastic in the tail of a stuffed dog toy
  • Unusual movements – like toys that bounce around on their own, have dangling parts, or various textures
  • Unusual contents – like dog treats that come out when rolled around or when a puzzle is solved

All of these features are designed to keep your dog’s attention for longer periods of time. In addition, you will ultimately get your money’s worth from a dog toy with these features — because your dog won’t grow bored with it quickly.

Types Of Interactive Dog Toys

Here are some examples of interactive dog toys:

My dog enjoys all of the above, but I think his all-time favorites are the treat-dispensing ones.

Following are the best interactive toys for dogs, in my opinion…


Top 8 Interactive Dog Toys

When it comes to chew toys, keep in mind that dogs have many preferences for them. Some like them to be interactive or chewable or easily carried, pulled, and tossed around or a combination of 2 or all the above. In any case, it’s can be a challenge for you to get just one chew toy that meets all his preferences. Usually you’ll have to get at least 2 but no more than 4 chew toys to satisfy his ferocious chewing needs. Do replace them as they wear off.  — Small Dog Paradise

If I were going to buy my dog his first interactive dog toy, these are the ones I would choose from:

#1 – Orka Chew

pet stages orka dog toy

I like when a dog toy does more than one thing. This one bounces, has several “arms” to attract attention and gnaw on, and it dispenses treats! It’s made from a durable non-toxic synthetic rubber, and since it’s shaped like a “jack”, it creates a lot of opportunities for natural bounce each time it’s released from your dog’s mouth. Plus, it’s durable enough for serious chewers. There are several varieties of durable Orka dog toys to choose from.

This video shows a few dogs enjoying the Orka Chew interactive dog toy…


#2 – Nina Ottosson Dog Puzzle Toys

dog casino interactive treat toy for dogs

Nina Ottosson’s interactive dog puzzles are among the most popular. Of them all, I think Dog Casi

no and Dog Brick are 2 of the best. Like all dog puzzle games, these teach your dog to wait (until told to start), find (things behind the puzzle pieces), and enjoy (the treats as immediate rewards). Other find & seek dog board games like this include: Dog Twister, Dog Spinny, and Dog Treat Maze. Hagen makes a nice dog puzzle: the Dogit Mind Games 3-in-1 Smart Toy. And there are a few interesting interactive dog games & puzzles by Kyjen as well. Although plastic dog puzzles are easier to clean, if you want a long-lasting puzzle set for your dog, opt for a wooden puzzle board like these: Zanies Wood Interactive Puzzles Dog Toy, Nina Ottosson’s Wooden Dog Treat Fighter, and the Ethical Seek-A-Treat Dog Puzzle.

This video shows a dog enjoying the Dog Casino interactive dog puzzle…

#3 – Rag Rope Ball

petstages rag rope ball for dogs

Another multi-purpose dog toy is one that features a ball and rope combination. My favorite is the Rag Rope Ball by Pet Stages because it’s long-lasting and this one is especially great for puppies. Of course, the rounder the ball, the more it will roll, so this one doesn’t particularly roll much. But that’s also a reason why it’s great for puppies. When your dog drops the Rag Rope Ball from his mouth, it won’t roll far away, but it will land on a different side and present yet another dangling piece of rope for your dog to start chewing on. Likewise, these dangling rope arms provide numerous opportunities for your dog to grab, carry, and toss the toy for added fun. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be a rope on the other end in order to be a fun interactive dog toy. For example, this Weazel Ball dog toy looks interesting! Another rope and ball dog toy that looks like fun is the Zany Ball Rope Twister — but I can’t find anywhere locally to buy it.

This video shows a dog enjoying the Zany Ball Rope Twister interactive dog toy…


#4 – Kong Toy

dog kong toy - the classic treat dispensing dog toy

Regardless of which type of Kong toy you ultimately choose, they’re all super long lasting and multi-purpose. The rubber Kongs all bounce and roll in unexpected patterns, which piques your dog’s interest. In addition, most of the rubber Kongs can be stuffed with dog treats. For the short, quick treat, you can loosely fill a Kong with dry dog kibble and your dog will be rewarded simply for rolling it across the floor and gobbling up the treats. For longer enjoyment, you can stuff a Kong toy with a combination of food items packed tightly inside. For the ultimate challenge, freeze a stuffed Kong before giving it to your dog. Depending on what you’ve put inside, it could take your dog hours to remove all of the treats inside. This is especially great for relieving boredom when your dog is left home alone!

This video shows a dog enjoying the Kong treat toy for dogs…

#5 – Busy Buddy

busy buddy kibble nibble dog toy

This brand of dog toys was designed to redirect your dog’s destructive chewing behavior into positive playtime instead. There are a lot of different styles of Busy Buddy dog toys that provide different chewing experiences. My dog likes the Tug a Jug best.  The Premier Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble Dog Toy is our second favorite. But they’re all great because they’re made with your dog’s safety in mind. And due to their shape, they all provide unique bounce patterns which keeps your dog’s attention longer.

This video shows a dog enjoying the Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble interactive dog toy…

#6 – Everlasting Fun Ball

everlasting fun ball for dogs

The everlasting fun ball is a round ball that can be filled with dog treats. What makes this treat-dispensing dog toy unique is the fact that the treats are much harder to get out. In addition, it’s a quieter playtime experience than some of the other treat-dispensing dog toys due to the fact that it’s made of a soft, durable material — so you don’t hear it bouncing and rolling on the floor. I wouldn’t say this one is for extreme chewers though. Determined dogs with strong jaws can sometimes pierce through the rubber. There are a few different varieties of Everlasting Fun Balls to choose from, along with uniquely shaped treats for these toys.

This video shows a dog enjoying the Everlasting Fun Ball interactive dog toy…

#7 – Talking Dog Toy

petqwerks dog babble ball

Most dog toys with voices or lights are not super-durable. So, as long as you know ahead of time that your dog is not an extreme chewer, there are 2 talking dog toys that I especially like. They’re both by PetQwerks: the Talking Babble Ball dog toy and the Animal Sounds X-Tire dog toy. Again, they’re not durable enough to survive being crushed by strong and powerful dog jaws. Instead, these interactive dog toys are meant to be gnawed on lightly while your dog becomes entranced by the unusual talking and sounds coming from inside. They’re attention-getters, that’s for sure!

This video shows a dog enjoying the Talking Babble Ball interactive dog toy…

#8 – Buster Cube

buster cube dog toy - a treat dispensing dog toy

My dog’s all-time favorite treat-dispensing dog toy is the Buster Cube. It’s made of a hard plastic, like the IQ Treat Ball dog toy — which is another popular option in this category — but it can’t come apart during play like the IQ Treat Ball. The only downside to the Buster Cube is the fact that it’s slightly noisy as your dog rolls it across the floor and the treats inside roll from side to side.  The upsides are plenty: First, you can adjust the challenge level, making it easier or harder for your dog to get the treats out. (Actually, you’re increasing or decreasing the size of the opening that the treats fall out of.)  Second, the interior capacity is really large, so you can toss a good amount of dry dog kibble inside and your dog will play for hours. Third, it’s completely indestructible. We have the large size, and there is no way possible for a dog to get its jaws around this thing. Even if he did, the hard plastic is super durable. We’ve had ours for over 15 years and it still works great. My dog loves it!

NOTE: The Buster Cube works best on tile and hardwood flooring. (Another one that’s great for slick floors is the Atomic Treat Ball; reviewed here). If your dog will be playing on carpeted floors mostly, then you’ll want to consider the Kong Wobbler instead. (Here’s a review of the Kong Wobbler.) The next best thing for a treat-dispensing toy like these is the Bob-A-Lot. It wobbles on its own a bit — as you can see here — which reminds your dog to keep interacting with it.

This video shows a dog enjoying the Buster Cube interactive dog toy…

So, there you have it, the best interactive dog toys for your pooch. There are probably several on this list that your dog will love!

More About Interactive Dog Toys

In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you choose the right interactive dog toys for your pet:

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I'm truly passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).


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NYC Superhero Rescues Over 1,000 Homeless Cats

Batman built his career around policing the streets of mythical Gotham. Now New York City boasts its own caped crusader – or rather, a canned food crusader – equally determined to give feral cats a second chance.Paul Santell’s feline vigilantism started almost by accident, when...
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