This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ZippyPaws. However, all text and opinions are my own. As always, I only share products that I trust.
All photos by Alice G Patterson Photography.
My favorite gift to give kids is a stuffed animal. They are cute, cuddly, and most importantly, I think they encourage creative play. It broke my heart a little each time one of my kids outgrew their stuffed animals.
However, when we adopted Theo, I was delighted to discover that he loves stuffed toys.
Theo is the king of plush toys. If he loves one, he carries around from room to room and gently chews on it. Or else he tears into like it is screaming personal insults at him. Theo is a master at destuffing toys and destroying the squeakers. It used to cause me some mental anguish when Theo destroyed one, but I know that he is having fun. I always look for ones that are well-made with safe materials, and of course, they have to be cute.
When I saw the ZippyPaws Storybook Fiesta Line on Amazon, I wanted all the toys. And I hoped that Theo would love them as well. They are adorable and made with high-quality materials and care.
Theo must have thought it was his birthday; he never gets more than one new toy at a time!
Since I’m also a plant lover, I needed Carmen the Cactus. She is so cute that I bought two. I figured it was safest to let Theo test her first since I had a backup. Theo grabbed Carmen and ran all over the room with her in a state of frenzied excitement. After a few minutes of zooming around, he started to chew on her, testing out her squeaker and stitching. The squeaker is exclusive to ZippyPaws. Their engineers created the crescent and jiggler squeakers for different sounds.
She checked out just fine! Since Carmen survived the photoshoot, I gave the second one to Alice’s dog, Darla, who was quite distraught that we didn’t pick her as our model.
Liam, the llama, is my favorite, and Theo was excited to check him out as well.
We also both love Avocado.
I bought a Zippy Burrow (the Piñata toy) on a whim, as we’ve never had a burrowing toy, and frankly, I didn’t think my dogs would like it. Much to my surprise, Theo adores it. After the photoshoot, Theo claimed the Piñata and the candies as his new number one toy. He carries them from room to room and naps with them too. The candies have squeakers, but the Piñata does not.
After a month of having daily access to both Carmen the Cactus and the Piñata toy, I can highly recommend them to dogs who play gently to moderately with their toys. Even though Theo plays with the Piñata toy every single day, it still looks brand new. Carmen no longer squeaks, but her squeaker lasted longer than most of the toys we get.
The Sugar Skull toy is extra tough. He doesn’t have any stuffing, which means less cleanup IF Theo can tear into him.
If I saw ZippyPaws Storybook toys in a store, I would think they were designed for toddlers. They are so cute and cuddly. I guess dogs really are the new kids!
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in pet portraits and photography for small businesses.
Alli Smith says
That llama is adorable! They all are and you can tell they are made of high-quality materials. They are so cute and are the perfect gifts for my dog.
Mitchell A Chaitin says
These look great! I need these ideas as suggestions for the dog in our family at my sister-I-laws house. I love videos of dogs with their toys!
These are so adorable! I have to purchase some for my friends fur baby. I know she would love them.
Liam the Llama is so dang cute. I am sure my dog would shred it to pieces in a second though.
Gladys Nava says
Aw! They are so so cute! It is a perfect gift too! I really love these toys so much! Thanks for sharing!
Gervin Khan says
Wow, these are nice stuffs to buy for our rescue puppy. He is now 3 months old and I am sure he will love these.
These are definitely a nice idea that any puppy will love. I should find that cute cactus!
Terri Steffes says
My dog tears these up within minutes. I am hoping to find ones that he can’t tear up so quickly. The toys are super cute!
Although ZippyPaws, in general, seem to be sturdier than most plush toys, your dog might like the Sugar Skull. It is a lot tougher than a regular plush toy.
Those are so adorable! My favorite one is the little avocado.
Those are some cute toys! I love avocado toys! I’d want that for myself instead of a dog haha. What an adorable dog that is too. Very good with photos!
Awww these designs are so cute!! And your dog looks so happy to play with them! Sounds like you found a toy winner.
Ruth I says
These are such cute toys! My cousin would be excited to read this and buy for her furbabies!
Oh these are great toys for pets. Just like Ash pointed out, your fur baby looks happy with Zippypaws!
This is a great post. I have some friends who have dogs and I think they will really love this.
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says
I love your pictures, that doggo is so cute and you can tell is over the moon with the toys. So darn adorable, thanks for the intro, I gotta get some.
Dachshund Station says
Theo Looks very happy with his new toys. My dachshund Loved plush toys with squeakers as well.. but they only lasted a few minutes as he would tear them up. He loved every second of it though. 🙂
The rainbow pinata toy and candies in your pictures is just so cute.. I may have to look into that one.
Jenna Emmons says
I love the ZippyPaws pinata! Does Theo get the “candies” out by himself? You could probably hide other small toys in there as well.
Ruth Epstein says
I love the Pinata and would love to get that for Layla although I am ashamed to say she has a basket full of toys, about 50 of them and maybe plays with the same three only LOL. She still has her poodle I got her when she arrived from the shelter.
These are adorable! I don’t have any pets anymore, but when I used to have a dog, we gave him tons of stuffed toys to play with!
These toys are so incredibly adorable! Theo looks so stinkin excited too. Awww! I wish I didn’t have such insane toy destroyers in my house. I love Zippy Paws but only 2 of my dogs can handle playing with any kind of stuffed toy without having the urge to go all commando on them.
Diana Natal says
These are adorable! I love the llama! I’ll have to order some for my sister’s pup, I love to surprise him with toys and treats when we visit!
He must love it when you visit!
Katrina Ellen says
These look like they would be so amazing! i would love to have these for my dog.
I love the avocado. My dog likes toys, though doesn’t have a favourite specifically (just some he likes more than others). I like that he doesn’t rip them apart, but that means he has many. He has a friend though (a lab) who rips them apart within seconds – so I have to put the ones I like up high when she visits.
Talent Hounds says
I love ZippyPaws toys. They are so cute and perfect for Kilo the Pug. He spends hours chewing and carries them around too. I have not tried the Pinata but I think it would be great as he likes puzzles (but I hide treats).
Kamira G says
I was a fan of stuffed animals too when I was a kid. I loved animals over Barbie dolls anyday. I have a new foster and he loves his stuffed bunny. LOL These zippy paw stuffed toys are cute and unique. These would make great gifts too.
Jana Rade says
I don’t think these would last more than 30 seconds for Cookie, but they are definitely cute.
Marjorie Dawson says
OMG!!!! If I had a dog I would LOVE to get them these. They sound more durable than many toys on the market today that people complain about.
I LOVE Alice’s pictures!
These toys are adorable! Reese was the only one of our crew that really liked toys.
I haven’t moved her toy box since we lost her. Seeing these photos brings back happy memories of Reese and her antics when trying to get us to play with her. Thank you!
How nice to have a dog who doesn’t destroy a stuffed toy in 10 minutes! I love stuffed animals as well. I just wish my dogs didn’t rip them to shreds. Rufus loves removing the stuffing – it’s actually pretty funny to watch him do it as he’s so meticulous about it and never swallows the fluff.
Yep, even when Theo takes out all the stuffing, I know it was a lot of fun for him. So far these ones are holding up.
Dorothy "FiveSibesMom" says
We love ZippyPaws toys and have accrued a few over the years. I have to say, that piñata is so cute! Love the pics – beautiful!
Sweet Purrfections says
My mom’s dog loves stuffed toys, but he tears them up pretty quickly. I still have a lot of stuffed cat toys in my guest bedroom even though I’m 60+ years old.
Lola The Rescued Cat says
Oh my gosh, these toys are just adorable! And Theo, you look like you approve! Thanks for sharing the review and cute photos!
Sandy Kubillus says
I never heard of a burrowing toy, what a great idea! I’d get one for Buffy, but with her being blind, squeaky toys are best. I think she’d love the cactus.
Those are the cutest dog toys I’ve ever seen. Adorable. I imagine a serious chewer dog would be able to wreck them pretty quickly but dogs that play instead of search and destroy would get great value out of it. The cactus is precious.
Missy Zane says
Cute toys. I’m glad Theo’s having fun with them.
Thank you for the review! These toys are so cute that my dogs are sure to love them!
Take Care Of Dogs
How adorable! I really love the llama! You can certainly tell Theo adores them too. One of the few things my pup doesn’t get are toys. Apparently, his original family didn’t give him toys and he just doesn’t understand the concept. It breaks my heart. I would love to get him these stuffed animals. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for your great work and useful information on your site. Lots of useful info for dog owners.
Ohhh Snap says
Such cute toys!!! Theo is an excellent model ❤️