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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.