As part of your On Demand Subscription package to WhatIMeant2Say, you will now be receiving irregular Dog Toy Reviews. I don’t Mean2Say that we will be reviewing irregular dog toys. WhatIMeant2Say is that we will, from time to time, on an irregular, unpredictable basis, be reviewing dog toys. Having this nifty little feature added to your already valuable bundle should make you feel quite the envy of all non-WhatIMeant2Say subscribers.
Mrs. P.I.B. , our 10 year old golden retriever, was never a chewer. She prefers, even now, to obsessively lick her toys.
Wonderbutt, our 1 year old bulldog, is the opposite. He licks us obsessively and completely annihilates his toys.
So, it is quite a challenge to find toys that will last more than a week against the razor sharp teeth of Wonderbutt.
I realize Mrs. P.I.B. is somewhat of an anomaly, so I think that there will be many dog owners out there who might appreciate my new idea – the Wonderbutt Toy Reviews.
I have decided that whenever we find a toy that can withstand the perils of a Wonderbutt household, it deserves an award. So, today I unveil the P.A.W. (Product Approved by Wonderbutt), given to only the most durable and infinitely entertaining dog toys.
Considering my recent confession of my less than kind feelings toward acronyms, you might question my choice of using one for this award. Questioning and criticizing are not part of the Basic On Demand Subscription package, so you will have to upgrade to the Premium Package if you have an uncontrollable desire to insult me.
For our first award, Wonderbutt and I have chosen the Hurley, an unlikely toy I chanced upon at Dogologie in Fredericksburg.
It made bold promises on the packaging, and I immediately thought this would be a great idea for a blog – Wonderbutt’s destruction of an”indestructible” toy. With accompanying pictures, of course.
Alas, as all bloggers know, planned catastrophes for the sake of blog fodder are about as successful as planned wars in the Middle East.
At first, I was a little disappointed, I must admit. It seems that the toy really is indestructible – but not because of its extreme durability. Wonderbutt had absolutely no desire to play with it. It was almost as if, with one look, he could tell that he was not going to be able to shred it, so he decided not to waste his time.
With a little more involvement from the Family Firepants, though, things changed. Wonderbutt suddenly became interested when the toy went shooting past his head and boomeranged off the wall into Mrs. P.I.B. Now that he could see its potential, it was Game ON.
First of all, this thing bounces wildly, but it rolls very little. This is an important distinction because Wonderbutt and Mrs. P.I.B.’s favorite game to play is to roll their toys under the furniture and then behave like Lassie when Timmy’s in the well until we get them out.
Secondly, this toy is slippery. Not slippery/slobbery like some toys get and you are disgusted by ever touching them. Slippery enough so that when Wonderbutt thunders past you at 200 miles per hour you can whisk it out of his mouth, making him stop short and do a somersault into the bedroom door in the hallway. It’s a beautiful thing, and it happens every time. (As an added bonus, I don’t have to play Tug of War and end up with Wonderbutt’s jaw clamped down on my fingers instead of his toy.)
And thirdly, Wonderbutt has not been able to get any chunks out of this eco-friendly toy. Believe you me, the dog has tried. He has gotten quite a few chunks out of me while attempting to mutilate the toy.
Unfortunately, the company will not replace me, though Cap’n Firepants has tried.
And fourthly, it’s buoyant. Since our bulldog is barely buoyant himself, I think we will probably not need to test that feature.
So, go out and buy a Hurley from westpawdesign.com as soon as you can. And, if you have a dog, you should think about getting him or her one, too. Wonderbutt recommends it.
In yesterday’s ground-breaking post announcing the On Demand features now available on this blog, I gave a sneak peek into the future 3D-ness that may be available. I offered the following picture, and issued the challenge to be the first person to correctly identify the hidden word.
I promised a virtual Wonderbutt trophy to the winner, and I am here to say that the WINNER IS:
UNFORTUNATELY, oops, sorry – forgot to take off the caps lock – Unfortunately, Mrs. Voices does not have a handy little hyperlink on her interesting name, so I am not sure how to contact her regarding her prize. Hopefully, she will visit again so she can pick it up and post her trophy on her own blog, or print it out SUPER LARGE and hang it in her bathroom (which is what I do with all of my awards).
Since, Mrs. Voices may be a pseudonym for a superhero who likes to cruise people’s blogs for the sole purpose of beating everyone else to contest answers, I am going to give out a second trophy to the second person to correctly answer:
Sorry, forgot to put the caps lock back on: PIPER’S MOM
Piper’s Mom happens to be the lovely wife of Bob over at Voices in my Brain if I have my facts correct. Now that I think about it, I’m thinking Piper’s Mom and Mrs. Voices are one and the same. But I could be wrong. So, congratulations to one/both of you on getting the correct answer, (SPOILER ALERT) “RAT.”
Subscribers will probably understand why I chose that particular word. For those of you who might be interested in making your own stereogram to
drive your readers crazy entertain your public, here is the link.
And now, Piper’s Mom and Mrs. Voices, here is your lovely prize. You will appreciate, I am sure, that there are no strings attached (literally or figuratively). As winners, you do not have to reference me or this blog, and you don’t have to pass it along to anyone else. I want to thank J-Wo for his contribution to this masterpiece. It’s mostly his Photoshop work, attaching the wings to dear Wonderbutt. I just took out the background and added the text. You can blame me for the irregular edges. I have shaky hands, and I just got new contacts.
I know the rest of you are jealous, and want one of these puppies for your own Awards Shelf/Margin/Header/Footer, etc… But you will just have to wait until I have another contest. Or decide to give you one Just Because. No stealing, lifting, copying, modifying, blah, blah, blah.
I am thrilled to announce that WhatIMeant2Say is now available ON DEMAND!
That’s right, folks! You can now view any of my blog posts any time you want by going to my website and clicking on the link for the post you would like to read.
I KNOW! ISN’T THIS AMAZING? My blog is SO
on the cutting edge TIGHT!
And, get this. With no price increase, you can also pause in your reading at any time, and come back later to the exact place you left off! No more racing through the post so you can answer the phone or go to the bathroom. Just read it at your leisure on your own schedule.
You don’t know how fortunate you are to have all of these perks in your subscription package. I don’t provide this On Demand Service to just anyone, you know.
For example, my daughter, Dimples, cannot have her favorite dinner, PB&J with a pickle on the side, On Demand.
And, our dogs, Wonderbutt and Mrs. P.I.B. don’t get biscuits or play time On Demand. Usually.
And my husband, Cap’n Firepants, doesn’t get -
Well, never you mind what he doesn’t get On Demand. We have the Basic Cable Package, so he does just fine.
The point is, you are valued guests on the WhatIMeant2Say blog, and we try to provide you with the best service available. We like to reward loyalty.
So, hang in there. Before you know it, I’ll be announcing that this blog is now available in HD!!!!!!
Or even better, 3D!!!