OBSESSING OVER TOYS

Murphy loves to play with toys and it's only a rare occasion that she can be spotted without one in her mouth. The joy and excitement she exudes with each new present is shared by all of us watching her run around the house carrying it from room to room and person to person.

Three weeks ago, my husband brought home the toy that is pictured here.
He placed it on the kitchen counter, still in the bag supplied by the store he purchased it from, as he continued to carry in the rest of his packages. Eying it for a moment thinking that it looked pretty solid and well made, because of it's similarity to a very popular brand toy known for its tough construction, I pushed it toward the back of the counter waiting for my husband to give it to Murphy himself.

Her enthusiasm was boundless. She would not give the toy up even to eat her dinner. The attachment to this new toy was not a normal reaction by any means.

On the second day, she began to tear small pieces off of the toy; which I recovered before she had swallowed them. Murphy is a tiny dog! I took the toy away from her and placed it back on the counter in the original packaging and then back into the store's plastic shopping bag. My first thought was wanting to show it to my husband when he returned from work that day but now realize that there is something more and mildly disturbing to this event that needs to be shared with my readers.

Here's what is so disturbing. This one toy which I will no longer allow Murphy to play with has been immediately replaced with four other toys that are what I consider to be "safety toys" or at least as safe as I can find. In addition, Murphy was allowed to pick them out in the store so that I know she really wanted them.However, Murphy continues to jump up and down in front of the counter where I placed the yellow toy shown above. It is now going on four weeks and she still senses that it was on the counter. How? Let me tell you what is "not" the reason. It is not the way the toy looks. It is not the way the toy feels. It is not the way the toy sounds. It is not the way the toy rolls or bounces. It is not anything except "how the toy SMELLS", and possibly how it tastes; but I couldn't tell you that.

So, what is imbedded into the material of that toy to make the smell so powerful and attractive to a dog that they literally cannot let go of it? How safe could what ever that chemical is possibly be? BTW, this toy was not manufactured in the USA. 

Please monitor all toys and chewable items your dog plays with. If their behavior toward the toy seems unusual, follow your instincts and replace the toys because you're probably right.