This week our little boy, Tucker, turned two. To celebrate, we stopped at the local PetCo and picked up a special treat and a new toy. He loves stealing the neighbor’s Wubba (made by Kong) in it’s more traditional and common nylon wrapping, so we decided to get him one of his own. For this, we chose the Kong Snugga Wubba. Same design as the nylon version but with a softer fleece-like outer cover.
Since he has become accustomed to searching our gym bags for tennis balls, and is thrilled whenever he snouts one out, we put the Kong Snugga Wubba into one of our bags and brought it into the house. Sure enough, he found it within the first few minutes and could not have been more pleased with himself. With his tail wagging he strutted around the house showing everyone his new found treasure. He then sat down and proceeded to destroy it within minutes.
We have no complaints about the toy. It does say right on the product packaging “a perfect tug and toss toy”, along with the highlighted IMPORTANT advice that this is “Not a chew toy”. That said, we didn’t read that information when shopping and choosing this toy. Since it is a KONG product, and very much shaped like the “indestructible” original KONG toy, we mistakenly assumed it was a KONG wrapped in this squid-like design to add to the fun and enjoyment. We were wrong.
So while the fault is all ours for not properly reading the information, one does have to wonder if this design wasn’t intentionally deceptive? It’s a bummer to discover the inside is flimsy and to be honest, quite dangerous if left unattended and your dog chews it up. Again, the warning on the packaging is very specific about not allowing this to happen, and this is certainly for good reason. Check out the photo. This is literally what happened within ten minutes of Tucker enjoying his new toy.
It’s great that Tucker did enjoy his toy and we’re pleased to see he did get some pleasure if even for only a few fleeting moments. All in all, the toy is very much what it says it is, but it is not what we expected and can’t say we’ll be buying another KONG Snugga Wubba, and will stick to their other more hardy and traditional versions.