Do you give your furry best friend a Christmas gift? If so, you’re in good company. Surveys report that as many as 95% of pet parents buy their dog a gift for the holidays. My grandfather used to wrap dog biscuits and put them in the branches of the Christmas tree for his black lab, Duke. To this day I don’t know how Duke didn’t knock the whole tree over to get to them, but waited patiently as they were offered throughout the days surrounding Christmas.

We always get Kelly and Ike a toy. You might wonder why they would need a new toy when they already have this basket full of toys?

 I don’t know! But they love a new toy and the smell, feel and stimulation of something new and different to play with.

Kong Jumbler

When sent us this toy to review, it was a new one for my dogs. But I learned that it’s already been my granddog Zeke’s favorite. Be aware that strong chewers like Zeke may get through the softer exterior in order to get to the tennis ball inside. Zeke has gone through several, but will play with this toy for hours on end.

The Jumbler has handles for easy carrying, tugging and shaking, which is just what Zeke enjoys! It’s definitely a winner!


Hero also sent us some toys to review. Do you have a strong chewer? These toys are tough, tough, tough! Our favorite is the retriever series tug toy.
Ike and Zeke have tugged at the durable, rip-resistant fabric and haven’t made a single tear in the fabric, or a hole in the soft rubber ball! If it holds up to these two, it should hold up to your dogs!

And now, for pet parents I received a REALLY cool surprise. Something I’m really excited about, and something I think pet parents will find unique, fascinating and potentially very helpful.

Petzi Treat Cam

The Petzi treat cam allows you to check in with and interact with your pet from your smartphone or tablet. I’ll be doing a thorough review of this after Christmas, and I can’t wait to try it out! With this petcam, you can not only see your pet, you can also speak to him, snap pictures of him, and offer him small treats with the Petzi Treat Launcher. I’ve often wondered if hearing my voice while I’m away would cause my dog to feel more secure or more anxious, and I think combining the treat with my voice would help create a positive association for the dog.

Keep looking! I’ll be posting my review soon!

How about you? What are you giving your pets, and pet-lovers, for Christmas this year?

Full Disclosure: I was provided with 1 Kong Jumbler, 2 Hero toys (pictures) and the Petzi Treat Cam in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I only review products I’m interested in, and that I think my readers will enjoy.