All my pets are spoiled rotten but there are just a few things I don’t like when it comes to toys. One of those things is squeaking. Listening to a dog squeak a chew toy all day and night is enough to drive even the sanest person to their breaking point. Fortunately for me, my dog isn’t into toys all that much. Charlie does have a few noise-makers lying around but I opt for toys that honk or grunt rather than squeak. It’s a mellower sound that won’t send you into a fit if you have a dog that likes to chew their toys all day.
There are fewer honk toys on the market than squeak toys but they aren’t impossible to find. Multipet International makes a Migrators Series of bird toys that all honk. We have the Canada Goose that Charlie loves. This series comes in a variety of bird species in 3 different sizes: Mini Migrators, Medium Migrators, and Migrators. All 3 sizes use honkers instead of squeakers. I should also mention that if your dog isn’t a fan of the squeaker toys, this may be an option. My late St. Bernard really didn’t like the squeaking toys but didn’t mind the honking ones. At the time, the only non-squeaking toy I could get my hands on was the Hedgehog which is still in production.
The Hedgehog toy is a little easier to find than the birds above. Just be sure to give it a squeeze before you buy it to be sure it does, in fact, honk. Well, it’s a little more like a grunt. The one I bought recently is made by Kyjen Plush Puppies. This Hedgehog grunts, rattles, and squeaks but I assure you that the squeaker is tucked away and harder for Charlie to get to. I believe they make ones that only grunt though so not to worry.
After a few months of light to moderate use, the hedgehog and the goose are both still going strong. Charlie likes to rip off the tags but all the stitching is still intact. Prior to both these toys we had a grunting Booda Bellies penguin at home which lost its stuffing pretty quickly. Charlie managed to rip it at the center seam and had a great time ripping the stuffing out. Since he hasn’t done that with either of the 2 other toys he now has, I’m not sure if it means that the Booda Bellies tear more easily or if he just liked being more aggressive with that one. Booda Bellies come in 4 styles: Giraffe, Penguin, Frog, and Polar Bear and are pretty hard to find. In fact, that’s why I switched toys in the first place. I looked at a few stores for a replacement Booda but came up short. After a little research I found out that the Booda Bellies brand is owned by Petmate. This may or may not be the reason they are so hard to find. Whatever the reason, a Google search will yield results on where to order online.
All the above mentioned honk/grunt toys are reasonably priced at around $10 per toy. These toys are fun for dogs who enjoy squeakers and those who don’t. Best of all, the sound isn’t so loud and obnoxious that you’ll be praying for the day your dog finally tears out the squeaker!