Dog Toys | Dallas Dog Photographer

The names below have been changed to protect the innocent!

black and white dog with toysIn my studio I have a small bin with all sorts of dog toys in it. There are plush toys, tug toys, hard rubber toys, tennis balls, plastic balls, rope toys and more. Some of the plush toys are torn open and some have some of the stuffing ripped out of them. Some are missing their squeakers. Basically, dogs have played with them.

When clients come to visit, they know their dogs can play with the toys, even if that means the toys are ripped open and destroyed. After all, isn’t that what a dog toy is all about? It’s the fun of tearing them up!

So one day a client came to visit and she told me about something they do with their dog toys. Their dogs had plush toys that were some of their favorites. They weren’t totally destroyed but they were, let’s say, “well used”. The dogs loved to play with the toys, carry them around, tug with them and chew them. They gave the their toys names. No, not names like “the squirrel” , “the bone” or “the duck”, but names like “John” and “Roger” and “Kathleen”. You see, they named the dog toys after bosses they didn’t like. They might be their current or former bosses, or their friends bosses, but all bosses they didn’t like. I think everyone has at one time or another worked for a boss they didn’t like. They had great fun telling their dog to go fetch “Roger”, the dog would get the toy and they would then play tug with the toy, chew on it, tear it up and otherwise have fun.  What a way to get out your frustrations and play with your dog at the same time!

The photograph is my dog Molly with client toys that don’t have any names. I guess I’ll have to think about that. Do your dog’s toys have names?

  • Sarah - October 6, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    I think my girls contributed to a large amount of shreddage of your communal toys!!

  • Joyce - October 6, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    Would love to know some of names you came up with…

  • Margaret - October 6, 2010 - 4:14 pm

    Bart. Definitely Bart would be one. How about you?

  • TonyM - October 6, 2010 - 4:32 pm

    Mags as you know Kepe is a collector of plush dog toys, I think by now he has about 60 or more of them. They all have names indicative of what they are, ie “Big Monkey” which starred in several photos you took of Kepe and Deb. There is also “Hula Monkey”, “Croc”, “Red Dog” and many more. Kepe will get one and it will be the baby du jour for 1-7 or 8 days. He takes them in the bedroom with him at night and up on to our bed to spend the night with the 3 of us. In the morning they get moved to my office or into the front room. Kepe doesn’t rip,tear,shred or eviscerate his toys and gets mad at any visiting dog that tries to physically molest them. So yes we name the dogs toys. How else would he know which one to get when we tell him to get one to play with. 🙂