Our wool balls will stand up to most synthetic materials with confidence, out performing tennis balls and sometimes even those amazing plastic-like balls. They self heal when chewed on and can be re-felted. They outlast most other dog toys but, while balls are great, they represent only one kind of play. And this is where things get a bit dicey.
One of the main reason most pet toy makers use plastics in their toys is that they are cheap and hard to destroy. At Purrfectplay, we don't think pets should chew and suck on plastic-- eco or otherwise. Shoot, if simply drinking from a plastic bottle is in question how would it be to chew on the bottle? The main issue being that dogs have teeth. Hello?!
We care about durability mainly because natural organic fabrics cost more and we want our toys to be a good value. We increase durability with extra fabric layers, double and triple stitching, and through design. Even given these efforts some dogs destroy our plush toys. This toy destruction is actually quite common with dogs, no matter what the toy is made of. None the less-- we are constantly looking for that perfect, or nearly perfect, dog toy!
Recently we have been field testing a new toy made with hemp canvas. Designed to have as few seams as possible, this toy has 4 layers of canvas. The journey to develop a new toy is quite an adventure. The next few posts will follow this adventure and we will meet some amazing dogs who will be our guides. Stick around to meet them all!