This design produces a toy with only one out facing seam, important for those dogs who start destructing at the seams. This seam is even triple sewn. There are also 4 layers of thick heavy canvas between the dog and the stuffing. Oddly enough even with all this thickness dogs seem to really love its mouth feel. No way around it, dogs love the taste, texture, and I think, the smell of clean natural hemp and cotton.
Kelly's guardian Peggy has related their experiences with the dumpling. Please check them out-- Kelly is a doll and Peggy has taken some wonderful photos. Basically Kelly loved it and it has been a durable toy. Whew! Thank you Kelly.Design Downsides:
Human limitations: Sewing and turning these toys is a bitch! There is no way a more complicated shape would be possible given that we make our toys with human effort not big machines.
Fabric limitations: Although natural hemp washes well it also shows dirt. We strongly believe in a dye free product so we just have to go with the concept that dirt happens.
Shape limitations: I don't know, will people buy a simple dumpling toy without the cuteness factor of a bone, frog, etc motif? Also these dumplings start out 3 dimensional but get flattened with intense play. Our testing pups don't seem to care at all. Should we care, and even if we did what could we really do about it given that extra seams decrease durability.
More tonight as I mull over these questions. Input? Always welcome.
And don't forget more amazing testers to come.