Likely, it’s no coincidence Halloween and the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations are close together. Halloween’s October 31 and The Day of the Dead – actually several days – runs October 31 to November 2.
While Halloween is about scaring the spirits (and collecting candy), The Day of the Dead is about honouring the deceased and inviting them into homes.
According to Mexican lore, the gates of heaven open once a year on October 31 and spirits of deceased children reunite with their families. On November 2, spirits of adults come back to enjoy festivals and feasts prepared for them. Keeping spirits happy, after all, is a cautionary insurance policy.
Alters are created in Mexican homes ornately decorated and filled with food. Folk art skeletons and colourful sugar cookies (representing a dead loved one) are made and sold – and that bright tattoo-like graphic is generally what many people associate with Day of the Dead.
Who can resist that big colourful skull with a weirdly toothy smile?
Not dogs, apparently.
Meet Worldwise Inc.’s GoDog Tough for Fun Sugar Skulls Dog Toys with Chew Guard technology.
(Worldwise sent us a GoDog Toy to review. All opinions are our own).
Soft colourful embroidery on one side, and textured chenille on the other side makes these visually enticing for fur parents, but the durability is designed for rough fur babies.
According to the company, Chew Guard technology is a manufacturing process that adds a durable liner to the toy making it strong enough to stand up to the toughest dog play. “Dogs are tough but Chew Guard is tougher!” they claim.
My cute terrier-cross Victor is full of energy but fortunately not too tough on toys. We’ve had a few stuffies last months because for the most part he only wants to grab, shake and occasionally play tug.
But is lab friend Sasha is a different story. Stuffies don’t survive 15 minutes in her presence and she rips even the strongest tug-toys apart. So, who better than to give Chew Guard tech a whirl?
After all, GoDog offers a one-time replacement for customers in the U.S. and Canada within 30 days of purchase.
So how did the GoDog toys fare? Glad you asked.
Victor, my 12-year-old cocker-cross, did ok with the toys. They were a little big for him but he wasn’t able to ripped them apart easily and, like a lot of his toys, lasted months.
Sasha, however, a lab and Belgian Malinois combo, can bite through a two-by-four. She loved the skeleton and instantly gripped the rope, recognizing it as her new toy. Then placing one paw on the head, she leaned in and attempted to rip the fabric as she always does. No luck. So the toy survived its first day, which is more than most.
However, within 72 hours, Sasha had the skeleton head torn open, stuffing out and arms dislocated from the body. The toy was toast. Ironically, November 2nd was the day it died.
I’m still looking for the toy that will survive Sasha. But if you’ve got a dog who can’t bite through lumber, GoDog Sugar Skull will do the trick and look good while doing it. While Mexico is appeasing the spirits of the decease, I’m busy appeasing spirited fur babies in the here and now.
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