Sunday, October 1, 2017

Product Review: Fluff & Tuff's Clyde the Horse

Fluff & Tuff makes some very tough plush dog toys, including Clyde the Horse. Their toys come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, and are built with quality materials and sturdy construction. These toys are very pretty, they look like nice stuffed animals for children.
Sturdy stuffed toy for dogs

I have a confession to make: I hate stupid-looking dog toys. If I'm going to have these things laying all over my house, I want to like looking at them. Most plush dog toys are shaped like animals, and I'm just not a fan of bulbous heads, long stringy legs, or comically long bodies. I have never owned a loofa dog. Even the Flatties stuffing-less toys have an aesthetic that pokes a certain part of my brain in entirely the wrong way.

That's why the Fluff and Tuff toys immediately caught my attention. Most of their toys could easily look at home on a child's bed. There's nothing about them that screams THIS IS A DOG TOY...at least on the outside.

None of my dogs are deliberate stuffy destroyers, but they do enjoy their toys. Like most dogs, once a plush toy develops a hole from all the carrying, shaking, and chomping, they must unstuff it. The lifespan of a toy in our household is determined by how long it takes that toy to develop a hole. Cheap stuffies often last a day or less.

I think the people behind Fluff & Tuff had the same issue, there aren't many companies making sturdy plush dog toys that don't look like sturdy dog toys. Thick black external reinforced seams are durable, but look downright industrial. Fluff & Tuff put all that stuff on the inside, instead. Under Clyde the Horse's soft fur and fluffy stockings is heavy reinforced fabric with sealed seams.


  • Durable
  • Adorable
  • Machine washable
  • Unique designs


  • Kids might fight with dogs over whos horsey this is
  • No dinosaurs in the toy lineup yet

Bottom Line

Despite being the current favorite stuffy, our Clyde looks brand new after a trip through the washing machine. This isn't a chew-proof stuffy, but it's amazing for dogs that accidentally destroy their favorite plush toys.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dogumentary: Cattledogs Versus Border Collies

The girls and I are on YouTube! I was interviewed on the differences between Australian cattle dogs and border collies fir Dogumentary TV!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Product Review: Alcott Explorer Sleeping Bag

Alcott's Explorer Sleeping Bag is a snug little spot for your pup to curl up. Emphasis on the snug. This adorable little bed has a top that zips all the way off, so you can help your dog crawl inside or lay the whole thing out flat. It rolls up nicely into it's own little bag, too!
Sleeping bag for small dogs

I bought this sleeping bag on sale, and the price was so good that I didn't even read the tag closely. Alcott makes nice, high-quality gear. The tag said it was a size medium, and all the medium Alcott stuff I've seen or purchased has been appropriately sized for Godzilla. She  is 28 pounds, 22" from neck to tail, and 16.5" tall. I thought it would make a great travel and camping bed.

Imagine my surprise when I unrolled the sleeping bag and found it was this tiny! It's actually the perfect size for Ru, all six pounds of him! It's a nice, snuggly little bed with a soft interior. Definitely a great travel bed for small dog, just not even close to medium size.


  • Totally adorable actual tiny sleeping bag for little dogs
  • Machine washable
  • Unzips all the way around
  • Nice loft, very plush and warm


  • Very, very small
  • Too heavy for backpacking

Bottom Line

It looks like Alcott redesigned the sleeping bag, and the new models are significantly larger with sizing more in line with the rest of their products. The 2017 bed also has a waterproof bottom. Sounds like a great improvement!