Thursday, September 25, 2014

Product Review: Harry Barker Eiffel Tower Dog Toy

The Harry Barker Eiffel Tower Dog Toy is a plush squeaky toy made from cotton canvas and stuffed with recycled plastic fiber. It is available in three colors and two sizes for large and small dogs.
Photo by Erin Koski

This toy arrived in our June BarkBox, and at the time I completely failed to get Brisbane or Ru interested in it. While Briz will normally bite a stuffy at least once out of obligation, this one he straight up avoided from the very beginning. I squeaked it, I tossed it, I wiggled it across the floor. The dogs looked at me like I had lobsters crawling out of my ears. I left the toy on the floor.

Not long after our disappointing BarkBox arrived, Ulysses came back from his first adoptive home. The Harry Barker Eiffel Tower was the first toy he ever picked up and played with on his own. It went with us to all of Uly's home visits and has remained one of his favorite things.
Photo by Erin Koski

I am not a huge fan of this style of toy, it strikes me as ultra-modern, with an emphasis on being tasteful rather than fun. I don't know what exactly it is about this toy, but it just doesn't seem to be as attractive as many other stuffies. Uly likes it, but he doesn't squeak it.

Pros: A big, firm mouthful of squeak. Machine washable. Made from non-toxic, recycled and environmentally friendly materials. White color is attractive for dogs that like to shred paper, apparently. Tasteful, understated style is attractive for minimalists and those who dislike having their houses strewn with brightly-colored dog toys.

Cons: Lacking in some sort of "fun" quotient for 2/3 dogs here. White color means it looks dirty right away.

Bottom Line: I don't like it, but Uly likes it, so we're keeping it. Well, Uly is keeping it. The Harry Barker Eiffel Tower will be going with him to his forever home.

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