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on October 28, 2009
After seeing these "hide-a-squirrel" and egg babies toys for a while, I just couldn't picture my 40lb boxer mix puppy (13 months) doing anything but tearing it up and swallowing the eggs. But she doesn't. She gets the eggs out, sets them aside, and looks for more. Once the eggs are out, there's really no stuffing to worry about (except the head, but she's not interested in that part). She did get a LITTLE batting out of the cavity where the eggs go - but the seam stayed in tact. If you're having a hard time picturing what these are all about, see the video!
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on October 8, 2014
Both of my 75lb hound/lab mixes love the platypus and the turtle. They play with them all the time and the toys don't fall to pieces. One of the dogs has been able to tear the squeaker out of the eggs, so if your dog swallow squeakers, be aware. Ours do not, they just look at the squeaker with disappointment on their faces, as if to say, "I was expecting to find a kitten or a squirrel, and instead that exciting noise was coming from this undelicious piece of plastic."

UPDATE: After three months, one of the dogs has successfully ripped open the head of the turtle. He is very proud of himself. Both dogs continue to love both toys, so I'm back to replace the defunct turtle with the dinosaur. It's part of my day now, picking up a toy and stuffing the eggs back into it, so that the dogs can pull them out again.

UPDATE 2: We now have a replacement platypus (the first was utterly dismembered after four months), a fish, a dinosaur, and a headless turtle. The squeakers are all dead, and I am back to buy more eggs that squeak. Every day I get home from work to find the dog bed littered with a dozen eggs and four limp, eggless carcasses. I stuff the eggs back in... and the dogs set to work again. It's the circle of life.
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on October 11, 2012
The elastic hole for the eggs to go in is too tight. Its a struggle for me to get them out let alone my husky. I pulled one half way out so he could get it the rest of the way and he did but then ignored the animal and just played with the egg. he had it out less than 2 minutes when he made a choking sound and the egg was gone! HE SWALLOWED THE EGG WHOLE!!!! I wouldn't have thought this possible! The eggs themselves are about 2.75" x 3" with a squeaker inside and he swallowed it whole! This isn't a bash on the product but just a warning to those with larger dogs, these can be swallowed whole! My dog only weighs 54lbs so he isn't huge by any means but he was able to suck that egg down in no time, I dropped him at the vet to get the egg removed and the only way to get something that large out is surgery, its too large for them to pass it or pull out through the throat. This $10 toy rapidly turned into a $610 toy after I pay for this surgery tomorrow not to mention the stress put on my poor little buddy. This toy is getting its 3* out of 5* because of the difficulty in removing the eggs not because my dog is a dumbass who swallows giant squeaky eggs. Great for small - medium small dogs, large breed owners beware!
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on October 30, 2008
So, I was a little skeptical about buying this, since my dog is a massive german shepherd that tends to make it her mission to remove all the inside stuffing of toys (and geniunely enjoys it.), but I bought it anyway just to see. Since I have given it to her, she has barely put it down. She LOVES this toy, and somehow, most of its stuffing has stayed inside! I think the part that she likes most about the toy is the removable squeakers that come inside. She can sit there squeaking for-e-ver, until she gets them out. I'm so glad I bought this for her, and will probably buy more of the egg-baby types.
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on August 17, 2008
Your dog will love this. You should follow the instructions and show him how to get the squeaky eggs out without destroying it, and then it will last quite a while, even with a heavy chewer like ours. If your dog is one of those ones that instantly tries to destroy anything soft, this won't hold up, but if he's just a player, this will last a while.
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on March 5, 2012
My 25 week old, 25 lb puppy likes every new toy, but this one has been her favorite for two weeks. It took her about a week to discover the egg babies in the pouch, but once found, she is a focused demon when working to get them out. Though it takes her way less than a minute to pull them out now, she then continues to play with the soft eggs, batting them around, making them squeak, etc. I think the fact that there are 3 increases the fun - she can't figure out which to grab and run with next.

I'm impressed that the platypus pouch in its stomach, into which the eggs are stuffed, has stayed so tight. I sometimes thinks it takes me longer to stuff them back in than it takes her to yank them out. She and her neighbor puppy have also played "catch me if you can" with the empty platypus quite a few times and so far (knock on wood) no real damage. The toy came with 2 extra eggs and so far, I haven't needed to use them because two of the three original eggs still squeak!

The size of the soft balls (a.k.a. eggs) are about tennis ball size, so fine for her at this age & size, but I would not recommend this toy for a larger dog.

*** UPDATE ***

I still love this toy & it continues to be my (now 16 month old) dog's favorite. I have bought a couple of replacements & several packs of replacement "eggs". But perhaps the toy should also come with a warning? It appears that this toy has taught my dog to search for/extract the squeakers out of EVERY squeaking toy! No matter the toy, she now locates the squeaking units & tears/digs until she can pull 'em out. Basically, this falls into the "be careful what you ask your dod to learn" ... because she will!!!! (LOL)
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on September 10, 2012
We recently adopted a 3 year old beagle. He is adorable and not much of a chewer (no complains here!), so he does not try to get the eggs from inside the crocodile. Yes, I showed him the eggs separately (he also does not care much for balls) and he saw me putting them in and out.

But he likes the squeaky sound it makes and likes to bite it a little, or sleep with his head on it!

Overall it's a good toy, even if he does not play as intended.
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on May 26, 2012
My dog swallowed the eggs and they got stuck in his stomach. He had to have surgery as a result. I am thankful he's alive and want to share this info with others.
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on July 26, 2012
I have a 5 year old golden retriever that loves stuffed animals. However, he got frustrated that he could not get the eggs out of the small hole and then proceeded to tear the stomach open, then all 4 legs off the turtle. Now he just carries around the eggs and turtle (whats left) separately. It lasted a few weeks, but his nose was just too big and in the way for him to figure out how to get the eggs out, and believe me he tried alot.
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on May 30, 2011
I love this toy and am looking forward to trying out one of the other animals. My aussie/border collie mix puppy loves his platypus. I put treats in it when i have to go to work, so he doesnt notice me leaving. I dont use the eggs too much. Sometimes i stick one in to block the whole, but all 3 was too much for my little pup. He has had his toy for a couple of months now and he has ripped the egg hole in the belly a bit bigger, but ever with that the toy is still great. The eggs are fun and we use them to play with seperate fromt he platypus as well. They are good squeaker toys. The set come swith extras, which i havent even had to open because they hold up so well. The toy does well in the waser and dryer too. Overall this a graet toy, one of my pups favorites. Great price for such a good toy!
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