I do have a "bone-to-pick" with the dog toy companies however. I was a really good boy so Santa brought me a whole host of new toys! But, one by one they are finding their way into toy heaven. These toy makers need to re-think their versions of what they call "Indestructible" toys. Cuhhh-MON! Like that thin layer of material covering my main attraction, the SQUEAKER, is going to last more than 5 mins?? Not with my terrorizing teeth! Think of me as the Honey Badger of toy testing. I DO have a solution for them and they should listen up.
Dog toy makers of the world! Send ALL of your new designs to the Rhubarb testing facility first.
System Requirements: Squeaker or empty water bottle versions only, fuzzy outer, dangling and/or floppy things attached get bonus points. Under 2 minutes of working time, lose 10 points. Now follow the testing phase as explained here:
Mom will come through that "special" door of what I discovered is a very "special" room (hmmm, seems like a lot of the dogs who stop by here already know about this room too - what's up with that?)...Anyway, when mom comes back out, she's all high-voiced and using funny, not real words... Then I hear it! The infamous SQAAA-WEEEK or CRACKLE-CRACKLE!! OH YEAH! That's what I'm talkin' about! My head pops up like a flippin' jack-in-the-box on it's final crank! I am cranked now too! Then, she shows me what she's got by swinging it in front of my nose... I snap at it, teeth clacking, THEN, one last clencher and wah-la I've got it! Sqaa-weak,Sqaa-weak, Sqaa-weak - oh how I LOVE that sound! I'm just warming up..now RAPID FIRE squeaks!!! Wooooo-but before I can say "Hoo" that squeak becomes this anemic little air noise which I milk for another five or six more squeezes just in case...then plastic against plastic like a deflated ball, then... silence...sigh...pathetic. Actual time elapsed? About 5 mins if it's a good one. CAH- M'ON! Toy makers of the world! You need to send me, Rhubarb, what you are calling your toughest toys. I will tell you whether they are truly tough or indestructible. I dare you to take the "Barb" challenge! I shall await your response... but NOW of course works great for me!
So dear 2012, this pup is moving onward and upward- that's what they're sayin' at the physical therapy place. I am so improved that I only have to go 1 day a week now... although they said I can come there ANY time and stay for the whole day, just to visit, 'cause they like me so much! Gee what a big surprise!
What's cool about this, you ask?
Well, I get to spend more time at the "big" park with mom & dad and see more dogs, sniff more bushes AND, grab more branches! I love that part. More car rides too! I am soooo good in the car especially when I go to Taco Bell and Yogurtland. I get ice from the drinks at Taco Bell and get to lick the bottom of the frozen yogurt cups, YUM!
The California skies have treated me kind with lots of sunshine which really helps me move out in my cart. My front end has gotten so strong that and I'm pushing myself up really tall now and people keep saying they expect to see me getting up and walking.. so, something is working in my favor and it's quite exciting! But I'm still very content when mom or dad carry me like the big bundle of puppy I still am. Yes, 2012 is starting off pretty darn stellar for me and all is good in the world according to Rhu.
To all my buddies still awaiting their forever home at Best Friends...Keep your best paw forward and I'm thinkin' of ya with my tail pointin' high.