Fox Terrier About Town

Adventures of a Vivaceous Pup in Fancy London

Archive for Puppy Toys


Playing is fun and exhausting... Downtime is a blessing

Playing is fun and exhausting... Downtime... a blessing

One thing that became obvious from minute one is that little Puppy knows which stuffed animal toys are for cuddling and sleeping with – Blue Teddy Bear, which ones to play with – Australian Kookaburra, and which to shred to pieces and destroy – the semi-real country Rat, the Sniffany’s cushion that Alicia bought him which is a stuffed toy replica of the New York jewellery firm. Kookaburra is a mix of love-play. He either sleeps with it or shreds it and shakes it. The curious thing is that Blue Teddy lives inside the Puppy house. Always. Little pup takes it out sometimes, gives it a spin around the house, and in it goes back to the little house. Blue Teddy was his first cuddly toy and it must smell full of memories.

A puppy is a little child that has feelings for his toys. Don’t you be mistaken that he treats the chewing sticks in the same way that he plays and invents some theatrical antics that resemble hunting scenes when he gets a hold of a “shake and shred” toy. His imagination runs wild and he can spend hours playing, tossing a toy in the air as if it was trying to escape, et cetera.

No wonder he is so exhausted when the evening comes and he just collapses anywhere in the lounge… Kookaburra also knackered next to him…

Names, Toys and Puppy Houses

Dashwood first day at home with his first chewing toy

Dashwood first day at home with his first chewing toy

Choosing a puppy name can be the most stressful part of the whole process. I wanted a glorious-sounding, true English name, for a true English breed, a gallant name, a brave name, an uncommon name. My friend Ben suggested “Sausages”. I must clarify that Ben is a true English gent, and as such, full of eccentricities. Naming my puppy like pub food was not on my menu. He then went for Mr Snodgrass, a Dickensian character from the Pickwick papers. It was a tongue-twister. I tried with different people, just to see if it was me, but everyone battled with the name to no end. I finally came up with the one, the name that was always there for my puppy: Dashwood, from Jane Austen’s novel “Sense and Sensibility”, and well suited for his lineage as his father, the big Crufts champion, is called Willoughby. Ben has refused to call him Dashwood to-date, so this one pup in addition to posh pedigree, has two ultra posh names which probably puzzle everyone at the park.

When you bring a puppy home you need to have:

cuddly toys to sleep with;
soft toys to play with;
something to sink those puppy teeth on;
a little puppy house, because fox terriers like sleeping in houses!
a warm blanket to stuff onto the house and turn it into a warm cave;

I go to the Westbourne Park Road pet shop and buy all this kit in complete clueless motions. I am just learning all this as I go along.