I saw this toy on sale at a local pet store and thought we’d give it a try. It’s made by ABO (Australian Beach Outdoor Gear)…a company based out of the US (Georgia to be precise). Originally they were in the business of making outdoor products for humans and expanded into the pet business nearly ten years ago. ABO toys are made with natural fibers (hence the name Aussie Naturals) such as leather, jute, cotton, and wool and many feature recycled materials in their construction. Unfortunately, the ABO website does state that they manufacturer their toys in India and Asia. All their dog toys are tested by shelter dogs in the Georgia area to ensure they can stand up to some serious use by your furry family members.
The large reloadable dolphin measures 10″ long (25cm) and is made of wool (naturally anti-bacterial) with a plastic bottle inside (that can be removed to make washing the toy much easier) for a crinkly noise when chomped on (a nice break from the usual squeaky toys). The dog really seemed to enjoy either sucking on the fin or chewing intensely on the body of the toy. It seemed to hold up reasonably well to her chewing (even though she’s currently in her baby shark teeth phase) only showing a little bit of wear after about a week of use….usually she wrecks non plastic toys in just a few days. I would say for dogs with adult teeth and a moderate chewing level, it should last for quite a while.
We give the Aussie Naturals Dolphin out of 5
We manage to buy this toy on sale but it regularly sells for $12.99 CDN in store but you can find it on the ABO website for $9.99 USD (for shipping in the US only).