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I'm not one to over do it with dog treats for my dogs, but on an occasion I do like to treat them, so when I was in town recently I decided to pop into Wilkinsons as they usually have quite a good range of little doggie treats. While I was in there I came across these Trixie Chew Shoes. I thought they looked like fun so bought a couple for my dogs.
~Trixie Chew Shoes~
I guess because as tradition goes with dogs chewing up slippers etc. they decided to make these doggie treats in the shape of a little boot, they do actually resemble a boot that looks like it has been hand made and stitched together. The shoes are made from Rawhide which, for anyone that doesn't know is untanned leather and stitched together with a much thinner string like piece of Rawhide, all of the shoe including the stitching is edible for my dogs, the little shoes even include a lace also made of Rawhide that has been tied neatly at the front of the shoe in a bow. The shoes come in different sizes but the smallest ones seemed an adequate size for my dogs.
On returning home from town, the dogs were instantly there just to check out if there was anything for them in my shopping bags. I gave each of them a little boot each and watched to see what they would do, as they hadn't had anything in a strange shape before. Both reacted very differently, I expected them both to run off to their individual treat eating areas and start to chomp on them straight away. Pippa spent ages running round the house with hers and by the sound of it she was looking for a place to hide it. Red decided to toss his around for a while jumping backwards and forwards looking at it as if he was daring it to move.
Eventually when the novelty of something new and different had worn off, they both settled down to have a good chew, They seemed to be enjoying themselves, Red managed to untie and remove the little Rawhide bow on the front and undo all the stitching so his little shoe no longer resembled what it was meant to be. I had to quickly remove the lace and stitching though as Red seemed to be having a problem with it in his mouth, I think some of it may have been stuck down his throat. I wasn't happy about this and wasted no time undoing Pippas little shoe as well, just in case. So with all the stringy bits removed the little shoes looked pretty weird. I don't really know whether or not they really enjoyed chewing on these pieces of Rawhide as they were quite sharp in places. I later noticed that some of the pieces of Rawhide they had been chewing on, had blood on them, at this point I didn't know which pieces belonged to who as by now there was little pieces of Rawhide all over the place. I collected up the pieces and threw them away.
The edges of the little shoes had cut both their gums, only slightly it was nothing serious, but it could have been and I was really annoyed that the little treats I got for them turned out doing them damage. I'm glad I had supervised them while they had these little shoes and I can't stress enough how important it is that your pet is supervised with things such as these. Needless to say I won't be buying these again. I think they are highly dangerous and could cause your dog real harm. I would not recommend these at all.
I paid around 99p each for these little shoes and if you are interested there are many places that sell them, but if you want my advice, I'd stay clear if I was you. There are plenty of other Rawhide treats, much safer and better shaped that you can give to give your dogs.
Please remember to make sure clean drinking water is made available for your dogs at all times, whether giving them treats or not.
I can only give these Trixie Chew Shoes 1 star but I don't really want to even give them that.
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