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My eldest daughter who is 8 years old is dog mad and despite us having two dogs of our own she loves dog teddy's so when she saw this advertised last year she immediately asked for it for Xmas.
I ordered this from Amazon as they were offering it at the best price at the time but I have just looked and they no longer stock it now, when it first arrived I was a bit worried it was broken as the head was really floppy on it so actually returned the first one as faulty and had the second one arrive the same so got it out the box to investigate but it wasn't broken it was the way he was.
The fur is very soft and my younger daughter loves to sit stroking him, it looks glossy and nice just like a dogs coat should do.
I was worried it wouldn't be as good as it looked on the adverts and live up to my daughters expectations but I was worrying about nothing as it really is as good as it looked and is great fun. My daughter loves clapping her hands at peanut as he wags his tail in response to her doing this, he has a bone that came with him which when put in his mouth he makes chewing noises but you do have to be quite forceful with this to get it to work, he also moves his head and barks.
My daughter has had this just over 7 months now and it has had some rough handling too from our youngest daughter and still works perfectly despite me first thinking it looked a bit fragile, it runs on batteries but these have only had to be changed once in the whole time yet he gets plated with at least 5 times a week between the three children.
As with all animagic items I have brought this is good quality, a little on the expensive side but worth it to make a happy child
My daughters are both mad keen on dogs but sadly for them we are never going to get a real one for a pet! In the past, we tried to fob them off by sponsoring a guide dog and telling them that it was theirs but had to live with someone else. They liked the idea of this but unfortunately it did not stop them going on about having a dog of their own. As I said, it ain't going to happen, but there is a chance that last Christmas, Santa delivered the next best thing - in the shape of My Playful Puppy Peanut!
Peanut is obviously a toy but it is a virtually life size puppy too and it does look extremely appealing with floppy ears and deep dark eyes. It is a beige colour and, not being a dog person myself, I am only hazarding a guess that it is modelled on a Labrador puppy. He has smooth fake fur which is very soft to the touch even after having been stroked almost continuously over the last few months! Although the fur is lovely and soft, there is a hardness to the frame of the dog so it is not really as cuddly as some other soft toys. Peanut's cute look is finished off by a pink collar round his neck with a tag that says 'Animagic' which is the name of the maker. I think it would have been better to have a tag that said 'Peanut' or better still, left blank, in case your child wanted to rename the puppy. Ours has had a wealth of names since he arrived although I do think now that my daughter has reverted to calling him Peanut.
You might think that Peanut is a bit of a lazy puppy as he is always sitting down. This is a bit of a shame and is because his legs are fixed in this semi sitting/ lying position. Therefore he has to be a puppy for stroking rather than for taking for pretend walks. Having said that though, my six year old daughter has overcome this problem by pushing Peanut in one of her baby dolls' buggies!
Don't be fooled though that this sitting down puppy doesn't do much. If, instead of merely stroking his back, you press down firmly, he will start to bark, look around and wag his tail happily. My daughter was really delighted when she discovered Peanut's ability to do this the first time, and she has not tired of it ever since! He also comes with a small bone that, when you place it in his mouth, he will bark and chew. Unfortunately my daughter seems to have lost this for the moment but hopefully it will turn up again at some point! Peanut's head and neck are quite flexible too which means that when you stroke his head it will turn as though he is looking around or at you.
In order to do all of these clever things, Peanut does require batteries ( 4 x C). Luckily these are supplied and seem to last quite a long time as we have not needed to replace them yet, not even with almost daily use. When Peanut first arrived, he did come in a large box with all the annoying twiddly bits of packaging that take so long to undo. Kindly, Santa sorted all of this out so that Peanut was already out of his box and waiting for my daughter on Christmas morning. I think otherwise she would have been quite frustrated if she would have had to wait before playing with him - she is not known for her patience!
Overall, my daughter really loves Peanut and he is a toy that she plays with pretty much on a daily basis. This is a good thing as he is not a cheap toy. At the moment he is available on Amazon for £38.20 and that is reduced from £44 (April 2011). He is a bit special though and would make an ideal Christmas or birthday present. I would also say that it was money well spent because my daughter really loves him and pretty much takes him everywhere. Also, he has to be a lot cheaper than having to feed a real puppy! Overall, this is a good sturdy toy and I would recommend it, although as the manufacturer states, only for children over three years!