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Mattel Puppy Grows Puppy

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      11.03.2010 18:17
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      A unique toy that is as close to the real thing as you can get.

      My brother-in-law bought this for my daughter (who was 4 years old at the time) and I must admit my husband and I were quite amazed at the concept of this toy which turns from a pup to a fully grown dog via an extending mechanism inside. This was a gift but at the time think it retailed for around $40.

      A good description of it can be found on the following website: http://www.drtoy.com/awards/product.php?ProductID=5691 (but please do read and rate mine first before going there)!! PLEASE NOTE: I believe the one on this website is an upgraded version of the one we were given only in that in addition to being able to name the dog and the dog knowing your child's name, it will now (with appropriate levels of interaction) learn more things: your child's birthday, name of friend, favourite place etc and this one costs £50.

      Our dog named Bobo (chosen from a list of possibilities on the disc) who has very soft yellow fur and fuzzy ears came with a CD and a USB connector so that you could personalise the puppy via computer by entering your child's name and your chosen dog's name onto the disc, then download it to the toy thus enabling it to say its name and your child's name which is a nice touch and strengthens your little ones interest in it. I have also though seen a white more girly looking dog on the internet so believe you do have a choice of dog and there may be even more choice nowadays.

      Bobo came with some interactive bits and pieces (a brush) for when he asks to be groomed, (a tape measure) to measure him as he grows, a bone (for when he is hungry) and a certificate to record and keep all his details on.

      Bobo sniffs, barks, chews his bone and burps, pants, wags his tail, whines, sings and encourages you to interact with him by copying him, singing with him or feeding/grooming him and so there is a lot of interaction to be had with him.

      Over the course of four days if you interact with your puppy enough he will grow gradually until he is a 'full sized' dog. He can then after two days be returned back to puppy size to begin growing all over again if you so wish. There is also a reset button to restore him to puppyhood if your little one cannot wait the required amount of time but if you want to teach them some patience, then is a good learning tool for that!

      It is quite a bizzare thing to watch the puppy grow and also to shrink. Whilst a pup the fur is quite wrinkly to enable growth but then stretches over the puppy as it grows. The body, legs, ears and tail all grow. The size difference is quite noticeable and my little girl loved how it responded to her pats and strokes, his voice and his soft fur and the fact that he spoke her name. Her brother was very jealous of this! Although Bobo has a soft outer coat the mechanism inside is quite solid and hard so he doesn't really make a very good cuddling companion at bedtime but he is very cute.

      A great toy although a year later she does not play with him as much so I would suggest that this is suited more to your 3 to 4 year old for maximum enjoyment and engagement although it is retailed as being good for the 3-5 age group.

      In summary a unique toy that is as close to the real thing as you can get without having to clear up poop!

      Thanks for reading. x
      also on ciao under ryanellaxx

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        13.03.2009 12:52
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        Great toy that says many phrases

        After seeing advertisements for this puppy on the television, my mam went out to buy it for my daughter as a Christmas present. I had looked on the Internet and seen that the puppy was available in 2 different forms. The first was a light brown little pup with fuzzy ears and the second was a white little pup with girlie pink bows and collar.

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        My mam decided to go for the white pup. The puppy was in a see through box and you could see even before taking it out that it was a good quality toy. The puppy is quite large and he has floppy fuzzy ears, each have a lovely pink bow in to match the plastic pink collar. After eventually getting off all the ties and stitches the puppy was ready to be played with.

        The toy:

        The puppy also comes with a few smaller items:

        A DVD and USB: you can personalise your puppy by installing the disk provided by doing this you can programme your child's name into it and chose a name for the puppy too. Once you have entered in the details you must connect the puppy to the USB cable provided. You can then transfer all of the details over so that the puppy will now be able to say your child's name during play. The disk is very straightforward to install.

        A tape measure: this enables you to measure the puppy growing. Altogether the puppy claims it can grow from a puppy to a big dog in four day. The puppy does grow a number of centimetres per day and by day four you can notice a difference in the pups size. You can also make the toy a small pup again.

        A bone: during play the puppy might ask you for his bone, by feeding this to him he will make chewing noises and occasionally he will burp. The puppy will tell you if he hasn't finished and you try to remove the bone too quick.

        A brush: the puppy loves to be brushed and he will tell you how much he likes it.

        A birth certificate: you can write the puppies details on here and keep it safe.

        I can remember the first time that my daughter heard the puppy say her name. She was surprised and the look on her face said it all. She loved it.

        The puppy can move its head and its tail while it is speaking to the child. Its eyes are very bright and inviting and the puppy is just so cute. You can hear the mechanisms inside as the puppy moves but I am yet to find a toy that hasn't got a slight noise when it is moving.

        The cost:

        I can only seem to find the puppy available in brown and the price of that one is £32.99. Luckily my mam shopped about for my daughter's and she found the white one in home bargains priced at just £15 an absolute bargain for such a quality toy.

        Overall:

        This is a very well made toy and I love the whole idea that the little puppy can say your child's name. The puppy has such a sweet soft voice that I find myself pressing him too. I would definitely recommend this toy to children and adults.lol.

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      • Product Details

        Nurture and care for your very own puppy! With some love and attention your child can watch the little one grow from a small puppy to a dog over 4 days. Personalise the pup with your child's name and favourite things, and as the puppy grows, so does it's interaction with your child. Once fully grown you can return the dog to puppy size ready for more love and fun!