Zoey’s Favorite Dog Toys

Zoey’s Favorite Dog Toys

I have been wanting to write this post for sooo long! Originally I wanted to take photos to go with it but all of her toys are dirty so… not happening! When we got Zoey, I did so much research on the best toys to keep her busy while we worked and these are the ones that have been life savers!

If you’re interested in getting any of these sweet toys, just click the images.

Jolly Ball – This ball is great because you can play tug-of-war or you can just roll it and have your dog chase it. Zoey likes doing both. Sometimes if she is bored she will bite one end and run around with it, we call it doggy cross-fit.Unfortunately we forgot it outside in the summer and one side is sunken in. It still serves its purpose though so we haven’t gotten a new one.

Hide-a-Squirrel – I don’t even think this needs an explanation… I mean Zoey is a miniature schnauzer and they were bred to hunt mice and such. Zoey actually uses the log as a pillow and hides the squirrels around our apartment. We have squirrels under the couch, under tables, under the bed, and under chairs! She loves finding them and playing fetch with them too. It is the cutest.

Kong Wobbler – Zoey eats really fast so this is a must. We give this to her right when we leave in the morning with her first meal and in the evening with her last meal to keep her distracted while we enjoy our dinner. We got the large one and it works really well for Zoey; it took her a few weeks to figure it out because we got it when she was like three months old.

Balls with Holes – These are easier to catch and take away than regular balls. We currently have a few under the couch that Zoey hid down there.

Water Bottle Toys – We tried a ball that had plastic and made the same sound, it always rolls under the couch and hasn’t really worked out. These animals are a great alternative. Zoey loves chasing these when we throw them and then chomping on them for awhile to here the plastic crushing. Another option is to put an empty water bottle in a sock and tie the open end.


Dog Rope Tug Toy – I think we got this thinking that it would be harder to lose but it is currently under our couch as well. Zoey loves this thing and even tries throwing it herself and she drags it around sometimes. She also chews on the rope every now and then (not excessively).


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How we got our dog

How we got our dog

My dog craze started in college when I made the mistake of playing with a dog at one of those pet stores in the mall. It was a golden retriever puppy that my sister and I named Kesha and she only cost $3,500. For the last few years I have been stopping by shelters in case I found the perfect dog even though it was always the wrong time (I used to live in a studio apartment). Last January, Ronan and I celebrated our first anniversary. We agreed that a dog would be our gift to each other.

I looked at animal shelter websites practically every day for months and we would go to shelters every few weeks but still no luck. At one point I thought I found the perfect dog so we rushed to see her after work before anyone could adopt her. When we got to the shelter they brought a different dog and swore it was the same dog (it wasn’t). I became a little disillusioned with the smaller shelters that I had found online. I started looking on a website for breeders and found a miniature schnauzer breeder with great photos of the puppies. We agreed on a price and we were going to meet halfway from Phoenix to Tucson. The night before I was really nervous so I told my husband that I wanted to look them up on Facebook first. Turns out they were basically dog hoarders and the dogs were not living in the best conditions. I continued my search.

Then finally one day I saw this picture on Craigslist:

Zoey the miniature schnauzer
That’s Zoey on the left and her brother on the right.

I rushed to show Ronan and I was like, “I know this is crazy but I think we should get this puppy. Let’s get her tomorrow night before someone else does.” And he agreed! Then came the nerve wracking part. We drove to a town that we had never been to. We got there at night and it was fields and farms (aka everyone probably owns a gun). Once we got to the house I got really nervous. Should we be going into a stranger’s house? What if we were about to get murdered? Still, we decided to risk our lives and went in (Zoey owes us one).

It turns out that the couple that had the puppies each owned a miniature schnauzer when they started dating and their dogs had these puppies. That was sweet. When we met Zoey she was the small one of her siblings and was super mellow (minus the part where she jumped out of Ronan’s arms). Her dad was big and really calm and her mom was small and energetic. We thought, “Yes! She will be small like her mom and mellow like her dad!” I was still really nervous when it came time to actually say yes, in fact, I kept asking Ronan if he was sure. So we took Zoey and her parents stood at the door and watched, it was so sad but I’m glad now (I’m selfish and I think Zoey loves me so…). When we got home she was super mellow and slept on our fur rug. This only lasted about two days; she’s like a circus dog now. You would think after years of wanting a dog I would have had a name picked out but my friend Deysi actually helped me with that (thx girl!).

She is small like her mom (14lbs to be exact) and NOT mellow like her dad. She wakes us up at 6am every morning and barks like crazy at the mailman across the street. It’s good though because she gets us moving and she makes us laugh. She is really smart and cute too. The last thing I want to share is my favorite thing about Zoey. When we come home Zoey is SO thrilled to see us, even if we were only gone for 15 minutes, it’s such a happy feeling to come home to that.

And here is Zoey now:



Many people have messaged us on Zoey’s Instagram account (Z_is_for_Zoey) asking about those squirrels. They are part of the Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel dog toy and are super durable. Zoey doesn’t use the log anymore she just hides the squirrels under furniture and finds them when she is bored. You can buy them at most pet stores; we bought ours on Amazon.

hide a squirrel toyOutward Hound Hide-a-Squirrel Dog Toy