goDog Checkers Donkey with Chew Guard Technology Review – An Aching Back

Tough Toy Pros Review

We had high hopes for the goDog Checkers Donkey with Chew Guard Technology Tough Plush Dog Toy, but alas, Willie gutted it in four hours. The donkey’s body has a large, loud squeaker that excited Willie right away. It also had squeakers in each hand and foot as well, so it really captivated and held Willie’s interest. We were hopeful that this could finally be the elusive indestructible dog toy with squeakers we’ve been searching for years to find.

The goDog toy is currently being tested.
Willie loved the goDog toy.

On first impression, the toy feels thick with a tough-looking exterior. Willie was super happy to get his paws on the goDog Checkers Donkey and enjoyed throwing it in the air and dragging it through the house in his mouth for a couple hours.

Four hours later.
Four hours later.

But four hours later, the poor donkey’s back had been split wide open and its guts were strewn across the floor, like so many that have gone before it. Indestructible it is not.

However, as an interesting twist, the large squeaker inside the body is actually a clear, round ball. We played with that for quite a while after he pried it out of the donkey. I would not leave Willie alone with the squeaker ball – it is made of far too thin plastic for that. But it was pleasant to find a useful toy inside.

Minus the stuffing inside, the body still lingers in our house, all four squeakers still in its extremities, just awaiting its trip to the final destination where all lifeless bodies wind up after their fateful meeting with Willie.

The goDog Checkers family also includes a brown rooster, a white rooster, an elephant, kangaroo and pig.

Willie’s Review

Pshaw! Mom thinks she’s going to someday find a stuffed, plush toy I won’t destroy. Ha! I feel so sorry for her sometimes that when she gave me this donkey, I waited a whole four hours before I chewed it apart and dove into the stuffing. I would have waited longer, but I swear the donkey looked at me cross-eyed, and I don’t have to put up with that kind of sass in my house!

Internet Reviews

Amazon:  3.3 out of 5 stars with 836 reviewers.

Low Reviews

Many reviewers say they had bought this toy before and it worked well for them, but upon receiving their new toy now, it was a disappointment. Dogs are often able to chew through the material and access the stuffing in a matter of hours; sometimes minutes. Even small dogs are able to rip into this toy. As guaranteed, goDog did send users a replacement toy, but it was a smaller, different toy which they were unhappy with.

High Reviews

Almost half (49%) of reviewers on Amazon give this toy a four-star rating or above. It is the favorite toy for many dogs. People often buy more than one variety of the goDog toys for their pets. It has survived life with more than one aggressive chewer for months, though it is typically because the dog opts not to tear into the toy. Multiple squeakers amuse dogs and people alike.

Overall Impression

This donkey talks a big talk, but it doesn’t really walk the walk. It might stand up to mild chewing from calm dogs, but it will not last with a determined power chewer.

Product Specifications

From online product descriptions:

  • Features Chew Guard technology and double-stitched seams to last longer than your standard plush toy
  • Grunter for playtime fun
  • Super tough to stand up to rough playtime fun

There is a GUARANTEE that says if this product does not outlast your standard plush, they will send you a onetime replacement.

Sizes:  Small:  8 inches x 7.5 inches x 6 inches
Large:  11 inches x 10 inches x 9 inches

Prices:  Small:  $10.34 (Amazon); $12.99 (Bed Bath & Beyond); $11.09 (Jet.com)
Large:  $13.74 (Walmart); $14.97 (Amazon); $16.99 (Bed Bath & Beyond)

Best Bargain:  Wait for the large size to show up with a reduced price at around $11 on Amazon.

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