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All-Natural Toys and One Great Leash

Bay Woof has a new test puppy, Wiley, whose age and breed have yet to determined. Still a bit skittish and a coyote lookalike, she has been learning about leashes and toys, in addition to the all-important benefits of proper pottying.

First up: Lucas B. Natural Dog Toys, which Wiley loves. Made in partnership with Lanco, a groovy sounding Barcelona company that makes toys for kids and pets, these pliable toys, best for small to medium pooches, are made with 100 percent natural rubber or latex from rubber trees. They don’t have any harmful chemicals — no BPA, phthalates, or nitrosamines. Handmade in Morocco, they are colored with natural, food-based dyes, and hand-painted with nontoxic, permanent, certified lead-free paints. “In short,” the website claims, “They’re the safest dog toys on the planet.”

Given that Wiley quickly destroys squeakers in plush toys, it was heartening to see to the Lucas B. Crocodile ($12.99) and Eggs ($12.99 for a set of three) lasted through about a week of rigorous (sometimes unsupervised) play. She did manage to extract the squeaking device, which has been discarded. The soft, squishing Basketball ($9.99) plus the long Yellow Sensory Snake ($10.99) and the plump Kissy Fish ($10.99) are still favorites, though Wiley is now supervised while squeaking to be safe.

The Lucas B. founder is Valerie Lecoeur Brockenbrough, an eco-entrepreneur, mom, and dog owner who wanted safe products for her family, including the dog, a Yorkie Poo named Rambo. Learn more about Lucas B. Natural Dog Toys online at


Next up: Luxury leashes from High5dogs. High5dogs makes a simple-to-use tethering leash, perfect for hooking up Wiley for a quick pop into the neighborhood coffee shop or to the wrought-iron coffee table leg to keep her out of trouble at home. The leash is made of a material that’s like a supple climbing rope (5, 8, and 11 mm widths), with leather accents and beefy hardware that give it a strong, yet elegant, feel. The tethering part is called CLIC technology, and it’s like a carabiner that easily clicks into the handle or other hardware.

Bay Woof received a red CLIC Leash (with leader system) — Metropolitan Collection ($79.99), which comes in beige and charcoal with a spiffy stuff bag. To call it my favorite leash of all time is saying something. I adored it, used it often, and loved handling it. But sadly an unwatched Wiley chewed right through it, so now it’s toast. High5dogs also offers a shoulder strap version that looks great for hands-free walking. Learn more at

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Main article photo by: Hig5dogs and Lucas B Natural Dog Toys