If you can’t get your kids a new pet for the holidays, these toys are the next best thing. Toy Insider’s Chief Toy Officer Laurie Schacht stopped by NBC in Dallas to show off some great pet toys that are all the fun of a new pet without any of the mess. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


  • Rescue Runts need a home to call their own! The super soft plush puppies show up on your doorstep with matted fur, dirty paws, boo boos and fleas
  • Care for your Rescue Runt using the included grooming kit!
  • Use the tweezers to pluck out “fleas”
  • Wipe their tears away and clean their dirty paws with the towel
  • Brush their messy fur with the brush
  • Remove their bandages, perk up their ears and make them smile to complete the transformation from ragged runt into perfect pet!
  • Write their name on the collar and adoption certificate to make the adoption official
  • Rescue Runts’ messy fur, downturned ears, dirty paws, and bandages can be restored for repeat animal rescue play
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Walmart


  • Kids can help this clever pup to do fun tricks, from flipping his bone, to shaking “paws,” and even shuffling eagerly for more!
  • Feed him treats to reward him for his tricks, or pet his back for a job well done, but be careful…he might need a bathroom break!
  • This adorable pup responds to sound and touch with over 100 sound and motion combinations and features sensors on his cheeks, nose, mouth, paw, and back making interactions with this talented pup awesome!
  • Includes a bone accessory, 18 doggie treats, and a treat pouch.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $129.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Target, hasbrotoyshop.com



  • Erupting from the Earth’s core, watery caves and fiery pits come Grumblies—be careful, don’t make them meltdown!
  • If kids push them too far by poking, shaking, and flipping them on their heads, Grumblies will go into a rumbling seismic meltdown—and only kids can calm them down.
  • Each Grumblie has over 40 sounds and reactions.
  • The line comes with 4 unique themes with different designs, sounds and vibrations, including Tremor, Scorch, Bolt, and Hydro.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Walmart, Amazon, Target


  • Meet Fingerlings Hugs—they’re softies when it comes to affection!
  • Their long arms are perfect for big hugs and these cuddle monkeys never want to let you go.
  • Kids can swing them, tickle them, rock them, and turn them upside down for different reactions.
  • Give them a quick kiss or a long smooch and they’ll kiss you back the same way.
  • Record what you say and watch them repeat in funny ways.
  • Fingerlings Hugs are available in Bella (Pink) and Boris (Blue).
  • Ages: 2+
  • MSRP: $29.99 each
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl’s


  • She’s soft and cute, but she’ll turn on you if you squeeze her!
  • Feisty Pets are soft and cute, but they’re feisty!
  • Features a unique, interactive plush design.
  • Squeeze the back of the head to change expression from cute to fur-ociously funny.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target, Walmart, Gamestop


  • Available as Chase, Marshall, or Skye character.
  • Made of soft plush material and makes sound effects.
  • Pup house included.
  • Reaches a 2.5 MPH max speed and has a 6 volt battery and charger included.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $149
  • Available: Walmart, Dynacraftwheels.com