Our founder, Joe Markham, loved his retired police dog, Fritz, but did not love his destructive chewing habits. Fritz loved rocks. Fritz’s teeth were wearing down and his need for stimulation and play was not being met, and Joe was frustrated.
One day, while working on a VW Bus, Fritz was immediately taken with a rubber suspension part and dropped it in Joe’s lap to play. The erratic bounce and toughness of the rubber inspired the original KONG toy. We’ve been making KONGs from our own proprietary, pet-safe, built-to-chew rubber ever since.