The Kong Air squeaks in much the same manner as the Kong Squeezz, which is far less abrasive than some squeaky toys. That's a definite bonus! It also has a fuzzy "skin" on it like a tennis ball, a clear plus in Elka's eyes.
Every time Elka gets a new toy, any toy, she's super excited about it. She takes it very gently, though, and then takes it away from everybody, puts it on the floor, and examines it. After that, the play!
The Kong air lasted quite a long while. Yes, past tense. I bought it last August, and gave it to her in supervised sessions. There's inevitably a point at which I need to do something, and need to occupy Elka in some way so that she stops bugging me, and I give her a squeaky toy. I can keep track of what she's doing by the squeaking and/or licking (there's always a "lick the squeak hole" portion of the exercise. I'm not sure what the deal is.) I'm not right there to say "Don't peel the fuzz off that", though. And so off came the fuzz. On Twitter, Silas' mom said that they had the same problem, but it was just fine without the fuzz.
Before I show you the shocking final pictures, I do want to remind you that whenever I bring anything into the house for Elka, my thought is not on if she will destroy something, but when. The Kong Squeezz products no longer squeak, but she'll still play with them on occasion; they are intact.
The Kong Air.....is no longer intact in any sense of the word. She peeled the fuzz, which I belatedly realized had been a poor purchase plan on my part, knowing her proclivities. After enough biting and stomping and perhaps also bite stomping, the remaining toy got a breach in it, and no longer squeaked. And she will invariably find the weak point in a toy and continue to worry and chew on it.
So. You were awesome while you lasted, Kong Air. Maybe I'll try one of the squeaky fake Kong sticks next time.