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Tour of Kong Headquarters in Golden, Colorado

Last week, I got the chance to tour the KONG headquarters, which just happens to be in my hometown of Golden, Colorado. In fact, it’s simply on the far side of North Table Mountain from where we live.  The company also has manufacturing centers in other spots in northern Colorado, but the facility closest to us makes the classic KONG shape we all know and love. BIG NEWS …

Soon the classic KONG line will include a teeny-tiny KONG made especially for toy-sized dogs. They’ll be on the market in April, but take my word for it…  They could NOT be cuter. Seriously. They look just like the others, but very, very small. I bet they hold about a tablespoon of food, and that’s it.

Here are a few photos from the tour:

kong sculpture in KONG hq lobby

This big KONG sculpture sits in the sunny lobby at KONG HQ in Golden, CO

raw rubber that becomes KONG dog toys

These piles of raw rubber become the KONG classic dog toys.

rubber manufacturing machine used to make KONG dog toys

The raw rubber gets fed up into the machines that make the classic KONG shaped dog toys.

photo of brand-new kongs

Once the rubber is melted, molded, and set ... it becomes KONG dog toys like these.

border collie with new KONG toys

Lilly says, "Thanks, KONG, for the new stuff!"

We’re currently working on dog product reviews of these items the KONG folks were nice enough to give us. So, watch for those in the coming weeks.

Hot News We Cannot Share

I even got to see some brand new KONG products, but they won’t be available for a while, so I cannot talk about them or test them … yet.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

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Diane @ To Dog With Love - March 9, 2011

Love the giant Kong! Bet those teeny tine Kongs would make a good keychain! LOL!

    Roxanne Hawn - March 10, 2011

    That’s a great idea Diane. Maybe I’ll buy one just for that. :o)

      Sam - December 6, 2012

      KONG do have mini kongs that already are on a keyring!

KB - March 9, 2011

Wow, very cool!!!

We love kongs around here. I think that we own 2 dozen. The only problem is that we’re finding that the red ones eventually start cracking and breaking when we repeatedly freeze food in them… So, we’re helping to keep Kong in business as we replace them!

    Roxanne Hawn - March 10, 2011

    You are right, KB. The freezing and all that does wear down the rubber over time. We have a really old KONG from Ginko’s puppyhood that has seen better days. I should probably just get rid of it.

Melanie Haiken - March 9, 2011

That Kong sculpture is truly funny. I always thought they were such a strange shape! Eagerly await the review of the new products. Can anything beat the classic kong?

    Roxanne Hawn - March 10, 2011

    That’s what I think, Melanie. They were showing all the 200+ KONG products available now, including some coming on the market soon, and I’m still just a SUPER FAN of the original. My dogs just don’t really have interest in many of the newer toys.

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