Pet toys do matter to people who are interested in design. There they are, on the floor in plain view, or hanging out of a basket full of toys. And they're visible to you and to everyone who come into your house.
Case in point: Our dog and our sister's dog were recently given incredibly ugly red-white-and-blue toys by someone who thinks that it's really funny to seek out the ugliest pet toys. When we left our sister's house, we "accidentally" left this toy behind, and a few days later we were presented with it and asked to take it home.
We're pretty sure that both toys were donated to the local animal shelter after we forgot to take the toy home a second time.
These toys definitely wouldn't get donated...