My two English Bulldogs, Willy and Junior can go for days NOT chewing on any toys. I have found however, if I make a toy appealing - by picking it up and acting excited about it - they get extremely interested and competitive about the toy.
My husband and I are empty-nesters. I've noticed that we communicate a lot but don't really 'talk'. I crave conversations that bring us closer and add a richness to our relationship that discussing the weather and our kids cannot.