Less Wordy Wednesday: Tuffer Than I Expected

When I got home from work today there was a happy surprise waiting for me. My birthday had come early and our awesome prize package from Planet Dog, won during Kol’s Notes’ wicked Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers event, had finally arrived! I had forgotten all about it until I saw the familiar brand label on the box.

Shiva was pretty excited herself.

Shiva and Ball

Despite the fact that I have seen these toys in stores all over the country, I have never purchased one for Shiva. I love the concept behind them; treat-releasing toys are something I am always looking at for my starving puppy. They are perfect for working her mind and her body and often give me a chance to read a book for several minutes while she occupies herself with snarfing every last crumb. Nevertheless, when I felt the texture of the Orbee Tuff line offered by Planet Dog, they never seemed all that… Tough. I doubted their ability to stand up to Shiva’s gaping maw.


See those jaws? They are even bigger than they look on camera.


I am glad to say that I was wrong to doubt. Though the material is quite flexible, the rubber holds up well. After a few bouts of rough play, the ball is still without any noticeable teeth marks. Granted, they are not chew toys and are not meant for a full frontal assault. We are still going to be careful. But, so far, Planet Dog gets a Shiva lick of approval.


I am looking forward to testing out the Snoop this weekend when I have some time to put the Shivster’s brain to the test. For now, I am content to watch her run all over the house, knocking over wine glasses, in pursuit of a dog’s real best friend.

The rubber ball.

Thanks again to Kol’s Notes for offering such a cool prize!

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7 Comments on Less Wordy Wednesday: Tuffer Than I Expected

  1. Jodi Chick (+ Kolchak & Felix too)
    February 12, 2014 at 8:49 pm (6 months ago)

    They are deceptively tough aren’t they?! I remember being skeptical when Koly still had his itchy puppy teeth, but I was never disappointed with them at all. I’m so glad Shiva likes it <3 Thank you for sharing!!
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  2. jet
    February 13, 2014 at 2:05 am (6 months ago)

    so cool that you got one to try out!! Bender’s pretty full on with his toys so I have to hide the more delicate ones. I keep telling myself one day he will mellow out and stop destroying things…. I wish.
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  3. Lauranne
    February 14, 2014 at 5:09 am (6 months ago)

    Look at her go!I love that she took it to look out of the window – both mine do that!

  4. Pamela | Something Wagging This Way Comes
    February 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm (6 months ago)

    Wow, you really did get a retriever there. Love the way she stopped to check out the window first.

    It’s like “okay, I’ll play with you but don’t think I’m one of those slavish golden retrievers. I do have a mind of my own, you know.”
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  5. Donna And The Dogs
    February 15, 2014 at 9:41 am (5 months ago)

    That’s great that it doubles as a fetch toy too. I can’t use toys like that around the house with multiple dogs…I just know someone will “get into it” over one. It sure looks like fun for a single dog household though!
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