Monday, September 29, 2014

Product Review: JW Megalast Ball

The JW Megalast Ball is a durable, chewable rubber ball made from JW's special "megalastomer" material. It bounces, floats, and has a center tube that can be filled with treats. It also smells pleasantly of vanilla.
Photo by Erin Koski

Our Megalast Ball arrived in one of the spring Bark Boxes, either April or May. I originally was not terribly impressed with it. Brisbane has very little use for anything that isn't a fuzzy tennis ball or a Chuckit! Ultraball. I tried to convince him to chase it, but failed completely.

Fast forward several months, when I began crating and rotating Brisbane and Ulysses, and needed more stuffable toys to keep them occupied. I filled this thing with peanut butter and stuck it in the freezer. It has been in our freezer toy rotation ever since. I like it because it can hold a modest amount of peanut butter, for a small but intense project. As Brisbane isn't always eager to go to work with me, sometimes I smear it with peanut butter in the morning and use it to bribe him into the car.

Pros: Durable and floatable. Smells nice. Unusual shape makes it interesting to bite. Larger-than-a-tennis-ball size makes it safe for even huge dogs. Made in the USA in a solar-powered facility.

Cons: Not as exciting a tennis balls and similar-sized objects around here. Many nooks and crannies make it difficult to clean.

Bottom Line: I'm not sure I would buy another one, but I certainly appreciate the Megalast Ball we have.

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