Sunday, February 8, 2015

Puzzle Toy Review: Starmark Everlasting Groovy Ball

The Starmark Everlasting Groovy Ball is a durable chew toy. It holds one edible Starmark Everlasting Treat and can be filled with kibble or small treats. This toy also features grooves around the sides that can be spread with peanut butter, or cheese, or stuffed with additional small treats. It comes in three sizes for tiny through large dogs.
Photo by Erin Koski

Photo by Erin Koski
I am obviously a big fan of Starmark's products, and I particularly like their everlasting treat toys. While they all serve more or less the same function, each toy presents different problems to solve and different challenges. This toy is a lot like the Bento Ball in that it holds one Everlasting Treat and holds kibble in the other side. The Everlasting Groovy Ball holds a lot more food though, and those ridges are fun to shove kibble into. This is currently our favorite Everlasting Treat vessel.

Puzzle Toy Rating

Capacity: 4/5
Less than a cup fits in our medium toy, but not much less.

Loading Speed: 4/5
Very fast via soda funnel.

Unloading Speed (standard dog): 5/5
The foster puppies spent all day on this project.

Unloading speed (superdog): 5/5
It takes Brisbane close to an hour to empty the kibble out because the treat is so much fun to gnaw. The food in the grooves is also time-consuming to remove.

Photo by Erin Koski
 Size: 4/5
Large is large enough for most large dogs. Small is small enough for Ru, who is very small indeed.

Durability: 4/5
A determined chewer will devour this thing, but it'll stand up to pretty much anything less.

Noise: 5/5
Soft rubber makes it sound nice on my hard floors.

Locatability: 2/5
Small enough for Brisbane to carry, plus it fits under the couch. I usually find it in his crate or on his bed.
Photo by Erin Koski

Washability: 4/5
Dishwasher safe, but the stuff that keeps the kibble from falling out makes it a pain in the ass to hand wash.

Versatility: 5/5
This would be a good toy for Xhuuya the raven, I could hide nuts in the middle and jam kibble in the grooves for her to retrieve.

Total: 42/50

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