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Everlasting Fun Ball: a Toy for Dogs

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As you might know, I live alongside three ridiculous dogs. We take turns being in charge, but most of the time I end up feeling like their servant with titles like “Emergency Backup Food Giver” or “Guy With the Food That Smells Better Than Mine.” The eldest of our three dogs has a friendly relationship with me, though. He’s my good-natured buddy.

But he wasn’t always that way.

When he was young and without peers, he was a biter. He would bite anything and everything. For hours. In addition to the biting, he would chew, and tear, and otherwise disassemble every toy we gave him. Ropes, frisbees, other ropes, rubber bones, and don’t even get me started on the stuffed animals. Literally 100% of the toys we brought him were destroyed and spread across the floor within minutes or hours.

One year we took a trip to the top left corner of the country and in a moment of boredom, stopped into a pet store, where we found the Everlasting Fun Ball.

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The package read “Virtually Indestructible” and we had a good laugh about that; we knew better what was destructible or not, but at the same time, this was a material that we’d never squeezed before. We were on vacation, and in a mall, so we were in a spending mood. I think it was about $15 with the store markup, but here it is on Amazon for $9.99.

That was over four years ago, and as I was sitting here writing this, the same bitey dog just brought me his “green ball” to play with. It is indestructible, and it lasts forever. If you have a dog that constantly chews things up, I can’t recommend this enough.

Updated September 12, 2011 and originally published April 13, 2010. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Smithee formerly lived primarily on credit cards and the good will of his friends. He is a newbie to personal finance but quickly learning from his past mistakes. You can follow him on Twitter, where his user name is @SmitheeConsumer. View all articles by .

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avatar LR

Good suggestion for us pet owners, instead of constantly replacing toys. Most of us can somehow justify spending too much money on our pets (over and over again!). Another one that lasts a good long time is the “Jolly Ball”. Nearly indestructable and it has a handle for easy throwing by the servant (human) and carrying back by the master (dog). It was designed for horses I think and it comes in two sizes. Available at Tractor Supply stores and online. Although our lab has managed to ruin one, it lasted several years as opposed to a few hours with most. Enjoy you column, keep up the good work :)

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avatar Sean

Good suggestion Smithee. I’d like to put in my recommendation for tuffies. If your dog like squeek toys but constantly destroys them these are great. They are plush, but the edges are lined with ballistic material and the squeakers are sown into pockets. There are a lot of seams. It would take a very determined dog to get inside one of these. I would say to avoid the octopus though, my dog got through that one because of some poor seamwork on the bottom. The bones and ring are great though!

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