BentoBall®, a Virtually Indestructible Dog Treat Toy?

August 27, 2013

My two dogs love toys.  They can never get enough.  However, they must be the two most destructive canines on the planet.  We have tried all kinds of toys that are advertised as perfect for  “strong chewers” or large dogs, but Gator and Maggie manage to destroy them all.  I have found 2 toys that had a decent life in our house:  The Kong™ Original Dog Toy, red one, and an Orko sphere with nubby spikes.  That’s it!  This is why I was so excited to try out the BentoBall®.

Maggie works on her new dog toy

As I write this article, I am watching my most recent $15 purchase disintegrate.  Maggie, a 43-lb. Miniature English Bulldog, has been working her magic on the Everlasting BentoBall®, manufactured by Starmark.  It took her 5 minutes to remove the Everlasting Treat that is attached in the middle of the ball.  In 15 minutes, she had created a larger opening where the small treats are inserted.

CUTE Opening enlarged in 5 minutes

Twenty minutes later, she had not only removed the edible, chicken-flavored Everlasting Treat from the BentoBall®, she had completed devoured it.  I didn’t realize when I purchased the BentoBall® that the domed part was actually a separate edible treat, but Maggie knew it from the get-go!  The ingredients weren’t visible on the package, but I later found them on the website and was not pleased to learn that I had just given my dog a treat containing corn gluten meal and artificial coloring.  It’s not a healthy dog treat!

From the treat, Maggie moved on to the BentoBall® itself.  It didn’t take long for her to remove the three cookie treats I had placed in the other side.  That was accomplished by eating the material of the ball holding the treats inside.  That cute little “X” shape is no more.

The website description states that the BentoBall® is made with “virtually indestructible material.”  Maggie quickly proved that statement false.  When I pay $15 for a dog toy that includes a large treat, I expect it to last awhile longer than this one did.

For dogs that are average or normal chewers, this BentoBall® with Everlasting Treat might be a good toy, but there is still the issue of a treat made with corn gluten and artificial colors.  The package says it provides hours of interactive chewing challenge, is virtually indestructible, has a nubby surface that cleans teeth and is dishwasher safe.

Too bad it didn’t live up to the hype with Maggie, but she sure did enjoy it while it lasted!  After 45 minutes of Maggie’s handiwork the BentoBall, missing several large chunks, went into the trash.

 

 

 

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Ann August 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

We have had very similar problems with finding toys for Otis our Rottie. Any toy labeled “virtually indestructible” proves to be false as well. The only toys that seem to last are the Kong toys. He especially likes the ones that you can hide treats in, but again, he can get the treats in about 2 minutes flat. And his brother, Moose the Puggle, is quickly learning his habits. But they haven’t taken their chewing habit out on our shoes or furniture, thank goodness!

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Carol North August 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Ours don’t go after other items either, Ann. But they sure can destroy a toy in seconds! Even the original Nylabones don’t last long with us either. I’d love to find a toy that would. Anyone out there have suggestions?

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