Buckminsterfullerdog

The discovery of the Buckminsterfullerene molecule was a great leap forward in man’s understanding of carbon structures.  It resulted in a Nobel Prize for its discoverers, and contributed to new applications in materials science, electronics, and nano-technology.  Not to be outdone, the dog toy industry has found its own application for the fullerene molecule . . . in the form of the Hol-ee Roller, a tug and treat ball made from natural rubber.

The Hol-ee Roller is a springy rubber ball made up of hexagonal cutouts.  The ball isn’t very bouncy, but it rolls easily, and you can stuff it with all kinds of interesting toys.  And when you put something–like this elk antler–out of reach within the ball, it suddenly looks a lot more tasty to an otherwise disinterested pup.

When I first put the elk antler into the Hol-ee Roller, Toki was fascinated, but confused.  She rolled it around . . .

tried to reach it with her nose . . .

And finally realized she could chew the corner of the antler if she squished the ball down with her paw.

Nom, nom, nom.

The Hol-ee Roller is a great tool for making any toy more interesting.  Just stick the toy in the ball, sit back and enjoy the show!

The only drawback to the Hol-ee Roller is that it’s not indestructible.  I stored the ball in the closet after a good play session, to keep Toki from chewing it to pieces.  But after a few sessions, Toki still managed to bite through one of the hexagonal sides.

Probably because she really wanted that elk antler!

The good news is that the ball still works, even with one broken section.  But if you have a big chomper in the family, you might want to buy the “Extreme” version.  I admit, I bought the regular, 8-inch size Hol-ee Roller purely for aesthetic reasons.  I didn’t like the chunky look of the more durable model.

Final assessment?  Two paws up!

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10 Responses to Buckminsterfullerdog

  1. Looks neat! Sage would need a double extreme model though!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Didn’t understand a word about the molecule (and perhaps you have to be a graduate of MIT in order to fully understand the technology 🙂 but the toy looks cool and Toki definitely looks like she enjoyed it. Where does one get an elk antler, by the way?

    • furfilled says:

      Well, I got mine at the local pet supply store, but you can probably find them pretty easily online. I heard they’re a little softer than deer antlers, so you have to worry less about your dog potentially damaging his teeth on it. The interesting thing about deer and elk antlers is that they all taste different, depending on the individual deer or elk. So maybe it’s best to bring a dog along with you when you’re picking one out!

  3. yuki the dog says:

    yuki has a pink version of that ball and she loves it…its one of the few toys she hasn’t destroyed. Also, if you bounce it at angle on a hard surface (we use our coffee table), you can make it bounce really high-she loves catching it mid-air. 😉
    yuki and rocket

    • furfilled says:

      Interesting – maybe ours doesn’t bounce well because of the broken link! It’s also probably bigger, so maybe more squishy and therefore less bouncy. I’ll have to try that though and see if it can get any air.

  4. Benny & Lily says:

    Every buddy loves those rubber toys, we don’t like them cause they stink
    Benny & Lily

  5. Amy says:

    Toki looks humongous in that first picture! I didn’t realize it was her at first. Cool toy – we’ll have to check it out.

    Love,
    Amy, Swift, and Kool

  6. Anna says:

    We have the red version of this, or at least we did. I have not seen it for a while so maybe it slipped outside and got eaten by the other pack. Ever since I put something in it, Luna won’t touch it unless something is in it. But it was fun for them, I should get another. Pig ear strips were great to squeeze into the red holes.

    http://www.yellowstoneantlers.com/products.asp?ID=4

    Here is a great link for elk antlers. Another bonus to the elk antlers is they have more pith to them than deer antlers do… this is the crunchy, porous stuff they love to scrape out in the middle. This company sells all sorts of sizes too to fit all kinds of dogs. Not bad prices either considering how much stores jump up the prices. Ours don’t seem to like them much, guess they are not big chewers, or they just are bored with them since my husband hunts and we have had several laying around for them since they were puppies.

    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

    • furfilled says:

      Hi Anna – Thanks for sharing the link! Toki just loves her antlers, which is nice for me because they last a long time. The only issue I have with them are the “crumbs” she leaves behind. There’s nothing quite like stepping on antler pith to make you run for the vacuum . . . !

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