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!