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New Talking Balls Drive Dogs And Cats CrazyBy Steve O'Malley
The Early Show with Debbye Turner(CBS) "If you're looking for the perfect gift for your feline friend or canine companion, you're not alone. In this week's Pet Planet segment, The Early Show resident veterinarian Debbye Turner presents some of this season's great gift options for pets. This is not just another pretty rubber ball! The Babble Ball is an interactive toy that rivets the attention of pets by making noises when touched. The toy entertains cats and dogs alike with a fun combination of both hyper talking and exciting animal sounds. It is available in three versions: the Kitty Babble Ball, the Small Doggie Babble Ball, and the Big Doggie Babble Ball. Powered with three long life batteries."
The Sharon Osbourne Show"The Babble Ball makes funny noises and wisecracks when touched or breathed on, to create an illusion that the ball is "alive." "Hey, what are you doing?" Grrr! ,"That tickles" are some of the sounds it shouts out when triggered by a pet breathing, pawing, biting, or the vibrations from just walking past it. There are three versions, a cat version, big dog, and small dog version."
The Detroit Free Press"Another in the "Good gift for the pet of an ex" category, this motion-sensitive ball begins talking when you remove a tiny white tag. DO NOT LOSE THIS TAG! Your living room resounds with high-pitched, witty repartee as ball-loving dogs grapple with this constant talker. Burt and Freeway were intrigued by the sounds; we were confused. What must have been "Hey, good doggy" came out sounding like "Who's your daddy?" in the babbler's distorted chipmunk voice."
Pet-mas shoppingSusan Young, Staff Writer
"DONNA and Marie Peters prowl the boutique searching for just the right Christmas present for that someone special on their list, their dogs.
"You know, Lucy believes she's a part of the family," Donna explains. "It just wouldn't be right if she didn't have a present to open on Christmas." Babble Ball by Pet Qwerks Inc., which makes funny noises and wisecracks when touched or breathed on to create an illusion that the colorful ball is alive."
The Seattle Times
Discerning dogs and cats test these gift ideas for furry friendsHeather McKinnon
"Deep down we know that what a dog really wants for the holidays is what's on our dinner plates, and what a cat wants is to play with some ribbon and be left alone. But because we're only human and have a deep need to include our pets in the festivities, we buy them presents too. Here's a few gift possibilities we tried on our own panel of cat and dog testers to get you in the pet-shopping spirit.The Babble Ball: Another in the "Good gift for the pet of an ex" category, this motion-sensitive ball begins talking when you remove a tiny white tag. DO NOT LOSE THIS TAG! Your living room resounds with high-pitched, witty repartee as ball-loving dogs grapple with this constant talker. Burt and Freeway were intrigued by the sounds; we were confused. What must have been "Hey good doggy" came out sounding like "Who's your daddy?" in the babbler's distorted chipmunk voice."
Ferrets Magazine"Got a ferret-lover on your list, or looking for inspiration for yourself?" " The interactive Babble Ball toys speak English in animal-like voices. When touched or moved, the balls emit a variety of random, rapid-fire messages. Some of the messages are: "Oh, you got me!", "Ouch, Ouch, Don't do that!", "Oh, That tickles!" and many more. The balls turn off automatically when play is finished. Animated voices and ultra sensitivity rivet your pet's attention. The balls are available in three different versions..."
There's lots to paw through while seeking gifts for pets."Nothing spreads holiday cheer like a jingle-bell collar or shalom treat jar, except maybe a Santa Claws outfit or a red boa leash.
Dogs and cats— now at the tops of many holiday shopping lists — have inspired a bounty of gift possibilities, from boxed Christmas treats for pets, to ornaments, jewelry and fashion accessories for pet people.
Brian Wettstein in Winter Park. "They buy the raised feeders or beds and toys, toys, toys." Gift possibilities this year include the Babble Ball, which is on its way to pet stores, said Melanie Frenkel, a spokeswoman for Pet Qwerks Inc. There's one for cats, one for small dogs and one for big dogs. Information is available at 949-347-8492 or online at petqwerks.com."
Knight Ridder/Tribune News ServiceDr. Marty Becker, veterinary contributor for ABC's "Good Morning America".
"Today's pet gifts go far beyond the old Christmas Stockings stuffed with rawhide bones or catnip mice.
Then there is the Babble Ball, a hilariously entertaining toy that talks to cats and dogs when touched or breathed on. "Hey, what are you doing?" "Oh, you got me!" "GRRR!" are some playful expressions shouted out."
The San Jose Mercury News
Shopping for your animal friends? Gift ideas that are the cat's meow!Linda Goldston
"Want to make your dogs really happy this holiday season?
Take them for a walk through the woods or along a trail. The magnitude of smells, sounds and sights will keep them smiling for days. But be careful: If you aren't used to walking your dog in this kind of setting, you might want to use a leash.
In fact, it would be a great day trip for the whole family. But if you prefer to actually buy presents for your dogs, here are some ideas that I think are pretty neat.
There's a new toy called "Babble Ball" that has pre-recorded sayings that will play when your dog or cat moves the ball.
You can call the company at (949) 347-8492 to find out where they will be available in your area. Or you can order them from many on-line vendors. You can check out the balls at the company's Web site at petqwerks.com.
Beyond BonesRaymond Watt, Special Sections
"If you could put a price on how much we love our pets, how does $31 billion sound?
That's what we will spend in 2003 "to care for, feed, spoil and pamper the American pet population," according to Lee Alvarado, spokesman for the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association.
New toys coming out for dogs tend to play off the animals' intelligence and are more creative and durable than toys of just a few years ago. The Babble Ball is triggered by the slightest vibration or even a pet's breathing. Each ball is programmed with numerous phrases like "Rock 'n' roll big doggie" or "Here kitty, kitty" and is available for dogs and cats."
Iowa Press CitizenDeanna-Cook Truman
"On my holiday gift list this year, I have five dogs and three cats to buy for. Yes, it is a bit extreme, but it has become a tradition - a tradition that is helping the growing number of pet product manufacturers and retailers.The Babble Balls from Pet Qwerks, Inc. are a must have for your stockings this year!"
Contra Costa Times
Pet Stocking StuffersLura Osgood
Ahem, you did remember, didn't you?
"Anyway, I wandered through a couple of pet stores, and poked around the Internet in between Christmas shopping last week while I was on vacation, and here are a few "interesting" things I spotted that might tweak a dog or cat's interest.
If none of these works for you, a big hug and maybe a piece of egg "accidentally" dropped from your plate on Christmas morning will work even better.
The Dallas Morning News
Salivations from Santa Must-have gifts for that special pet in your life.Aline McKenzie / The Dallas Morning News
"With the holidays coming up, don't forget to fill Fido's or Felix's stocking. A Christmas gift for a pet can be as simple as a ball or as complex as a battery-operated, computerized talking toy.
When batted, the Babble Ball chirps, squeaks and says short phrases. When it stops, it goes quiet."
Dayton Daily News
Picking Presents For PetsMeredith Moss
"When it comes to holiday gift-giving, don't neglect those members of your family who will kiss you and express unending gratitude no matter what you select for them.
We're talking about the family pet, of course.
When touched or moved, the Babble Ball produces animal-like voices making odd sounds and wisecracks. It entertains and exercises pets while owners are away from home. Babble Ball, available in dog and cat versions, is activated by the slightest movement and turns off automatically."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Presents That Are Truly The Cat's MeowJackie Loohauis
"It's time to pony up for the furry friends on your holiday gift list. Don't be embarrassed - a whole lot of other folks are doing it. Pet owners will spend more than $5 billion on their animals this holiday season, according to the American Veterinary Association.
"Sit." "Stay." "Make 'good dog.' " Bowser is tired of your constant yapping. So now he can listen to the new Babble Ball. The interactive toy talks and makes noises automatically; the spiel includes such street-wise phrases as "Rock 'n' roll, big doggie."
But beware of a scare if you're the only human in the house. The voice track get triggered merely by your pet's breath."
Gifts For That Other Baby In Your House - Your Pet!Pampered Pets
Are You Talking to Me?
"When your four-legged friend touches, breathes on, or walks by the Babble Ball, it talks! Possible sayings like "Hey, what are you doing?" and "Oh, you got me!" will keep your dog or cat curious."
Toys and Treats To Please Your Dog For The Holidays"Everyone needs a little fun during the holidays, and your pet is no exception. Here are some gift ideas - toys and treats - that your dog will love.
The Babble Ball™, an interactive toy that captivates the attention of your pet! The company's innovative Babble Ball™ makes funny animal noises when touched or breathed on, to create an illusion that the colorful ball is alive. " Hey, what are you doing?" "Oh, you got me!" "GRRR!" The Small and Big Doggie Babble Ball are both smooth in texture and produces six different sound cycles that are delivered in unlimited and random combinations..."
Purrfect GiftsCharlotte Reed
"Here Are Some Important Tips for Purchasing Premium Pet Presents at a Pawfect Price.
I don't know about you, but this year I can't afford to buy luxury items for myself, so I don't suspect that I will be purchasing deluxe clothing, beds and spa treatments for my pets. With the Babble Ball by Pet Qwerks your pet will never lack for companionship. Not only does this toy have a voice to keep him company but it speaks directly to him. When your dog or cat breathes on, paws at or sometimes when they walk by it comes alive with its funny noises and wisecracks."
PRWeb Wire ServiceNovember 24, 2003
"When it comes to the family pet, Americans are spending more than ever-despite the economy. The $31-billion U.S. pet product market is often considered one of the best examples of a recession-proof industry.
Babble Ball by Pet Qwerks Inc. : Pets need company to share the holidays with too! Treat your pets to some hilariously entertaining conversation. The Babble Ball™ makes funny noises and wisecracks when touched or breathed on, to create an illusion that the colorful ball is "alive." "Hey, what are you doing?" it might shout out when triggered by a pet breathing, pawing, biting, or the vibrations from just walking past it."
Deck The Halls With Bough-Wows Of HollyKnight-Ridder Tribune
Bark the herald beagles sing.
The interactive toy ( Babble Ball ) talks and makes noises automatically; the spiel includes such street-wise phrases as "Rock 'n' roll, big doggie."
But beware of a scare if you're the only human in the house. The voice track can get triggered merely by your pet's breath."