The festive season is fast approaching and I figured I should pick something up for the family dog, Cinder. I stopped by my local Pet Value pet supply store and had a look around, where a salesperson brought my attention to the Orbee-Tuff Bone made by Planet Dog. With a hint of mint oozing from the non-toxic, recyclable bone, and a rating of ‘three out of five chompers’ for durability, I figured it would both hold up to an old dog who used to tear through chew toys and perhaps even freshen her breath a little.

The other neat thing about the Orbee-Tuff Bone is that the center along the length of the bone is hollowed out, creating the perfect hiding place for treats. So not only will this toy work out your pup’s jaw, but their mind as well while they figure out how to free the treats! The Orbee-Tuff also comes in blue, green or pink and ranges from an x-small size (3 1/2” long) to large (8” long). The large bone retails for about $16.99 plus taxes, so it won’t break the bank.
Once back home, my new Orbee-Tuff Bone in hand, I took a scientific approach to testing the bones breath freshening capabilities. I got down on all fours and took a controlled sniff of Cinder, who was delighted to lick my face in return. I also asked my Dad to do the same. The results?
Kevin’s Stink-o-Meter: “Oooh! That’s rank.”
Kevin’s Dad’s Stink-o-Meter: A good bout of laughter followed by, “That’ll teach you, son,” as he walked away.
Having satisfied my scientific urges, I gave Cinder her holiday gift. She gave the bone a few chews, and then sniffed it a little before leaving it on the kitchen floor, obviously not impressed that I had delivered Christmas early. The hollow centre, however, came in handy to renew her interest. I put in a couple kibble pieces and Cinder was back to investigating the bone in no time. She gave it a few more chews and turned it around on the floor for a while, before the kibbles fell out and she gobbled them up eagerly. Unfortunately this is where she lost interest yet again.
Over the next couple days, she would only take interest in the bone if I antagonized her with it, and as soon as playtime was over, she would happily ignore it once again. I have a feeling this is more a reflection of my dog’s character in her old age than the product itself.
The bone did put up with her chewing and our playtime and I definitely found the hollow center useful in getting her interested in the bone. I do, however, reserve my judgment on how it freshens a dog’s breath. Of course Cinder did not get much use out of the bone so perhaps my conclusions are a bit biased. I think it’s safe to say however, that the mint scent would do little more than add a minty overtone to the pungent undertone of a dog’s breath. But, for science sake, I took one more sniff just in case. The results?
Kevin’s Stink-o-Meter: “Oooh, yup, still rank.”
Kevin’s Dad’s Stink-o-Meter: “My son, the genius,” shaking his head as he walked away again.
By Kevin Mogk