Pet Qwerks was started with a single toy, the Babble Ball. That was our first product and it remains our flagship today. Our focus has always been innovation and enriching the lives of pets. While the heart of Pet Qwerks remains in the interactive category, we have grown to also manufacture plush, rubber and now an exceptional line of Made in USA, Flavorit dog chews. As with all of our products, they’re different from the rest. Our line of chews are second to none. More than anything, we are an employee owned and operated business that thrives on happy & satisfied customers. We take great personal pride in making our toys and chews. From the core of our company we value our customers and their pets.
Pet Qwerks was founded by Jim Gick with his tinkering to solve his boxer Koko’s broken toy dilemma. One day Koko brought him a favorite stuffed toy which had talked but was broken. “He had that look on his face: ‘Please, fix it Dad”, Jim said. The toy sat broken on the garage work bench for a month or so, and Koko would look up at the bench every time he passed it. He knew where it had been tossed. Passing through a store one day, Jim was inspired by a ball shaped yoyo. Looking at the yoyo it came to mind that it was the perfect ball for reviving the old broken plush toy. Jim went to work and made a motion switch to fit inside the yoyo. With a little pushing & shoving all of the components fit neatly inside it was glued closed. Upon greeting the new toy, Koko’s ears and eyes lit up with curiosity. He knew the sound from before but now they were coming out of a ball. He went wild and chased it all over the house until he was exhausted. The babble Ball was born!
Most pets go bonkers the moment they hear the sounds. One consumer said her ferret adopted the little kitty ball and carried it around like a baby. Another lady sent a picture of her hedgehog playing with one. We’ve even had people tell us that their bird talks exactly like the Babble Balls. We have a photo of a bear with a Babble Ball. Dogs, however, are our biggest fans as is evidenced by all the Youtube videos that people have uploaded.
It's typical that pets, especially dogs, become quite excited with the balls. The physical workouts provide all the benefits of healthy exercise. The Babble Balls have opened new worlds for pets that are blind or have poor eyesight, too. Pets with separation anxiety or that are chronically bored have perked up remarkably.
“Unlike toys that motivate activity by dropping out food or treats, the Babble Balls are just good healthy fun.” – Jim
From this hand-crafted ball shaped toy with a motion switch, a new riveting high-tech pet toy was created. A year and several prototypes later Jim introduced his first pet toy the Babble Balls in 2003, an interactive toy technology which continues to grow in popularity.
Jim Gick was born in Burbank, California a son of one of the first pioneers of the crafts industry. He grew up in an inventive and entrepreneurial environment. Working for his father’s crafts business, it was but natural for him to continue down a fun and creative path. Years later, as a natural tinkerer he created the Babble Balls for his dog Koko and for other pets all over the world. Today, the business grows as a vibrant employee owned enterprise.
Pet Qwerks today distributes to over a dozen countries worldwide. We exhibit every year at Global Pet Expo in Florida and Superzoo in Las Vegas. These shows are limited to the trade but if you do attend we invite you to stop by our booth and say “Hi”.