Pet Qwerks was started with a single toy, the Babble Ball. That was our first product and it remains our flagship today.
How It All Started
It all started with a man and his dog. In 2003, Jim Gick’s dog Koko brought him his favorite toy. The toy was broken and Koko was asking his dad to fix it. Not sure quite how to fix it yet, Jim put the toy on a workbench in the garage where it stayed until one day when a trip to the hardware store changed everything.
Jim came home with a rubber yoyo ball and an idea.
He worked on Koko’s toy – reimagining it – until it became the first prototype of what is now the Babble Ball. He added a key element to Koko’s favorite toy, a motion sensor that made it make noise whenever Koko touched it. After some more tweaking, the Babble Ball was born, given a name, and ready to sell.
Since then more fun wisecracks have been added to the Babble Ball and its gone from a rubber to a strong plastic casing. It didn’t take long for the Babble Ball to become the best toy option for dogs with hearing or vision impairments. And now, it even blinks while it talks at the same!