I am not sure if dogs grow out of playing with balls and squeaky toys, but my Poppy is 14 years old now yet still acts like a puppy, specially where her toys are concerned.
So for me to say that Poppy loves playing could be seen as playing down her hyperactivity, despite her age. She still acts like the silly puppy i first met at the dog shelter, which is part of her charm, and she has always loved playing with toys, of all shapes, balls, ropes, furry creatures, i am yet to find something she does not like.
Naturally she loves the santa meerkat i got for her birthday this Remembrance Day. She wont let the meerkat out of her sight, its amusing to see her guard it so closely, while also daring us to take it from her, which we will do shortly, and throw, which will no doubt be picked up by poppy and the process repeated again.
The reviews here are so positive, so forgive me for writing my own so soon after the thing arrived (this morning) but i dont buy toys for dogs expecting them to last forever, thats the whole point of them, dogs love chewing and exploring, and destructing toys. But fr now she is very content with it, constantly making the meerkat squeak =)
The toy only cost a few quid but the joy poppy will get from it is worth much more than a few pounds. A happy dog is a healthy dog, mine is 14 years old now and still as playful as the day we got her!