Product Type: Air Kong dog accessories
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Air Kong Squeakers Tennis Ball Dog Toy
Member Name: Jojoborne
Air Kong Squeakers Tennis Ball Dog Toy
Advantages: Durable, long lasting. fun
Disadvantages: None for Jessie
Air Kong Squeakers Tennis Ball
Before I talk about this product, please indulge me with a little background information on our dog. I feel it is relevant to the product because the use of it is a big reflection of what it means to our dog.
We rescued our English Cocker Spaniel, Jessie when she was four months old from a farm in Belgium. She was being mistreated as she was the last of a litter and the owners where becoming impatient as that wanted rid of her. For about two weeks she could hardly stand outside and would not walk. She was afraid of certain coloured coats or hats and bin liners used to make her freak. God knows what they did to the poor thing.
Anyway, that was then. Now, Jessie is the most loving dog you could meet. She hasn't got a bad bone in her body and her temperament is golden. She was two years old in October and she loves to play with toys. She never tires of them either and will go back to oldies over and over again.
One problem she has is that one of her hips has underdeveloped because she wasn't exercised by the Texas Chainsaw family in her first four months. So basically her hip pops out of her socket. We only found this out after going on holiday to leave her with my girlfriend's parents. They innocently ran her on the beach three times in five days as she loves the beach. When we got back Jessie could hardly walk. She has to have medication in the form of a pain-killer every day and we give her special muscle building food in her meals. The alternative is a risky operation to actually cut the balls of the hip bone off and let muscle grow back naturally to act as hip balls. There is a risk and it is a risk we are not willing to take. So no real hard running for Jessie but she can walk and run gently and we are about to purchase a treadmill, which she will be going on. Anyway, to the product.
I saw these and thought that they would last quite a time as they seemed really tough and compact and not like normal tennis balls. Jessie doesn't destroy normal tennis balls either but after a while they become a little frayed around the edges.
'Kong' makes really sound, durable products and they are usually for bigger dogs but the balls are really good for medium sized dogs like Jessie too and let's not forget it squeaks!! Squeaking is a major plus when it comes to picking a toy for Jess. Believe me, when I hear a toy squeaking and know that she is happily playing, it feels me with joy and affection and a middle finger is flipped in the direction of a certain farm in Belgium. The balls do come in large, medium and small, so they do cater for all dog sizes but they only had the medium in the shop I was in; Jessie is a medium sized dog after all, so they were perfect, although a small size would probably suit her better.
I got a pack of two balls, which will last Jessie a few good months I am sure. They were three Euros and fifty cents to buy, so about three pounds in UK money, which is not bad at all considering the quality of the product. The balls are very similar to tennis balls in size and come with that familiar yellow material that usually frays up after a few sessions. The Kong balls do not get messed up so easily and the outer skin is a little thicker than a normal tennis ball. Jessie has to make an effort to get the ball to squeak but our vet tells us it is good for her jaw and teeth.
The yellow balls have the words 'Kong' and 'Squeaker' emblazoned on them just in case you forget it is a Kong product. This will eventually fade after much gnawing and the coverings of saliva but the dye is pet friendly and will not harm your dog.
The balls have a good bounce to them and because they are a little thicker than the standard tennis ball they bounce really high on hard ground, such as concrete. I obviously don't throw the ball too far or hard with Jess but I imagine that you can get a good distance off them due to how solid they are. Jessie is quite happy to take a ball and play with it on her own for amusement and although most people would be bothered by the squeaker after a while it doesn't bother us one bit as we know that she is happy.Jessie has been playing with one for a few good months and it is still Ok. The material has flattened out now but the squeaker still works but it is time to give her the new one I think, so keep your ears peeled for exited little growls.
We were initially advised not to have Jessie as we would never be able to train her after her having no guidance for four months. I said that was rubbish at the start and I was right because she is a lovely compliant and well behaved dog. She is also as daft as a bag of spanners and very loving and affectionate. Ok she has problems with her hips but we manage that and she is so happy to be where she is and we love her. The best decision I ever made was to take her away from those people as I think they would have killed her in the weeks following, perish the thought.
It doesn't take a lot to make Jess happy but I recommend the Kong balls because they are durable, fun and made with quality materials.
Four out of five stars from me.
Summary: A sound durable product that is worth the money