Product Type: Ribos dog accessories
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Nobody enjoys handling sticky smelly balls.
Dog Ball Thrower
Member Name: Bellroyd
Dog Ball Thrower
Advantages: A boon for Dog Walkers
Disadvantages: None really, but it's a bit of a girlie thing.
It is two years today since Dudley died. Dudley was our Boxer and yes, that is his photo you can see. He was a handsome chap - just like his Dad. We miss him and we still have all his stuff and can't bring ourselves to throw it out or give it away. I'm not ordinarily much of a sentimentalist but there you go.
Dudley always loved his toys ever since he was a little podgy pup, small enough to sit on the palm of my hand. He used to like to take a nap in the cat's bed and after he became too large to fit into it, the cat bed became the repository for his many toys.
He loved his walks and we used to go for miles through the forest, with Dudley haring off into the trees from time to time or across open land, chasing rabbits or in pursuit of deer. He never ever caught any, poor chap, but the fun was in the chasing. Sometimes of course, there wasn't time to go for monster walks and Dudley would be taken instead into the huge field at the front of our house for his exercise. He used to love to chase and fetch his tennis ball but it didn't take long before it was dripping with drool and thoroughly unpleasant to the touch.
For Christmas one year, Dudley got this Dog Ball Thrower. He wasn't that fussed about it when he opened it up and of course it was Dad who was potentially the chief beneficiary.
At first, I felt a bit of a prat carrying this bright yellow strip of plastic out to the field with us. I have always played ball sports and considered it at first a bit of an affront to be given this aid. Consequently, I didn't use it much to begin with. It was fine for throwing a decent distance in a sideways girlie motion, but Dudley used to like it when I threw his ball up really high and far and he would leap like a salmon and catch it triumphantly at the top of its first bounce.
It's actually rather difficult to use the Dog Ball Thrower in an upward motion, so after the initial novelty, more often than not it stayed on its hook in the garage. My slaver-averse wife always used it though when she was in the field with Dudley, so I suspect that it was really one of those Christmas presents that was meant for her in the first place.
The thrower isn't as flimsy as some I have since seen and it isn't a cheapie from a Pound shop. It's a bit grubby now and hasn't been used for ages, but it is still perfectly serviceable, although the ball supplied didn't last long. An ordinary tennis ball fits the holder though. At our local park, I often see these in use. It's a great idea and a fantastic boon for those who have difficulty bending down to pick up the sticky smelly drool-filled ball. With Dudley, the problem was always getting him to drop the damned thing in the first place!
Dudley - we love you and miss you. Good Boy!
Summary: A useful aid when exercising your dog.
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