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Dog Ball Thrower
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Dog Ball Thrower
Advantages: affordable, easy to use, durable
Disadvantages: limited colors, ball is a bit small
Initially when I saw them I thought these ball throwers were a novelty and would be short lived. Now it seems you can't go to any park without seeing at least one person there using one. I spotted them in my local Poundland and not owning a dog myself thought very little of it at the time.
Then a week or so later my mum was talking to me about her partner. He has problems with his leg and lower back after having had complications due to contracting MRSA whilst in hospital for an operation. She mentioned that he'd been feeling guilty because his leg had been playing up and he couldn't take his 3 dogs on the 2 long walks a day that he normally did and was instead having to take them for one mid-length and one quite short one. It wasn't particularly the main focus of our conversation and I didn't really think much of it. That is until I next visited Poundland. The ball throwers caught my eye, and I had a good idea, even if he couldn't walk them as far for a while at least if he had one of these he could take them to the park and give them a good workout. Best of all he wouldn't have to bend down to pick up the ball.
-What does it look like?-
There were three colors available, red, blue and green, all of which contained a small-ish sized tennis ball. The green was not a nice vibrant green so I definitely wouldn't have got that one, the red and blue were pretty standard- the red was deep school crayon red and the blue was a dark blue. I picked out the blue. As I picked it up it did feel a bit flimsy and I had a feeling it probably wouldn't last long but for a pound I couldn't grumble if it didn't. Besides I didn't even know if Steve would use it, he's one of those bloke-y blokes and I thought he might feel a bit of a boob using one. The handle is quite flexible and has a handle at the end for better grip. The ball that came with it did look quite small and this might be dangerous for very large dogs.
I took it up with me next time my mum took me and the kids for a visit. He was pretty eager to try it out, so we bundled into my mum's car (it was a bit of a squeeze fitting 3 adults, 2 kids in car seats and 3 dogs into a corsa) and headed off to the grounds of Kenilworth castle for the day.
Steve has 3 dogs- a collie named Scooby and 2 greyhounds called Mandy and Joe. Scooby loves balls although it took him a few goes to figure out that it was the ball that was being thrown and he didn't have to wait for Steve to let go of the stick. Once he'd got the hang of it, it was just like playing with a normal thrown tennis ball, the only difference was that Steve didn't have to bend down to pick it up, something that he said was a 'godsend'. The other dogs were a bit less interested, but Mandy is always more into chasing local wildlife than playing ball if I'm honest. Joe did seem to get a little interested at first, but he found it hard to find the ball once it had been thrown, it could have had something to do with the ball being smaller than normal, Joe is quite an old dog and probably something a little chunkier would have been more suitable for him to see with his poor eyesight. After a while Steve's leg began hurting him and he went to sit on the bench, Scooby trotted up obediently with the ball in his mouth waiting for it to be thrown. Steve found that when he used an underarm throw it was possible to still use it quite well sitting down, which is great for dog owners who are unable to stand for long periods of time. The fact it can be used under-arm is also good for people, maybe the elderly, who lack the upper-body strength to throw a ball overarm repeatedly.
The handle is now looking a little dog-eared, Scooby has taken to chewing on it, but it is still very much functional despite being chewed. The ball has lasted a long time and a few months later is still going, and I haven't been asked to pick up another one for Steve, although I have been back since to grab 2 more for Steve's son and daughter who both have dogs, so they obviously have heard good things about it from him.
I like it and so does Scooby. For a pound it was excellent value and were it to break I would definitely get them another.
Summary: A great purchase, good value for money
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