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Monday, September 10, 2007

Labrador Proof Tennis Balls?

We may have found a tennis ball that outlasts Dakota! Normally, she will get a tennis ball in her mouth, only to pop the ball in half not even 10 minutes later. She just love to pull the fuzz off the balls and pop them in half! We thought it was only a fuzzy ball thing so we tried to get her handballs and those were popped right in half as well!
So, we went to our local sports store and found a bag of Wilson Tennis Balls that included 12 balls for $9.99. Heck, that is a lot less then the tennis balls at the pet store! We figured - why not! So, we brought them home and noticed they are a bit different then other tennis balls. These ones have a bit of "give" to them. Meaning, they are slightly squishy. Since they aren't as hard as regular tennis balls, Dakota can bring the Jaws of Lab down on them and they have enough give to not pop in half but still bounce like a regular tennis ball!

If you have a dog that breaks through tennis balls but is a ball fanatic, we recommend these highly. Just make sure they aren't the ones that are rock hard (like a normal tennis ball) and that you never leave your pup to play with them while unattended as they can become a choking hazard if your pup is able to break them into pieces.

The Lab Brats hope you have a ball! :)


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4 Comments:

Blogger Barking Loud said...

You are so right about the tennis balls lasting longer or at least longer than the baseball, soccer ball and even the basketball but our girl is now a bit more gentle once we stopped replacing them as fast as she was demolishing them. Like your blog and the kids are adorable.

September 14, 2007 12:59 PM  
Blogger kirkygirl said...

I don't know whether or not you guys know this, but you're not supposed to give your puppies real tennis balls. There is a type of sandpaper applied to them, and it wears down their teeth. One of the vets that we had said so, and our dog wound up with her teeth really ground down.

September 18, 2007 1:31 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Interesting... then why would they sell them at pet supply chains? Wouldn't they be pulled from the shelves?

September 18, 2007 8:39 AM  
Blogger kirkygirl said...

Sorry it took me so long to answer this but...
Ahem.
The type of tennis balls that are specifically made for dogs (i.e. Chucker, Kong etc.) are not harmful to them because they don't have the same sandpaper components and therefore will not wear down their teeth (as much). Also, you might want to look into a pet company called Bamboo. Tell them that Dakota can be their test subject.

December 22, 2007 2:59 AM  

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