Boston terriers like Sinead have a great deal of energy, especially when they're young. These are dogs that like a good run around the yard or a quick dash around the neighborhood, followed by a few good hours of running around the neighborhood. It's only when they've burned off all of their intellectual and physical energy that they can be soft and quiet and cuddly (which is kinda what most people want in a dog).
It's been difficult for me to harness Sinead's energy since I broke my leg. I can't walk her and I certainly can't chase her around the room as I once did. And she worries about me and my health, so she doesn't like to leave me alone for very long periods of time. When my husband takes her for walks, he says she seems to rush through each step so she can get back home and make sure I'm okay.
So I've been looking for good fetch toys. I found a winner.
This Earth-shaped ball from the Orbee company has been a dog-lover favorite for years. I've heard about Orbee over and over from friends with active chewer dogs, and it's been recommended to me often as a good option for Sinead (who tends to shred things). The price of the ball always made me balk (it's about twice as expensive as other dog balls I see in pet shops). But now that I have one, I'm a fan.
This ball is very small, so Sinead can pick it up and carry it quite easily. It doesn't compress when she picks it up, so I see no cracks in the surface after her 2 weeks of pretty relentless play. And oh boy, does this think make for good play.
The continents on the surface of this ball are raised, so the ball tends to bounce in erratic positions when its thrown. That makes games of fetch a little more mentally engaging. Sinead will chase this thing for hours. And when she's done chasing, she can settle down for a good chew without me worrying she'll get stuck or hurt on it.
A ball that is this durable is likely to last quite some time. But I am really thinking about getting more. Seems like a good investment.
If you'd like to try one for yourself, they are on sale from Amazon: Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Orbee Ball, Medium, Blue/Green. (Note that this is an affiliate link. I'll get a small bit of profit for each purchase, at no cost to you.)
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