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Discontinued? Lilly’s Favorite Ball

When Elayne over at Days of Speed asked about Lilly’s favorite ball, which is apparently all the rage in Chicago, I confidently told her where to find them, how I usually buy several at a time. Yet, I find myself in a small panic. Our local grocery store no longer has these Flexi-Foam balls, which are the ONLY ones Lilly likes. Oh, the trauma.

Instead, I got a bone-shaped toy from the same manufacturer that uses the same technology. Now, I have the tough job of convincing Lilly it’s good enough.

She seems almost convinced, at times.

{Photos missing after massive blog photo glitch. Sorry.}

Here she is giving Ginko Stink Eye. He is standing behind me and showing clear interest in the toy, which (for now) still has a squeaker intact.

Other times, however, she looks at me like I’m beyond stupid for throwing what is clearly NOT the most-favored toy. I blame the initial lack of enthusiasm on the unpredictable bounces this toy takes during game of fetch. Yesterday, she seemed to get the idea more and really chased it for 20+ throws, so I think we’re making progress.

 

 

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell - December 2, 2009

The experts tell us that dogs are color blind, but I beg to differ. Hershey, our late Doxie, used to have a favorite yellow ball. She knew if we tried to replace it with another color, even if it was the same texture. When she lost it, I had to search high and low to find a new yellow one to replace it!

KB - December 2, 2009

Don’t you hate it when they do that? Discontinue a fave toy? I tend to horde things that I find work with my dogs out of fear that the manufacturer will ‘improve’ it…

I’m glad that Lilly is starting to like it. I didn’t notice the ‘almost lewdness’ until you pointed it out 🙂

Sam - December 2, 2009

Marge shows almost no interest in any toys that aren’t fuzzy and soft, so maybe if this one works for Lilly, it’ll work for Marge, too.

MarthaandMe - December 1, 2009

It’s so funny how they clearly have favorite toys and for some reasons there are others that just don’t cut it.

Roxanne Hawn - December 1, 2009

Um, yeah, I didn’t realize until after I posted that it also borders on lewd to boot. Sorry.

Maery - December 1, 2009

Wow! That’s really pink!

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