My Favorite Ball: The Ruffwear Huckama
If you didn’t know, I’m a dog handler for California Task Force Six in Southern California. My search dog, Kinsey, is a sixty pound Labrador Retriever, and she is crazy for balls/bumpers/anything that can be retrieved. Crazy like I can’t throw the ball for too long in the heat because she will continue to retrieve until she collapses.
One afternoon, at a task force training, we started to talk about dogs and balls. There were, unfortunately, a lot of terrible stories. I think this comes with knowing so many people and so many dogs. We share the worst stories we’ve ever heard to prevent disaster because we don’t want anything to happen to our dogs. Not ever.
Did you know that crazy a retrieving dog can suck a tennis ball down her throat? That, in fact, this happens with greater frequency than you might imagine? When this terrible thing happens, the dog will panic, try to inhale, and suck the ball down further the windpipe. This suction makes it impossible to remove the ball. The dog dies.
After this tidbit of information, I decided to throw out every single tennis ball I own. At least ten ended up in the trash can, as everywhere we go one of the dogs finds a tennis ball. That’s something I’ve learned from owning a search dog, balls are EVERYWHERE.
As the conversation progressed, we discussed the ideal ball. One person suggested a ball with two holes and a rope. So, if the ball becomes lodged in your dog’s throat, you can yank it back out again, problem solved. Well, less than a month after our discussion, a friend of mine had to have emergency surgery on her dog. Guess why? A bowel obstruction. Her dog had chewed the rope off one of her balls and swallowed it. So much for the rope/ball idea.
Maybe only crazy search dogs have these problems?
Anyway, my solution is a large ball with holes. Thus, the Ruffwear Huckama. It’s oversized, which means it won’t fit down Kinsey’s throat, and because it has three holes, she cannot suck it down her windpipe. Besides that, it’s soft and squishy. Kinsey loves to hold it in her mouth and crunch down on it with satisfaction. It’s also uneven, so when it bounces the dogs can’t predict where it will go. They run further, for longer, and there’s not much better than a tired dog.
Really, as far as I’m concerned, it’s the ideal ball. No risk. All reward. So, what are you waiting for? A few clicks, and the Ruffwear Huckama will be at your door days later. Your dog, and your anxiety, will thank you for it. And nope, not sponsored. Just my opinion cause I’m really into dog stuff.