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Old 11-02-2012, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Good, lasting, ball for play?

I've had Dolly since the middle of March and am on my 4th Jolly ball. I've tried them all. I heard that Tractor Supply sold Jolly balls for Horses and they were stronger and that turned out to be untrue as that one is looking as bad as the other one I got at the same time as the regular 10in from Pet's Supply Plus.

Any suggestions on a durable ball? Dolly is has extreme energy and runs/bikes/crushes every ball in sight.

Here is what I tried so far:

2 10 inch Jolly Balls from Pet's Supply Plus. (torn, chewed, ripped)
1 10 inch Jolly Ball from Tractor Supply. (torn, chewed, ripped)
1 12 inch Jolly Ball from Pet's Supply Plus. (torn, chewed, ripped)
1 Wal-Mart (made in China) basketball (flat, shredded)
1 NBA basketball (flat, shredded)

The basketballs didn't last a day. The Jolly Ball's keep their shape for a few weeks and start getting oval and slowly falling to pieces.

I am looking into the Varsity Ball, but can't any reviews except by the company themselves. I see a few youtube video's, but they all are on opening day and I'm not a fan of a GUARANTEED NOT TO BREAK but if so 1 ball replacement + $5 fee in addition to 10% back. I started to buy, but felt like I was given the Amway spill on why I should buy for $39.99 + $9.10 shipping + $1.50 handling unless somebody I know/trust has tried it out.

Thoughts or other suggestions?
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I have the Varsity Ball for my dogs here and they love it. It's held up to one of my fosters who will destroy any toy you give her. I think it was worth the money.
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Have you tried Planet Dog balls - Orbee and others? Shop Adult: Chew & Fetch Toys

My dogs are obsessed with Orbees, and they haven't destroyed one yet. Here's Halo with the larger one - they come with and without rope, we buy them without and put our own rope on them:



I have this one too, it's larger at 5" in diameter:



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Are you using the Jolly Balls with the handle? My dogs chewed the handle off one of those, now I buy the ones with the rope through it, or the smaller one without a rope or a handle. If you've got a big chewer though, I wouldn't leave any of them with her unsupervised. Nothing can be expected to last forever, but they stand up to abuse like this:

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The first bounce n play ball I got for Lakota lasted almost 2 years, I bought 2 more a pink and a blue. There might be thousands of teeth marks but it holds up to Miss Chewie. I don't like the hard ones because they hurt & wear down teeth. Jolly Ball Bounce-N-Play
Chuckit balls, kong and this glow in the dark one is great
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I love the JW Pet Megalast balls! They have held up really well with my pack. Megalast ball
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I have the Varsity Ball for my dogs here and they love it. It's held up to one of my fosters who will destroy any toy you give her. I think it was worth the money.
How long have you had it? Is it hard plastic and/or thick?
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Have you tried an Egge? They are harder plastic, larger, so the dog can't really get its mouth around it, but they kick it around, wrestle with it, etc. They seem to hold up, my fosters never destroyed one, my dogs do not have an interest in it though.
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I've used (and still do) plain old rubber Racquetballs from either a sporting goods store or Target. They are pretty inexpensive, and last a very long time. Otto is "initiating" one currently.They are large enough not to swallow or choke on.
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There's a ball out there that a GSD can't destroy? LMAO ... good luck finding one ... when you do, post it, I'm going to try that one NEXT
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I think I made a mistake by playing with a basketball when I first got Dolly (9 weeks). I do have a racquetball and also many Kong tennis balls, but they just do not do the same for her as larger balls do. If I set out a Tennis Ball, Jolly Ball, or Basketball. She is going for the largest of them that rolls the best (Basketball).

She really likes to roll them around and play. That is what had me looking into the Varsity Ball, but there is too much sell/hype on the webpage. It reminds me of an infomercial or amway affiliate webpage. Maybe I'll wait for another Groupon deal.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Please keep them coming.

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There's a ball out there that a GSD can't destroy? LMAO ... good luck finding one ... when you do, post it, I'm going to try that one NEXT
According to Varisty a tiger and/or elephant couldn't destroy them(?), but then comes the disclaimer.
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