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Thankful for Safe, Quality Dog Toys
With so many big pet product companies out there only looking out for their bottom line, it is refreshing to us to have companies like West Paw who care about making safe, non-toxic toys for dogs and cats right here in the USA. They know how much dogs love tennis balls, but that those balls can be made with toxic glues and fuzz that can chewed off and eaten (that was our late golden retriever Sheba’s favorite thing to do with fuzzy balls!). West Paw came up with the new Rando ball as part of their Zogoflex Echo collection, along with the Zwig which you saw here previously. These toys are soft and squishy and have a hollow core. They last a long time, unlike other balls that can be easily destroyed. Luke has destroyed many a ball in his time, and finding balls that he liked but didn’t destroy could be challenging!
Thankful that Luke has a Ball He Can Enjoy Playing With
Longtime readers know that our late beagle Cricket was addicted to playing ball, and she ruled the games. For over 13 years we threw balls almost every day (in the older days it was the original West Paw Zogoflex Huck and Jive), and she would bring them back. Luke may be a Labrador retriever mix, but fetch is not really in his repertoire of games. He prefers to play keep away, and his favorite thing to do when keeping the ball away from us is to chew, chew, chew on the ball. He absolutely loves the the squishy new Rando ball, and I love that it is easy on his teeth. Eventually he’ll stop his chewing and let me take the ball and throw it again. He’ll chase and retrieve it, but then take it off to his favorite places (under the tree if we’re outside, in his crate or on our bed when we’re inside).
The ball is lightweight and bounces well when tossed (too well inside the house sometimes!!). It has now become our nightly routine to play with the Rando ball, and that makes me very happy. It takes away a bit of the sting of not having Cricket to rule the ball games anymore, and of Luke also no longer having his sister Sheba to play with (she is the one who taught him keep away!) It also gets him some extra exercise every day. I can play with him while doing other things, stopping whatever it is momentarily to toss the ball out the door or down our hallway.
Not only does West Paw care about our pets and keeping them healthy and happy, they care about the environment too, using durable, safe materials that are 100% recyclable (Zogoflex can literally be recycled over and over forever). Zogoflex toys are also dishwasher safe and they float for fun water play! Rando comes in small* and large* sizes that fit into ball throwers.
Have you and your dog discovered the joys of West Paw Zogoflex yet?
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