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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Brains Before Ball

If your dogs are anything like mine, Happiness is a Tennis Ball.

But a hard game of ball has been known to cause a few injuries.

And it makes sense: running, jumping, twisting, grabbing, and landing - all of which is done while going "full steam ahead."

Hell, the game of Tennis is rough on human participants simply because of all the running, jumping, twisting, and landing.

Obviously, the tennis ball is designed to have a fair amount of bounce. So when we use'em to exercise our dogs we're accepting this fact, and IMO, the trade off is worth the risk.

That said, I don't know how many times I've seen my dogs, and other people's dogs, go up for a ball that took an odd bounce only to land in an awkward position.

Clearly, the fun part must be chasing the ball with a reckless abandon.

C'mon, would a good dog really have it any other way?

So, in all my experience playing "ball" with energetic and athletic dogs, I have found that cutting a slit in the ball can cut back on the "bounce factor."

Is it a cure-all? No.

The ball still bounces, and the slit isn't a 100% guarantee against the ball taking a "bad hop."

But time, and time again, I have noticed that this simple procedure reduces the amount of bounce in the ball, which in turn, requires less jumping and twisting of the dog.

So for those of you out there looking for a way to keep your wild and crazy ball hog on the road a little bit longer, and still have fun playing ball, I hope this post is of some use to yah!

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Why Pit bulls?

As I work to provide positive, rational, and balanced information about pit bulls, and the virtues of dogs in general, I am often (read: ALWAYS) asked why I am so taken by this breed of dog. It is a fair question that isn't always asked in a reasonable manner.

In short, I find many pit bulls to posses the qualities that I value in a canine companion: great with friendly people, loyal, goofy, energetic, athletic, intelligent, and willing. To be sure, the run-of-the-mill pit bull is a lot of dog. It is all of these qualities in a medium-sized dog that has me so taken by pit bulls.

Alas, there are many aspects of pit bull ownership that are less enjoyable. Namely, dealing with the many negative stereotypes, and the constant battle to balance the mis-information provided by the breed's detractors.
...thankfully, it only takes is a few minutes of lovin' from my doggies and I am reminded they're worth the effort.

I hope this blog gives others insight into my life with pit bulls, and most of all, provides information on the breed in general; there are a lot of misinformed generalizations about these dogs.

Please contact me with questions or comments pertaining to dogs, pit bulls, BSL, etc..

All the best,

Donovan McBee

And don't forget to visit my other blog, No BSL NM.

The HSUS attempted to fund raise for the care of Micheal Vick's dogs, while at the same time suggesting that the dogs needed to be killed.

And to add insult to injury, they weren't even planning on taking possesion of the dogs.

Contact the HSUS and tell them this is unacceptable!