Here's yet another way to chuck a tennis ball without actually throwing it – time to use the power of da' feet. The Ball Stomp'r ($12) features a launch tube that fits a standard-sized ball and when you step, it soars up to 100 feet! If your dogs love to fetch and your throwing arm works about as well as mine (read: not good), this could be a nice option . . . and there's even a mini version ($8) for those teeny tennies. Will you step up for this product?
Today marks the start of the US Open (which coincidentally coincided six years ago today when I brought North home to NYC)! To celebrate the beginning of this event, I'm rounding up the first round thing to come to mind . . . tennis balls, obviously.
North loves the extra small Air Kong versions 'cause they're super squeaky and fit him perfectly. (He usually tears all the fabric off a normal doggy tennis ball to use the frays to fetch 'em since they don't fit in his mouth.) Since he's pretty darn destructive, I'm shocked how long it takes him to kill the squeakers in this version – they sometimes last a couple months, which is an eternity in his chompers. From flavored to colored, check out all my faves . . . and don't forget to bring Daisy home, too!
What better way to show your kids how to love Mother Earth than with a Giant Earth Ball ($98)? The 40-inch diameter ball was created with NASA satellite photos, so it offers an astronaut's-eye-view of the world. The cities glow in the dark and it comes with a handbook full of educational games and resources. It's almost as neat as the giant Hyper Core inflatable bubbles the Jolie-Pitt kids play with — only it's not $2,100!
Dogs love toys. North likes almost any kind of ball he can get his teeth into. But other furry creatures love playing with toys, too! Gerbils and mice love to get out of the cage and explore the world in a ball of their own. Even rabbits get in on the action with this Rabbit Maze ball that jingles — keeping them occupied and chasing it around for hours. Hey, they need exercise too!
I've gathered the best-sellers; the most popular and fun balls for all kinds of furry animals. Check them out in the widget below!
Tennis is a great way to get moving this summer. However, if you're new to the sport then you know first hand that not knowing how to play very well can make for a frustrating afternoon. Everyone has to start somewhere, so here are a few tips that will hopefully ease the frustration and help you stick with it.
- Take lessons, even if you're not a first time player. Aside from learning a few tips and tricks, one of the best things about taking a lesson is that the coach can help you break the bad habits you may have picked up (bad grip, bad swing, etc) along the way.
- Play "no out-of-bounds". This may seem crazy to tennis pros, but the game can get a little frustrating when a newbie hits the ball out-of-bounds every time she swings, which means the game never really gets going. So in the beginning, play with a "no out-of-bounds" rule to actually get some volley time in. Still not going smoothly? Then until you get the hang of it, think about allowing the ball to bounce more than once.
- Practice makes good, not perfect. Tennis is one of those games where, unless you're André Agassi, you'll have good times and then you'll have times where you're embarrassed to be on the court. This is normal. It happens to everyone. Keep on practicing.
- Get good equipment, but not the most pricey. All you really need to play tennis is a decent all around racket and some average tennis balls. Tennis gear can get quite expensive and there is no need to splurge before you've even decided if you like the sport. If you find that you love tennis, then you can splurge on the convenient bag, pink tennis balls and cute tennis dress.
- Bring a lot of balls. If there is one thing I can tell you before heading to the court on your new tennis endeavors it is to bring a lot of balls along. Nothing is more frustrating than only having one or two balls that you have to retrieve every one or two minutes.
Yet another PSA that motivates us to do the exact opposite of what it's trying to promote. It compels me to urge the opposite sex to please put those scary things away so we can forget about them altogether and move on with our blissful, negligent lives without distraction. That is, until the cancer strikes.
OK, so let's face it: Your dog needs to lose a few pounds and it won't hurt you to burn some extra calories too.
With obesity on the rise in people and in dogs, one fun way for the both of you to burn calories is to take an hour to play with your dog. In 60 minutes of play time, you can burn about 173 calories*. Imagine all the calories your dog will burn happily running back and forth!
Invest in some Planet Dog Tennis Balls ($15.96 for 3), which are made from a tough rubber material, and you'll never have to throw away a nasty chewed up yellow ball again. Buy them on drugstore.com.
*Based on an 130 pound person.
A ball slap is the new face slap.