I’m what some call a half-hearted fetcher—I chase, but don’t always bring back. Then I discovered BUNJIBALL. It’s a throw-and-go toy developed by local entrepreneur and dog-lover Steve Petitt, and it’s all the rage, especially at the beach. Spokesdog Simba says it’s been LAB-tested and LAB-approved. The jury is still out on whether the toy could turn a hound into a retriever, but the story is convincing.
Simba on BunjiBall:
My human is a former professional baseball player and understands that more throwing means more wear and tear. That’s why he invented a fetch toy that’s easy on the elbow and provides a good bout of healthy exercise for dogs—and humans.
With its game-changing design, BunjiBall lets our humans launch amazing distances with less strain on their arms and continue feeding our obsession with playing fetch.
Just a flick of the wrist can fling the ball far, and I mean really far—like hit-one-out-of-the-park far—now that’s some serious fun with less effort.
BunjiBall uses a patented shock-cord system and a tennis ball. The bright yellow is easy to locate in a grassy field or at dusk—plus it floats, it bounces and it’s incredibly durable.
FAST FACTS about BunjiBall:
- BunjiBall is a local novelty developed in 2016, launched on Amazon in 2017, and is available at pet shops around the area.
- BunjiBall made its national debut on the Today Show’s “Next Big Think”—Al Roker even commented on its ease of use.
- The BunjiBallers is a canine club that meets regularly to play fetch.
- The pack includes Great Danes and French Bulldogs, but mostly Labs and Golden Retrievers.
- The ultimate goal for BunjiBall is to build a legacy for co-founders Champ and Sandy and revolutionize the way people play fetch with dogs all over the world.
- The second generation BunjiBall is set to hit the market in September; it will be made from nontoxic thermoplastic rubber.
- BunjiBall is safe, affordable and able to reach distances of 85 yards.
It’s a strange concept, playing fetch. Why on earth would any animal, especially one as clever as a dog, so eagerly want to have a ball—or stick—or any object—thrown for them to chase and bring back, only to repeat the process again and again. And again. There doesn’t seem to be any reason to it, yet there is—it’s a canine instinct.
Dogs are programmed to want to fetch; it’s bred into us. This innate desire to bring things to our humans has been a part of being a dog for thousands of years, and probably why we quickly catch on to playing fetch today. It’s fun, and the praise we receive from flexing our natural capabilities is over the top. When we can retrieve a slobbery ball and take it back to our human, it’s a good day in dog world.
For details about BunjiBall, go to bunjiball.com.
Davi the dachshund may not be the most avid fetcher, but he always brings his love to his mom.