A few weeks ago, I was lucky to have been asked to test out and write a review for two new toys by Kong: the KONG Rocket and the KONG Ring Zinger:
The Rocket is basically their version of a "ChuckIt". It allows you to pick up balls without your hands and throw them farther and with more ease than your arm alone. Gibson was already a fan of these before this one showed up, so I knew that he'd go crazy over it. What makes the Rocket special, is that it can pick up both large balls and small ones because there is a purple adjuster to fit any ball size (which works well most of the time, but I have had to readjust it because it 'falls down' while throwing sometimes).
It comes with 2 Kong Air Dog SqueakAir balls (normal size and large), which dogs just LOVE. They are super duper squeaky and bouncy and they will also float. Loads of fun. Gibson usually kills the squeakers of the smaller ones within 5 minutes, but the bigger one is a just a TAD too big for his mouth, so it's harder to destroy ;) He still loves to play w/them once they no longer squeak though. I think it's fun because they are soft and squishy in their mouths, unlike normal tennis balls.
It works great, but it does not go quite as far as the ChuckIt allows you to throw it. If I throw as hard as I can, the ball just kind of 'pops up'. I think it might be because of the 'air vents' on the side of the Rocket. For short distances though, it is great! We have a small yard, and it is perfect for throwing 20-30 feet. I feel very much in control of where the ball is going to land (so it doesn't wind up going over the fence into the neighbors yard!). The short distance is perfect for Gibson's stubby legs too ;)
The Zinger is a good concept. A bouncy rubber donut that will 'zing' every which way when it is tossed and will float in water. Gibson totally does not get it though. When I throw it he will run and then stop and be like.. uh, why do I care?? He has yet to completely chase after it or even pick it up! It is also kind of hard to use. You are supposed to pick it up on the INSIDE of the circle (NOT how it is shown in the photo above) and every time I've tried, I've had to do it by hand instead. Maybe another dog would like this, but it's just not for Gibson :(
Here is Gibson demonstrating just how much he likes the Kong Rocket:
And here he is showing just how much he could give a hoot about the Zinger:
And so I don't leave anything out... Here he is w/the Jumbo Kong SqueakAir Ball. He has a hard time getting it out of his mouth (he discovered that yawing does the trick!), but loves it! :)