Most people aren’t familiar with Splash Bombs by name, but I bet you or someone in your family has played with them before!
It was by accident that I learned they were the best (also cheapest and longest lasting) dog toy for our dogs to play with...
We Found A Splash Bomb!
We went to the water park one day and as we were leaving, there was an old beat-up Splash Bomb on the sidewalk.
I picked it up, thinking “My dog likes balls! This will be a nice surprise gift for him. And a freebie at that.”
What Splash Bombs Are Like
The biggest thing about Splash Bombs is they’re kind of squishy — much like a stress ball that we humans use to relieve stress and tension at our work desks. But Splash Bombs aren’t nearly as rigid; they have much more give to them.
Which is exactly why my dog likes them so much. He likes things that squish and then come back to life. Splash Bombs do just that!
Another key feature of Splash Bombs is the fact that they are made for water play, which means they hold up well to a dog’s slobber! (They’re actually pool toys; they’re also known as “soak and fling water bomb splash balls“.)
My dog tends to squish it. Mouth it a bit. Then watch it pop back out to full-size. Then he’ll squish it some more. Then paw at it until it goes rolling across the floor. At which point, he’ll chase it and try to get it to “play” with him some more. Hours of fun for a dog… trust me.
They Last A Long Long Time
Eventually, that first Splash Bomb got a hole in the outside cloth layer. (It’s foam inside and cloth material outside.) The little hole got bigger, and I didn’t want the dogs eating the foam itself. So I tossed our dogs’ beloved Splash Bomb.
That old Splash Bomb we found at the water park lasted in our home for about 2 years; and that was with two dogs playing with it a few times each week, regularly.
It was about a year later when I saw Splash Bombs at Walmart (at the start of this past Summer). I immediately grabbed a 2-pack and brought them home to see if our dog enjoyed these (…which were a little bit larger than the hacky-sack sized Splash Bomb we initially found). He did!
It was like a long lost friend…
So I went back to Walmart and bought five (5) more 2-packs! This is pretty much a lifetime supply of Splash Bombs for our only dog right now, named Tenor.
As an aside, I included 2 new Splash Bombs in this year’s holiday care package for U.S. soldiers. (They love ’em!)
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