We found this purple 10" Hedstrom inflatable playball in an alley near the East River in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Betelgeuse took to it right away.
We could never tell if she loved it or hated it. It was hilarious. For the last two months, she would bounce this ball off her paws or nose and chase it around the backyard, yapping furiously. Until last Friday.
Our latest and greatest doggie houseguest, Bella, arrived on Friday. And she brought along her giant pitbull jaws and 50 lbs. of muscle. Within fifteen minutes of her arrival, the reign of the purple ball was over.
We didn't buy the first one, so I shouldn't complain about having to buy the second one. Except that I will anyway. These balls are available for purchase for about three or four dollars in big-box and grocery stores throughout most of America. But Brooklyn is not most of America, and these wire racks are just not going to fit in a bodega.
Unfortunately, on the Internet, the smallest quantity I can find is a 24-pack for $45.99. Even though the idea of Betelgeuse in the backyard with 24 of these balls is amazing, the reality is a little nutty. So we'll have to wait for our next trip out of New York to replace the ball. And then we'll have to try remember to put it up when Bella's teeth come over.