Saturday, August 30, 2008

DANGER WILL ROBINSON - DANGER

ATTENTION ALL HOUNDERS AND HOUNDER CUSTODIANS!

Shiloh and Max here to sound a warning to all you hounders about a toy that could hurt or even kill you. There is a simple looking dog toy out there on the market that has caused a 10 year old yellow Labrador Retriever to have his tongue amputated and another 5 year old Lab mix to die from injuries received from this "toy." The "toy" is the Four Paws Rough & Rugged® Pimple Ball with Bell. We first got notice of this situation by reading Nanook and Pooka's blog page:
http://nanookthenewfy.blogspot.com/2008/08/calling-all-dogs-boycott.html. We love Nanook and Pooka's blog page cuz it's usually funny and has great pictures (their mom is a SUPER picture taker), well, at least it's funnier and has lots better pictures than our blog . Well this particular page ain't so very funny but it is very informative. Chai is the name of the Lab that had to have his tongue removed and Cole is the Lab mix that died because of his tongue injuries. Think about how important a dog's tongue is to his life. How does he drink and eat? How does he keep his body from overheating? Yep, with his tongue. It isn't just for wagging like it is with people. You can read all about Chai and Cole at http://thechaistory.blogspot.com/ . The Four Paws company home web page now has a small warning notice on it http://www.fourpaws.com/ about the Pimple Ball with Bell. The warning notice http://www.fourpaws.com/news/press-room/four-paws-rough-rugged-pimple-ball-with-bell.htm lists nine Four Paws Pimple Ball with Bell products that are DANGEROUS to play with cuz they can possibly result in injury (is dying an injury?). The warning sez:
Consumers who have purchased one of the toys identified by the UPC listed below, should immediately take the toy away from their pet. (DUH!) You may return the Pimple Ball with Bell for replacement (Why?) to the address listed below. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-835-0909.
Item Number/Description/UPC Code
20220/Pimple Ball with Bell, 2"/0 45663 20220 0
20225/Pimple Ball with Bell, 2 1/2"/0 45663 20225 5
20227/Pimple Ball with Bell, 2 3/4"/0 45663 20227 9
20325/Teaser Ball with Bell, 2 1/2"/0 45663 20325 2
20326/Teaser Ball with Bell, 2 3/4"/0 45663 20326 9
21317/Dumbbell with Bells, 1 3/4"/0 45663 21317 6
21325/Dumbbell with Bells, 2 1/2"/0 45663 21325 1
21708/Dental Dumbbell/0 45663 21708 2
21995/Rough & Rugged Fun Bag (3 pc.)/0 45663 21995 6


Consumer Returns:
Four Paws Products
Pimple Ball with Bell Return
50 Wireless Blvd.
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Now we don't know about your house, but toys in our house usually don't have item numbers and UPC codes on them cuz they're usually only printed on the packaging, which we usually throw away after we open up the package and remove the "toy." So we strongly suggest that if you have any pimply balls with bells in them and one or two holes on the surface that you THROW IT AWAY NOW and don't buy any more like it. We always say "better safe than sorry" and better to be presumed innocent than get caught in the act (hear that Samatha?).
This is important poop so don't mess around with it. Get the word out to all your doggie buddies and their people. It would probably be helpful if you or your people took the time to drop an email to the Four Paws big wig guys and tell them you don't appreciate them trying to kill us. They have taken down the Pimple Ball with Bell product page from their website but what else are they gonna do about this problem "toy" that kills dogs. Their address is supposed to be:
customerservice@fourpaws.com (Hello, customer service? Can I get a new replcement gun to shoot myself with? My old one hasn't done the trick yet. DUH!)
And finally, on behalf of at least 8 of the 11 Bumpass Hounds (the cats don't play with balls), we present our first ever BHARFEE Stuff (Bumpass Hounds Award Recognition For Excellent Education Stuff) to none other than The jersey Boys, Nanook and Pooka. We don't actually have the award made yet but we doo have a good idea as to what it'll look like and we will post it shortly. Congratulations to Nanook and Pooka for making us aware of this DANGER WILL ROBINSON. (Who the heck is Will Robinson?)

- Shiloh and Max (and all the other Bumpass Hounds)

<----- NANOOK & POOKA ----->



We first heard about Chai from a dog friend in a comment a week or so ago. Chai is a 10 year old lab who was playing with a Four Paws Inc. Pimple Ball with Bell when his tongue got sucked into the ball - there are two holes in the ball, one large and one small, and the small hole in Chai's ball was occluded. Playing with the ball caused a force of suction to build up which then pulled his tongue into the toy itself. His owner rushed him to the vet to have the ball removed but the tongue had suffered within the ball and it had to be amputated. Chai's tongue was cut off.Chai's owner contacted Four Paws Inc to beg them to change the design so it could never happen to another dog - meanwhile he and Chai both have been struggling to build their lives around this new situation: eating, drinking...even exercising are a daily struggle for Chai now.Four Paws Inc wrote Chai's owner a conciliatory letter promising financial aid towards Chai's vet bills and promising that they had never heard of such a thing happening before - that it must be a freak accident and that they were recalling all the pimple balls immediately. But right after getting that letter, Chai's owner got another letter, from the owner of a dog named Cole who died in 2005 from injuries to the tongue suffered from the SAME DAMNED BALL.

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