It has been a great couple of weeks at Ballboy! Getting prepped and ready for our first, FIRST, National Pet Trade Show. SUPERZOO! Last year Kris and I traveled, via roadtrip, to Superzoo 2012 to walk the show and determine if this would be a place to premier Ballboy to the nations pet retailers, distributors etc! We attempted to register for Superzoo 2013 last year but were denied.. the show had already SOLD OUT! Well, we knew we should be participating so we put our name on the waiting list.. just in case.. Well, we got the email some weeks ago.. there was room for us. .both in the General show booth area .. and a spot in the New Products Area!. This is a huge step for us.. and.. we are just about ready to go!. Thanks so much for all of our great allies!.. Sharon DeDalto, owner, inventor, sales etc.. like all new product manufactuers.. for her guidance and experience as a participant last year.. to Ellen Tortia and Mark Rosenthal of North Bend's Replicator Graphics.. . Awesome signs and the loan of a much needed Show Booth to use in Vegas!.. We are close to ready! Please come see us ..Booth 4952, and in the New Products area at Mandalay Bay Convention Center! We are pumped.. Kris, Lizzie (Production Lead) and myself will be ready to take new orders!
A big step forward today. Kris has gone to purchase the next level in sewing! A new JUKI brand industrial sewing machine that will finally be used to create many new products that he has buried in that full mind of great dog products! He has another 1/2 dozen or so prototypes that are ready for this new machine! In addition we are making final decisions on our show booth for SuperZoo next month in Las Vegas!. SuperZoo is among the largest and most attended Pet Trade Shows in the nation!. We feel lucky to have been able to participate!.. A great month ahead!
We want to introduce Jake and Michael to our toy making team. They join Lizzie, our first and foremost, making quality, handmade and eco conscious dog toys! Today they are completing the new item order from Mudbay! Mudbay has added four new products to their 30 stores and you should find them in the stores over the next couple of weeks! Summer dog play time is almost upon us. Get your fetch toys now!~
Testing method: XRF (x-ray fluorescent) tests for heavy metals.
Findings: Many of the tennis balls produced for the pet industry only obtained a "moderate level" rating. The few that did get a "low level" rating still had levels of lead, tin, chromium and or other heavy metals. Penn & Wilson tennis balls attained a "none level" rating with zero harmful chemicals.
Facts: Approximately 300 million tennis balls are produced each year, contributing roughly 20,000 tons of rubber to the landfills. This does not include the balls produced just for the pet industry.
We will continue to add any further testing or other information that we find.
Lizzie works with Ballboy creating pup toys.. She is the main crew member with a couple more filling in as needed! Kris is along side on the vintage industrial machine creating a new toy category! Soon to be seen.. check back .. to see! Lizzie does it all. . Sewing, knotting, packing, bringing laughs and much doggie love to all three of our dogs.. Phoebe, Bodhi and lil Ben! Welcome Lizzie.. your comments will be p