Before you pick up a stray tennis ball and toss it to your dog, please read this important warning about tennis ball bombs!
Tennis ball bombs. Did you know there was such a thing? Unfortunately, tennis ball bombs are very real, and very dangerous to both dogs and humans. Tennis ball bombs contain firecrackers, and they're popular around the Fourth of July. They're homemade giant firecrackers, and they can turn up anywhere. The issue arises if you come across an abandoned tennis ball bomb, or if your dog picks one up while on a walk. The bomb can explode and can seriously harm or kill a dog or human.
According to the Kent Police Department of Kent, Washington, tennis ball bombs can be easily identified. They usually have a fuse coming out of them, and sometimes they're wrapped in duct tape. You may also spot seams or holes in the tennis ball where it was cut open so that a firecracker could be inserted.
If you find a tennis ball bomb, call your local authorities immediately and stay back. If your dog is with you, keep your dog on a leash and far away from the tennis ball.
The best way to keep your dog safe is to only let him play with tennis balls that you have personally purchased. Don't allow your dog to approach tennis balls when you're out in the park or are going on a walk. It may also help to teach your dog a "leave it" cue, so that he learns to ignore the object on command. Keeping your dog on a leash whenever you're not on your own property can also help to keep him safe in case you ever come across a tennis ball bomb.
While you may never encounter one of these bombs, it's important to be aware that they exist. Please help spread the word - share this article with your friends and family so that we can all keep our pets and families safe.