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The following patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on October 3, 2006.

Pet Operated Ball Thrower

patent#: US 7114465

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posted on 1/16/2007, patent issued on 10/3/2006

Perhaps the loneliest invention I've seen since the Solo-Operable Seesaw.

Pet Operated Ball Thrower

Comments on Pet Operated Ball Thrower

paresh sawant | Dec 5, 2008 8:01 AM
I think this is more for the nerd in the petowner than the dog

twinky | Dec 3, 2008 4:01 PM
what kind of lazy ownner would sooner let their dog try to fathom this machine out rather than interact and show some affection by throwing the ball,i have an intelligent border collie pup that woudn,t have a clue(thankfully),he,d pick up the ball from the holder!!!!!

Ted | Nov 1, 2006 4:01 PM
I've been working on a design for something like this. Mine is much cooler of course, and I'm thinking public domain (but no promises).

Locaweda | Dec 4, 2006 5:01 AM
Great Question Tom

Dave | Dec 3, 2006 3:01 PM
Obviously you have a bassett hound or other equally useless breed of dog (I said nothing about how sweet or nice they are, just big slugs). Or perhaps you think it is a good thing to keep your dog on on a short chain in the yard and never play with it? If you owned a herding dog like a Sheltie you would kiss the person who created this toy. They have an energy level that will drive you insane if you don't give them an outlet!

Tom Davidson | Dec 1, 2006 10:00 PM
Is the user manual written in 'dog' so the operator can reload it?

Mike Garrett | Dec 1, 2006 5:02 PM
O.K., the dog jumps on the catapult base plate. This causes the arm to fly forward simultaneously launching the ball and, because there is no brake or "stop" on the arm, clubbing the poor beast on the head! That is of course, assuming the dog is short enough that the business end of the catapult does not ram the ball straight down bowser's throat. If this were a human operated machine lawyers would LOVE IT. Hello lawsuit. Think a little harder, design a little better, at least the base plate should be offset so the dog might clear the launcher. I don't think you could train any animal to try this more than once....I'm just sayin'.

stimpson | Dec 1, 2006 5:01 PM
im gonna buy one, put my boss s cellphone in it. And on monday morning also his coffy

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