Let me preface this to say that I’m a fan of giveaways. I like it even when the big companies do it despite knowing the odds of winning are slim.
But I also like when there are opportunities to purchase said prizes. We can’t all win, but many of us may like the opportunity to buy.
This past Saturday was National Fetch Day, which is celebrated the third Saturday of each October and is obviously connected to Chuckit brand items. For those who have dogs, you likely know what Chuckit is. For those who don’t, you probably do as well. You’ve seen those ball launchers? Most likely it’s Chuckit.
Now, I’m going to just go through this part quickly … then talk about the day itself. I do want to show my PR side here a little bit, though.
So heading into this glorious day, Chuckit held a contest where you posted photos of your pooch and you had the opportunity to win one of 250 “party boxes” that were loaded with goodies, including limited edition balls. Those balls were really cool looking and would be fun for Harper to be able to play with.
Alas, I didn’t win one of the party boxes.
Following that, I contacted Petmate (Chuckit) to ask about the ball. Alas, you can only get them in these party boxes, or maybe with an upcoming social media contest, or at one of the events throughout the US (note: The closest one to me was like six hours away in Maryland).
I did purchase the “special” box they released, which had one special ball, but not the one I had interest in. This one was a confetti ball, which wasn’t the best as pieces of the confetti came loose a little after Harper retrieved and chewed a bit on the ball. Not sure it will be used much because of that.
The public relations (and marketing) side of me wonders why they didn’t sell more, or have many more ways to win the balls. While I am happy for all who won party boxes, or could attend the events, many of us couldn’t and would have loved the ability to pay for one or three of these balls. Not everybody lives on social media, either, so if you missed the one other contest they gave, you lost a chance there as well.
I get that they are limited edition. But also remember people buy a lot of items of yours and would love the ability to spend a little more.
As for the day itself …
In my area, the afternoon and evening was slated to have rain. So I knew I needed to really do stuff early, including any photos I wanted to take.
And, if you didn’t already know, Harper’s a bit of a little shit when it comes to photos! I am still working on getting her to sit and stay so I can get the shot. As it is now, she comes right at me when the camera comes out!
I did get some though, especially when it’s action.
We spent several hours on Saturday playing fetch. The balls, or the cube, or the frisbee – everything I could get her to have fun with. Other times, she’d just sit there and chew on said object.
She dozed a lot and relaxed at my feet that night, so I know we had a lot of fun.
Some things I know about Harper now, though:
She prefers chasing tennis balls over most items, especially if they squeak (like Kong ones)
She loves the Chuckit cube, as it’s fun to chase around and “kick” around
Discs are OK, but she loses interest fast
The kick it ball by Chuckit is OK for her, but she seems to like the cube better.
In the end, we had fun. We mixed in some walking and treats as well, so it was a good day.
Maybe next year we’ll get a chance to win a party box, or attend an event if one is closer. Or, maybe buy the special limited edition balls … but either way, the third Saturday is marked down in anticipation of National Fetch Day!