The Best Summer Yard Games, For You and Your Dog

first_img 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Editors’ Recommendations This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski The next time you’re looking for a toy for your four-legged friend to play with, there’s a good chance you and your friends might just want to get in on the fun — no, really; consider these among the best summer yard games for everyone.Kittie & Gordie Spatter’s line of dog toys and accessories, Kurgo, is all about creating interactive experiences for both people and their dogs –a novel concept compared to the rest of the market.“When we discussed games we always loved playing, we remembered back to our childhood in Vermont, and those long summer days playing lawn games in our backyard with our childhood friends,” the owners said .”We thought that nostalgic and traditional summer games would be a great way for people to play along with their dogs.”And the list of those games and toys is extensive enough to make anyone want to run around in the yard with their dog. For Frisbee lovers, the Tossing Disc is a durable update to a regular plastic version.Related: Grab the perfect pair of hiking boots for the rest of summerAt first glance, the Wapple Ball also makes it easy for lovers of Wiffle Ball to get their pets in on the fun, inspired by the original Wiffle Ball itself. Who said workouts had to be restricted to the gym?“People love the concept and the toys,” the owners said. “We’ve had a lot of people contact us with ideas for new games to add to our line.”Even horseshoes get an update from the Kurgo team, thanks to the Huck-It Horseshoe — both chew-tough and dishwasher safe. Not convinced?The brand also suggests the following games and toys to get owners and pets active:Doggie Darts — Made for a game of fetch at the park.The Target Jack — This pronged toy is designed to land with one point up at all times; safe for the pool or your lawn.The Backyard Birdie — Just like a badminton birdie, but without the real feathers. Dog-approved, perhaps?If those don’t get your gears spinning as to ways to play with your dog, the brand is also developing a downloadable book featuring game suggestions for humans and their pets. For those more travel-minded owners, Kurgo offers car seat covers and other gear.You — and your dog, and your friends — very well might not want to give it a rest after trying out Kurgo.last_img read more

MUA Turns Down Patrick’s EA Proposal Deadline

first_imgzoom The Maritime Union of Australia said today that it has rejected the arbitrary deadline put in place by the management of Patrick Stevedores for its final offer on a new enterprise agreement for four stevedore Patrick’s terminals.The dockworkers at port of Botany’s Patrick container terminal halted all operations on Wednesday launching a 48-hour strike as 260 people voiced their protest against the failure to reach a deal on a new wage agreement after a year of talks.The company and the union tried to agree on extended working hours, as the company requested the dockworkers provide more labor on midnights and weekends. In turn, the dockworkers wanted the company to provide more job security, as almost 200 people lost their jobs as a direct result of automation.Meanwhile, the company’s management is said to have prepared a new offer for the workers, giving them 36 hours to give a reply.Local media said that the proposed deal provides a pay rise of 1% in the first year, 2.5% in the second year and 2.75% in each of the last two years, among other things.“In correspondence to the company today, MUA Deputy National Secretary Will Tracey said it was absurd to expect a response in 36 hours to an 18 page document that cross references several other detailed documents as well as various ongoing discussions at four different terminals,” MUA added.According to Tracey, a response on the proposal could not be given before next Friday, April 22nd, as the union needed time to discuss the proposal with all of the relevant stakeholders.“The actions across the various terminals are because of both national and local claims and the company seeks to shift the goal posts each time we reach the position they state they seek,” he added.“Both Fremantle and Port Botany have outstanding local issues around the roster that applies to permanents and we are seeking some certainty for workers over hours of work within a framework of the flexibility required to service a modern stevedoring company.“All four terminals have issues with Patrick reneging on its initial salary offer in the space of a week – something we haven’t encountered in negotiations with this company since we first began the process of enterprise agreement negotiations in the early 1990s,” he said.“Issues around job security, a transparent and accountable allocation of labour, safety clauses and officers, the certainty of the productivity bonus system, redundancies, process of change in the terminals and management of company policies also remain outstanding within national discussions.”last_img read more