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Vt. dog runs her own ball-throwing machine

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WOODSTOCK, Vt. -

Boomer is a good girl, and loves playing fetch. The constant activity is essential for Boomer, but it turned into frequent aches and pains for her owner, Hugh Belton.

"I was getting tennis elbow and tennis arm and tennis wrist and everything else hitting a tennis ball for her," Belton said.

So, this tennis player got an idea. He turned an old training machine for the courts into a ball-throwing device for his backyard. The Belgian shepherd mix figured out how to play almost immediately, and she did... over and over and over again.

"She eats unlimited quantities of food because she is exercising so strenuously all day long," Belton said.

But the machine's motor was also running all day long. So, Belton tweaked his invention a little bit more, adding a timed shut-off and an on-pedal fit for a pooch. Boomer can now run the machine whenever she wants.

"Ever since then, she has been turning it on and she plays with it day and night and is a very self-sufficient dog," Belton said.

That gives this Woodstock resident more time in his shop making what he loves: hand-crafted furniture, beautiful tables and chairs. So, dog owners should not expect this device on the market any time soon.

"I am more interested in furniture-making than I am making dog throwing machines," Belton said.

But Boomer already has her toy, a device that helps man's best friend play a game that never gets old.

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