A few months ago Dubya told his fellow Americans that they had to become less dependent of foreign oil. I could tell him how to save many tankers full of the stuff. In Texas where the winter temperature rarely seems to drop below 55 celsius there's no such thing as a washing line. Yes folks the laundry is dried in the tumbler. Crazy!
My brother and sister in law's house looks on to a smallish green belt. It is used by the folks in the neighbourhood for exercising themselves and their dogs.I've just seen a appliance in use that may just catch in in the UK.
The advertising blurb describes it:
"The Chuck it!" tennis ball thrower is one sweet way to exercise your dog w/o wearing out your arm! With the Chuckit!, you can throw that ball out of the ballpark over and over again.
The Chuck it! tennis ball thrower is made of light-weight, durable plastic, and the ball thrower uses a standard-size tennis ball and is designed for hands-free pickup so you NEVER have to bend down and pick up a slimy tennis ball again. Size: 26 inches long
Use it in the park, in your backyard, or anywhere there is plenty of room. With a little practice you can consistently throw the tennis ball 100 to 140 feet for your retriever.
Chuckit! Throw farther, faster and never bend down to pick up a tennis ball again. For a clean game of fetch with your dog, find an open area, away from people, animals and buildings. With the ball in the Chuckit! (ball included), grip the handle firmly. Extend your arm back over your shoulder and swing. The Chuckit! will release the ball. Incudes 1 standard tennis ball."
You can see one here