Only the truly dog-devoted will understand: one of the best things about warmer weather is getting to watch your dog swim. This past weekend, we took our dogs on an inaugural summer lake outing, along with brand-spankin-new Wubbas. These simple, floating retrieval toys are the absolute hit at the dog park — so much so, other dogs will ignore their tennis balls and try to retrieve our dogs’ Wubbas instead. My theories on why dogs love them: they have not one but two balls to chew, and they have a big, flying tail that makes them super visible (and probably looks like some kind of bird). I also want to give this Chuckit! Amphibious Bumper a try. Oh, and we do plenty of plain old Tuff Balls retrieval, too — oversized to fit our mastiffs’ giant mouths! — Mary T.