Sophie retrieves off Ball point. Not named for tennis ball. Possibly named for Mary Ball mother of George (Washington)?
The past few years the coelenterate density in local waters has been low. Not so this year. Talked to Michael Molineaux at Kilmarnock Animal Hospital about the issue, dogs and stinging nettles. According to Michael, dogs can swim through clusters of nettles and emerge largely unstung by virtue of their coats.
Problem arise when retrievers fetch stinging nettles. In this case Michael suggests copious irrigation of the effected area via turkey baster, or better yet, the garden hose + spray attachment.