Paw washer, other pet products come to rescue of dog, cat owners

August 31, 2014

Dog and cat owners take note: Several pet-related products have come on the market recently to make your life easier — and cater to your favorite pet.

Paw Boss

There are certain unpleasant aspects to having a canine companion. Dog breath. Picking up after Mr. Flapdoodle’s backyard excursions. Cleaning muddy paws.

That last task, though, has gotten a lot easier, thanks to an ingenious invention called Paw Boss.

It’s a portable paw-washing device that cleans each foot in fresh water, rather than using the same bucket and having each paw "washed" in progressively grungy water. It’s a simple idea: A clean-water reservoir is filled with water and soap. A tilt of the device transfers water into a cleaning compartment. A paw is dipped into the cleaning solution through a hole in Paw Boss — with practice, little Mr. Flapdoodle should master that part himself — and is rubbed against a cleaning pad. The foot is withdrawn and dried. Bingo.

With another tilt of Paw Boss, the dirty water flows into a holding tank, and the process starts over with fresh water for paws two, three and four.

There’s no need to empty dirty water between paws, and an independent lab has verified that Paw Boss eliminates 99.5 percent of bacteria. Made in the U.S., it comes in basic black and gray, but there are 10 "skins" with different colors and designs that can be added.

Paw Boss sells for $29.99 and can be ordered through There’s also a nifty video of it in action.

Dog-Proofer fence extensions

Keeping a dog or cat contained can be a challenge. The Dog-Proofer fence extension system attaches to an existing fence — aluminum, steel, chain link, wood or brick — to stop would-be escapees. There are various degrees of deterrent, from a standard extension to the Houdini-Proof Kit, made of heavy-duty welded wire fence material combined with an extension that arches inward over a fence for a climb- and jump-proof enclosure. Some Dog-Proofer setups will also work with cats, but there are also cat-specific kits. Prices range from $395 to $569. To find your best defense against a fence-jumper, go to

Doggy Bag

Dry that wet dog quickly with this absorbent towel that’s in the form of a bag. Just put the dog in and zip up, then rub strenuously to soak up water, slobber, sand and dirt. The bags, which come in basic brown, travel well, dry quickly and can be shaken clean (or machine washed in extreme cases). Comes in sizes from teacup to extra large, prices range from $69 to $119. Available at .

Mason Cash pet bowls

Mason Cash, the venerable British pottery company, is bringing its classic pet bowls to the U.S. market. Designed for cats, dogs, rabbits and other small critters, the bowls are made of heavy stoneware, making them difficult to tip over. One cool design element: a non-tip bowl with angled sides that prevent long-eared dogs from getting food on their ears. Other bowls are colorful or with unique designs. Accompanying place mats are also available. Prices range from $5.99 to $79.99. Go to their website for the full range of products. To locate the nearest dealer, email

Catty Whack

From OurPets comes an interactive electronic cat toy that should keep little Kit-Kat occupied for hours. The Catty Whack, which runs on four D batteries, is placed on a floor or table and switched on. A feather wand darts in and out of each of five faux mouse holes in the toy. The random movement — and an electronic mouse sound — will stimulate any cat. There’s also a carpet pad on top of the Catty Whack, where cats can stretch their paws and claw. It will be available in toy specialty stores in October, priced at $39.99.




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