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.
are certain unpleasant aspects to having a canine
companion. Dog breath. Picking up after Mr. Flapdoodle’s
backyard excursions. Cleaning muddy paws.
last task, though, has gotten a lot easier, thanks to an
ingenious invention called Paw Boss.
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 The foot is withdrawn and dried.
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.
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.
Boss sells for $29.99 and can be ordered through www.pawboss.com.
There’s also a nifty video of it in action.
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 dogproofer.com.
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 www.doggybagusa.com
Cash pet bowls
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.