These days, many pets lead busy social lives. Whether you’re planning to vacation with your dog, or just enjoy going places together locally, we’ve selected some innovative products that include everything from a portable paw wash to a doggie video cam that promise to make the time you spend together much more enjoyable.
The Brushless Paw Wash
This portable gadget ensures your pet always has clean paws. Can be filled with soapy water or a pet enzyme-based cleaner. Simply move the container up and down each paw to loosen the dirt then the squeegee lid removes all liquid. Available in two sizes and sold with a micro fiber mitt to pat dry. Available in small, $17.99 for dogs up to 20 lbs and large, $19.99 for dogs up to 125 lb dogs. From The Paw Wash. www.TheBrushlessPawWash.com. Tel: 1-888-938-7297.
This video cam lets your dog to film his own vacation or neighborhood outings. Fits on any collar between a half-inch and an inch wide and weighs only 1.2 oz. The 8-GB built-in flash drive gives about two-and-a-half hours of recording time and there’s a USB port to download the footage directly to your computer. $129. From DogTek. Available from www.DogTek.com. Tel: 800-284-2060.
A special window cleaner to remove doggie drool and nose prints from car windows and other glass surfaces. The container has a soft brush to loosen the sticky goo and a squeegee attachment to remove the slobber. $9.99. From the Pawsitively Clean® range from Bissell Homecare Inc. Go to www.pawsitivelycleanpet.com to find local stockists and on-line retailers.
A unique safety collar with a built-in, lightweight, retractable leash. Can be worn permanently providing peace of mind that your pet can be instantly restrained in any situation. There’s a D-ring for ID tags. Extra Small (dogs up to 13 lbs.) $19.95 Small (dogs 14-34 lbs.)$24,95 and medium (dogs 35-55 lbs.)$29.95. Available in Regal Red, Royal Blue, Black, and Pink-a-doodle from Walkieway. Shop online at www.Walkieway.com
Dog Care Kit
Packed into a waterproof case, the kit includes ten pick-up bags, a flea comb, tick remover, a light stick, hand wipes, antibiotic ointment, a non-toxic insect repellent and a pet health and information card. $15.95 From G&B Marketing Inc. Available from Petco.com. For local stockists, call 760.842.1073.
Solvit HomeAway Travel Organizer
This travel bag contains a water bottle, 10-cup food bag and collapsible food bowls. It has an accessible poop bag dispenser and lots of different compartments to hold a variety of other doggie paraphernalia. $59.99. From Solvit Products. www.solvitproducts.com. Tel: 866.676.5848.
This bed roll-ups like a sleeping bag for convenient travel. Ideal for indoor and outdoor use and even fits securely inside a dog crate. Machine washable. The medium is 25in wide x 36in long, suitable for dogs under 40 lbs. $50. The large is 36in wide x 48in long for larger dogs. $65. From Kurgo. Available online at www.Petco.com and www.Kurgo.com. Also some Petco stores. Tel: 877.847.3868.
Packable Rain Poncho
Be prepared for rainy days with a Package Rain Poncho that folds flat and clips onto a leash in a convenient carry pouch. Dries instantly. Available in eight colors including crimson, green, yellow, lavender and chocolate. $12 for all sizes. Find a retailer at www.rcpets.com. Tel: 604.325.6695.
The Petmate Curvations Luxury Pet Carrier
Covered in a soft cushioned fabric, the ventilation panels all round offer excellent airflow.
A special safety clasp adds security. Folds flat when not in use. Dimensions:
8.1in long x 14.2in wide x 12 in high. Suitable for dogs up to 15 lbs.
Available in a zebra design and pink abstract print. $49.99. From Petmate. Shop online at
www.Petsmart.com. For other local stockists, contact 877-738-6283.
The Kritter Korral
This fold-up playpen with a sunshade folds flat and comes in a convenient carry pack for easy travel and can be set up in variety of shapes. The mesh panels make it ideal for small puppies too. $169.99. From Gateway Manufacturing Inc. Available from Target.com and Amazon.com from October.
The lid of this stainless steel water bottle converts into a drinking bowl. Unused water can be poured back into the bottle. The 9-oz is $17.95 and the 25-oz costs $19.95 Available in a variety of fun fashion colors with a clip to attach to a belt. From H204k9. Shop online directly at www.h2o4k9.com. Also check website for local stores or call 888.618.1373.
A special heat alert emblem sewn into the harness changes color to alert pet owners that external temperatures are above 100 degrees and unsafe for pets thus protecting them from dehydration and heatstroke. Various sizes all $24.95. From Planet PETCO™ with LuvGear™ Technology. Exclusive to Petco stores and www.Petco.com. Tel: 877. 738.6742.
These toys are made from non-toxic FDA food grade rubber and can withstand rough play. The shapes include a bone, $11.99, ball, $9.99, a treat stuffer with two openings, $15.99 and a flyer, $11.99. They all float, spring back to their original shapes. From Bionic Pet Products. See store locator at www.bionicplay.com. Tel: 952.927.2200.
An ideal take-out “combo-meal” for dogs on the go. The biodegradable feeding tray contains a main course, treats, a bottle of purified water and even a scented poop bag. Choose from chicken and rice or lamb and rice kibble. $4.89 each. From My Buddy Meals. Visit www.MyBuddyMeals.com for a nationwide store locator. Tel 888.628.3396.