It’s amazing the weird, innovative, useless, and useful you can find on the internet when you actually look. I’m not sure what category this one falls into:
The Porch Potty, a self-contained patch of grass that waters itself. A mini yard for your mini dachshund. Emmett would destroy that with one big pee, so clearly this is intended more for the toy chihuahua apartment dwellers.
If I lived on the 5th floor of a walkup in Manhattan, this would seem a very viable alternative to schlepping a 4 pound dog downstairs in the middle of a snowstorm. It’s small enough to fit on a little balcony and self-contained enough for crummy gardeners such as myself to probably manage to keep alive for a bit. My sister, who lives in an apartment in an area with some extreme weather, has pee pads in her foyer for her shih tzu- I’d imagine this would be a little less smelly and labor intensive. She has a birthday coming up, but I imagine if I present her with a box of grass she’s going to wonder if I’ve finally snapped.