Before we head off into the ale-spattered sunset that is St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I wanted to share the second half of my very, most favorite things I saw at Global Pet Expo. There was much and more there that I loved to pieces, but I wanted to focus on some of the more unusual products, since it’s the unexpected surprises that often delight me the most.
You all know how much I love art, right? And I’m really picky about the aesthetics of what I put on my walls. The combination of wooden print, perfect quotes and whimsicle-without-being-sappy visuals make these pieces pitch-perfect. Next on my to acquire list is the Black Dog Doughnuts sign from the Bailey series.
Completely self-contained and self-sustaining, this little shrimp world takes care of itself for an average of two years with no work on your part except admiration. The bio geek in me loves this. I want to set one up next to a jellyfish tank and just nerd out.
There are lots of interactive bowls on the market, but this is the first one I’ve seen for cats. The Stimulo is meant to challenge your cat to fish out their food bit by bit- it was a huge hit at Global this year, with good reason.
No one likes the cone of shame. Not pets, not the owners who have to wrestle with them, and not even us vets, because we know half the time you all get frustrated with them and just leave them off, and then your pet ends up doing whatever it was the cone was supposed to prevent and it’s just a big mess.
There are a few ‘gentler’ alternatives to the standard plastic satellite dish out there, but this Boo Boo Loon is one of my favorites. I tried one on. Yes, I did. It was comfortable. It’s easily adjustable/customizable, it doesn’t impede your peripheral vision, it’s light, and it doesn’t turn your head into an echo chamber. In short, it solves all the major complaints people have with the plastic e-collars. If you have a dog who’s prone to injury or you know there’s a procedure coming up, I wouldn’t hesitate to have one at home and ready to go. It’s a great product.
And last but not least, I do have to give an honorable marketing mention to the people at Urine Off. If you’ve ever been to any sort of pet or vet related conference, you’ve seen people dragging these rolling boxes around the conference floor proclaiming, in huge purple and yellow letters, the powers of Urine Off.
I always wondered why it was so popular. I assumed that they offered some sort of incredible conference special, and hordes of people were scooping this stuff up by the barrel because they had a cat colony at home that was covering their home in urine. “I guess it must work,” I would think, and then be grateful I didn’t need so much urine remover that it required a roller bag to lug it around.
As it turns out, the box is just that- the box, proffered to you empty to fill as you will. Conferences tend to pile on the freebies, papers, and samples very rapidly, and those big shoulder bags get heavy after a bit. So, the Urine Off people decided to offer a more ergonomic solution. Your shoulders are saved and they get some indispensable advertising. Smart.
I only learned this because I found Caroline lugging one around, and I asked her if Romeo had been having more litterbox issues at home and why would she need so much urine remover. She looked at me with some confusion, then showed me what was inside her box:
Everything BUT urine remover, it would seem. Litter samples, a cookie, some Hello Kitty Bandaids, a change of shoes, an ipad she won at another booth. You can fit a whole lot in an empty Urine Off box. So I used it to store my notebook while we were off shooting our video and everyone was happy.