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The Litter Robot: A dog’s point of view.

Let’s be clear: I don’t use litter boxes. I use the good ol’ outdoors. It’s the CATS who insist on indoor toilet facilities. And I’m responsible for maintenance.  CATS as in:

orange CAT




grey CAT



And Litter Robot* as in:

the Litter Robot

The Litter Robot. Cool looking, huh?

Litter Robot with Globe

Today's Litter Robot has a neat globe on the side—to make plus-sized CATS more comfortable.

So, the idea behind the Litter Robot is that the CAT gets in, does what He needs to do, then gets out. No need to waste precious sleepy time by scratching in the litter. The Litter Robot will flush by itself. You see, after a smartly timed interval (altered to suit individual preference), the Litter Robot spins slowly like a cement mixer– thereby covering offenses and creating clumps that empty into the sealed, scent-conscious tray below. Line the tray for even easier cleaning. Convenient? Sure. Smarter than the fork-controlled boxes and much neater looking? You bet. Sanitary? Absolutely—that is, until you’re out of warranty and therefore, according to DUNCAN anyway, out of style.

Almost one day after the year had passed (or three days, give or take), DUNCAN decided He’d outgrown the trend of the Litter Robot, and would prefer porcelain. As in the porcelain tile. On the floor. I’ll spare you photographic evidence, but needless to say, I wasn’t going to clean this up. I didn’t want to be in the middle of it, and have to explain to my mom that it’s not my fault. Not to mention that I don’t get paid enough to clean such disasters. So when mom arrived home, she shouted, then stopped, cleaned the Litter Robot and carried it to the basement.

Which is where the Litter Robot* sits today. A sad relic of an easy 368 days. My mom thinks about giving it away, but who wants it?

*Full disclosure: The Litter Robot we had was two versions prior to the current one. Perhaps things would have been different had we had the Litter Robot with the clear bubble window


Party like a dog.


dogs and cats get their birthday party on

I promise not to be a birthday dogzilla.

Though I need no excuse to eat, my mom needs an excuse to have people over. So I’m getting a birthday party this year. Bark!


First up: invitations. And there’s no shortage of options. In fact, the pet party invite industry appears to have exploded. I‘m hoping to get me some edible cards, too.

Step two: venue. Our backyard? The local dog park? The barking bakery room? Undecided as yet. Perhaps you have other ideas?

Next, activities. A puppy pool is a must. I’m vying to bob for biscuits, but mom says that may not be fair. (Huh?) A ball bin will be a hoot. And paw painting with food coloring? I can’t wait. Johann the dog has a great list of party games, too. Though peeps should be naturally entertained by us pups, mom’s considering hiring a photographer or a sketch artist. The Original Butt Sketch Artist would be ideal, all things considered.

designed dog party hat

Birthday suits? Bah. Customize this chien chapeau 15 different ways.


And FOOD. Oh boy oh boyohboyohboy. Cookies, cakes–you can make your own or order from a bakery– but this is important. As in, the sole reason for having a party. In fact, if you want to skip all the other stuff and just give me a bunch of food, I’m cool with that.

Since my toy chest is overflowing (though not literally, because toys tend to be on the floor rather than in the chest), I’ll request that any gifts go to a local shelter. See? I share. Just not food.

Last, but not least, are favors. We like the dog bowl favors— you can have them personalized with all the names of your partygoers.

Other resources:

Invitations and party hats from dogbirthdayparty
Tail-wagging celebrations

Yay, my favorite hiking bags are here!

Bio Bags

Biodegradable bags are #1 for disposing #2. (And they’re pretty cheap on Amazon right now, too.) So now we can go on two walks a day now, right?

Ode to my Kong.

kong toy

Red, at times purple, but always full of gifts
My Kong sits, the air still. I wait.
Until “Free!” I run, and we are together again.
Cheese? Peanut butter? Frozen or room temp? No matter.
Life is good.

For some creative Kong recipes, check out The Fun Times Guide!

Or do you have recipes you care to share?

kong dispenser toy

This thing costs almost $300, so I don't have it. But I want it as it appears all beagles should have it.


Heating bills too high? Try this.


"Middletons" comic strip by Ralph Dunagin and Dana Summers. Copyright 2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Similar to goats who mow lawns, the authors of the “Middletons” suggest a creative solution to global warming. Energy efficient, free, and highly renewable, warming yourself with a pet can not only help you– it helps our world. Perhaps rescue organizations can suggest this alternative fuel? What do you think?


You don’t have to look like a wiener…


Dachsund Jacket, Audrey Hepburn style

For only $48, you can class yourself up like Audrey Hepburn.

My heart goes out to those who are hard to fit. Tall, robust, long. dachshunds really have it rough. But I sniffed out a site dedicated to them: Noodle and Friends. They make stuff that not only fits doxies, but also makes ’em look pretty good!  And…they make a houndstooth coat. For hounds. Nice.


The bare necessities.

Though they’ve missed the boat by not showing a beagle (ahem), this company (Vines & Canines) has it right:


All I need is a dog and a drink

$23.00 with free shipping.

Alternate versions have different dogs and different drinks (including beer or wine)– and there are girly styled shirts, too. Bark!


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