I like to browse through Buzzfeed every now and again (and by that I mean that I spend an ungodly amount of time reading some of the most ridiculous lists on Buzzfeed). When I saw this post in particular, I had to “paws” (bad joke, but I couldn’t resist!) and read it. Some of these I thought were legitimately good ideas and some I can only see ending in utter chaos with River, my 70 pound Black Lab/Great Dane mix. So, here are 28 Ingenious things for your dog you had no idea you needed, as told by Buzzfeed:
1. Help ‘Em Wash Pet Shower Curtain
I can see mass panic ensuing if I tried to stick a curtain in between my dog and I. Have I mentioned he’s a 70 pound Lab mix that magically turns into a 150 pound baby when he gets put in the tub?
2. PetPeek Fence Window
The second River saw a squirrel through that window, he would go nuts. I wouldn’t be all that surprised to see him scale my privacy fence to get to said squirrel.
3. DNA Dog Toy
Ok, this could actually be a great toy, if it’s constructed well. River will power through a bully stick in less than 60 seconds, so he only gets them at Christmas. I feel like I may as well toss him a $10 bill to chew on. So if this toy could majorly extend the life of a bully stick, they may be on to something!
4. The Portable Chair And Pet Quarters
This could potentially be a really cool idea for smaller dogs. I’m having a good chuckle over here imagining my big ol’ dog trying to fit underneath my chair though. Then again, he does curl up in my lap for naps…
5. Pet Zip Line Harness
This makes me nervous on a safety level. Apparently it is not for sale anymore. The idea behind it is good though, as I have one of those dogs that likes to be my co-pilot.
6. Car Organizer For Dog Gear
I. Love. This. I’m slightly obsessive about keeping my car organized, especially now that I have to haul baby gear around with me! The idea of “everything in its place” is pretty darn appealing. I would just have to make sure to put the tennis ball out of sight or River would grab it and repeatedly drop it in my lap while I drive. Yes, my dog will play fetch in the car if you let him.
7. Whistle GPS
Again, this product is kinda cool. It’s essentially a Fitbit for your dog, except it also shows your dog’s exact location on your phone. It tracks your dog’s activity and rest. I have always wondered what my dog does when we aren’t home.
8. FroBo Pet Bowl
This bowl has a liner that you can place in the freezer and let it chill. Once it’s cold enough, you place it back in the bowl and fill the bowl with water. The liner is supposed to keep the water “well below room temperature for hours”. I suppose this would be nice for very hot days or for particularly particular pets. But for my River, if it’s liquid, he’s gonna drink it. And then let half of it drip out of his mouth all over my kitchen floor.
9. Light Up Collar
This is a great idea, especially during the winter when you aren’t always able to walk your dog during the day time! Not only does it light your path, but it allows drivers to see you and your pet better.
10. The Pet High Chair
I just….I can’t…just no. Trust me, I treat my dog like a human enough as it is, but I’m not going to let him sit at the table with me. Also, they don’t make one big enough for him.
11. Shark Blanket
Now THIS is something I can get behind! In fact, I want one for everyone in my family! My late beagle would have loved this. She used to snuggle under the covers with me at night.
12. Bike Basket
If that’s something you (and your dog) enjoy, more power to you.
13. Breeze Guard Car Window Screen
I’m not so sure this would fly in Virginia with as strict of window tinting laws that we have, but it could be an ok product. River would hate me if I blocked one of his windows, though. He likes to stick his head out and feel the wind in his fur and ears!
14. Backseat Hammock
I actually have one of these. Great product! It doesn’t keep my dog from jumping to the front seat, but it does keep my car seats MUCH cleaner!
15. Pet Umbrella
I feel like a lot of dogs would be terrified of this, including mine. However, my late beagle would NOT go outside if it was raining (She was a stubborn old lady). So, I could see how it could come in handy.
16. Escape Preventing Harness
If you have one dog that has a tendency to slip through your fence, I suppose this could be good. However, I think it has too many risks associated with it. If you have multiple dogs, they could all be running around and impale each other on the ends. Or, if your dog did get loose, it could get caught in a bush or something. You’re probably better off just leash walking your dog or maybe putting a chain link fence up to reinforce.
17. Doggie Fountain
I’m not entirely sure my dog would be smart enough to figure this out (Sorry, River!). I also feel like my husband would have more fun with this than the dog.
18. Door Scratch Protector
Oh man do I wish we had this for our beagle. Our door is so scratched up from her pawing to go in/out all day.
You’ve gotta admit, that’s pretty stinkin’ adorable! It’s also an easy way to carry around a water bowl when you’ve got your pooch out for a walk. Personally, I’d prefer a more “re-usable” bowl, but I love the idea of it being able to fold on to the leash! One less thing for you to make your husband carry in his cargo shorts. (Don’t pretend I’m the only one who does this!)
20. In-Wall Pet Bowls
Love these! In fact, I love them so much, I’m currently looking into getting a set for River. My only draw back is that it will be at the perfect height for my daughter to play in when she starts walking.
21. Dog Teepee Bed
Absolutely adorable for a small pooch. I’m trying to picture my husband’s reaction to coming home and finding a life size teepee in our living room for the dog. And one in our bedroom for me.
22. “Shake” The Dog Potty
Again, not a bad idea. Especially for people who live in high rise condos and don’t want to take their dog out every couple of hours. This would also be great in the winter when I don’t want to put on a million layers just to take the dog out to pee.
THIS IS GENIUS!! I can’t tell you how many extra meals River has gotten because he’ll give us the eyes of “Mom/Dad forgot to feed me” when he actually just finished his meal 20 minutes ago. Also, I have the brain of a goldfish now and when my husband tells me that River has been fed, I can’t remember.
24. Paw Wash
Hah! I have to wrestle River to let me trim his nails. No way is he going to let me stick is paws in something to clean them off! It’s so much easier to just grab a towel and give them a good wipe!
Personally, I’m the kind of gal who will throw some Milkbones or whatever in my pocket and just go. But if you aren’t in to that, this could be a pretty could option. I’m afraid River would take the whole tube out of my hand and eat it. He gets pretty darn excited about treats.
26. Collapsible Travel Bowl
Fantastic idea! You can clip it on to your leash or your belt loop or your water bottle! Love this. Might have to get one of these too…
Seems like a cool idea. It would be really great for those dogs that don’t like to drink a lot (Certainty not the case in our house!). Basically, it has a foam core that absorbs water. It says you can also freeze it. Although, I’d be afraid it would get too hard and my dog would break a tooth.
Oh my lanta. River would entertain himself for hours with this! Could also be very entertaining for kids…
Well there you have it! 28 things you didn’t know you needed for your pet. Happy shopping everyone!