The eco-friendly Pet Loo – no grass needed!
Author: Debra Atlas
Pet owners know what it’s like to be working late and suddenly remember the dog hasn’t been outside for 8 or more hours. If you can’t leave work yet, you face the prospect of coming home to a real doggie “mess”!
A product developed in Australia – The Pet Loo – is the answer busy pet owners have been looking for. Called the “Backyard in a Box”, The Pet Loo is high quality synthetic grass that’s resistant to the smell and acidity of pet urine. Launched in 2006 by Tobi Skovron, founder of Pup-Pee Solutions, USA, LLC, and his wife Simone, this indoor dog potty – perfect for urban apartment dwellers – lets dogs relieve themselves when owners aren’t around. And they leave no smelly mess to clean up later!
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Designed for dogs or cats, The Pet Loo’s base is slightly angled to work with gravity. It’s been reinforced to support an animal’s weight and is shaped to funnel the urine towards the collection jug. Pet waste can be easily removed and poured down the toilet with no spilling. Skovron says it’s been tested to hold up to 660 pounds of weight, making it good for overweight or large dogs and multiple pets.
Cleaning The Pet Loo’s a snap. Simply remove the base and clean, then remove the grass to let dry. Among Skovron’s company’s many pet products, they recommend cleaning The Pet Loo with their WEE Care.
When you remove its grass, wipe down the base down with WEE Care and warm water. Domestic cleaners will sanitize the Pet Loo but will discourage pets from going back to that spot, acting as a pet deterrent. “That defeats the purpose,” says Skovron.
Skovron believes his product helps break down barriers to pet ownership. “People shy away from pet ownership,” says Skovron, “based on (its) practicability – they can’t afford a back yard.” Having a Pet Loo makes it that much easier for people to be responsible pet owners.
This award-winning product comes in several sizes, including for larger dogs and one for cats, rabbits or guinea pigs. The most common size is 33” x 33. Try putting two or more mats together for your own private “doggie park”. “We’re all about the pets,” Skovron says.
For convenience, use The Pet Loo on balconies, patios or indoors. This product is durable if maintained. Bring it indoors when there’s bad weather or it rains. The company says it will last 10 to 20 years. Skovron says “(the black) Pet Loo will (probably) outlive a pet.”
He suggests keeping replacement grass around, but says replace it only if you feel it’s necessary. You might use it while cleaning and drying the original. The Pet Loo is available in pet stores in the U.S. and online at Amazon, SmartHome.com and www.thepetloo.com.
Prices range from $199.00 for smaller dogs to $239.00 for the larger size.
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