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11 Strange Products You Can Purchase for Your Pooch

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If you forgot to buy your four-legged pal an extra-special stocking stuffer on Black Friday, fear not—one of these nifty dog presents might fit the bill (provided you don’t mind drawing odd looks from the neighbors).

1. Bowser Beer 

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“Is your dog drinking responsibly?” asks the official Bowser Beer website. You can even have your pet’s face printed on the label when you order a six-pack of this non-alcoholic brew. Be advised, however, that the drinks come with beef and chicken flavoring, so human consumption might not end well.

2. Sexy Beast Perfume 

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The first of many doggy beautification products on this list, “Sexy Beast” is a unisex aroma designed to spruce up your dog without confounding his or her refined sense of smell.

3. Purebreed Political Propaganda 

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Fun Fact: Dogs have been quietly taking over the world for decades. If you welcome our new canine overlords, here’s a great way to show your support. Thanks to the folks at obeythepurebreed.com, one can purchase revolutionary dog portraits complete with Marxist headgear and Soviet backgrounds. “Chairman Meow” décor is also available for cat-fanciers.

4. Humunga Lips Dog Toy

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Rover will look like a furry Angelina Jolie thanks to this unique little toy. Giant red lips are attached to a “chewy, durable ball” which allegedly “makes for some laugh-out-loud games of ‘fetch.’” Of course, this is assuming that you actually want your dog to retrieve this thing after throwing it away.

5. Pawlish Nail Polish

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If you’re a dog owner with a keen sense of fashion and superhuman patience, why not paint her claws? With colors like “poodle pink” and “fire hydrant red,” what glitzy dog could resist? Though the website no longer works, a few bottles are available on eBay.

6. Songs to Make Dogs Happy

After observing the reactions of “over 200 canine participants” to an assortment of musical genres, the good folks at Laurel Canyon Animal Company released a CD filled with original songs designed to encourage tail-wagging in doggy listeners. Don’t believe me? Check out their head-scratching single “Squeaky-Deaky,” above.

7. People Crackers For Dogs

Nowadays, your pooch can have the satisfaction of eating a people-shaped snack food without developing a taste for human flesh. It’s a win-win!

8. Treat Launcher

Lethargic dog-lovers, your prayers have been answered! This gun-like accessory fires pieces of kibble up to ten feet away, turning feeding time into a high-intensity spectacle. May the odds be ever in your favor, Fido!

9. Puppy Tweets

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Funny, I used to think “doggy Twitter” meant piddling on fire hydrants. But thanks this state-of-the-art tag, whenever your dog moves or barks, a Tweet is sent to her customized Twitter feed. That’s right, now you can monitor every single thing she does twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

10. Rear Gear Butt Cover 

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From the official website: “Rear Gear is a fun and enchanting way of covering your pet’s rear while boosting [its] confidence!” So what is it? A colorful sticker that dangles over its buttocks (“No more Mr. Brown eye!” boasts the slogan).

11. The Poop Tent 

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Now Max can have peace of mind when he defecates. If the weather outside is frightful, set up one of these waterproof tents so he can relieve himself in bliss. Plus, it’s shaped like a grinning puppy for good measure.

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Get IKEA's New Pet Furniture Collection for Not a Lot of Scratch
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The biggest surprise about IKEA's newest product line is that it has taken this long to debut. This week, the North American arm of the Swedish furniture giant unveiled a new assortment of furniture designed specifically for four-legged customers. Dubbed LURVIG (Swedish for “hairy”), pet owners can now browse IKEA aisles for everything from dog beds to cat scratching posts—many of which have a distinct IKEA twist.

Their pet couch ($49.95), for example, folds out into a bed; another bed is small enough to slide under a human-sized mattress. Their “cat house on legs” ($54.95) looks like a retro TV and allows space for a cat to stalk you from behind a screen.

An assortment of IKEA pet furniture
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The retailer solicited advice from veterinarians on product design that would be functional while sitting comfortably within the IKEA aesthetic. “It is quite important for IKEA to have a pet range that fits into our normal furniture range,” Barbara Schäfer, IKEA’s product risk assessment leader, told Curbed. “As a pet owner I can say, so far, the normal pet products are quite ugly.” (Don't hold back, Barbara.)

The LURVIG line is currently being rolled out to IKEA stores, but you’ll have to be willing to be your furry pal’s personal shopper; the company doesn’t allow pets in their stores, save for service animals.

[h/t Curbed]

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Aibo, Sony’s Failed Robot Dog, Is Returning as a Smart Home Device
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When Sony released its robotic dog Aibo in 1999, marketing it as “Man’s Best Friend for the 21st Century,” sales were impressive. But the public fascination didn’t last forever. Even though it was low-maintenance and allergy-free, most dog-lovers still preferred the pets they had to clean up after and feed. Aibo was discontinued seven years later.

Now, Mashable reports that Aibo is making a comeback, and it’s been given a few updates to make it a better fit for the current decade. When the robot companion returns to shelves in spring of 2018, it will double as a smart home device. That’s a big step up from the early Aibos, which couldn’t do much beyond playing fetch, wagging their tails, and singing the occasional song.

Sony’s original Aibo team, which was redistributed throughout the company in 2006, has reformed to tackle the project. Instead of trying to replace your flesh-and-blood Fido at home, they’ve designed a robot that can compete with other AI home speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home. The new dog can connect to the internet, so owners will be able to command it to do things like look up the weather as well as sit and fetch. Aibo will run on an open source software, which means that third party developers will be able to program new features that Sony doesn’t include in the initial release.

While Aibo is often remembered as a turn-of-the-millennium failure, it's still beloved in some communities. In 2015 The New York Times published a short documentary profiling owners in Japan who struggle to care for their robots as parts become scarce. When the pets break down for good, some of them even hold Aibo funerals. It will soon became clear if the 2018 models inspire a cult following of their own.

[h/t Mashable]

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