Is your pooch Bowlingual? Does your kitty clean your litter box?

Or find your pet or let your dog jog inside your house
Doing the right thing for your pet from $1,200 or $79

By Walter Brooks

Last year US pet owners spent $43 billion on their animals. Since you are reading this article about pets, you know that you can go into any pet store  on Cape Cod or on the South Shore and find brushes for $60, cat scratchers for $200, and dog beds for as much as $450.

Watch this dog's bark be translated into people-talk.

The problem is novelty instead of practicality. Who needs a device which can translate your dog's barks?

Pet lovers in Japan can understand their dogs better than ever before with a gadget that translates doggy talk into human words. Bowlingual, the new device made by toymaker Takara Co., has dogs saying things like "I'm feeling great!" "It's so annoying!" and "Come on, play with me!" Kids and grown-ups alike are fascinated by the thought of finding out what their canine buddies are really thinking. The $30 device will also perform:

  • Bark Translation: Analyzes your dog's barks to determine which of six emotions it is feeling: happy, sad, frustrated, on guard, assertive and needy.The device then provides a phrase matched to the emotion, to represent what your dog might say if only it could speak
  • Body Language: A guide to interpret your dog's behavior to help you teach and care for your dog
  • Data Analysis: Maintains a record of the 100 most recently analyzed barks for your reference.
  •  And has a Home Alone Mode which monitors and records your dog's barks and emotions for up to 8 hours while you're out of the house and your pooch is left alone.

See the Bowlingual here.

The smelliest pet task made easier


Ask any cat owner what part of owning an indoor pussy is the worst, and odds are they will say cleaning and emptying the litter box. We wrote "indoor" because no pet owner should leave their pets outdoors with Cape Cod's booming coyote population. If you haven't seen any cats or dogs running free in the past decade it's because they have all been dinner for a coyote.

Plenty of litter boxes claim automatic cleaning, but the Litter-Robot is the one that delivers. A weight sensor marks when your cat enters and when it leaves the igloo shaped devise. The Litter-Robot then counts down from seven minutes and, as long as the sensor hasn't been activated again, the self-cleaning action begins as shown in the video on the right.

The company calls it the automatic self-cleaning litter box that really works. It does free you from the chore of litter box scooping. Pet owners can be sure that your cats have a litter box that is cleaned automatically and reliably, again and again. The large waste drawer holds several days' worth of waste. You can take that weekend trip or leave town for a short business trip without having to worry about your cat's litter box smelling up the house, and all this for $329.

 Let your dog  jog inside your home

Watch this 100 lb. dog set a speed record.

You know your canine doesn't get enough exercise, especially since you started skipping your daily two-mile run or walk. If you have the money, you can keep your pooch fit and healthy while you remain a couch potato watching "Oprah".

That is if you have $1,200 for a doggy treadmill.

Every dog is better behaved and needs exercise to stay healthy. Since both of you are probably working, you're not around as much as you'd like to be to take Fido for a daily beach walk or even toss the ball with your pup in your yard (if you even have one).

But Dog Trotter offers a treadmill designed with canines in mind. Guardrails ensure your dog doesn't escape his workout, and an 11-degree incline is said to provide the resistance needed to build strength and muscle.

Electronic Cat Finder


If your cat is worth $79.95, you should never let it outside without a "Cat Finder."

Loc8tor is a credit card-sized device which can be used to find almost anything when it has a tiny homing tag attached to it - keys, cameras, TV remotes, pets, mobile phones, wallets, purses or even the car. It's small enough to fit in a wallet.

The Loc8tor Lite is specifically for locating and comes supplied with two tags.

Unlike anything else currently available, the Loc8tor's audio and visual cues from the handheld point you in the right direction and will guide you to the exact location of the missing pet (or other item) whether it's two yards away or stuffed down the back of the sofa or left behind in a shop. It will literally take you minutes to find a missing kitty that would normally have you hunting around for hours and maybe never be found at all. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on