DNA Database To Identify Dog Doo & CCTV Peeping on Poopers

The town of Vercelli, Italy will be collecting DNA samples from all registered dogs to build a database.  Then, any unclaimed piles of poop littering the town will be tested and matched to the poopee resulting in a fine. What do you think the job title will be for that unfortunate job?

Vercelli isn’t the first town to do this.  Petah Tikvah, Israel implemented a similar poop DNA program.

Some UK towns are also keeping an eye on dog owners in a creepy, Big Brother way. Four different city councils in the UK —Derby, Bolton, Gateshead and Hartlepool—admitted they have used CCTV surveillance to investigate people not picking up their dog’s poop.

Giant Crocs Shoe For Pet Beds

Noooooooo!  The people at Unique Beasts have done the unthinkable.  They’ve made a pet bed in the shape of a giant Crocs shoe—they call it the Sasquatch Pet Bed.

Crocs are those brightly colored clogs some people like.  The first and only time I tried a pair of these on, I threw up a little in my mouth.  Maybe you’ve had to do an intervention for a family member concerning their wearing shoes meant for gnomes.  I submit these photos as evidence—adult gnome and child gnome. Don’t miss IHateCrocs, if Crocs have become a problem in your life.

I have to admit these pet beds are pretty funny.  The “shoe” or the base of the bed is made from closed cell resin, is easy to clean, and should be pretty durable.  And the washable “sock” liner is clever. They’re only sized for cats and smaller dogs.

Recall: SlyDog Retractable Leash

The SlyDog retractable leash is being recalled due to the metal snap hook bending or breaking loose from the dog’s collar and recoiling towards the person holding it. The leash was sold in Dollar General Store in the U.S. between September 2007 and August 2008.

The Center for Public Safety also has information on the recall.

You can get a full refund by following these instructions or call their hotline 888-296-3807: :

1. Package and mail your SlyDog Retractable Leash to the address below.
2. Include name, full mailing address and phone number.
3. Include sales receipt if you have it; if you don’t, note which Dollar General store location the purchase was made and the approximate date.

Mail to:
Attn: Retractable Leash Recall
160 Mitchell Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94903