Your Dog Can Tweet…Kinda

Mattel is releasing a toy called Puppy Tweets that will randomly tweet one of 500 pre-programmed messages to Twitter.  It’s a collar with a motion & sound sensor, so when your dog gets up from a nap or barks at the mailman, the collar will send a tweet along the lines of “I bark because I miss you. There, I said it. Now hurry home.”  At $29.99, I’m going to wait until they can make one like the collar on Dug in the movie Up(via Samuel Axon at Mashable)

Broken Umbrellas Upcycled Into Dog Raincoats

I love this!  Taryn Zychal had the great idea to take sad, broken umbrellas and transform them into cute raincoats for dogs. She has an etsy shop where you can get a coat for your dog big or small.  Kitties aren’t left out because she even makes cat toys from umbrella scraps.  Taryn was a finalist for the prestigious Cooper Hewitt People’s Design Award.  She was also asked to make a couple of her coats for Martha Stewart’s French Bulldogs, Francesca and Sharky.  Nifty!