Honda Dog Car

Honda has a dog-friendly car for the Japanese market called the W.O.W. (Wonderful Open-hearted Wagon). It has a small dog crate for a glove box, a back seat that can be made into a larger pen, removable and washable seat cushions, and a wood floor that can be removed and cleaned. There’s also a translated version of the Japanese Honda site to give you a good overview of its features.

DIY: Build Your Own Cat Tree

diycattree-copy.jpgStumped by the cost of upscale cat trees? Judy DePasse of DePurrs Persians has some great instructions on building your own. It includes tools and supplies needed, dimensions, and instructions.

It took her less than a day to build using mostly materials you can find at Home Depot or the like. Be sure you use sisal that doesn’t reek of oil, kerosene, etc. You probably won’t find that in most hardware stores. The stuff I’ve seen at Home Depot was too heavily oiled.

Don’t miss these other posts on a DIY cat tree and a DIY scratching post.

Lockable Leash

RuffWear has introduced a lockable leash to keep your dog safe on the sidewalk while you’re inside a store shopping. In addition to the lock, the leash has two steel cables running through it so the leash can’t just be cut. It looks and works like an ordinary leash until you use the clever locking system.

I’ve been reluctant to leave my dog, Saffron, tied up outside stores while I pop in to shop because it would kill me if someone took her. And that’s not that far fetched–I’m not the only one who thinks Saffron’s the most beautiful, obedient, sweetest, wonderful dog–she gets a ton of attention when we’re out. Plus, I’ve seen news stories where people have had their dog stolen while they were inside a store. I’d feel safer leaving her for a short time outside a store using this leash.