Best In Show

WalletPop went to the recent NYC Pet Show to find doggie products that were best in show.

Would you pay $79.99 to find out whether Bowser was part-Schnauzer? Or any other kind of breed?
With doggie DNA test. You take a cheek swab of your mutt and mail the sample back to the lab. Three weeks later you have three generations of your hound’s hereditary history.

The results might explain why your dog digs a lot, chases birds, or drinks toilet water (oh wait, many do that.) “It helps with training and behavior,” Elizabeth Sourk, a spokeswoman for the Wisdom Panel Insights Dog DNA Test, told WalletPop.

WalletPop found a few other items that it considered best in show for fun and semi-frugality. I appreciated the Pup-Casso Paint Kit for Pets for sheer wackiness. Think of it as finger-painting for dogs. You place strategically placed paints on paper, apply a see-through plastic barrier, and encourage the dog to walk all over it. The paw-crushed images look to be what Jackson Pollock might have created had he watched “Blue’s Clues.”

I watched a dog try it out. Good for a minute or two of entertainment. Tammy Zaiko started the company a year ago after watching her Golden Retriever step on paint. She embraces the silliness. Said Zaiko: “You’ll never wake up and say, ‘Gee, I’m gonna buy a paint kit for my dog today.'”

The Easy Brush chew-it-yourself-toothbrush gets dogs into the brushing habit that probably eludes your 5-year-old human — plus you can use Cheez Whiz as the toothpaste, said rep Carrie R. Foote. The bone-shaped device has bristles at both ends, and the dog is supposed to chew on it for two minutes every other day. We wondered what happened to Milk Bones as the tartar-control king for canines. Foote said Milk Bones don’t clean the tough-to-reach parts of the gum line the way Easy Brush does.

Photos by Wisdom Panel Insights/Pup-Casso/Easy Brush.

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