It’s been at least a week since I grossed you out. ”Too long!” some may shout. ”Not long enough!” others will cry.
I, myself, subscribe to the “Too long!” camp.
My dog, who just turned four is seven pounds. I live on the top floor (4) of my condo building, and there is no elevator. When my ex-wife and I got the dog we bought a PetLoo. Nowadays there are many copycat products, but the original was developed by an Aussie woman.
I have a large back deck that opens from the kitchen. Quickly we trained the dog to go out and do her ones and twosies on the PetLoo. There are little holes in the astroturf that allows urine to flow through and into a cup. For plops, you just have to grab them off the top.
It’s recommended each day to run hot water over the fake-grass as this will keep the urine from binding to the astroturf. But seriously, who is going to do that? Not this guy. I don’t even pick up her poop if we go for a walk. I mean, I probably have picked up poop about twelve times total. In four years.
Once a year I have to buy a new thing of grass. It’s like $60 and it’s a must. The stench is so bad you can smell it from six feet away on any day should the wind pick up.
In between new grass purchases, I remember to clean it a few times. Tonight was one of those times.
What I do is clear everything out of the dishwasher and load up the PetLoo, face-down on the top rack. I put a large amount of soap and flip it on. Within five minutes the jets are doing the heavy lifting.
When I first bought this I asked the company if the dishwasher was a good idea. They told me it would ruin the fake grass. This turned out not to be true. What was true, and what they didn’t tell me was that the kitchen would smell like a public beach bathroom. If you’re into piss, you’ll love it.
At the end of the forty-five minute cycle it’s like the National Asparagus Growers Council is partying in my kitchen. But imagine they’re hanging out in a sauna at the time. Hot dog peeps is what comes and punches you in the face when you open the dishwasher door.
I then run it through again. Once done, I pull it out (still reeks of the yella) and put it back on the Pet Loo. I then run a third full cycle totally empty with a lot of soap. After that, the dishwasher is ready for primetime. The smell is gone and in goes the silverware and plates.
So, to recap – I wash the dog bathroom in the dishwasher two consecutive cycles. Then I run it a third time empty. Maybe that’s a water waster. I don’t know. I don’t seem to care.
The photo below was just taken. I had to fold one half of it up so you could see. It covers the whole entire top area.