Of all the things we love about attending Global Pet Expo, the industry's biggest annual trade show, our favorite is coming across products that amuse us by being unusual or surprisingly clever. Some are truly creative solutions to problems we all face, while others fill a need we didn't even know we had. Regardless, each item in this gallery is sure to make you smile.
Platinum Pets Pet Starz Shirts
These shirts might be ultra soft, but they rock ultra hard in both canine and human sizes, featuring seven funny and cute “Pet Starz” characters: King of Pup, I Pitty the Pup, Wrath of the Pup, I Kissed a Gurl Kitty, Born This Way Kitty, Doggy Style Pup and Teen Hearthrob Pup. Count us in.
Your dog loves you, and he loves his toys. So why not turn yourself into his new favorite toy? Pride Bites offers customizable dog toys that can feature either a depiction of you or a picture of him with his name in three easy steps.
Ever considered a fish tank in the kitchen? With these very stylish tanks, you’ll be thrilled to add your goldfish to any room of the house — no matter how upscale the décor. The tanks come in a variety of colors and animals, including elephant, whale, fish, cat, frog and even a heart shape. They aren’t available yet, but look for them in your local boutique soon.
Casey, a 4-year-old rescue Maltipoo, lounges on this stylish Cuddle Chair, which is part of a new line of luxury home products from Best Friends by Sheri. The chair will be available online in May.
Best Friends by Sheri Cuddle Chair, $300
Prevue Pet Pop-Up Park
Pop-Up Park from Prevue Pet is an all-wood playground for small- to medium-sized birds that folds up into a convenient carrying case with a cotton rope. Your bird will dig the perches, rope, swing, bell and ladder, and you’ll appreciate the fact that the various angles and surfaces are designed to promote exercise and stimulation. All colors and finishes are 100 percent pet safe.
Pop-Up Park will be available in pet stores nationwide in the coming weeks, $39.99
Prima Dog Nano Pet Beds
Prima Dog Nano Pet Beds are as varied as they are clever. Coming in 13 designs including a shark, puppy, French snail and watermelon, you’ll find an unusual design to suit your (or your pet’s) particular style. Assuming that style is a little whimsical and entertaining, that is!
Tired of carrying a pocketful of plastic bags to the park to pick up poop? Or stooping over the litterbox every day? Try the hassle-free PoogoStick, a scooper that allows you to easily clean up your pet's mess, whether it's in the litterbox or in the backyard.
The new Cruising Critter Raceway from Marshall Pet put a smile on our faces, so we can see why it’s designed for both stores to use for demonstrations and for family fun at home. We got to see it in action with two ferrets in a fierce race to the finish during the show, and while the race took only moments, that was long enough to draw a small crowd.
Cruising Critter Raceway will be available within the next two months at retailers, $29-$32
When Tina Moody's female dog went into heat for the first time, it caused "chaos" in her home of six dogs. So she asked her husband, a carpenter, to create a solution. His invention became the Stud Stopper, a male birth control tool made from vinyl with a stretch band that wraps around the waist. The product comes in five sizes, fitting dogs from 5 to 150 pounds.