Off the Shelf
Poop disposal is a fact of life for dog parents, and Bay Woof recently tried out a new product, The PooVault (PooVault.com, $17.99).
As a longtime pooper-scooper of dogs living in urban settings, I have to say I am not squeamish at all about picking up poop via a bag and don’t mind carrying the poop-filled bag(s) until a trash receptacle is available. But I realize some people might be put off by the practice, and the PooVault might make them feel less grossed out, if that’s their issue.
So what is it? A U.S. made plastic (HDPE) container with a beefy latch that you put the poop-containing bags in, locking the refuse in. It comes with a carabiner and together weighs 4.9 ounces. It’s 5 inches wide, 3.6 inches tall, 2.5 inches deep at the top, and its volume is 400 milliliters or 13.5 ounces, which is how much poop exactly?
That’s the No. 1 question, apparently, and the website explained, “The PooVault has been known to carry two poops from a 70-pound Labrador, but without knowing the size, activity level, and diet of a dog, it is hard to know what to recommend. It is best to be on the safe side and get the original PooVault for a dog 55 pounds or lower if you plan on carrying more than one poop.” The FAQs section also states, “A larger PooVault is in the works.”
You can clip it to a belt loop with the carabiner, and the PooVault also has a belt clip. The idea is that you place the poop-containing bag inside and thus can enjoy a walk with you hands poop-bag free and there’s no stink. “More happy, less crappy” is the tagline.
I found it a little bulky and a bit impractical, and you truly have to manhandle it with two hands to get it open. Even so, it’s a great invention for those times when trash cans may be few and far between.
Main article photo by: Courtesy PooVault