Peck a Pick: Retro Toothpick Dispensing Bird

Getting animals to do things for you can be an astounding feat. Sure, Fido would play fetch with you from sun up to sun down if he could, but with a memory that doesn’t extend beyond 10 minutes and no opposable thumbs, he won’t be setting your dinner table or filing your taxes anytime soon.

That’s why this little toothpick bird gadget is so amazing. Sitting atop a round, black plastic base, this bird toothpick dispenser is just waiting to give you a hand, be it grabbing an hors d’oeuvre or scraping bits of food from your teeth. Simply push down on its little red & black toothpick bird head and watch as the bird pops back up – politely offering you a toothpick.

In addition to keeping your toothpicks handy, the toothpick bird dispenser also keeps them pristine. The bird’s squeaky-clean plastic beak is the only other thing that touches your toothpick. You’ll never again have to worry about whose grubby hands brushed against all the other toothpicks while grabbing one from a conventional container.

The overlap of quirky aesthetics, charming interactivity and reasonable pricing is our Useful Things sweet spot, and it’s safe to say that this little pick pecking fellow fits in perfectly. So won’t you take him home today? He’s no fun to throw a ball with, but when it’s time to fetch a toothpick, he’s just what the doctor ordered.

DIY Ventilated Cat Litter Box Reduces Odors

We’ve all had the unfortunate experience of getting a whiff of a stinky litter box, haven’t we? If you’re a cat owner, and especially an owner of indoor or multiple cats, you’ll appreciate this DIY project called the “Cat Jet.” The Cat Jet is a ventilation system that pumps the cat box fumes outdoors, much like a bathroom exhaust fan. In fact, the system uses a bathroom exhaust fan to accomplish its purpose. Other parts include a vent kit, an extension cord, and a timer. The average cost? Just $80. How’s that for a fresher smelling garage, laundry room, or bathroom? The Cat Jet can be set up anywhere that has access to an exterior wall or window, but place it carefully. You don’t want the litter box smells to be pumped out of the box and into your master bedroom window, should you have it open!

Instructions and article on the Cat Jet litter box ventilation system can be found here.

Robotic Sweeper Eliminates Pet Hair

Are you a pet owner who is constantly waging a battle against your fuzzy friends’ hair? Do you have to vacuum or sweep once a day in order to rid your home of the white layer on your carpet, or the dust bunnies that accumulate under furniture and in the corners? Good news—iRobot has released a new version of the Roomba Automatic Vacuum Cleaner/Sweeper specifically designed to clean up after your pets. The best part? Aside from the initial set-up and programming, and the cleaning of the bins, you don’t have to lift a finger. The Roomba does all the work. It even climbs back onto its charger when it’s done cleaning.

The new Roomba 532 and 562 come with counter-rotating brushes and a high capacity sweeper bin to trap more pet hair than their original counter-part. Both models clean hard to reach areas, such as wall edges and beneath couches, and they automatically adjust between carpets and hardwood floors. The Roomba 532 can clean up to three standard sized rooms per charge, while the 562 can clean up to four standard sized rooms per charge. At $349 and $399 respectively, you can a clean floor 7 days a week with minimal effort.

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Knock Knock. Who’s There? Howl. Howl Who? Howl we know if the dog needs out?

Front door beat up from your dog or cat scratching to get out? Have you’ve missed the cues and your pet’s had a few accidents? You could install a pet door that allows your animals to come and go as they please, but do you want to give them that kind of control? If you want to keep your pets safe, and you don’t want to cut up your door, or allow the neighborhood riff-raff, including those sneaky skunks and raccoons, access to your home, get a Smart Pet Doorbell. The doorbell senses your pet’s SmartKey and dings. It will detect your pet whether it’s indoors or outdoors, at a range of up to 15 feet. The volume levels are adjustable, and it will work for up to five pets. Check out more of the doorbell’s features at Petsafe.

Smart Pet Doorbell