I’ve been a little down lately, what with my book going into a coma and my renewed need to keep an eye on Frankie’s diabetes medication. And — occupational hazard — I don’t have any extra money to spend on cheering self-indulgences.
It’s true that, as a food writer, I often get free food, but every diet book in the universe cautions you against using food as a mood elevator. It’s also true that, as a pet blogger, I get a lot of offers to review pet products, but they’re usually items geared towards making Frankie happy, like food or toys, or they are deodorant shampoos and cleaning supplies designed to make it easier to co-exist with a stinky dog. Even if Frankie were malodorous and dirty — he’s not! — these products wouldn’t bring me joy.
But my self-pity party was interrupted by an email last week asking if I was interested in checking out the Throver by Crypton — a super stylish pet throw that “looks like a blanket and acts like a tarp.”
Ever since I wrote the “Better Dog Homes and Gardens” chapter of AM I BORING MY DOG and discovered there was an ultra dirt- — and bodily function- — resistant fabric that was also great looking, I began coveting it. Also, the company that created it was ahead of the curve, gearing their products to pet people back in 2004 when Crypton commissioned William Wegman, pet photographer and artist extraordinaire — he’s known especially for his soulful Weimeraner images — to create some fabric designs for them.
Sadly, the Crypton line was a bit beyond my budget.
So you can imagine my excitement when I got an offer of a freebie. Being pushy, I not only said I’d love a Throver but that one with a William Wegman design would make me very happy.
Where will I put it?
I considered giving the Throver a home in my car but, when it arrived, it was not only as great looking as I’d hoped, but it was also a turquoise, brown, and beige pattern that matched my living room perfectly.
It kind of matched Frankie, too.
Frankie doesn’t generally pee inside the house, but there was one rug that seemed to invite him to lift his leg on it. I finally just got rid of it and got a cheap washable shag rug as a substitute. Frankie peed on that too — just once, but it made me think it was the location in front of the fireplace that inspired him to express himself, putting out an imaginary conflagration with real pee.
Anyway, I substituted the Throver for the ugly shag rug and, as you can see from the picture. Frankie is as snug as a bug on it.
Okay Mr. Innocent, go ahead and do your worst. I dare you!
As you will have surmised, but in case there’s any doubt, I got this product for free. No one paid me to say nice things about it, however, or to take cute pictures of Frankie on it.
I’m not giving it away in a contest. It’s mine. You can’t have it. If you want one, you’ll have to buy your own, for $99.
It’s worth every penny. It’s reversible. Machine washable. And you can use it as a yoga mat. Your dog won’t mind if you borrow it.
Check out the other Crypton products too, while you’re at the site. If you dare. Now I think I need the matching Gameboard Messmat...