We travel all over the country with our dogs.
Not just to satisfy our own sense of adventure, but with the hope to inspire others to get out and explore with their dogs as well. Though the pictures on our Instagram feed may be beautiful, through our road trip logs we always try to paint a realistic picture of what traveling with pets is really like. And it’s not always glamorous…
Carry In, Carry Out
While we are thrilled with how pet friendly many parks and public spaces have become, one of the issues that we still constantly run into is a lack of garbage cans.
Let’s face it – dogs are going to poop, and the lack of adequate places to discard of their waste is a real problem. We have found this to be especially true at National Parks with strict carry in, carry out policies.
This means that responsible pet parents can be left bringing a stinky bag of poop back home with them in the car! This has happened to us countless times and it is probably even worse than it sounds! That bag of poop in your hand may not smell when its outside, but once it gets into your car, all bets are off! It smells BAD!
If this has never happened to you consider yourself lucky, but be prepared for when it does!
We were recently contacted by a company with a solution to this problem – The Poop, Scoop & Boogie! They were kind enough to send us a unit to test out, and are sponsoring this post so that we can help to spread the word about this new product!
Introducing the Poop Scoop and Boogie
The Poop Scoop and Boogie is a travel trash can that attaches to your car’s exterior, allowing you to bring your pets waste home with you – without having to smell it along the way. No longer do you need to suffer for being a responsible pet parent!
How Does It Work?
The Poop Scoop & Boogie attaches to the back of your car with several strong (rubber coated) magnets. No mounting or tools are required and it installs in seconds! From straight on it just looks just like those oval shaped bumper stickers you see all over the place, but it does have a depth of just over 1 inch.
In order to use, simply grab the outer shell and pull down flat for the unit to open. This will expose an inner hinge and the nylon receptacle used for holding full poop bags. Lift this up from the side and spread apart the two jaws to access the bag.
As you can see below, their are multiple knobs along the rim to hold this bag firmly in place. (These also make it very easy to remove should you ever want to wash the material.)
Now you can place a poop bag inside and that’s it! You are loaded up and ready to go!
Trying It Our for Ourselves – A Poop, Scoop and Boogie Review!
For those of you who don’t know, my day job is as a Mechanical Engineer. As such, I have done my share of plastic part design, and can tell pretty quickly when a product is up to snuff. As soon as I got my hands on the Poop, Scoop and Boogie, I could tell that it was built to last. The tooling was impressive, the hinges well designed, and it has a great strength to weight ratio.
After sticking the unit onto our vehicle, I was very impressed with the strength of the magnets. It felt sturdy but was not difficult to remove. I was also happy to see that it didn’t leave any marks whatsoever! (Despite the rubber coating of the magnets, it should be noted that you should not slide it along your car to re-position. Instead just lift and reset!)
Probably my favorite feature however, is that the magnets were cleverly assembled to pivot slightly so that the unit can fit onto curved body panels!
In the picture below you will notice a clasp at the very top of the unit. This allows the outer shell to snap in place when folded flat, to prevent it from falling and keep a low profile. When closed, the Poop, Scoop and Boogie is barely noticeable, especially on a dark vehicle like ours. Otherwise it would simply look like a bumper sticker from the back.
We found the Poop, Scoop & Boogie to be plenty spacious, and estimate that it would hold 2 bags from our large dogs.
When you are ready to head home simply squeeze the jaws together (as shown above) to partially close the opening. The Poop, Scoop & Boogie remains folded down during use, and the hard shell underneath provides additional support.
Why MyDogLikes the Poop, Scoop & Boogie
The smell of wet dog after a hike can be bad enough, but having to bring their waste back into the car will really push things over the edge! Especially on a hot and humid day! YUK!
Not only can this be a problem at parks, but any public spaces with a lack of garbage cans. For example, Charlie is just starting his work as a therapy dog at Rachael’s school, and he has quickly made a habit of doing his business right before they enter the building for the day. As there are no outdoor trash cans, the Poop, Scoop & Boogie is going to come in handy every day!
The Poop, Scoop & Boogie solves a stinky, but common problem by letting you carry your pets waste outside of the vehicle on your way back home. It is such a unique idea and we were very impressed with the execution. The makers of The Poop, Scoop & Boogie have been able to design a product which is unobtrusive and highly functional at the same time. This is a well made product and after trying it out we can’t imagine how we’d ever go back!
It is currently available for $24.99, which in our opinion is well worth the convenience after only a couple of uses! We would highly recommend picking one up for yourself, plus it makes an awesome gift for dog lovers!