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AshPoopie Promises to Transform Dog Waste
What will I do with my old newspaper bags?

It’s rare that I’m astonished by a dog product, but color me blown away by the AshPoopie. Now, I haven’t tested the AshPoopie—in fact, it hasn’t even hit the market yet but the idea, due out as a prototype from Paulee CleanTec early next year—sounds like a pretty awesome alternative to bagging waste in plastic and sending it to the landfill.

Here’s how it’s supposed to work (video demo below). You head out to walk your dog—or to clear landmines from the backyard—armed with your AshPoopie wand, which sort of looks like a long, sleek flashlight. Lower it over the offending pile, press a button in the handle and a pair of pincer-style scoops open at the other end. Press another button, the scoopers collect the mess—drawing it into a little blender-like container where it is mixed together with an incinerating mixture, and, voila, your dog’s waste is transformed into an odorless, sterile mound of ash.

I don’t see any mention of cost—for the wand or the incinerating cartridges. So I’m wondering: How much would you pay to never have to carry poop in a bag again?

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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