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FURminator's new wearable dog towel: Does it hold water?

I'll readily admit that I think the Furminator is one of the greatest pet gadgets ever invented. Have you ever tried one of them on a double-coated dog? Or a short-haired cat? It's crazy how much fur those things comb away.

So you can imagine how excited I was when the FURminator people invented another product.

The new gadget is called a FUR Dry. It's a wearable dog towel that the company promises will help people dry their dogs "effortlessly" with a "patented solution."

I was expecting FUR Dry would be like one of those towel wraps that people give a lot as graduation gifts, the ones with the elastic on one side.

It is, a little. But not really.

What came out of the box was a very, very, very soft little robe made of royal blue terry cloth. One day when it was raining really hard, I put it by the door to grab when I brought Teddy Bean home from our walk.

When I got in with the wet, wiggling pup, I was surprised to realize that getting him into the get-up wasn't entirely intuitive. I had to follow the instructions on the box, while water puddled underneath Beanie.

It didn't take THAT long to get the thing on him in a reasonable way -- though in the end, it didn't look quite as smooth as the picture on the box. Not a big deal. But here's the rub -- Beanie's wettest parts, his feet, were sticking out. And, even worse, because the little robe was wrapped all around him -- he sort of froze, in the way he does when something is touching him in one of his "off limits" spots. (Beanie has a number of private parts -- his nose, his mouth and, especially when it comes to clothing, his hindquarters. If a raincoat or a sweater or a Halloween costume touches anything near his tail region, it's over. He's not moving.... )

So, he sat there, frozen in place on the rug, looking like a very cute soggy pup, in a sweet little robe. But he wouldn't move. Not even when I went into the kitchen and went toward his favorite cabinet. Not even when I jingled the treat bag.

Though that wouldn't be a problem for a less sensitive pup, what would be is that the FUR Dry doesn't magically absorb water. It doesn't "effortlessly" dry a dog. With the thing on, Teddy didn't seem to get any drier, any faster, than he does when I rub him down with a regular towel.

These things aren't cheap. The price of a FUR Dry ranges from $25.95 for a puppy size to $50.95 for a "giant."

Considering the cost and what the FUR Dry actually does versus a towel, I wouldn't recommend it, except as a cute, soft garment for swaddling wet pups for the person who has everything.

The Verdict: One and a half out of 4 stars. 

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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