It's nearing the end of winter and with the very welcome warmer weather comes the not so welcome wet paws. The ten inches of snow we received in early March is now one inch of standing water on some VERY saturated grass. So when our good friends at Happy Hound sent us a Soggy Doggy Doormat to test out, I was (in a word) thrilled.
My first impression was how plush and thick the microfibers felt. They were super soft to touch and quite spongy. I have to admit, when I unrolled the mat I stood barefoot on it just to feel the fibers between my toes ... s'not weird. I received the Large size (a generous 26" x 36") in caramel with the oatmeal bone design - the perfect size and color for our foyer. There was ample room for the front door to swing over the fibers and the no-slip grips on the back of the mat held it in place.
But the true test of course was at hand ... er, paw. I didn't want to disappoint, so I let him really go at it in a few puddles. His paws were pretty wet and pretty dirty. If I wasn't testing the mat, I would have brought out one of the towels we keep in the coat closet and a few baby wipes, but I restrained myself for the sake of research. Whiskey doesn't currently know a command to wipe his paws, but he does know the command to spin which I instructed him to do several times. And then ... he stepped on my white carpet ...
I was shocked. I figured the mat would be good at soaking up water, but I had low expectations for mud removal. But the plush texture and loose fibrous top seemed to wipe dirt away quite easily. I can't say his paws were completely bone dry. Obviously the tops of his paws and his legs were still damp, but the bottom of his paws passed our cream carpet test. Matter of fact, it passed our cream carpet test three more times in the same day. Also notable was the no-slip backing which kept the mat from moving while Whiskey did his spins. It doesn't keep the edges of the mat from moving if you were to accidentally lift an edge with a foot, and I can't say for sure if it would keep the mat in place if your pooch performs the "wipe paws" command. However, I would say it is comparable to any bathroom mat.
I'm really impressed with the Soggy Doggy Doormat. It's a handy product, especially through the rainy months of spring. It even soaks up moisture from our shoes - taking care of all household paws! I also like that the mat comes in several sizes: Small (18" x 24"), Large (26" x 36"), and Extra Large (36" x 60"). Also quite attractive are the many color options the mat comes in. If you live in a soggy spring environment, you might consider giving these mats a go. I think we'll even purchase another one in extra large for the sliding back door.