Nina Yang's terrier Pebbles is now kissably sweet-smelling.
Smell Goodies wins honor
Smell Goodies, a new all-natural deodorizing tablet for dogs, created by the Hawaii company Pet Mint, has been named winner of the 2007 Pet Product News Editors' Choice Award.
News of the win came as a surprise to Pet Mint president Paula Chong, who said she didn't know how the editors found out about the product.
"We launched it in July last year, so we're pretty thrilled to get this recognition in a little more than a year," she said.
Pet Product News is a monthly business news magazine covering issues and trends affecting all sectors of the professional pet industry, and each year, hundreds of new products are tested to uncover the best and most innovative.
Unlike other pet-odor products, Smell Goodies -- like Body Mint for people -- freshen and deodorize a dog's breath and body, working with the pet's digestive system to neutralize "doggie smells" before they are emitted through the dog's breath or onto its coat. A 30-day supply is $15.95, available at www.smellgoodies.com, most pet stores, Longs Drugs, don Quijote, Foodland, Star Market and Sack 'N' Save.
The success of Body Mint resulted in people asking for a similar product for their dogs, because let's face it, man's best friend can be downright smelly, and if you're cohabiting with or toting a putrid pooch, others may not want either of you around.
"At first it sounded funny, but we realized there's a huge potential market," Chong said.
Smell Goodies took two years to develop. Its active ingredient is a derivative of chlorophyll. "It takes some time to build up in their system, but should work in four to five days."
One dog owner, Nina Yang, uses it on both her dogs, a Dalmation and a Jack Russell terrier, who live outdoors.
"For some reason, outdoor dogs get really smelly," she said. She was bathing them once a week, but in the six to seven months that she's been using Smell Goodies, she said they don't have to be bathed as often.
You do have to start with a nice, clean dog, she said. "It won't make them smell better if they already smell bad."