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  1. wetcoyote
    wetcoyote November 12, 2018 6:23 pm

    I watched the tug n brush ad with no sound (my USB headphones were recharging) – and it screamed late nite infomercial claptrap.

    OY! dog owners, do the job right yourself as I do or at least suck up the costs and have it done.

    I have a Vizsla that is very people centered and will explode if they cant get up in your grill often… A clean (as it can be) dog muzz is important in that regard.

  2. M
    M November 12, 2018 9:58 pm

    Nice to see the fingerprints piece from Schneier. I’ve had a lot of driving to do recently, a security course to work toward finishing, and lots of DefCon talks to listen to. One of the more recent ones was regarding this, and Schneier is always interesting to listen to.

    The Stan Lee piece is wonderful. Thanks for that.d

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold November 12, 2018 11:12 pm

    Please please please don’t let them CGI Stan Lee’s cameos.

  4. James
    James November 13, 2018 5:49 am

    Yes, larryarnold … that business of CGI’ing dead folks is creepy as hell. I really wish they’d quit doing that.

  5. Claire
    Claire November 13, 2018 7:09 am

    wetcoyote — Thanks for that. I’m not sure about the Tug-n-Brush, either; but I’d like to think it would help, as Ava and I both absolutely hate doggie toothbrushing. I’ve tried peanut butter flavored toothpastes and beef flavored and on and on … but she clearly regards the whole process as an assault on her sovereignty and her body no matter what I do.

  6. Michael Stone
    Michael Stone November 13, 2018 7:31 am

    I have never brushed my dog’s teeth and they always have white teeth and no dog-breath.
    The solution: give them a good, meaty bone once or twice a week.

  7. jc2k
    jc2k November 13, 2018 10:45 am

    I don’t know about the tug-n-brush, but anything has to be better than trying to hold your dog down and shoving a toothbrush in their mouth.

  8. Claire
    Claire November 13, 2018 1:37 pm

    Oh, I dunno. Losing several fingers after holding your dog down and shoving a toothbrush in their mouth could be worse. 😉

    Actually, I think if you’re doing it right you’re not supposed to have to either hold them down or lose fingers. Ava lets me pry her mouth open and insert the brush without protest, but she then stands there the whole time, balefully accusing me of betraying her sweet puppy trust with my cruel and unaccountable act of dog abuse.

  9. Claire
    Claire November 13, 2018 2:07 pm

    Michael Stone — You’re right about meaty bones, although as the dog gets older (and my Ava is 13 now), it does take a little more than that. She had her first under-anesthetic tooth cleaning last year. Had a bad tooth removed, too. Now her teeth tend to go brown and her breath gets stinkier than it used to.

    I gave my dogs knucklebones for years, but had to stop because they gave Robbie (2001-2016) the runs and pukes. For a tough boy who thought he was the boss of the world, Robbie had an incredibly delicate digestive system. And I couldn’t very well give the other dogs bones and not let him have one.

  10. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 13, 2018 3:22 pm

    I would like cleaning da Bones teeth about as much as giving me cat a bath!

  11. Joel
    Joel November 13, 2018 4:05 pm

    😀 I watched that video and came away thinking, “people don’t really brush their dogs’ teeth. That’s just the gag of the video, right?” And then I read the comments here and all the normal people, including Claire, think there’s nothing the least bit odd about brushing a dog’s teeth and they wonder aloud if this gadget might not be the answer to their dog-tooth-brushing issues.

    I am living in the past.

  12. Claire
    Claire November 13, 2018 5:35 pm

    I am living in the past.

    If it’s any comfort, Joel, until a couple of years ago, I thought doggie tooth brushing was only for little yapper dogs who dined on nothing but soft foods — and even then it seemed as goofy as tying pink ribbons in their hair. Mostly I still think that. Big dogs that eat kibble and gnaw bones or rawhides have much less need of it. But Ava needs it now that she’s getting old and Furrydoc tells me it’s the right thing to do. So I try. But I join you in thinking it’s a rather ridiculous occupation.

  13. Michael Stone
    Michael Stone November 14, 2018 6:57 am

    Ah, I never considered that my solution would not work as the dogs age.
    For a variety of reasons, every dog I’ve had has ended up living with someone else as they got older.

    I’ll have to watch out as my current batch age…

    Thanks, Claire.

  14. Claire
    Claire November 14, 2018 6:58 pm

    jc2k — Awwwwwwww. (I’ll bet awwwwwwwww isn’t the cat’s opinion, but that was adorable.)

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