Every pet deserves a fresh patch of real grass: dog; cat; pig; hamster; guinea pig; ferret; rabbit; goat – you name it. Of course, not every pet lives in an environment conducive to growing grass. And let’s face it, if you live in a big city, grassy areas are hard to come by. So, what is a pet owner supposed to do? The answer used to be: potty pads! This I know from experience. When my mom adopter her puppy, we plastered every square inch of flooring with super moisture-absorbing sheets of this stuff to ensure her little Peanut didn’t damage the wood. No matter how many pads we put down, he found a way to pee right through them; the wood grain was never the same.
It turns out, she wasn’t the only resident struggling to train her puppy; many of her neighbors also expressed their frustration, requesting that a dog runner be landscaped. To my surprise, their wish was granted! And it was fantastic. Little Peanut sprinted his heart out to reach the grass when mom would take him out in the mornings. (Picture an Ewok running back-and-forth forth at full speed for ten minutes straight – this grass provided him so much joy.) However, as many dog owners are aware, dog runners present challenges as more and more residents become aware of their presence. First the grass starts to die, then people begin to leave their pup’s waste behind and before you know it, owners leave their dogs to fend for themselves as they take a phone call. No thanks.
Being a little Jack-Russell-Yorkie-mix, it wasn’t long before the larger breeds pushed Peanut out of his own grass-patch, forcing mom to find new areas to walk him. It was clear that Peanut needed his own personal piece of lawn, one that only he could roll around on, scratch at, and pee on. So, he received turf.
Nearly seven years later, as I was arriving home one evening after work, my phone lit up with a text from my sister: an image of a tiny puppy appeared on my screen. My sister had just adopted a teacup Shitzu named Roo. Ironically, the image showed little Roo standing on a poorly cut square piece of synthetic turf resembling the confetti you might find in your child’s Easter basket. I immediately cringed and called her to ask if Roo had a yard to spend his early days playing in; she said no, just a small runner behind her unit. The next day, I jumped online to look for a possible solution, a way to provide tiny Roo with a yard of his own — the one thing I couldn’t do years prior for Peanut. It haunted me.
It didn’t take long to discover Fresh Patch. From cute customer-generated images on Instagram to advertisements from ABC’s Shark Tank, Fresh Patch appeared to have a user-friendly solution to everything I was looking for: a personalized piece of lawn that would last for a month and could be ordered time and time again, much like my coffee. Although satisfied with my find, I had to let Roo have the final word. And these images provided the all the convincing I needed to become a loyal customer:
Didn’t we tell you, every pet deserves their own Fresh Patch. Even cats!
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