If you’re a dog owner, you’ll know all about the pains of bending subserviently behind your animal to bag up its, er, leavings.
Now you need never suffer that warm horrible feeling as you pick up the bag again, thanks to this flaming hot solution. The AshPoopie lets you scoop and burn your dog’s waste without even having to lean over.
According to its Paulee CleanTec creators, the AshPoopie is a "hygienic and green" solution to disposing of your dog’s mess. It uses a chemical process to fully cremate the poop.
"When your dog poos, just press a button on the device and the arm of the AshPoopie opens and extends over the poop," explains the AshPoop website. "Press the second button and the poop is scooped up. A capsule is then released from the cartridge and mixes with the poop at high speed."
If the company can be believed, all that’s left after the mix-and-burn process is a bit of odourless, 100 per cent sterile ash, which the wind will waft away. The AshPoopie apparently does not require any cleaning, although we wouldn't want to stick our faces near the poop-scooping end.
The company adopts a curious - and at times hilarious - eco-focus on its website. For instance, it warns that the United States accounts for more than ten billion tons of dog excrement, leading to coliform bacteria entering the municipal water system. Also, it is apparently a "well-known fact" that dog waste contains the eggs of the Toxocara parasite.
The AshPoop is still at the prototype phase – but Israel-based Paulee CleanTec hopes to have a model available for sale by 2012. We imagine it won’t be too expensive as it’ll be the chemical cartridges that the AshPoopie uses which will make the firm money in the long-term. It’s one of the best ways to burn money we can think of.
The company is also working on additional 'poo solutions' for cats.
You can check out a clip of the AshPoopie in action below [warning: video may contain simulated poop]: