20th Jun, 2019

Mucky pup inspires invention for Stratford dog owner

Laura Kearns 17th Jul, 2017

A MUCKY pup will stop taking his dirt home with him after his owner created a ‘portable dog shower’.

Hugh and Michelle Mackinnon from Stratford are the proud owners of four-legged muck magnet, Mocha – a chocolate Labrador with a penchant for rolling in everything from muddy puddles to fox poo.

After a fruitless trawl of the internet for a gadget to help, first-time inventor Hugh, a mortgage consultant, decided to come up with his own solution to wash away the grime.

And four years later he perfected his invention the ‘Muddy 15’ – a portable, warm shower which holds up to 15 litres of water and plugs into the car aux socket or cigarette lighter.

Hugh said: “I bought Mocha for Michelle as a birthday present, and as the puppy stage passed, we progressed to longer countryside walks, during which time his main objective appeared to be finding something disgusting to roll in.

“As you can imagine, the car journey home was always a pungent affair and once substances dry into the coat, they are almost impossible to get out.

“Having spoken to other dog owners, it’s a really common problem, but it’s also part of a dog’s instinct, so unlikely to change.

“Michelle and I couldn’t find anything robust and practical enough on the market to clean Mocha off before we put him back in the car, so I decided to invent my own. The prototype finally arrived, and the rest, as they say is history.”

The husband and wife team have now turned puppy pampering into a business called White Mud, and their next stop includes a car boot mat which will stop the car getting wet and covered in dog hair.

Visit www.white-mud.com to find out more.

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