Who Needs Booth Babes?

Having attended SHOT Show in Vegas last week, I'm now at the Sportsmen's Show in Puyallup, Wash. This time, instead of cruising the floor in search of scantily clad women, I'm sitting in a booth helping to promote the outdoor activities found around my hometown. Kona is with me and let me tell you, a dog will attract just as much attention as a midriff-baring hottie.

Having escaped our booth a few times, I hit the floor with Kona and checked out the guides and outfitters, as well as products being hawked by vendors. Most of the time I don't pay much attention to the wares, but I did find one item that piqued my interest. For a dog owner, the Miracle Door Mat might just be a must. Check out this video I shot of the mat in action.

Like most items at a trade show I was skeptical of the mat, (i.e., the "energy bands" being sold in the booth across from us) but after doing the demo myself (and with the assistance of Kona to boot) I think I'll have to buy one of these things.

As you can see in the video, the guy has a container of mud you can step in. A regular "wipe yer paws" mat stll leaves debris on the bottom of your shoe (or canine's foot). But the "Miracle Door Mat" seems to suck most of it off.

Originally made for commercial use, the mats are now being produced for residential dwellers. They're a cotton and micro-fiber blend that attracts and cleans your shoes/boots of both wet (mud) and dry (sand) material with just a step. Available only at trade shows right now, you can call their customer service number and have one shipped to you. I'm probably going to spring for the purchase price of one just to give it a shot; the dogs and I track so much mud into the house it's even driving me crazy.

Prices range from $40 (30" x 20" mat) up to $100 for a runner (30" x 60"). There's also a mid-size mat that's $60 and measures 30 inches by 40 inches. If you have it shipped anywhere in the country there's an additional $10 charge.

Easy to care for, you can supposedly just throw the mat in the washing machine and dryer to clean it. There is also a 30-day money-back guarantee and it comes with a 5-year warranty that covers anything--including if the dog chews it up!

To order, call 800-995-8141. You can also find out what trade shows they'll be at if you want to see the mat in action before buying it; it's a Pacific Northwest company, however, and they pretty much just stay in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and western Montana areas.