COVID-19 is creating consequences that have nothing to do with getting sick. Increasingly, people everywhere are scrambling to find household necessities like toilet paper on barren store shelves. Las Vegas-based online pet products company Alpha Dog is offering an ingenious solution: puppy pee pads as TP.
Uncertainty surrounding the Corona Virus pandemic has led to a global shortage of toilet paper. For whatever reason, people have been stockpiling – even hoarding -- this particular item. As a result, shoppers at box stores, grocery chain stores and even local Mom and Pop stores across the U.S. and worldwide are finding the paper goods aisles completely empty.
The reality of COVID-10 had led to some very creative work-arounds. One is a much-needed alternative to Charmin, Northern and Angel Soft; and it’s borrowed from the canine world.
Alpha Dogs CEO Ramon van Meer explains: “Puppy pee pads have always been one of our most popular pet products. But suddenly, we noticed a huge spike in orders. In fact, suddenly customers – many of them new to us – were placing hundreds of orders all at once.”
The puzzled company owner could not account for the huge uptick in business. Then he found out why. A clever teenager had posted a video of himself cutting up doggy pee pads into strips to use as human toilet paper. The video even shows him rolling the strips around the TP roller for easy access. Not surprisingly, the video had gone viral.
“I would never have thought to use puppy pee pads in this way. But it makes sense to substitute training pads for human toilet paper,” said van Meer. “Our Top Dog pads are five-ply. Even the softest, plushest TP is only two- or four-ply. From an absorbance standpoint, doggy pads are far superior ”
To meet demand, the company has brought in extra staff. At the same time, they are discounting the price by 20 percent. “We’re trying to be good corporate citizens. Right now, our focus is on helping people through this crisis. We’re pleased to offer a product that can do double duty (or “doody,” perhaps?). ” said van Meer.
As people adopt (no pun intended) puppy pads as their personal toilet paper, Alpha Dogs makes no comment on the correct way to roll the strips. “Over, under … it’s all good,” concluded van Meer.