The war against paw prints…Reviewing the iRobot Braava 380t

My mom dropped me off this morning at the groomers so I could get a shampoo and a trim in my private places. I don’t understand why mom does this to me. How rude of them to trim the hair there. She got all crazy and said to not touch the hair around my pee place because I can’t aim without the hairs there. Yeah, I peed on my feet for a few months but she didn’t need to say it so loud, in front of all those other dogs! Jeez!

Anyway, the ladies at Wags in Charlestown always take good care of me and I always smell great when I leave. Not that I ever smell BAD (mom says I smell like puppy and that it’s amazing), but I smell extra good when I leave here. It’s a pretty cool place! Look at that decor!

While we’re out, mom likes to turn on the floor mopping machine! Since I often can have dirty paws, the floor in our house gets dirty and grimy. Enter the lifesaver for mom…the iRobot Braava 380t!

Like the Roomba, it’s an automatic cleaning robot, but instead of vacuuming, it mops the floor with water or a liquid cleaner. To clean the whole house (probably about 350 sq ft of floor), it takes about an hour. Here it is in action!

First of all…let’s talk about how small this thing is…I’m an 8 month old puppy and I weigh about 14 pounds right now.

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This little machine is an automatic mopping robot that mops and sweeps wooden and tile floors by itself. If you’ve heard of the Roomba (which I’ve personally only seen cats riding on YouTube), this little machine is made by the same people at iRobot. This is the deluxe model, the Braava 380t. The MSRP is $299.99. This little robot (which my mom has nicknamed Rosie. Something about the Jetsons, I don’t know) comes with a navigation cube, reusable wet and dry clothes, a reservoir pad and a quick charging cradle. The cradle charges the robot in about 2 hours. It is very quiet (almost silent) and avoids stairs and carpets.

This little mop does a surprisingly great job at cleaning the dirty wet paw prints off of our dark wood floors and it also works well to clean the tile floor in the bathroom. One cleaning cycle around approximately 350 sq ft of floor (must account for all the furniture, fixtures and rugs only takes about an hour and a half at the most.

The Braava upright with mopping pad attached
The Braava upright with mopping pad attached.

The North Star Navigation cube helps it get around the room more efficiently. It must be placed at least a few feet away from any wall to work properly. My mom puts it on the edge of the kitchen counter and it seems to work beautifully. You can run the Braava without the Navigation Cube, but it will be less accurate.

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The Braava only has three buttons which makes it extremely simple to use!

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Only 3 simple buttons

We have only used the sweeping function once and it works very well if your floor isn’t too dirty. It does a decent job of picking up the dust and is a great solution for getting under furniture where you may not have the opportunity to get underneath regularly with a regular broom or vacuum.

The microfiber cloths that come with the Braava are machine washable and they do an excellent job at picking up the leftover dust and smaller particles. My mom has found that it’s best vacuum the entire space or run the Braava in sweep mode before running the mop so it can work the most effectively. You can use the mop with just the cloth moist with cleaner, but we always use the pro-clean reservoir pad so that she can fill the reservoir with cleaner so that the mop stays moist for the entire cycle. You can run it when you’re home without being too inconvenienced because it works slowly so most areas of the floor are not wet at the same time.

The Pro-clean reservoir pad is great because you can add water or your own cleaning fluid to the pad (there are some you can and cannot use). However, after only a few months of use, we’ve discovered tiny hairline cracks in the clear plastic reservoir on the pad. These have not affected the function of the mop so far, but seems a little suspect.

Also, unlike its vacuuming sisters, it does not go back to its cradle when it’s finished its cleaning cycle. The cradle holds the Braava in an upright position while it charges it. When it’s finished its cleaning cycle, it simply returns to the position in the room it started its cleaning cycle. So, a good tip is not to start it near the front door or you’ll bang into it or step on it as you walk into the house!

It has malfunctioned one time and my mom never figured out why. It appeared to be lost at one point before my mom left for a trip. She put it back in the cradle and when she returned from the trip, it was back to normal. Otherwise, there have been no problems with the Braava’s operations.

All in all, the Braava is a lifesaver when it comes to daily maintenance of floors between major manual cleanings and does a good job at keeping salty or muddy paw prints at bay. What do you think? Do you think you’d like something like this to clean up your muddy paw prints?

Pros and Cons

Pumpkin Kong Treats for Sick Days

I am feeling a lot better this week! My mom fed me bland chicken and rice (which, by the way, I don’t think is bland! I find it delicious!) for a few days and now I feel right as rain! Because my mom takes all of my normal chew toys away, she makes a safe to eat treat for me that I can enjoy alone or when my mom is home.

Canned or fresh pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling though! Make sure the ingredient list says just pumpkin with no sugar or spices. Save that can for Thanksgiving!) is a good thing for your mom to keep on hand. It’s helpful for solving issues with both constipation and diarrhea. It’s high in fiber and low in calories. It’s important not to feed us too much pumpkin though, so consult your veterinarian before giving pumpkin as a treatment!

My mom likes to put some pumpkin in a baby kong, put it in the freezer until it’s nice and solid like a popsicle and let me have it. It keeps me busy for a long time and I love the taste!

Since my mom can’t use the whole can of pumpkin at once, here’s a trick she uses to conveniently keep single servings of pumpkin ready to go when she needs them. She uses a silicone ice tray and spoons the pumpkin in the tray (these are from Target, my my mom has seen them at Marshall’s and Home Goods also!). Of course, she pops these in the freezer and when she needs some pumpkin, she’ll pop one or two out and warm them in the microwave for a few seconds.

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Spoon canned pumpkin into silicone ice cube tray
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Pop in Microwave for ten seconds

The pumpkin stuffed kongs are great for when I’m bored, but can’t have a bully stick or they’re a safe treat for when I’m home alone. Sometimes, my mom switches it up and adds some grated carrots to the pumpkin (yum!).

What do you think? Do your human parents make these for you? They are my favorite (well, when I can’t have a bully stick or a beef tendon) healthy snack!! Here is another page where you can read about some other things to stuff a kong with for whenever!

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Yummy!

Sunshine & Bland Chicken

I was not feeling very well last night. I got into some spoiled food in the garden beside our house. It was so tasty! But last night, I woke up and I had to go to the potty bad!!! I whined in my crate until Mommy woke up and took me straight outside. I had to go number two so bad! It just flew out of me! Mom said I was sick and she cuddled me before putting me back into my crate. I had to go again 2 hours later and then again when I woke up in the morning.

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I felt so tired in the morning and so did mommy. She made me some boiled chicken and rice which I actually love very much!

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I only got to eat a little bit, but I’m feeling better this afternoon! The sun is finally out! It has been very cloudy here in Boston and sunny days are extra special right now. I was feeling a bit better after a long morning nap, so my mom took me for a walk. The springtime cherry blossom petals are so pretty!

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Pretty in Pink!

I love feeling the sun on my face and the wind on my ears! The lilacs, tulips and iris are blooming too!

I hope you are having a good day and if the sun is shining where you are…get out and bask in it!

Allow me to introduce myself…

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Hello World!

Hello, internet! I’m Clover the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I do think that’s a rather long name for a dog breed. I’m seven months old right now and I’m the only son of my mom and dad. We live in Boston, Massachusetts and it’s super awesome here! There are tons of other dogs (although, I’m a little afraid of them). My mom spends a lot of time with me during the day and I love it! Continue reading “Allow me to introduce myself…”