Sunday, May 19, 2013

Positively Paw-some: R-U-MyLitter

Writing about the fluffiest, cuddliest, most slobbery kind of people (sometimes referred to as “dogs”) has its perks. I get to be one of the first to hear about new doggy organizations, products and services, and it’s my duty to share the best of them with you on The Boston Dog Blog.

R-U-MyLitter ( is a new website that allows you to track down your pup’s family members.

My God-dog, Peaches, cuddles with a new friend. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Gurian

The process is simple: register your canine companion by following a few easy steps. Click “Instant Match” on the main page, and enter your name and email address, as well as your dog’s name, breed, gender, date of birth, breeder/kennel name and breeder/kennel city (the creators are currently working on a shelter dog option as well, which is set to launch later this summer). You’ll be notified as soon as the match is made, and receive the email address(es) of your dog’s sibling’s forever parents (drooly play date at the dog park, anyone?) The site also has puppy-pleasing details such as posting space for those with lost or found doggies, as well as a place to post in loving memory of canine family members who have recently passed.

Celebrities with fluffy tufts of poodle and chihuafoundland (okay, I made that one up, but I see an epic Photoshop venture in my future) have already caught on and started researching canine family trees. Valery Ortiz of VH1’s Hit the Floor raves that it led her to information about her Yorkie soulmate, Myli. Rumor has it that other celebs have jumped on the bandwagon as well, but R-U-MyLitter protects user privacy (thank Dog), so their names have been kept under wraps.

The service is completely free, and the creators have reached out to Massachusetts mongrels in the past. When a Boston area rescue organization hosted an adoption event a few months back, R-U-MyLitter donated supplies (all the way from Canada!) That’s not their only special interest in the Bean; they watched every nail-biting moment of the Bruins-Maple Leafs series – with their dogs, of course.