February 10, 2010 01:47 PM

Let’s be honest, how many times have you been playing with a cute cat or dog only to get a flash of – gross! – a dirty bum! The solution? Smack a smile over it!

When a good washin’ isn’t possible there’s now Rear Gear accessories, a cover for your pet’s tush that comes in adorable designs like cupcakes, flowers and, yes, a smiley face.

Portland State University senior Lauren Shumaker is selling the pieces on Etsy.com. The covers, printed and designed locally, are laser cut from recycled plastic styrene and then hand-assembled with a tie to hold them in place.

“My roommates cat … would jump on my lap and show me all her business from the backside,” Shumaker tells PEOPLEPets.com. It wasn’t a sight that thrilled her. “I thought it’d be funny to make something a little more pleasant to look at and kind of a joke at the same time.”

Naturally, we had to test out this accessory. Office dog Ethel took to the attachment gracefully, prancing around happily with her rear protection. We can’t wait to see the new designs Shumaker has planned; there’s even talk of Rear Gear Couture for an even more fashionable fanny.

Shumaker enjoys making customers giggle and hopes “people don’t take it too seriously … most of the people [get] it for a gag gift or something.”

Check out Shumaker’s Etsy shop to order some Rear Gear (only $5!) for your own, or a friend’s, pet.

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