You are out walking with your dog and really want to pop into a shop where dogs aren’t welcome. What do you do?
Well, the people at startup DogSpot have trialed a sidewalk sanctuary for dogs in Brooklyn, New York and are raising funding to roll out the concept in other cities.
According to the company, these technology-enabled pods are a safer alternative to tying your dog out to a lamp post or leaving them in a hot car. They’ve consulted on the design of the units with vets. The units feature heating, air conditioning, UV lights for sanitizing and a Puppy Cam app to keep an eye on your dog.
Members use an app to reserve a DogSpot in their chosen location and then unlock the unit using a member card or the app.
A phased rollout is promised as the company works with city planners and dog advocates; they’re asking dog people to tell them where they should go next and will prioritize cities based on feedback.
Want to know more? Visit DogSpot.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand