Category Archives: products for dog lovers

Functional furniture for dog owners

Here’s a design I saved from online a while back.  If you have a small apartment or house, this is a great idea.  There’s functional storage for your dog’s coats and other gear (or perhaps other things for yourself) and then some of the drawers have been removed to become a raised feeder.

I wish I was better at DIY!

Raised dog bowls in chest of drawers

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Cloning of a different kind

Love your dog and want to keep them with you forever?  Well, here’s a low-key way of cloning your dog – Cuddle Clones.

This innovative company takes a photo of your dog and creates a unique plush version of your dog which you can keep forever.  The likenesses and workmanship are remarkable.

Cuddle clones

Norm cuddle clone

Tatum cuddle clone

The company does other animals, too (not just dogs).  A cuddle clone of your dog will be US$249 and the company is already fully booked for Christmas 2015.  They will ship internationally, too, which is a real point of difference from many craft/pet companies.  (Shipping will be an additional cost, of course).

I’d love to have one of these of Izzy someday.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Society Hound Barbie

Since I am now the proud Doggy Mom of Izzy the Greyhound, I’m naturally drawn to items with a greyhound theme.

So wow – I was blown away when I saw you can buy a Barbie® doll walking her greyhound.

It’s part of Barbie® – the Society Hound Collection:

  • Barbie® doll and her sleek greyhound step out into the cool day draped in their luxurious matching ensembles
  • Barbie® wears a charming 1920s-inspired blue grey faux fur trimmed dress with matching lined cape
  • Doll stand included
  • For the adult collector, age 14 and over

Society Hound BarbieI’m not going to buy this doll, as I have other priorities in my life right now.  But I’m impressed.

What unique dog items do you have in your home?

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

A smartphone for you and your dog

Motorola has unveiled the Scout 5000, a smartphone for dogs

Smartphone for dogs

The device, which is WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, will monitor a dog’s health, track their location with GPS and allow owners, when they are not home, to speak to their dogs using 3G.   A microphone will allow the dog to be heard, too.

There is also a built-in camera so owners can check on what their dogs are up to.

Scout 5000

Motorola says the Scout 5000 will be available in the USA in June and carry a $199 price tag; a version for small dogs will be $91.  The device will come with a year of 3G service, after which owners will need to purchase a data plan.

Technology has, again, gone to the dogs!

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

New year, new car?

With a new year on its way, many people will be setting goals for the upcoming year.  Is it time for you to buy a new car, for example?

Auto Trader has published information on features to look for that are useful and they’ve also made recommendations for the best cars for dog owners.

The features to look for are:

  • A rear lift gate allows your dog to jump in and out of the car easily; it also makes for more convenient loading in/loading out of pet carriers, crates and kennels
  • Fold-flat seats create a spacious area for your dog to sit while keeping the actual surface of the seats clean from hair or scratches
  • An airy cabin is especially beneficial for large dogs to stretch out
  • Rear cargo-attachment ringlets help keep carriers and crates from sliding around
  • A containment barrier/divider keeps your dog from jumping up to the front seat while the car is in motion
  • A low ride height helps dogs — especially older ones — get in and out with ease
  • Rear climate control keeps your dog cool and comfortable in transit no matter what the weather is like
  • A sunroof brings fresh air and sunlight so you can keep your dog from hanging its head out of the window
  • Underfloor storage gets your things out of the way so your dog can ride more comfortably

And the top dog cars are:

The Subaru Outback - "If you live in a cold climate and have an outdoorsy dog that likes being in wintry conditions, the Outback's superior traction and surefootedness will keep you and Fido safe and secure as you tread over snowy terrain. Additionally, the Outback's wagon configuration makes for plenty of room in the cargo area. A wide, low load floor and an optional pet barrier round out the amenities. Subaru also has many pet-friendly accessories."

The Subaru Outback – “If you live in a cold climate and have an outdoorsy dog that likes being in wintry conditions, the Outback’s superior traction and surefootedness will keep you and Fido safe and secure as you tread over snowy terrain. Additionally, the Outback’s wagon configuration makes for plenty of room in the cargo area. A wide, low load floor and an optional pet barrier round out the amenities. Subaru also has many pet-friendly accessories.”

Nissan Juke - "This little urban runabout offers a low, carlike ride height for easy in and out, especially via the large rear hatch. A combination of coupe, crossover and hatchback, the Juke offers just the right amount of size and utility for small-to-medium dogs that ride in carriers. Tether down the crate, and get out of the city for the weekend!"

The Nissan Juke – “This little urban runabout offers a low, car-like ride height for easy in and out, especially via the large rear hatch. A combination of coupe, crossover and hatchback, the Juke offers just the right amount of size and utility for small-to-medium dogs that ride in carriers. Tether down the crate, and get out of the city for the weekend!”

The Volkswagen Tiguan - "got its name by combining the words tiger and iguana, so the car's sure to be pet-friendly. The Tiguan is a lot like the Nissan Juke: compact on the outside but deceivingly spacious within. The rear seats fold flat, making room for pets of almost any size, and an optional dog barrier keeps your pet safely contained where it can't distract you.'

The Volkswagen Tiguan – “got its name by combining the words tiger and iguana, so the car’s sure to be pet-friendly. The Tiguan is a lot like the Nissan Juke: compact on the outside but deceivingly spacious within. The rear seats fold flat, making room for pets of almost any size, and an optional dog barrier keeps your pet safely contained where it can’t distract you.’

The BMW X3 - "Well proportioned, upscale and athletic, the BMW X3 maximizes canine comfort with soft, heated leather seats, a sunroof and rear climate control. The cargo area is the right size for small- to medium-sized dogs, and for dogs that like to play in the snow, the X3's AWD system makes winter driving virtually worry-free."

The BMW X3 – “Well proportioned, upscale and athletic, the BMW X3 maximizes canine comfort with soft, heated leather seats, a sunroof and rear climate control. The cargo area is the right size for small- to medium-sized dogs, and for dogs that like to play in the snow, the X3’s AWD system makes winter driving virtually worry-free.”

The Volvo V60 - "offers a spacious cargo area, lots of utility, rear climate control and one of the safest passenger compartments available. If crash safety is your top concern, the V60 is your best choice here. Rear tie-downs make harnessing your pet carrier easy. If you don't use a carrier, then go with the optional dog barrier."

The Volvo V60 – “offers a spacious cargo area, lots of utility, rear climate control and one of the safest passenger compartments available. If crash safety is your top concern, the V60 is your best choice here. Rear tie-downs make harnessing your pet carrier easy. If you don’t use a carrier, then go with the optional dog barrier.”

The Kia Soul - "This stylish urban cruiser offers rear-seat heat and an extra-large panoramic roof for lots of sunlight. Its boxy and efficient shape also allows for plenty of headroom, so even though the Soul is compact, it comfortably accommodates big and tall dogs. The large rear hatch is also a plus for quick entry and exit."

The Kia Soul – “This stylish urban cruiser offers rear-seat heat and an extra-large panoramic roof for lots of sunlight. Its boxy and efficient shape also allows for plenty of headroom, so even though the Soul is compact, it comfortably accommodates big and tall dogs. The large rear hatch is also a plus for quick entry and exit.”

The Honda Odyssey - "has it all when it comes to driving with your dog. There's a wealth of room, comfortable seats, rear ventilation, underfloor compartments and even a built-in vacuum. For dogs that shed excessively, this innovative vac system lets you clean up quickly and effectively. The Honda Odyssey also has side window shades that can help keep your dog from getting too hot while traveling."

The Honda Odyssey – “has it all when it comes to driving with your dog. There’s a wealth of room, comfortable seats, rear ventilation, underfloor compartments and even a built-in vacuum. For dogs that shed excessively, this innovative vac system lets you clean up quickly and effectively. The Honda Odyssey also has side window shades that can help keep your dog from getting too hot while traveling.”

 

I see you….no, really….I see you

If your home has WiFi and you have a tablet or smartphone to spare, you can buy an innovative product called the iCPooch.

The unit allows you to video chat with your dog and to deliver a treat through remote control.  The product is being marketed with the message ‘no more lonely days for your dog.’  Simply dial up, talk to your dog through the tablet or smartphone that you will mount on the front of the unit (the tablet/phone are not included in the purchase price of $149.99) and hit the switch on the app to have the unit deliver a treat.

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I wonder if this product will really take off – most dogs and owners I know want to spend time together and I doubt dogs get the oxytocin boost of interacting with this unit they way the would when interacting with their owner.  The same goes for the owner…

Here’s a short video about how the iCPooch works:

The product is only available (and wired for) the United States at present.  I think this start-up will need to see how their market develops before taking the product to a wider audience.

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