Underwater Puppies. Just when you thought photos of dogs swimming underwater couldn't get any cuter, Seth Casteel brings us Underwater Puppies, the sequel to his national bestselling coffee table book, Underwater Dogs. Seth auditioned 1,500 puppies, many from shelters, from all over the country for this extraordinary project. Over a hundred photos featuring adorable creatures, complete with cotton-soft fur and large helpless eyes, just paddling away in a storm of bubbles are collected in this book. How ironic that through all the splashing and bursts of action, these puppies create such peaceful, surreal imagery. $21. BUY.
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SnoozePal. Cat Above, the makers of the super stylish Cat Hammock with Wood Stand, has released a more disposable version with some new tricks incorporated. The SnoozePal, constructed of heavy-duty cardboard, is a hammock, hide-out, scratcher and ledge rolled into one. What makes this even cooler is the fact that you can choose up to 9 different patterns for the hammock. Now you can ditch those unsightly shipping boxes for a cleverly designed and economical alternative. $35. BUY.
ALU Collars. You know we are huge fans of products where form meets function and when use creates design. ALU is a brand after our own hearts. Their Kickstarter campaign claims that their main objectives were to incorporate ease of use, quality and longevity into their dog collars and while they did accomplish these goals, they also inadvertently created a beautiful specimen of industrial art. The buckle hardware is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum and the collar itself consists of a cork layer over hemp webbing. Aluminum has an awesome strength per pound and is 100% recyclable. Cork and hemp is naturally antimicrobial and also a sustainable resource. Using a truly innovative magnetic clasp, the ALU Collar is completely a one-of-a-kind dog collar. $5-$255. KICKSTARTER.
Schnuzzle. While we have already seen module-based dog toys like PetSafe's Busy Buddy, we are still excited by this Kickstarter campaign for a new dog toy called, "Schnuzzle". The feature that caught our attention is their innovative Scent Disc that you can insert into each toy. Activated by the screwing action when placed into the toy and by the playing and chewing of your dog, they release appetizing aromas such as BBQ beef, roast chicken and honey bacon. They claim these zero calorie inserts provide as much entertainment as a treat dispensing toy. What we really love is their Essentials Scent Discs which incorporate essential oils to promote psychological health focused on travel, calming and bed time. If the campaign is successful, they should be available in 2015. $5-$300 AUD. SUPPORT.
Cat Versus Human. Cat lovers will definitely relate to these humorous cartoons sketched by Yasmine Surovec, who operates a blog by the same title. Its comedic approach to the relationship between cats and humans is sure to draw a chuckle from any cat lover, even if the sketches hit a little too close to home. The images depict the effect that cats can have on romantic relationships and social situations, and there are witty comparisons between a life with cats and a life without cats. $9. BUY.
Woofstick. Are you looking for a new way to exercise and challenge your dog? The Woofstick is designed to give your dog a great workout that he will enjoy without completely wearing him out. You can insert a treat into the bone that dangles from a wand, which will encourage your dog to jump and pounce as you move the toy around. In addition to providing your pooch with a fun way to exercise, the Woofstick can also be used as a training tool. It even comes with a collapsible water bowl so that your pet stays well hydrated during each enjoyable session. $39. BUY.
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MyLynxx Collars. MyLynxx knows how hard it can be to find a dog collar that is fit for the most luxurious of dogs, which is why they have created an upscale line of high quality dog collars. Their stainless steel collars are handmade and beautifully crafted, but they are also durable enough that they are scratch-resistant and won’t stain your pet’s fur. There are several styles to choose from, and each one is elegant and trendy. You can even buy matching leashes and bracelets so that you and your dog can both enjoy the beauty and durability provided by MyLynxx. $298-$325. BUY.
Cat Scratch Pad. It is in a cat’s nature to sharpen his claws, but this can often lead to shredded furniture. The LazyBonezz cat scratch pad will protect your belongings from your cat’s sharp claws without using bulky and unattractive materials. The scratch pad is angled to make scratching and sharpening claws even more enjoyable for kitties, which will encourage them to use it to satisfy their scratching needs so that your furniture remains intact. Its sturdy design features a solid wood frame that has sleek stainless steel accents, and it is non-toxic so that your pet will be completely safe while using it. It even has a coating on the bottom so that it won’t damage your delicate floors. $129. BUY.
Beyond the Myth. Many people fear pit bulls because of the negative attention that they have received in the media, but this documentary emphasizes the loving and caring nature that the breed can exhibit. It covers the legislation that has taken many pit bulls away from their families, as well as the number of dogs that have been killed out of fear. The video’s stories highlight the stories of pit bull owners and how they have been affected by breed specific legislation, and it debunks many of the myths about how violent and dangerous pit bulls can be. Many viewers have declared “Beyond the Myth” a must-see documentary for pit bull owners, animal advocates and animal lovers. $25. BUY.
Furlocity.com. Do you worry about where your pets will stay when you are on vacation? This site has made it easy for pet owners to find the perfect places to keep their pets while they enjoy time away from home. They have an extensive network of pet boarders that offer a variety of services, and you simply click the features that you want your pets to enjoy in order to find the best boarder in your area. Whether you want a place where your pooch can swim or one that will give your pet a pedicure, you can find it in just a few clicks. It makes it just as easy to book a vacation for your animals as it is to book your own! SITE.
We receive many emails from readers on how to convert their inspiration or concept into an actual invention. We are hoping that our guest, Denny Hamill will be able to provide our readers with some insight on the process in creating a product from an idea.
Denny Hamill, along with his grandson Grant, invented the iFetch after their toy poodle Prancer continued to demand playing fetch even after the family members were exhausted. With a successful Kickstarter launch, they are ready to accept pre-orders and will be shipping out units in a few weeks.
DOGTV. If your dog loves to watch your favorite television programs with you, then he may appreciate DOGTV. DOGTV is the first network television channel that is designed specifically for dogs, and it has unique programs that have been created just for canines that spend time alone at home. The station has partnered with The Human Society of the United States to provide programming that stimulates dogs while exercising their visual and auditory skills. These shows can help alleviate the stress and anxiety that dogs often feel when their owners are gone, and they can also cause dogs to be more playful while their humans are gone. The next time your dog seems despondent when you leave the house, consider allowing him to tune in so he can cheer up! LINK.
Pencil Rope Toy. Do you love to find new and unique toys for your dog to enjoy? This rope chew toy is designed to look like a pencil, which will give both you and your dog some entertainment while he plays. The 9” x 1” pencil shape makes it possible for your dog to grasp the toy easily, and it is strong enough to endure many hours of tugging and chewing. The Waggo pencil chew toy is made of 100% cotton, which will help to keep your pooch’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. It’s the “write” way for a dog to play! $12. BUY. Pairs perfectly with the Paperclip Dog Toy.
Custom Sock Dogs. Are you looking for the perfect gift for a pet owner in your life? You can send a picture of the dog, cat, bunny or other pet to artist Stacey Hsu, who will then use a variety of new materials to create a plush replica of the animal. She incorporates socks, cloth, thread, embroidery floss, fiberfill and buttons into her creations, and she uses colors and shapes that perfectly match the features on the live animal. The sock pets are 12” to 15” from the top of the head to the back paws, and they come with an aluminum ID tag that is personalized with the pet’s name. You can even order gift cards so that your friend or family member can send in his favorite picture of his animal. $104. BUY.
Wag More Bark Less Mugs. If you need a little extra pick-me-up as you drink your coffee in the morning, then take a look at these fun mugs! Using pet treat and shampoo company Cloud Star's fun tagline, the Wag More Bark Less ceramic mugs are made for dog lovers who also enjoy a great cup of coffee, and their creative designs make drinking hot beverages even more enjoyable. Each mug features the slogan, “Wag More Bark Less”, as well the image of Cloud Star's mascot Buddy or one of his many pack members. The mugs are made of stoneware that has been coated in a lead-free glaze, and they are microwavable and dishwasher safe. Their bright colors and durability make these mugs a fun way to sip coffee no matter how early in the morning it may be! $10. BUY.
No More Woof. From the company that brought us the rocking chair iPad charger and indoor cloud, Micasa LAB brings us their newest invention. What would you do differently if you knew that your dog could talk? The Nordic Society for Intervention and Discovery is a research lab that is working to bridge the communication gap between animals and humans. They are creating No More Woof, which is a unique and innovative product that is designed to read electronic signals from an animal’s brain and translate them into words. They are currently raising funds to support the development of No More Woof, and supporters can make contributions through Indiegogo. It won’t be long until we can hear what our dogs, cats and other animals are thinking! $65-$1200. PRE-ORDER. CROWDFUND.
Drinkwell Hy-Drate. Pets need clear, clean drinking water in order to stay healthy and hydrated. The Drinkwell filters are designed to move and filter water so that cats are encouraged to drink more of it. The system fits in most pet bowls, and it circulates water quietly so that it simulates the sounds of water in nature. This tempts cats to drink more water so that they are less likely to get dehydrated and suffer from urinary tract infections. It is dishwasher safe, and it has an adjustable flow control so that you can set it to match your pet’s needs. $22. BUY. via MyCatGoma.com.
Games for Cats. Friskies has been marketing heavily through social media (like their latest 'It's Hard to Be a Cat at Christmas' music video) and also sponsoring cat celebrities like Grumpy Cat. In their latest project, they actually hosted a 'Hackathon' inviting programmers to compete in creating an entertaining tablet app for cats. This has led them to develop fun and interactive apps that allow cats and kittens to play and practice their hunting skills and improve their reflexes. These games use different stimuli to encourage kitties to participate, including colors and movement. The free apps are available for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets, and you can choose from games that feature birds, fish and other feline favorites. It’s a fun and easy way to keep your cat entertained using some of the newest technology on the market! Free. LINK.
Park Avenue. As a dog owner, you know that it is important to keep your dog nice and cozy when he sleeps. It is also important that you find a bed that fits in with your home’s décor, which is why Bowsers Pet Products has designed this hip and cute dog bed. It is bone-shaped and comes in black, grey, beige and off-white. You can also choose from washable microvelvet and microlinen fabrics in several patterns. The frame is lightweight and sturdy, and the design is fashionable and modern. The Park Avenue dog bed will give your pup a soft and comfortable place to sleep while adding style and flair to your home. $169-$199. BUY.
Wooden Dog. These games are designed to help you interact with your dog while giving him the stimulation he needs to develop his intelligence. They meet all of California’s health and environmental standards for composite wood, which is what the games are made of. Each game requires pups to use their energy and focus in order to get treats, and it helps them to develop and hone the skills that they would normally use in the wild. There are thirteen unique games to choose from, and all of them will challenge and entertain your dog. $40-$60. BUY.