Category Archives: Pet Tech

Technology for pets and pet parents.

Walking? Use the @ResQwalk app to help animals!

Friends, the ResQwalk app is awesome. Not only is it free, it’s helps your favorite shelter or rescue just by doing something you already do. Walking!

ResQWalk

When you have downloaded the app you can then choose which rescue you want your part of the weekly donation to go towards. You can actually choose up to three charities to walk for. From there, it’s just as simple as using the app to track your walks!

I have been using it almost daily now and just love it. Not only is it a great way to track my progress walking, but it feels great to know that our daily walks are helping animals in need.

If you are a rescue or shelter be sure to apply to partner with them too!

Not paid to say any of this, I just really believe in this app! Currently it is iPhone only. Go download now, put on your sneakers, and take your furry friend for a nice long walk!

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Dog-Owner Conversations May Be Possible in Near Future

If you are honest, you probably have to admit that on at least one or two occasions, you found yourself wishing your dog could speak. Although true canine lovers become quite adept at understanding what type of bark indicates which need or want, let’s face it, it would be much easier if our pets could simply communicate their thoughts with different words, just like we do. For example, wouldn’t it be great if your pooch could say “okay, I’m tired of this game now, let’s play something else,” or “my bed is getting lumpy, do you think it’s time for a new doggie mattress?”

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Although your first thought may be that reading the mind of your pooch is something that only exists within the confines of a science fiction movie, this may not necessarily be true. A campaign was recently launched by the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery to raise funds for the purpose of designing a specific device that the organization refers to as “No More Woof.” It is believed that this device may have the ability to translate the thoughts of your puppy or dog into English words that you can easily understand.
As you might suspect, the device is still in its developmental stage, and it is not yet known whether it will work exactly the way its creators have anticipated. However, the concept is scientifically sound and initial tests showed substantial promise. If successful, the invention will revolutionize communication between dog and man forever.

At first appearance, No More Woof resembles a standard headset that one would see in an accessory pack for various electronic products. It fits comfortably on to the dog’s head, provided he or she will tolerate it, and it is through this headset that the device will ideally pick up the animal’s brain waves. This is accomplished through sensors that are placed in the headset, and initial testing shows that they can translate certain thought patterns, such as “I am hungry” or “I am tired” from barks to English. Additional testing has shown that the device can also tell when a dog is curious about another person and wondering whether or not the stranger should be trusted.

An EEG is technically what is used to make the aforementioned translations, and then a loudspeaker is put in place through which the animal’s thought patterns are spelled out into English words.
Maria De La Croix, the leader of the Swedish group that is undertaking the project, stated that their reasons for wanting to develop the device were purely practical. Those involved are not interested in simply creating a gadget for the sake of novelty, but rather their common goal is owner-pet communication, which would ultimately revolutionize the relationship between man and dog.

However, it is important to understand that the device is still in its inception stage, and therefore there is not yet any definitive proof that it will work exactly as anticipated. In other words, it is
technically a working prototype. As with any new invention, there may be snags that will have to be addressed along the way, but the preliminary evidence is promising. Numerous dog owners eagerly await the finished product, and many of them are probably hoping that thoughts such as “please let me out or there is going to be a mess on your rug,” will be among one the thought patterns that the device will be able to effectively translate. Because preliminary tests have offered positive results, dog lovers all around the world have every reason to believe that one day they may be able to understand and respond to what their pooch is thinking.

Guest author Melissa Turner, for catchFred, “The Go-To Place for All Things Dogs. Dedicated to the health, happiness, and well-being of man’s best friend.”

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PlexiDor Dog Doors: A “New Breed” of Dog Doors!

I am blogging on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network and Plexidor. I received compensation for my time from Plexidor for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine.

While we didn’t get the chance to try PlexiDor for ourselves, we are quiet impressed by them. They have some awesome features that we have always thought dog doors should have (security for example). And of course, we like our pet products to look great too, and Plexidor certainly does. Have a look:

Plexidor Photo

Now your dog can come and go as often as you would like to allow. With the locking feature, you can control when your pet uses the door, and you can also keep neighborhood pets (and pests) from coming in. The sleek design, which features doors that open out from the sides, means the door is more energy efficient and you won’t need replacement flaps.

Like I said, we didn’t get a chance to try one out ourselves, but there are some fantastic bloggers that did!
Check out the review at Libby’s Library, she even has some tips for helping “scaredy dogs” get used to using the door. Also, be sure to read Kimberly’s review at Keep the Tail Wagging, she had a very compelling reason to want this new dog door! And last, but not least, be sure to read about how this dog door helped a mini pig! That’s right friends, a MINI PIG DOOR! They all talk about the installation and what it is like to use the door, which is very helpful information.

And of course, it’s always fun to see the door in action, especially when it’s in an adorable video like this one! Thanks to Frankie I am a Lover Not a Fighter! for the “pawesome” demonstration!

To learn more, and find out how to get your own door, be sure to visit the Plexidor website. The website is jam packed full of information and can help you to pick the best door for your pet.

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Staples. That was easy!

A small confession, I love office supplies. There is just something about a fresh notebook, new pens, and the like that make my little heart happy. So when I was approached to do a post about Staples in return for a product from their store, I was giddy. What would I choose? So many choices on the Staples website, but one section called my name loudly. Tablets!

Yes friends, as a pet blogger being able to connect on the go has been something I have longed to do. For whatever reason, it hadn’t even crossed my mind that Staples would carry so many electronics, but wow they have a great selection! With so much of our offices now being run digitally, it makes sense. But they have more than just printers! They have cameras, TVs, phones, and yes, tablets.

I have really loved the tablet I ordered (the Nexus 7). Not only did it ship quickly, it was packaged well too. Super important in my book. The tablet even offers a front facing camera, maybe I can Skype with our pets while I am out and about? And of course with all the apps it is great for keeping in touch with social media like Twitter and Instagram.

My wish list is now even longer after looking around the Staples site. Seriously, there were so many awesome office supplies (like a new office chair for example), and such great prices too. Also, the website will let you know if your product is available in the store or online, and they even offer free shipping on orders over $20. Pretty great, right?

*We were provided with the tablet in exchange for our review. All opinions are our own.*

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