Category Archives: Pet Tech

Technology for pets and pet parents.

Simplify your cleaning routine with Neato Robot Vacuums #NeatoBestPetVacuum

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Everyone who loves a pet knows that they aren’t always tidy. Let’s face it, pet hair and other pet messes means more cleaning. Of course we wouldn’t trade our pets for anything in the world, which is why I am excited to share the Neato Robot Vacuum with you today! This little robot is going to help you simplify your cleaning routine!

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This is my dream robot vacuum. Not only does is it the best for pets, it has so many other features, I can’t wait to try it for myself some day (just read the rave review Daily Tekk gave it)! The Neato Robot Vacuum is utilizing some neat technology! Neato Botvision navigation allows the vacuum to navigate around objects, into tight corners, under beds, across different surfaces (carpet to hardwood) with powerful suction and brushes. Fun fact; this laser guided navigation is the same technology used in Google’s driver-less car!

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The schedule feature sounds amazing. Can you imagine? Just pick the days and times when you want your Neato to vacuum for you, and let it do the rest? You can vacuum in your sleep even! It even returns itself to it’s base to recharge. Add in the larger dust bin, bigger brush, and super suction, and this is one super robot vacuum. And it’s a REAL vacuum too, not just a sweeper like competitors. Check out the fun video below to see it in action and learn more about it:

Pets spend most of their lives on the floor, or on the ground outside. Keeping your carpet clean isn’t just for looks, it’s also for health, both for your pet and for the people in your house. Neato Robot vacuums can pick up dust and dirt particles as small as .03 microns! That is some deep cleaning friends! Think of how much better you will feel when you get down on the carpet to play with your furry friend knowing that the carpet is nice and clean. This feature really appeals to me for our household!

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I’m also in love with the fact that it can easily go from hard to soft surfaces. We have both in our home, so this is a great feature. But most of all, haven’t we all wanted a self cleaning house? The Neato Robot vacuums bring us one step closer to that dream! The fact that they are also the best for pets is the cherry on top!

carpetcuteStay tuned, I’m going to be sharing how YOU can win this awesome vacuum for yourself very soon! Wouldn’t that be a fun win?

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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!

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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:

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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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