Being a native Chicagoan, I know that the extremes of winter and summer weather are as tough on our pets as they are on humans. I’ve dressed my dogs in traditional pet coats and sweaters, but they still shivered and rushed through their walks in the winter cold. I watered them and helped them find shade in the summer, but they still panted and stopped to rest far too often in the heat and humidity of the summer.
My beloved pets weren’t very comfortable, and in some cases they were risking potentially serious conditions like hypothermia and dehydration or heatstroke. Because I am passionate about the safety, health and comfort of my pets, I felt there had to be a better solution!
It seemed clear to me that existing pet clothes didn’t really do the job. Even the best winter pet apparel didn't specifically address canine physiology, and it didn't help at all in the summer. So, drawing on my longtime entrepreneurial experience and my love for our canine companions, I began to research a solution to the problem. I consulted with veterinarians and pet wellness professionals, pet products wholesalers and retailers, and pet apparel manufacturers.
What I learned is that dogs exchange heat in different ways than people, so while it's cute to dress our pets up in human-looking coats and sweaters, these just aren't as effective on dogs as they are on us. Dogs lose or gain most of their heat in the chest and abdominal region (the “core”), so covering their backs and sides doesn’t help them stay warm. Dogs also have a higher body temperature than we do (101°-103°F), so to help regulate body temperature they need more efficient as well as more localized heat protection in the winter than a coat or sweater can provide, and more concentrated cooling in the summer.
Inspired by hot/cold therapy wraps for humans, I developed a better solution: unique warming and cooling pet harnesses and coats, which incorporate patented gel pack technology to deliver heat or cooling where it’s needed most! Kumfy Tailz is the first pet apparel to specifically address canine physiology, and has been developed over a period of two years, in close consultation with Kumfy Tailz' licensed veterinarian adviser, Jennifer Henderson, DVM (Dr. Jen) and a variety of industry professionals.
We are absolutely committed to making quality products, and offering remarkable customer service. Throughout Kumfy Tailz' product design and development cycles, my overriding test has been: "is this what I would want for my dogs?" We've conducted extensive product testing, test marketed the product in a handful of locations throughout Chicago in summer and winter; and we've incorporated all of the feedback into the several evolutions of our prototypes.
Most importantly, our team uses the products ourselves, every day, on our dogs.
MOTOROLA Introduces SCOUT 1™ The Digital Wireless Video Pet Monitoring System With Wi-Fi Connectivity and Two-Way Communication
The Wi-Fi connected SCOUT 1™ video camera allows pet owners to view, listen and speak to their pets when away from home. Owners can now check on and communicate with their pet from any location using the secure Monitor Everywhere app on internet compatible viewing devices such as a computer, tablet or smart phone.
Given the choice, most pet owners would prefer to have their pets with them at all times. But in most cases this is simply not an option. For those pet parents who cannot always be there, Motorola has created the next best thing, the SCOUT 1 digital wireless interactive video pet monitoring system. This system allows pet owners to watch, listen and communicate with their pets from virtually anywhere 24 hours a day.
“The SCOUT 1 Wi-Fi Monitor is a great way to stay connected with your pet,” said Jordan Riggs, President of Binatone North America. “You could be in the next room, at work, or out for the evening and this system allows you to check in and make sure that everything is OK. Whether you have an ailing cat, a new parrot, or a mischievous puppy – you can keep an eye on them wherever you go. The camera even has a built in intercom that also allows you to speak to your furry or feathered friend, enabling you to reassure an anxious pet or admonish bad behavior.”
The MOTOROLA SCOUT 1 is a self-contained video camera that can be placed on any flat surface. When connected via Wi-Fi to a wireless home router, users can access the camera via the secure Monitor Everywhere (ME) app on any internet enabled device. The ME app enables users to control the pan, tilt, and zoom of the camera; view video; and communicate via
two-way audio in “Walkie-Talkie” mode.
MOTOROLA Scout 1
Features of the MOTOROLA SCOUT 1 include:
• Remote monitoring via smartphone, tablet, or computer
• Free Monitor Everywhere app
• WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity
• Remotely controlled, motorized pan and tilt of camera
• Digital zoom
• Two-way audio communication (Walkie Talkie mode)
• Infrared night vision
• Image snapshot / video recording
• Room temperature monitoring alert
• Pre-recorded soothing pet sounds
• Connect and view up to four cameras in multiple rooms
“The SCOUT 1 gives you peace of mind when you can’t be with your pets,” added Riggs. “It is a great way to stay connected with your pets when you are away from home.”
The SCOUT 1 and a full line of indoor & outdoor monitors are available at PetSmart locations nationwide. For more information about the MOTOROLA SCOUT 1 please visit the website at www.motorola.com.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
About Binatone Electronics International Limited
Binatone was established in 1958 and is headquartered in Hong Kong. Binatone is a privately owned company engaged in the design, manufacturing and marketing of innovative consumer electronics products. The company markets products under the Binatone, iDECT and Voxtel brands in over 55 countries worldwide and is an OEM manufacturer for major telecommunications operators. Binatone is the global distributor for Motorola Digital Photo Frames, Baby and Video Monitors and the North American distributor for Motorola Cordless and Corded Telephone.s.
Sunday, Nov. 17 is National Take a Hike Day, and what better way to celebrate than bringing along man’s best friend. Whether it’s a solo walk in the park, a hike on your favorite trail or a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood, Petmate has several items great for Fido’s jaunt into the great outdoors – including the Petmate Portable Pop-Up Tent.
Designed to spring into shape in seconds, the tent features an extra-large front zipper flap for easy entry and a durable waterproof bottom to prevent leaks and allow for easy clean-up of pet messes.
The tent’s See & Go side mesh panels protect pets and provides a safe and shady shelter while allowing them to see what's going on outside. The door can also be rolled up which allows pets to use it as a den in their home or backyard.
Available in Navy Blue and in two sizes: Small ($44.99 MSRP) and Medium ($59.99 MSRP).
Perfect for fun outdoor adventures and pets on the go!
Founded in 1963, Petmate is the nation’s leading maker of innovative products pet families prefer for home, travel and play. Arlington, Texas-based Petmate is the trusted authority in innovative, functional, high-quality pet products including bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads and travel solutions, available at pet supply retailers nationwide. Petmate also makes pet family favorite brands Chuckit!, Wetnoz, Aspen Pet, JW and more. For more information, visit www.petmate.com.
Every Pet Deserves a Cold One
Revolutionary new pet bowl keeps water cold and fresh without batteries or electricity
Teaneck, New Jersey (April 23, 2012) – It’s very well known that humans prefer refreshing cold water to stagnant room temperature water. But what do our pets prefer? The answer seems obvious. If our pets could talk, they would choose cold refreshing water over warm stale water any day. Which is why Andrew Lanter, inventor, founder and CEO of New Jersey-based FroBo launched a revolutionary new pet bowl that keeps pets’ water cold and fresh all day long -- without batteries or electricity!
“I was sick of my dog Charlie’s water looking like a mid-day science experiment,” explains Lanter. “As I filled my frosty mug with an ice cold beverage, I thought – wow, most of the time Charlie is drinking room-temperature water that probably tastes stagnant. I spoke with a few veterinarians and they agreed that cold, fresh water is not only more refreshing for pets - it’s healthier. And so I began the mission to create FroBo, a brand new bowl that would keep Charlie’s water cold, fresh and healthy all day long.”
The FroBo is a revolutionary new pet bowl that lowers the temperature of your pets’ water, keeping it chilled. With its non-electric and easy-to-use freezer core, the FroBo is simple to use and provides loving pet owners with a hassle and worry-free way to keep pets happily hydrated.
“As humans, we take a refreshing glass of fresh cold water for granted,” explains Lanter. “As temperatures rise, keeping pets hydrated and cool can mean the difference between life and death. When frozen overnight, the FroBo will keep water cool for several hours - even when placed outdoors on a hot summer day. With thousands of pets suffering heat exhaustion and heat stroke every year, the FroBo is an essential tool to keep pets safe this season.”
Frobo can be used as an outdoor or travel bowl or as your pets’ regular daily water bowl, the FroBo holds 24 ounces of water and measures 10.5 inches in diameter. And unlike ice cubes that require frequent replenishing or fountains that require electricity or batteries, the FroBo cools water using a removable bowl insert lined with non-toxic gel – just like a human frosty mug! After as little as two hours in the freezer, the gel will change color when it’s ready to use. Once filled, FroBo can keep water chilled below room temperature for up to eight hours. The longer you freeze it, the longer it lasts! FroBo is easy to clean and has a rubber base that prevents sliding.
The FroBo retails for $29.99 and includes the outer FroBo bowl with removable freezer core insert, available for purchase at http://www.myfrobo.com. Additional freezer core inserts are available for $14.99 and make life very convenient – pet parents can always have a bowl in the freezer ready-to-go, allowing pets constant access to fresh, cold water.
As a company, FroBo’s mission is to give back to the community. Most recently, FroBo paid the life-saving veterinary bills for Kilo, the nationally recognized hero pit bull that took a bullet to the head saving his owners from an armed robbery. FroBo and Kilo were recently featured on the popular national talk show The View. Kilo has now become FroBo’s coolest – and most heroic pet!
Launched in 2012, the FroBo was created after Andrew Lanter’s rescue dog Charlie seemed a bit jealous of Lanter’s ice-filled frosty mug. Andrew looked at Charlie’s bowl and realized the water looked warm and stale. Lanter was upset with himself for not filling Charlie’s water bowl often enough with fresh cool water and he quickly realized the need for a safe, non-electric method of keeping pets’ water fresh and cold. Thus, FroBo was born and launched with a mission of keeping pets happy by keeping their water chilled and fresh. No longer will pet water bowls look like a mid-day science experiment -- water will remain chilled throughout the day, just as our furry companions like it.
LazyBonezz, a luxury pet products company with a boutique feel, was founded by Adrienne Shamie and Lorraine Gold in 2008. The mother-daughter duo's amazing style and aesthetic immediately caught the eye of celebrity clients and major media outlets, and jump-started the companys popularity.
Today, LazyBonezz continues to be at the forefront of market trends. With its unique mix of designs, LazyBonezz provides products that meet the needs of retailers who want luxury products at affordable prices, and modern consumers who want to have the best for their pets.
LazyBonezz is a women-owned company with the resources of Delta Children's Products, the worlds largest childrens furniture company and an industry leader in product safety, behind it. LazyBonezz knows how important a pet is to its family and therefore holds its products to similar safety standards as those of Delta. Delta Childrens expertise has helped LazyBonezz to grow from a small boutique operation into a major player in the pet industry, with products available in select mass-retail stores.
Their celebrity following has been off the charts and continues to grow. A-list stars such as Denise Richards, Serena Williams, Kelly Osbourne, Michelle Trachtenberg, and many more, love and use Lazybonezz products.
The media continues to spotlight LazyBonezz for its style and functionality. LazyBonezz has been featured on The Today Show multiple times, including as recently as July 1, 2013. The Real Housewives of NYC visited and filmed in the LazyBonezz showroom in 2012. Publications such as The NY POST, US Weekly, and Life and Style along with a number of other fashion, gossip, and pet publications and blogs have featured LazyBonezz items as being both trendy and irresistible.
LazyBonezz is a brand that is unique and growing. As the pet market continues to change, LazyBonezz is poised to remain a trendsetter and leader in the industry. With products that are always tasteful and up to date on current fashion, LazyBonezz will be where consumers and retailers alike look to identify the next best pet product.
UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS, by Jennifer S. Holland, won the hearts of readers around the world, spending a phenomenal 46 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, written with the same journalistic integrity and filled with even more unbelievably cute photos, UNLIKELY LOVES: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom (Workman; October 2013; $13.95) explores animal attachments that, in human terms, can only be called love.
Packed with aww-inspiring, full-color photography, the 43 brand-new stories in UNLIKELY LOVES are insightful tales of parental love, playful love, and the love of a big, wild, modern family.
Each story demonstrates unconditional love, understanding, commitment, loyalty, selflessness, and adoration within the most unexpected pairs of species. There are animals who can’t stand to be apart; animals shielding each other from insult or harm; and animals caring for each other during illness, providing parental protection, and, sometimes, refusing to let go even when their love goes unanswered. Each account reminds readers that if animals can do it, humans can also learn to accept differences big and small, and believe in the power of love. Meet:
• Dotty the donkey, who heroically saved her barnyard brother, Stanley the sheep, from a vicious dog attack.
• Chendra, an orphaned elephant, who spends days with her zoo pals: sea lions, goats, and penguins.
• Edgar, a rescued pig who adopted a whole family of farm animals, including a sheep, a goat, and a dog.
• Omni the black rhino and Digby the warthog, two orphans who found familial support in each other on the plains of a wildlife sanctuary.
• Raksha the pit bull, an adoptive mother to Essy the duck, who spend their days together doing doggie things like taking walks on a leash.
Holland, a contributing nature writer for National Geographic, introduces readers to scientists, zoologists, and animal caretakers from around the world who, with firsthand knowledge of these unique interspecies relationships, tell us more about why they are so surprising.
The spectacular stories of animal affection in UNLIKELY LOVES are a powerful celebration of love, tolerance, acceptance, and diversity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer S. Holland is the author of the New York Times bestseller Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom. She has written for National Geographic, Destination Discovery, and The Discovery Channel Online, specializing in science and natural history. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, two dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos. Her unlikeliest love story: One of her dogs found and saved the life of her runaway pet chameleon, Hank.
43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom
Workman Publishing | Paperback with flaps| October 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7611-7442-4 | $13.95
“You Can’t Make Old Friends”
Available October 8th 2013
On October 8, 2013, Kenny will release his highly anticipated new album – YOU CAN’T MAKE OLD FRIENDS – on Warner Bros. Records. A high-profile press campaign on both coasts will be part of the launch the week prior to the release and the week of the release. The album reunites Kenny with Dolly Parton for a duet on the title track, along with a video they shot together earlier this year in Nashville (the world premiere of which was broadcast by ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013). Kenny has called the album the best recording he’s ever done and. Early reaction to the new record from the press has been extraordinary. For more information on the new collection of songs, see the YOU CAN’T MAKE OLD FRIENDS bio (attached).
See the Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton “You Can’t Make Old Friends” official music video here: http://bit.ly/19dTl87
Album available for preorder now at iTunes: http://smarturl.it/kennyrogers
In October, Kenny will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville during an official Medallion Ceremony.
For more information:
“Enter the fascinating world of working dogs.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human
WHAT THE DOG KNOWS
THE SCIENCE AND WONDER OF WORKING DOGS
By Cat Warren
“A beautifully written, fascinating, heartwarming, and oft-hilarious homage to working dogs.”
—MARIA GOODAVAGE, author of Soldier Dogs
“Move over, CSI, and make way for Cat Warren and her forensic dog, Solo, to grab and keep your attention. Beautifully and compelling written—not only could I not put it down, I didn't want to.”
—PATRICIA B. McCONNELL, Ph.D., CAAB, author of The Other End of the Leash
“[Warren] has strong investigative and storytelling skills,
which makes the book all the more enthralling and engaging.”
—CLAUDIA KAWCZYNSKA, BARK MAGAZINE
“Cat Warren has captured both the magic and the best science behind the success of the modern working dog.” —BRIAN HARE, evolutionary anthropologist, director of Duke University’s Canine Cognition Center,
and co-author of The Genius of Dogs
Cat Warren is a professor and former journalist with a somewhat unorthodox hobby: she works with a cadaver dog—a dog who searches for missing and presumed-dead people. What started as a way to harness the energies of her unruly, smart, German shepherd puppy, Solo, soon became a passion for them both (though Solo thinks it’s simply a great game, with the reward of a toy at the end). They have now searched for the missing throughout North Carolina for seven years.
In WHAT THE DOG KNOWS: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs (On-sale October 1, 2013; $26.99 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-4516-6731-8; Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster) Warren uses her odyssey with Solo to enter the broader world of scent-detection dogs, revealing the remarkable capabilities of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.
Taking the reader from crime scenes to training sites and science labs, talking and working with other handlers and trainers, and interviewing animal psychologists, forensic anthropologists, breeders, and scent researchers, Warren explains how working dogs can capture the hidden worlds their noses know and translate that arcane knowledge for humans. The fascinating concepts behind the complex capabilities of working dogs emerge as Warren weaves the world of science and dog cognition with her own experiences in the field—all with an unsentimental yet sensitive touch.
What the Dog Knows tells the stories of cadaver dogs, drug and bomb detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs—even dogs who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims more than two hundred feet below the surface of a lake. Working dogs sometimes seem magical, as they distinguish scent, cover territory, and accomplish tasks that no machine is yet capable of. What the Dog Knows reveals the science, the intense training, and the skilled handling that lie behind those abilities—and shows why we keep finding new uses for the wonderful noses of working dogs.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CAT WARREN is an associate professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches science journalism, editing, and reporting. She lives with her husband, David, and two German shepherds, Solo and Coda, in Durham, North Carolina. Visit www.catwarren.com.
WHAT THE DOG KNOWS
The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs
On-sale October 1, 2013
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Dare to Look! is NOW ON SALE
Ripley Publishing’s tenth annual takes readers on a journey
into the weird, strange and amazing
ORLANDO, Fla. (September 10, 2013) – Daring readers can now feast their eyes on an all-new collection of the most bizarre, incredible and amazing true stories from around the world. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Dare to Look! is NOW ON SALE. It’s the latest edition of the bestselling annual series from Ripley Publishing. With thousands of true-yet unbelievable facts and stories, as well as hundreds of full-color photos, this title is sure to fill readers with wonder and astonishment.
Additionally, readers can access exclusive bonus content through the oddSCAN™ function of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! app. For instance, by scanning an image of Puggy – a Pekingese from Texas with a remarkable long tongue – readers will be treated to a special video of Puggy lapping up some ice cream. Stories literally come to life – if readers Dare to Look!
With its bright green foil and striking lenticular, the cover of Dare to Look! is certain to catch the eye while the incredible content within makes the book impossible to put down. Ripley’s fans of all ages will enjoy learning about perilous near-miss accidents, extreme daredevils, unbelievable artwork, fantastic sports feats and much more! Even the most reluctant readers will find themselves captivated. Examples of some of the curiosities contained within include:
· Kevin Mercado’s record breaking feat of pinning 161 clothes pegs to his face
· The biggest collection of dummies that readers will ever see – it’s an eight-page gatefold on the history of ventriloquists!
· Artist Ian Cook’s remarkable paintings made with remote control cars
· Farmer Hung and his traffic-stopping herd of 5,000 ducks
· Oscar the incredible traveling dog that has been to over 30 countries in the past three years
Dare to Look! is the perfect gift for curious minds, thrill seekers and anyone interested in exploring the world of the extraordinary.
Dare to Look! is available through all major booksellers.
YOUR DOG’S DINER ANNOUNCES THEIR ON-AIR RADIO APPEARANCE ON TALKIN PETS RADIO SHOW WITH JON PATCH.
Tampa, Florida, USA., September 17, 2013 – Rachael Johnson, co-owner of Your Dog’s Diner, announced today that she will be interviewed on-air Saturday, September 21, 2013 on Talkin Pets Radio with Jon Patch at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Your Dog’s Diner is a family owned and operated pet food manufacturing company. Nathan and Rachael Johnson started a dog blog in 2011 documenting their two rescue dogs’ adventures known as 2 Traveling Dogs. While their fan base grew, they realized a unique platform they had to shed light on the homeless animals across the country. Being involved in “everything dog”, they took their love of dogs and cooking to create Your Dog’s Diner after all the pet treat recalls.
About Your Dog’s Diner:
Rachael and Nathan Johnson’s love of dogs with a lifelong love of cooking is a dream come true. They know you will enjoy the experience of cooking for your dogs and the peace of mind you will have knowing where your dog’s treats come from. It’s time to “Turn Your Kitchen Into Your Dog’s Diner,” said Rachael Johnson
Mutt Meatballs Treat Mix and Mutt Soup Mix are available to the public now on YourDogsDiner.com and in select retail stores across the country. Mutt Meatballs Treat Mix retails for $7.99 and Mutt Soup Mix retails for $10.99. Their Mutt Pancakes Treat Mix will be released in November.
Talkin Pets Radio with Jon Patch airs Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. EST. To find a station near you, or listen online, visit www.talkinpets.com