I think my pups are laughing at me. Smart Home sent me their new Bark Smart to try out, which works by sending out an ultrasonic signal that only dogs can hear when activated by the barking. Supposedly, dogs learn that their barking causes this irritating sound and stop barking to stop the noise. A deluxe version of the Bark Smart is also available. This upgraded device has twin speakers with a wider range as well as a timer control option that lets you set the time when the Bark Smart Deluxe is active each day. Uh-huh.
If you're gulible, choose from two modes: audible and ultrasonic. Both modes signal your dog ultrasonically, but the audible mode also emits a tone that you can hear, which will drive you totally crazy while your daschunds enjoy a chuckle. An LED also shows when the Bark Smart is active.
Imagine a phone conversation that goes something like this:
You : Hi Bruno!
Other End : Woof!
You : Just called to let you know I miss you terribly and will be back from work soon..
Other End : Woof Woof Woof!
You : Great! See you soon, be good.
Other End : Woof Woof!
Perplexed? Not to be – that’s probably the kind of conversation you would be having with your pet dog if you own PetsCell, a GPS enabled cellphone designed exclusively for the canine members of the family. Which means you don’t have to be worried about Bruno when he's all by himself, as you can call him and make sure he's alright. And the two-way communication ensures that he doesn’t miss you too much either.
Bad-boy, billionaire, businessman, Mark Cuban recently blogged that "The Internet is Dead and Boring." As much as I'd like to respond with an intellectually thoughtful post, I think I'll let the Internet speak for itself. I don't know how it happened or where I was when I clicked through, but I stumbled upon The Daily Puppy. Much like favorites cuteoverload.com and stuffonmycat.com, this is a website that very simply solicits puppy photos and posts them.
Readers can sign up to have puppies delivered to their inboxes, drop a widget on their personal website, or subscribe via RSS, and are encouraged to rate the pooches with 1-11 biscuits. Commenting is active and reveals a goofy, fun-loving community of adoring fans. As reader Yourmomsage channels Star Trek's Scotty she writes, "This pup is so cute, my head can't hold all the cuteness, 'She's gonna blow, Captain, I kinna hold her innymore....' Kaboom!"
If you're a dog owner, hopefully you've invested in getting your pooch chipped just in case they get lost. The next best thing to do is to invest in a Dog-e-Tag. No larger than the tag you had engraved (limited 4-5 lines of informarion) at a pet store, this tag is 1 3/8 inches (36mm) around, weighs 3/4 of an ounce (21g) and is worn in a similar fashion to a common metal tag.
The best feature is that you can store up to 40 lines of information, and a large quantity of data such as cell phone numbers, pager numbers, e-mail addresses, county license numbers, rabies vaccine numbers, veterinary and neighbor contacts, etc.
But if you've ever lost your dog, you know that more data can help your pooch's situation and calm them down with familiar feelings and feedings. Dog-e-Tag lets you create messages such as: "I like my tummy rubbed," "I can't hear, I'm deaf," "I am 9 years old and I can't see very well," "My mom works late so e-mail her at this address," "I get scared by strangers and sometimes bite," or "I'll need you to cuddle me, because I'm scared."
This is one product I can't vouch for first hand, but I think I'm going to give it a try. I'm pretty type-A (that is to say, wacky in a neat-freak way) and I'm soley responsible for screwing up my dog Lucy. My little loved one is a rescue puppy, part pug, part terrier, part jumping bean. Yep, little Lucy is a spaz. While researching ways I can continue to help her make the best of her energy, I stumbled upon the "Q-Link."
Q-Link is a pendant worn around your neck (or your pet's neck) that helps to positively impact your biofield (subtle field that permeates and extends beyond the physical body). The Q-Link works like a "tuning fork" to help you find and live within "good energy." Yeah, it sounds hokey to me too, but there are a ton of great reviews out there (many from residents of LA), and if Q-Link can ensure more harmony and balance through it's biofield altering ways and help me out with Lucy, I'm game.
Of course, in the end, I'm probably the one who should be wearing Q-Link. Maybe a wacky over-energetic dog is just what my biofield needs.
My poor dog, Zach, has been mostly indoors for the last couple of weeks due to the heat wave. He just loves to come everywhere with me, but I dare not leave him in the car while I run errands or even take him on long walks. We might both pass out on the sidewalk.
While this ChillyDog vest won't help me much, it might keep Zach cool enough to go around the block without panting. If I don't make it, he can drag me home and put me in front of the air conditioning vent until I come to. It's a low tech cooling device, basically just ice packs inside of a vest, but not a bad idea really, especially for working dogs who have to be outdoors at times even in this miserable weather.
$129 for ChillyDog and $99 for ChillyPup from Helping Udders (totally gratuitous cute dog pic from their site after the jump).
As I'm not a dog owner, I find it hard to really understand this product. It's a rubber "fetch stick" for dogs, which is basically just a rubber stick. I would have thought you could just find sticks lying around anywhere, but maybe not. Maybe dogs don't have the same instincts for fetching sticks as they used to have, these days relying too much on GPS technology, resulting in thousands of lost sticks every day. If that's the case with your dog, head over to I Want One Of Those and pick up a squeaking Fetch Stick for £3.99/$8.
Dogs (and I imagine a few cats) have voted and demanded some political animals to play with, namely a George Bush, Hilary Clinton and Arnold doll.
A part of the Bamboo Pets family, Fat Cat offers dog toys that are genuinely unique and fun, except maybe for these "politcial animals" which are a little scary. Instead, go for one of the doggy purses, Wee Doggies, a doggy toy you'll enjoy cluttering the living room with. Or you could always spring for one of the clever dog toy shoes, in wonderful whimsical designs.
I apologize in advance for my growing vulnerability to stupid dog toys (not toys for dogs, but dog-related toys for seemingly intelligent adult humans). You lay this little guy on the ground and he appears to be digging his way to China, together with sound effects -- including farting and barking noises. You can add to our gi-normous affiliate sales coffers by ordering this fun picnic/backyard toy for $17.99 from Amazon. I am bothered by one thing, though: placed in the wrong environment, the headless dog may scare small children or adults with no imagination.
If it appears that I'm heading in the direction of those people who buy little doggie statuettes to line their wndow sills, please help me.
Meanwhile, I blame this one on bookofjoe (note that I've spared you the link for the sound effects, but you can listen on Joe's blog - just make sure your office door is closed tight).
Love pets? Want one? But your landlord, allergies, or job interferes with plans to buy, adopt, or borrow? Trade in your sea monkeys, because if you have a computer, you can also have a very clever pet. GoPets is a hybrid creation of online social networking and virtual world gaming. Simply put, it's an astounding feat of fun, fur-free genius.
Each GoPet is a unique 3D companion. As an owner, you create and download your pet to your desktop (sorry Mac users, GoPets is currently PC-only). While your GoPet makes it's home on your desktop, it's also able to roam freely from home. Your GoPet can visit the desktops of other GoPets users who currently speak 14 different languages and live around the world. The internet then becomes a leash-free, fence-free virtual park for your pet. Your GoPet assumes your interests and becomes your facilitator, introducing you to owners of other GoPets who share similar interests.