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Calendar Dogs
Rescue groups and their fabulous canine calendars
The words “noble, wise and downright precious” describe 2010’s pack of calendar dog models. Across the country, nonprofit animal welfare groups have assembled some of the most irresistible faces, and all you have to do to see them is click below. Even better, by purchasing one of these calendars, you’re helping yourself and a good cause at the same time. Don’t delay—time’s flying! P.S.: Check in...
Blog: Guest Posts
FDA Launches A Pet Health and Safety Widget
An easy way to share alerts and tips
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched a pet health and safety widget for consumers this week as part of “an ongoing effort to provide timely, user-friendly, public health information.” The widget is an easy-to-load application ideal for dog-centric bloggers and website editors. It provides the latest from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on everything from how to report a food...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog-Friendly Apps and Online Helpers
Smart uses for your smart phone
Cell phones that only make and receive calls are so 2008! With a satellite signal and Internet access, today’s smart phones put the world—both yours and your dog’s—in your pocket.   1. Keep track of your pup’s day-to-day doings using the DogiDuty app; iPhone-toting dog walkers or sitters can manually file reports on her intake and output, then email them to you.   2. Pump up your walk. Map,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
iPhone Amber Alert for Lost Pets
New app creates a wireless community for bringing missing animals home.
Lately several people I know from the local agility community have had a beloved pet go missing. Fortunately all of the lost pups were found quickly, but it’s a heartbreaking experience, even if just for a few hours. For years standard protocol has been to call local animal shelters and post flyers around the neighborhood. More recently, technology has allowed us to cast a larger net by sending...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Pup-Worthy Picks
To mark the end of summer’s dog days, we’re sharing a few of the products that have kept us company all season long. Kangaroom Pet Pouch If you’re like us, you’re constantly struggling to keep all your dog gear in one place. So we bet you’ll be as thrilled as we were with the Kangaroom Pet Pouch, which organizes all the dogs’ must-haves—from treats to brushes—in a single, tidy, carry-along...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Apps for Dog Lovers
Teach your pup a trick or find an off leash park with your iPhone or iTouch.
As the Apple commercial suggests, there really does seem to be an “app” for just about everything. These applications can be used with the Apple iPhone or iTouch iPod. Many are even offered for free.  You can download any of these apps by going to the Apple iTunes store through your computer, iPhone, or iTouch. Here are the canine highlights that received high reviews from users. Clicker (free...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Using Technology to Solve Canine Boredom
An engineering grad student invents a way to interact with his dog remotely.
Recently I stumbled upon an iPhone controlled dog treat dispensing device built by Stephen Myers. The Biomedical Engineer PhD student created the dispenser to interact with his dog Cooper during his long grad school days.  The one-of-a-kind creation allows Stephen to monitor his pup by web cam and deliver treats from anywhere his iPhone receives service. He details how the dispenser was built on...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Bowl Entrepreneur
Lapping up the big time with a bowl for Bo.
Here’s what I love. When someone creates a smart dog product—especially something simple that makes life better and easier for dogs and people—and then sticks by it, even if it means taking a drubbing from the venture-capital A-types on BBC’s Dragons’ Den. (They promised, "the U.S. will eat you alive.") Well, Brit entrepreneur Natalie Ellis, who has sold 80,000 of her Road Refresher (non-spill)...
Blog: Karen B. London
Keeping an Eye on Your Pets
Surveillance isn’t just for the government anymore.
If you want to keep track of your pets via a live online video feed, you can now do that. The Vue personal video network lets guardians watch their animals at home while they’re at work, or anywhere else with Internet access. If you worry about your pets when you’re away from them, this system will allow you to see with your own eyes that they’re okay. The system uses small wireless cameras that...
Blog: Guest Posts
Win A Dream Trike
At last, a ride worthy of your furry co-pilot.
How does one describe the very cool tricycle created by Dublin Dog in Charlotte, N.C.? If we were in a pitch meeting with a movie producer we’d say it’s Breaking Away meets Easy Rider meets Benji—a wicked-cool pair of wheels with a dog-friendly sidecar that, with a donation to a good cause and some luck, can be yours. Here’s the back story: The folks at Dublin Dog do more than create rockin’...

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