Category Archives: Product Reviews

DogVacay – Consider The Dangers!

Helen is a distraught reader who sent me a harrowing account of her experience as a DogVacay dog minder. Here is an exert:  “…On the way home from the lady who “couldn’t” watch the dog anymore, Sunday the dog puked

DogVacay – Consider The Dangers!

Helen is a distraught reader who sent me a harrowing account of her experience as a DogVacay dog minder. Here is an exert:  “…On the way home from the lady who “couldn’t” watch the dog anymore, Sunday the dog puked

Dog ‘Thought Translator’ – Like Palm Reading, Only High Tech

The developers of this new ‘Dog mind reading’ device are promising to bring a working version to market in just 4 months: “The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery hoped to raise $10,000 (£6,066) using crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, but has

Dog ‘Thought Translator’ – Like Palm Reading, Only High Tech

The developers of this new ‘Dog mind reading’ device are promising to bring a working version to market in just 4 months: “The Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery hoped to raise $10,000 (£6,066) using crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, but has

Surprise! Dogs Like Toys They Can Break

I am sure it will come as a great surprise to all of you dog owners (NOT) that dogs prefer the toys they can break to pieces. You see, it’s evolutionary development. Dogs want toys which resemble real prey animals,

Surprise! Dogs Like Toys They Can Break

I am sure it will come as a great surprise to all of you dog owners (NOT) that dogs prefer the toys they can break to pieces. You see, it’s evolutionary development. Dogs want toys which resemble real prey animals,

Dog Stroller – Why You Need One

OK, I know it sounds a little crazy. and when I see a person walking by with a dog in a stroller I also used to sneer and think to myself ‘rich good-for-nothings’ or ‘it’s a dog, not a child,

Dog Stroller – Why You Need One

OK, I know it sounds a little crazy. and when I see a person walking by with a dog in a stroller I also used to sneer and think to myself ‘rich good-for-nothings’ or ‘it’s a dog, not a child,

Pet Funerals: From Dignified To Weird?

I think the pet funeral industry is the rising giant of the pet consumer market. And for a good reason. With the housing options limited and the attachment to pets rising, then old way of burying ‘Fluffy’ under the apple

Pet Funerals: From Dignified To Weird?

I think the pet funeral industry is the rising giant of the pet consumer market. And for a good reason. With the housing options limited and the attachment to pets rising, then old way of burying ‘Fluffy’ under the apple

Pet Advisor’s Top 10 Doggy Holiday Stays… Don’t Look At The Price Tag!

‘Pet Advisor’  – a pet-friendly holiday website has released its’ annual top 10 list of dog holiday lodgings. I borrowed the link above from ‘The Christian Science Monitor’, which lists the article under the ‘Saving Money’ tag. I am not sure

Pet Advisor’s Top 10 Doggy Holiday Stays… Don’t Look At The Price Tag!

‘Pet Advisor’  – a pet-friendly holiday website has released its’ annual top 10 list of dog holiday lodgings. I borrowed the link above from ‘The Christian Science Monitor’, which lists the article under the ‘Saving Money’ tag. I am not sure

A Nail Grinder For Your Dog? As Good As Getting Your Teeth Drilled

I was reading a newspaper article about trimming a dog’s nails. All was well until I came across a curious paragraph: “Trimming your dog’s nails necessitates the right equipment. There are two basic types of nail clippers for dogs —

A Nail Grinder For Your Dog? As Good As Getting Your Teeth Drilled

I was reading a newspaper article about trimming a dog’s nails. All was well until I came across a curious paragraph: “Trimming your dog’s nails necessitates the right equipment. There are two basic types of nail clippers for dogs —

A Blind Painter Is Unusual. a Blind Dog Painter Is…

When it comes to painting, an eyesight is a necessary tool. An essential tool, I would think. There aren’t many blind painters around, as far as I know. But this blind artist is really outside the box: you see, the

A Blind Painter Is Unusual. a Blind Dog Painter Is…

When it comes to painting, an eyesight is a necessary tool. An essential tool, I would think. There aren’t many blind painters around, as far as I know. But this blind artist is really outside the box: you see, the

An Abrasive Tongue Cleaner For Your Dog! Don’t You Just Want One?

Sure, I know. Doggy bad breath is a big problem. But you must be pretty desperate to seriously consider this ‘solution’: “The bristles on the Orapup are made of ultra-soft material that is designed to clean into the crevices of the tongue

An Abrasive Tongue Cleaner For Your Dog! Don’t You Just Want One?

Sure, I know. Doggy bad breath is a big problem. But you must be pretty desperate to seriously consider this ‘solution’: “The bristles on the Orapup are made of ultra-soft material that is designed to clean into the crevices of the tongue

Heat Stress Is A Big Problem But The Heat-Sensing Collar Is Not The Solution

If you have been reading this blog (and if you haven’t, you really should) you would know by now that I am big on responsibility. If you own a pet or thinking about owning one, responsibility should be the first word in your

Heat Stress Is A Big Problem But The Heat-Sensing Collar Is Not The Solution

If you have been reading this blog (and if you haven’t, you really should) you would know by now that I am big on responsibility. If you own a pet or thinking about owning one, responsibility should be the first word in your

Forget The Water Bowl – That’s So 2011

The humble water bowl. How boring! The modern this days doesn’t have time to lap like a commoner. Surely there must be an app for that, right? Mechanical engineer Jonathan Kirschner thought so too, so he designed the WaterDog –

Forget The Water Bowl – That’s So 2011

The humble water bowl. How boring! The modern this days doesn’t have time to lap like a commoner. Surely there must be an app for that, right? Mechanical engineer Jonathan Kirschner thought so too, so he designed the WaterDog –

The Revenge Of The Cat Owners. But The Cat Isn’t In On The Joke

Sick of having the dogs and their owners run the show? Want to make a ‘cats rule’ statement in style? Here is a product for you. That’s right, a dog-shaped scratching post for your feline: ‘You’ve never seen a more

The Revenge Of The Cat Owners. But The Cat Isn’t In On The Joke

Sick of having the dogs and their owners run the show? Want to make a ‘cats rule’ statement in style? Here is a product for you. That’s right, a dog-shaped scratching post for your feline: ‘You’ve never seen a more

Is Raw Dog Food Better? Well, It Depends

Raw diets for dogs are exploding in popularity: ‘But now, feeding raw – that is, feeding your dog hearts, necks, livers, kidneys, bones and muscle of animals such as chicken, lamb and rabbit – is becoming more mainstream. It’s a

Is Raw Dog Food Better? Well, It Depends

Raw diets for dogs are exploding in popularity: ‘But now, feeding raw – that is, feeding your dog hearts, necks, livers, kidneys, bones and muscle of animals such as chicken, lamb and rabbit – is becoming more mainstream. It’s a

Newsflash: Dog Lets Robber In!

One of the benefits of dogs is that they keep robbers away when you are not home. Now, with an explosion of web-based dog sitting sites multiplying like mushrooms, one wonders if the dog could have the opposite effect: ‘Enter

Newsflash: Dog Lets Robber In!

One of the benefits of dogs is that they keep robbers away when you are not home. Now, with an explosion of web-based dog sitting sites multiplying like mushrooms, one wonders if the dog could have the opposite effect: ‘Enter

‘Smart Pet’ – A Very Silly Toy Idea

I don’t mean to criticise the Japanese, after all they gave us Sushi, , the Walkman, and Samurai movies. It’s just that I can’t get into their taste for silly, gimmicky toys. Remember the Tamagotchi? That annoying key-ring thing which

‘Smart Pet’ – A Very Silly Toy Idea

I don’t mean to criticise the Japanese, after all they gave us Sushi, , the Walkman, and Samurai movies. It’s just that I can’t get into their taste for silly, gimmicky toys. Remember the Tamagotchi? That annoying key-ring thing which

Dogbook – Finally Something Usefull To Do On Facebook

I like to read stuff. Long stuff – like novels, text books and research papers. I guess that’s why being a Veterinarian works for me. I do realize though, that lots of people don’t. Most of my friends get bored

Dogbook – Finally Something Usefull To Do On Facebook

I like to read stuff. Long stuff – like novels, text books and research papers. I guess that’s why being a Veterinarian works for me. I do realize though, that lots of people don’t. Most of my friends get bored

GPS For Your Dog? A Technology That Could Do With Some Improvement

I will be honest – when this came out a few years ago I got quite excited. So much so, I actually thought of distributing this stuff. Judge for yourself – a dog going missing is every owner’s worst nightmare.

GPS For Your Dog? A Technology That Could Do With Some Improvement

I will be honest – when this came out a few years ago I got quite excited. So much so, I actually thought of distributing this stuff. Judge for yourself – a dog going missing is every owner’s worst nightmare.

Stem Cell Therapy For Hip Displasia: Show Me The Evidence!

Hip Displasia is a debilitating disease, as many owners of larger breed dogs will tell you. What’s worse, is that it’s basically incurable. So when a new treatment comes along which promises relief, I naturally get excited. This was the

Stem Cell Therapy For Hip Displasia: Show Me The Evidence!

Hip Displasia is a debilitating disease, as many owners of larger breed dogs will tell you. What’s worse, is that it’s basically incurable. So when a new treatment comes along which promises relief, I naturally get excited. This was the

DogVacay.com – A Brilliant Idea… But Consider The Risks!

Dog Vacay is a new website designed to help connect dog owners and dog sitters in their local area. At first glance I think the idea! This website can do to dog sitting industry what E-bay did for market shopping –

DogVacay.com – A Brilliant Idea… But Consider The Risks!

Dog Vacay is a new website designed to help connect dog owners and dog sitters in their local area. At first glance I think the idea! This website can do to dog sitting industry what E-bay did for market shopping –

‘Thunder shirt’ – Veterinary view

‘Thunder shirt‘ is a snug- fitting coat marketed to assist dogs with overcoming anxiety including thunderstorm phobia, separation anxiety etc. It works presumably by providing alternative stimulation to the dog’s brain, interfering with fearful stimulae of  such as the sound of the

‘Thunder shirt’ – Veterinary view

‘Thunder shirt‘ is a snug- fitting coat marketed to assist dogs with overcoming anxiety including thunderstorm phobia, separation anxiety etc. It works presumably by providing alternative stimulation to the dog’s brain, interfering with fearful stimulae of  such as the sound of the