Among other things, this week we’ve seen fantastic developments in the world of dog welfare and dog technology. Here are the stories that caught our eye in the past week.
1. A new smart dog collar called Kyon has hit Kickstarter
With 22 days to go, Kyon’s campaign on Kickstarter has already raised almost 70% of the USD$75,000 goal. The Kyon dog collar features GPS tracking to help you keep a watchful eye on your dog’s location as well as temperature, water and activity sensors which give you further information about your dog’s wellbeing. The collar is also capable of emitting ultrasounds to trigger calm behaviour and curb barking. With delivery of the final product estimated to take place in August 2016, you won’t have to wait too long and with any luck nor will we – if the folks at Kyon let us review one.
2. New Delhi, India, is the latest city to get a dog café
Last week we reported on a café for strays in Los Angeles and a doggy brunch in West London. Not one to fall behind the times, New Delhi now also has a very dog friendly café called Puppychino. With a name like Puppychino it should come as no surprise that on top of your typical café grub, they also have a menu just for dogs.
3. Philadelphia bans pet shops from selling puppy farm pups
A new law has come into effect in Philadelphia which bans the sale of commercially bred dogs at pet stores. This is a step forward in the fight against puppy farming – an industry that treats breeding bitches and their puppies as commodities with little to no concern for their health and welfare. In the UK, Pupaid is one of the fiercest combatants on the puppy farm face.
4. Cambridge Cabbie shares home with 150 stray dogs
This isn’t a new story, but we hadn’t come across it until this week. Clearly a man with a big heart and of generous character, Karl Scarr opened his doors to 150 stray dogs after moving to Morocco where he says, “cruelty and abuse are still considered normal”. His charity, The Wild Animal Sanctuary of Tangier, cares for a further 300 animals and, unsurprisingly, takes up all his time.
5. Five words: Australian. Firefighter. Puppies. Calendar. Charity
The group of firefighters behind FireFightersCalendar.com.au are back to their old tricks – keeping temperatures soaring during the summer months and warming things up in the winter. The theme for their 2017 calendar is rescue puppies and aptly, a portion of the proceeds from the calendar will be going to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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