Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pebby: Your Pet's Robotic Babysitter


"Smart" pet toys seem to be the current trend and the Pebby aims to take internet connected pet devices to a new level.

Currently in "Kickstarter" phase, the Pebby is a wireless/Bluetooth enabled system that is made up of a ball, collar, charging "kennel" and mobile app. Like other similar toys, pet owners are able to watch, interact, and capture their pets movements/activities while away from home through the ball. Built from durable, shatterproof polycarbonate, Pebby is designed to withstand rough play and the occasional dip in the water bowl. It looks like you'll also be able to easily change the look of your ball  with magnetic caps in a variety of colors/patterns.


The part of the Pebby system that excited us the most is the charging "kennel" which wirelessly charges your ball. Simply drive the ball into the kennel and it will self dock and begin charging!


The least exciting part of the system has to be the collar, which serves to provide movement/activity tracking. If you don't already have a pet activity device this is a nice integrated add, but not sure if it's going to challenge any of the existing leaders in the market.

Pebby is currently offering a limited edition early bird special ($135) that is 45% off the retail price, so make sure to head over to their Kickstarter page if you're interested in learning more!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Global Pet Expo 2017

I swear, one of these years we're going to make it the 2017 Global Pet Expo. I seriously cannot imagine a more fun way to spend a few days than surrounded by tons of cool new pet products!

Even though we won't be in Orlando this week, here's a list of some of the booths you should swing by and check out. It seems like two of the big themes this year are "smart" Internet connected toys and premium/fresh/all natural pet food. There are going to be HUNDREDS of vendors at the Expo, but these are just a few of those that reached out to us in advance that caught our eye:

easyPlay Interactive Pet Toy - Booth 5876
An interactive toy that can be controlled by your smartphone, the easyPlay allows you to monitor your pet, reward them with treats and track their physical activity when you're not home. Featuring a treat dispenser and two-way cameras/microphones, it's an interesting spin on the traditional pet camera.

Portland Pet Food Company - Booth 5974
All-natural, human grade pet food seems to be the standard these days. The folks at Portland Pet Food Company are taking it to the next level with their shelf-stable, sustainably packaged meals for your pup. They make a variety of meals and food toppers that sound pretty tasty!

i and love and you - Booth 1291
This super premium pet food and treat company is one of our favorites! I'm sure they've got lots of excited previews planned for you. We particularly love their odor-less chews!

Under the Weather - Booth 5967
I know... "bland food" isn't something you typically advertise, but for all of those dog parents who have spent hours in the kitchen whipping up chicken and rice for their sick pets, Under the Weather is a convenient solution made of bland stuff and 100% human grade freeze-dried meats.

Well, maybe we'll see you next year Global Pet Expo! If you're going, drop us a line or send us a tweet (@Barkzilla) to let us know what your favorite products/services are! And hey... if anyone wants to send us a ticket next year...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sea Bags: Pet Collection

If there's anything we can't have enough of, it's a good tote! Since plastic bags were/are no-go in California, we got into the habit of always having a reusable bag with us. Though we love the inexpensive ones from TJ's, there is something to be said for a reusable bag that is built to last AND stylish. While they are on the pricey side (OK, they're super $$), we are slightly obsessed everything the company Sea Bags makes. Their company takes recycled sails and turns them into highly functional, easy to clean bags that can take a serious beating. We particularly love how easy they are to clean - you can literally hose them down, let them dry, and they are as good as new!*

While checking out their site for a new summer beach bag, we spied an entire collection designed for pet lovers! Check out these super cute bags and placemats (seriously, such a good idea for pets!). They also offer collars and leashes, but these products caught our attention the most:


(Clockwise from Upper Left) Bucket Bag ($45), Chocolate Lab Tote ($150-$210), Paw Print Placemat (Small $15, Large $25), Paw Wristlet ($30)

Though on the pricier side, in our experience Sea Bags have definitely been worth the investment. In addition to these cute paw print adorned items, you can also create your own custom bag ( or choose from their seasonal designs. 



*Disclaimer... they may recommend a different cleaning process than the one we use hah...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Quick Update!

Hi friends! Hope you are all doing well! I'm sorry it's been a while since we've updated, but I'm not going to lie-- #MomLife is tough! Juggling everything has meant a little less computer time and a lot more "OMG what are you putting in your mouth?!" time.

Paddington is also currently staying with her grandparents as we're renting a house that doesn't have a fenced in yard. In fact... we had a pretty traumatic jailbreak and since then decided it might be best for her to enjoy a staycation with my parents' dogs. We miss her desperately but know that she's having a great time with her friends and most importantly is in a safe place.

Anyhow, despite P not being here, we think about her every day and are still on the look out for amazing pet products and services. While our hands-on reviews may be a little more spaced out, we definitely love connecting with our fellow Barkistas and the pet community.

Miss you lots!

XOXO,

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Farmers Dog - Custom Fresh Food

Many many moons ago, when Paddington was but a wee pup residing with us in NYC, we were introduced to the world of "fresh" dog food. The company, who has long since been out of business and whose name we have unfortunately forgotten, would mail to us frozen dinners made out of hearty organic ingredients and proteins that we would then heat up Lean Cuisine style for our pooch. While that business never took off at the top, circa 2007, it looks like the folks at The Farmers Dog have updated the idea to cater to the custom pet food craze. 2015 and 2016 saw the introductions of brands like JustRight by Purina, which provide customized dry blends designed to meet your dog's nutritional needs, but The Farmers Dog is one of the first we've heard looking to take this technology into the fresh food market.


Out of curiosity, we filled out The Farmers Dog questionnaire to see what our weekly cost would be, and it netted out at about $20/week for their beef recipe. It wasn't immediately clear how many times a day we'd be feeding Paddington or what a "daily" serving looks like, but according to their site instructions would come with our shipment.


We would definitely be curious to understand whether we could supplement the fresh food with some of P's regular kibble, since an "all-wet" diet has typically not been good for her (or her teeth) in the past.

Overall, The Farmers Dog has a pretty robust Q&A and we felt like a lot of our questions were answered, so we would highly recommend you check it out if this post has piqued your interest.

What are you feeding your pup these days? Custom blends? Off the shelf? Canned/wet?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show "Barkets"


We've always associated January and the start of the new year with new resolutions, new goals, new diets, and of course-- the start of a new bracket season! Don't get us wrong... we are by no means sports experts, but there is something fun about filling out a bracket - whether it be for The Bachelor or the Super Bowl, we just can't help ourselves... (Ha, I bet you did NOT know that about us).

This is why were were SO EXCITED to get an email from the folks at Purina ProPlan about their Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show bracket.

YES! Finally a bracket we're actually qualified to fill out! Dog lovers can compete in this game of "barketology" to win $1 million*! (Side note, does this technically make it a "barket"?)

Simply visit www.dogshowbracket.com and use your canine intuition to pick your group and overall "Best in Show" winner.



Hurry and don't delay -- the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will air on February 13th and 14th at 8 PM EST.


Good luck!




*The prize will be split amongst all of the verified owners of a perfect bracket
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