At springtime the pet industry, which supplies all the food, gear and goodies to the world of dogs, cats, fish, birds and other pets, gathers at the Global Pet Expo.
There are thousands of booths, from Mom & Pop shops to global enterprises, introducing more than 3,000 new products.
We will feature lots of this new gear in DOG FANCY magazine, but here is a peek at what was fun, interesting and different.
Cake For Your Party Animal
K9 Cakery introduced an all natural cake for dogs, including one that you can microwave in less than 2 minutes. You can choose the full All Natural Dog Bone Shaped Cake Kit ($17.99) for dogs, which is 10 inches by 7 inches. Or just get the microwave cake ($10), which is 7 inches by 3 inches. Both have all natural cake and yogurt frosting.
Chill Out Naturally
Along with the cake, how about some all natural frozen dog treats? The Freezy Pups Kit includes a bone-shaped ice cube tray and a sample packet of four organic gourmet flavors. Your dogs can choose from White Cheddar Cheese, Banana Honey, Sweet Potato ‘n Maple, and Chicken Soup. Each packet makes 14 treats and refills are available.
Recycle With Dog Power
These days I limit how many plastic water bottles I use, but before I recycle them I let Gordon enjoy a few chomps. He loves crunching water bottles. Booda takes that idea to a new level with the SqueakBottles. Just screw the durable squeaker on top of your old water bottle, then slide it into the plush toy sleeve. Instant new toy! When the dog chomps it sends a loud squeak through the top. Best of all, when your dog has crunched that bottle until it stops squeaking you just insert a new one.
Choose from the Purple Whale, Shark, Penguin, Killer Whale and Gator.
When It Rains You Know What
Ever head out on a dog walk and get caught in a shower? Me too. That’s why the Packable Rain Poncho from RC Pets caught my eye. The rain poncho stores in a small packet that snaps onto the leash, ready whenever a downpour erupts. The poncho comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, with an adjustable velcro waist.
Putting Poo in its Place
Environmentalists will tell you that using biodegradable bags for poop is virtually pointless if they end up in a landfill. With Flush Puppies, made of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) film, which dissolves in water, you can just flush the poo down the toilet. The bags biodegrade and the rest goes through a sewage treatment plant, specifically designed to remove harmful toxins and bacteria from fecal matter.
20 bags, $2.99
Turning Dogs into Puparazzi
Imagine you could see the world from your dog’s point of view. Now you can. The Eyenimal is the first digital camera specifically designed to be worn by your dog. It weighs barely over an ounce, but the 8 gigabyte camera can capture 2 1/2 hours of video and audio, at a 640 x 480 resolution. Check out an example video here.
An Unusual Natural Idea
Every year there are more great green, eco-friendly products. This year the folks at Zuke’s introduced new grain-free Z-Bones, all-natural, antioxidant canine dental chews. But what really stood out for me was their novel, natural booth, which they made out of wooden shipping palettes borrowed right from the show loading dock. After the show the palettes are dismantled and returned. No booth to transport or store. Smart.
Mini Bones (dog 5 to 25-lbs): $1.25
Regular Bones (dog 25 to 60-lbs): $2.99
Large Bones (dog 60 to 90-lbs): $3.99
Giant Bones (dog over 90-lbs): $6.69