Warmer Weather Brings Fun Gadgets for Pets and Owners on the Go

March 25, 2010 | By Jay Speiden | Category: Travel | 30 comments
Tags: lifestyle & trends, products, travel

Spring has arrived! And the rays of sunshine and higher temperatures mean that it's the perfect time to start planning some fun activities for you and your pet. Here are a few gadgets that should help keep you both on the go throughout the spring and summer.

WATERPROOF PENTAX OPTIO W90 DIGITAL CAMERA

This innovation is the first camera designed for pets. People love to take pictures of their pets — and most pets oblige their owners by being so irresistibly photogenic. But now there’s a new camera out that has features designed specifically for your pet. The Optio W90 boasts a new-generation face detection upgrade that instantly and accurately detects up to 32 faces in the image field and captures each in sharp focus.

The difference between the Optio and other cameras with face detection software is that the Optio is programmed to detect not only human faces, but also the fuzzy mugs of dogs and cats. Users may program the camera to automatically release the shutter the moment the subject’s face turns straight toward the camera — and anyone who has spent hours dressing Fido up in a sailor or pirate uniform only to keep missing the shot will know that this feature is beyond useful. For more information, visit: www.photoxels.com/pr-pentax-w90.

GODOGGO BALL LAUNCHER

If your dog loves to chase balls, this gadget is practically a must-have item — an automatic ball launcher that tosses tennis balls 15 to 30 feet for dogs to retrieve. Owners can use a remote control to make the mechanism throw the ball for their dogs or they can set it to automatic and let their dogs retrieve all by themselves. The device is deceptively simple: a bucket atop a motorized launcher, but there’s nothing simple about the bond that retrievers will form with what will soon be their new best friends. Jealous owners beware: dogs that live to chase tennis balls really will fall in love with this machine. For more information, visit: www.godoggoinc.com.

SOLVIT TAGALONG PET BICYCLE BASKET

If you like traveling by bike — and your dog likes to feel the wind on its face while cruising out on the open road — then this is the perfect product for both of you. This bike basket is made specifically for your pet, like a little pet chariot that affixes right to the front of your bike. A removable sunshade stows easily in its own pocket, and the adjustable safety leash ensures your pet is secure while riding. With the shoulder strap installed, the basket becomes a portable pet carrier - to and from the bike, or around town. The basket also offers storage for items like sunglasses, sunscreen, and a leash so that when you get wherever you and your buddy are going, you can both hop off the bike and continue with your adventure. For more information, visit: www.solvitproducts.com/bicycle_baskets_deluxe.htm

PET UMBRELLA LEASH

When it comes to staying on the go with your pet, you can’t let a few summer showers slow you down. Now you can make sure your pet stays dry and comfortable with the Pet Umbrella Leash. This gadget is part leash, part umbrella and stylish enough for even discerning pets.

The umbrella features a clear oblong arc trimmed with classic plaid waterproof fabric and an angled handle with a padded grip. An umbrella leash with a hook attaches easily and quickly to your pet's collar or harness while a clear umbrella body allows you a full view of your pet as you both take on the wet streets during a summer shower. For more information, visit: www.amazon.com/Pet-Umbrella-Dog-Keeps-Comfortable/dp/B000T0JUE8

DOGGLES

Our last summer fun pet gadget falls, depending on your viewpoint, somewhere between super cool and just plain fun. If you fall into the former category, you might want to look into a pair of Doggles, or, goggles for dogs. These specs claim to be the first and only eyewear for dogs on the market and will either make your dog the coolest cat on the block or, well, a conversation starter. The Doggles do claim to keep your dog’s eyes free of dust and flying particles. And at the very least they will provide some great picture fodder for that Pentax Optio Digital camera with pet facial recognition. For more information, visit www.doggles.com.

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Ches21
4 years ago

Remember sun screen and even lotion for your dog if they are hairless cats that are hairless need this too. Also ask your vet what accomadations/percautions to take when taking the dog on a walk or to the beach. Have fun in the sun!

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

Interesting...sometimes I wish my Kali would wear doggles-she'd looked so cute!

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