Yep, I really did mean to add that many zero’s. Samsung Electronics have provided a tantalising glimpse of the future for tech-savvy pampered pooches by unveiling an architect-designed Dream Doghouse which represents the ultimate in canine luxury, worth £20,000.
The kennel took a team of 12 designers and fabricators two weeks to design and over four weeks to construct and was commissioned to celebrate Samsung’s sponsorship of the world’s largest dog show, Crufts 2015. The futuristic structure was inspired by the growing trend to merge technology and pet-care.
The Samsung Dream Doghouse will be on display at the Samsung stand at this year’s Crufts, which runs from Thursday 5th March at the NEC in Birmingham.
The proto-type indoor kennel consists of two areas; one for rest and relaxation, the other for dining and entertainment, as well as an outside astro-turfed leisure area. Samsung research of 1,500 dog owners found that 64% believe their dogs would benefit from more technology and gadgets, with a quarter (24%) admitting they would like their dog to have treadmill, and a similar number (24%) a TV or tablet. A further 18% said that they would like their dog to have a hot-tub or spa while 22% found the idea of a dog operated feeder the most appealing. Utilising these findings, the Samsung Dream Doghouse was created and includes the following features:
The back kennel:
· A fully padded sleeping area in gun-metal grey fabric with dog-proof leather button detailing
· Luxurious bone design pillows
· A brand new wall mounted Tab S for all of that essential doggy viewing, interaction, and two-way communication with their human counterparts
· A push-to-woof call bell in order to summon the attention of their owner
· Fully fire retardant material
The front kennel:
· Clear polycarbonate frontage to allow for full room views and owner interaction
· A vibrant vermilion, fire retardant, carpeted interior
· Bespoke wallpaper featuring designer paw and dog bone print
· Framed portraits of friends and pooch pin-ups, including a dog’s ultimate pin-up; Best in Show winner of Crufts 2014
· Modern design sky light which doubles up as ceiling access for those athletic types
· A dog operated snack dispenser so your pup will never be in want of a treat again
And as if that wasn’t enough, this pup pleasure dome has even more to offer the discerning hound, with an in-built doggy treadmill to keep them trim (and work off all those self-dispensed snacks), as well as a hot-tub spa for some well-earned rest and relaxation after a long day of tail wagging. And with 21% of dog owners admitting that a bespoke canine treadmill would be their most desired gadget for their pet, it’s a win for both dog and owner!
The study also showed that this high-tech lifestyle may not be so far off, with a quarter (24%) of owners admitting to having made a social media profile for their dog. And if updates aren’t being shared on a tailor-made pet-profile, then they will be on their owners’ own social media pages, with research showing nearly half of dog owners regularly post pictures of their dogs online. A further four in ten (40%) owners have left the TV on whilst they are out of the house to keep their dog company, whilst a quarter (26%) use the TV to block out noises that may scare their precious pup, such as thunder or fireworks. Some owners even go so far as to video call their dogs when they’re away, with 14% admitting to having done this. And when back in the comfort of their home, 31% admit they like to curl up in front of a movie with their favourite pooch!
The findings also revealed that pampered pooches really do rule the roost in British households; being considered as a fully-fledged member of the family (85%), influencing important life decisions such as where they live or what job they have (53%), and even enjoying the same meals as their human counterparts (41%). It also revealed that over half (56%) of owners would mourn the death of their dog more than an extended family member such as an aunt, uncle or even a grandparent!
I asked Felix and Fido to send me the strongest toy they had and they rose to the challenge with admirable optimism.
I’m still yet to find a toy that survives Lupo the picker, apart from a Kong so when we received the promising looking Strong Stuff Tough Guy toy, ‘tested by British Bulldogs’, I wanted it to survive, I really did. But a Bulldogs jaws aren’t a patch on a Dobermann. If toy companies truly want to test their indestructible toys, might I suggest re-thinking the breed of your focus group.
So we put the Strong Stuff Tough Guy in the ring with a 45 pound Dobermann. Here’s how he got on.
Rest in Peace Tough Guy. Not since the wedding scene in Game of Thrones has anyone met their fate so quickly and gruesomely. You lasted approximately 2 minutes before your innards were strewn across the floor in a Taratino style massacre. Lupo spent the rest of the evening picking apart the rope handle, seeking out the squeaker (beneath ‘two layers of protection’, no less) and throwing it across the room, mocking his opponent. The stuffing became handy to rest his tired head, at least.
If you want a toy that will last for your Bulldog, or any other dog apart from a Dobermann, click here to visit Felix and Fidos fab shop. Doberman owners may have to join me on the continuous search for toys that last longer than an episode of Eastenders.
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When offered the chance to stay in a pet friendly hotel I didn’t hesitate. It was only afterwards I realised we hadn’t shared a room with Lupo since he was a puppy. Did you know dogs have much shorter sleep cycles than we do? They don’t go into as deep as sleep either. When we had a new born baby I could hear Lupo getting up in the middle of the night, rearranging the sofa cushions and lying back down, quite often. He came on our honeymoon with us, to a log cabin in Wales, but stayed in the living room, so this trip would be a first for all of us.
- Two large towels – I use old beach towels, one to put underneath his food and water bowl, the other for drying wet paws
- Blankets – for sleeping on or sucking (a Dobermann habit)
- Foldable water bowl – I took this one, as it’s handy for in the car as well as the room
- Lead and Halti – If your dog has a tag with just your home landline on, make sure you take one with your mobile number, in case he goes missing
- Enough food for the night, bowl and fork – no need to lug the whole bag, measure it out before you go
- Treats – to keep them close by on your walks in strange places
- GoPro Camera and dog harness
So you’ll be wondering if I got a restful nights sleep after all? Well I was full of cold so that didn’t help, but the bed was really comfy. It’s rare I say that as we have a memory foam bed at home that is pretty hard to beat in even 5 star hotels, but Ox Pasture Hall came pretty close. Lupo moved around a bit in the night, but maybe it’s because I kept waking too. He’s lucky I won’t blame him this time.
The next morning, we headed back to the restaurant for a full English breakfast. Top notch again on the food front. It was nice to eat a hotel breakfast without a hangover for once, our other stays always seem to be for weddings or nights out! Lupo got some sausage and bacon I reluctantly gave up.
Thank you to the team at Ox Pasture hotel for a wonderful stay. I’d highly recommend a stay if you can’t bear to leave your pooch at home. Read more about them on their website here: www.oxpasturehallhotel.com
Pups are furry four legged pals that need proper care from the time they are born all the way into their elderly years. Not taking care of your puppy properly could lead to behavioral issues as well as health issues. To help make sure you are taking care of your puppy properly, the ten tips in the guide below should help.
(Photo: Lupo at 7 weeks old)
#1 Regular Vet Visits
From the time a pup is born until the end of its life, it needs to have regular vet visits. Vet visits will provide insight on just how well a pup is doing physically and mentally. It can also help determine any health issues needing proper care and treatment. Bringing stool samples to the vet during each visit for testing to make sure worms and other potential parasites are not invading the dog’s digestive system causing issues. A veterinarian, to help keep the dog as healthy as possible, will also administer proper vaccines.
Vaccinations are important to all pup’s health because they help keep their immune systems healthy. Some of the most important vaccines a dog should receive each year are canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies. These vaccines are necessary from the age of eight weeks and up.
Anytime worms are a possibility in a dog, it is important to visit the vet for proper deworming treatment. Failure to due so will put the dog’s health at risk and causes severe digestive issues.
#4 Diet & Nutrition
Finding dogs a proper diet that consist of dry and wet food are essential for keeping dogs healthy and strong. However, it is wise to portion a pup’s food out properly as directed by a veterinarian to ensure the pup does not become overweight or develop diabetes. It is also wise to stick to feeding dogs organic pet food brands that ensure they are receiving the necessary nutrients and protein to stay energized and active for a healthier lifestyle.
#5 Socialization & Engagement
To help a pup with socialization with other humans and other animals it is wise to take it to doggie training school for lessons on how to behave and engage with other beings properly. Playing with the pup often and providing lots of love and care helps develop the pup’s skills and a proper temperament.
#6 Bathroom Training
As soon as a puppy is brought home, bathroom training is necessary. It must learn where to go to the bathroom and where not to go. Laying newspaper down around the house can teach the pup proper places to find relief, but taking the pup outside as soon as the pup lifts a leg or squats is the best option so it does not become confused on where too properly go.
#7 Grooming & Bathing
Grooming and bathing are essential for keeping fur coats and skin looking healthy and vibrant. This should also include regular tick and flea treatments, nail trimmings and haircuts monthly done by the owner or a trained groomer.
#8 Lots of Exercise
All dogs need to be walked and played with outdoors for proper exercise daily. There is no excuse not to be doing this regularly. It’s important to the dog’s overall health.
#9 Plenty of Rest
Developing a regular sleeping schedule with the pet will ensure it gets the proper amount of rest necessary to stay healthy and strong.
#10 Lots of Tender Love and Care
Most importantly, all four legged friends need tender love and care often to live long happy lives. For more helpful information on taking care of your puppy properly visit Browns Dog Food.
Painkillers can help dogs with osteoarthritis to run about nearly in the same way as healthy dogs, a study of their movements has shown. Vets used GPS technology attached to collars to track dogs with osteoarthritis and see how they responded to treatment.
Animal Friends Insurance continues their support for the Love Rehoming campaign alongside Presenter Eamonn Holmes, by donating £5000 to the Dogs Trust in Harefield. Founder and Managing Director of Animal Friends Insurance, Elaine Fairfax presented the cheque to the Dogs Trust yesterday morning.
Elaine commented “I am very proud to support the Love Rehoming campaign and Dogs Trust and to continue supporting animal welfare. I truly believe that animal lives are precious, and that it is the duty of pet owners to do what they can, not just for their own pets, but for animals in need all over the world, which is why I support the efforts of animal rescue centres and the Love Rehoming campaign.”
The Love Rehoming campaign was launched with an aim to raise awareness about abandoned animals and change the negative stigma around animal rehoming. The campaign recently carried out a survey to look at the attitudes and behaviour of pet owners towards rehomed animals in order provide an insight to how rehoming figures can be improved.
Eamonn Holmes was thrilled to be there to support the Dogs Trust and the Love Rehoming campaign “Maggie our dog who I rehomed from the Dogs Trust has completely changed my life. I’m passionate about the importance of rehoming pets as a result; that’s why campaigns like Love Rehoming are so vital and important. I just can’t get over the love that Maggie gives to Ruth and I, I would like to urge everyone that they should get a dog from a rehoming centre like the Dogs Trust.”
The Dogs trust rehomed 14,895 dogs last year and have 1,535 currently in their care. Dogs Trust Harefield is one of 20 rehoming centres located around the UK that cares for dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Richard Moore, Dogs Trust Harefield Rehoming Centre Manager says “We were delighted to welcome Elaine and Eamonn to Dogs Trust Harefield today and are incredibly grateful for the generous donation. The money will be put to good use caring for the 150 dogs currently at the rehoming centre looking for their new forever home.”
Animal Friends Insurance is the main supporter of the Love Rehoming Campaign and provided statistical data for the Love Rehoming report.
About Love Rehoming
Love Rehoming (@loverehoming) is an independent grassroots campaign set up to provide a platform for animal shelters and their supporters to tell their stories and show the value of pet rehoming. The campaign runs throughout January 2015 with guest blogs from shelter staff, real-life rehoming stories and articles about the importance of pet adoption.