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PooPrints – Making Sure Dog Owners Clean Up

clean up after your petsIsn’t it so annoying when you come across dog poop on the ground that hasn’t been picked up by the dog owner. It gives all of us dog owners a bad reputation. We’ve even been blamed by a person on the street for not picking up dog poop when it didn’t come from our own dog (not to mention there’s no way our 18 lb dog could have made such a huge poop).

Well PooPrints by BioPet Vet Lab has come up with a DNA test to determine who left that poop behind and send them a fine. It’s a new twist on that article you might have read about in 2013: “Town Mails Dog Poop Back To Negligent Owners In Spain“.

How Does it Work?

pooprintsThe PooPrints sends swabs to be swiped inside of mouth of every dog using the public green space. The swab collects the DNA of the dog and is then sent back to the PooPrints labs where a record of the dog it belongs to is kept in the DNA World Pet Registry.

If park keepers find dog waste left behind, they can send a sample to PooPrints which will test it and match it to a swab. “The DNA is extracted from the dog waste and matches are run every day to find out who the ‘poop-eterators’ are,” explained Mike Stone, a distributor for PooPrints. The cost of the test runs around $75 and is usually passed along to the pet owner in the form of a fine.

Typically the cost of the swabs and registration of the dog, is paid for by the dog owners who are using the dog park in the form of a membership or other fee. PooPrints already serves around 900 residential communities nationwide.

PooPrints by BioPet Vet Lab is an eco-friendly DNA dog waste management program for apartment, condominium and HOA management. PooPrints was invented at BioPet Vet Lab to help keep managed communities and parks clean and green. BioPet has been a full service canine genetic research laboratory since 2008, dedicated to animal health.

Cloud7 – an Amazing European Dog Brand

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The Dog Bed Cozy

To kick off Fashion Week and Back to School, we’re highlighting one of the most fashionable dog brands on the market, Cloud7. Based in Berlin, they offer stylish, contemporary products and accessories for dogs and dog lovers.

Cloud7 Dog Carrier

Cloud7 Dog Carrier

Founder Petra Jungebluth enjoyed a successful career in fashion design and marketing for iconic brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Liz Clairborne, before stepping out on her own. Petra started Cloud7 to develop all those products that she as a pet owner had always wanted and couldn’t find, i.e. unique products with playful designs, made only from premium, eco-friendly quality.

We were excited to chat with Petra about her company and designs:

Let’s start out with the most interesting question – tell us about your dogs!

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Freddy and Johan

This is Johan, our 13 year old Black Lab. He’s very much the muse and inspiration behind Cloud 7. No product is released without Johan’s testing and approval. Johan now has a little brother, Freddy, a 4 month old Silken Windsprite. Johan can be quite selfish and protective over his belongings (especially his food bowls and his toys), but much to our relief the Johan and Freddy are just getting along great and have become buddies.

What’s the Cloud7 design concept?

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The Dog Sleeping Bag

The initial idea behind Cloud 7 was to design products that simply look good and straight forward. No tacky details or ornamental pattern prints. For example, dog beds are a pretty big piece of furniture in people’s homes and I thought they should just match nicely to the rest of a sophisticated environment. We wanted to only use chic and high quality, durable, organic fabrics/materials. The dog beds also needed to be designed to meet the needs dog’s needs and physics. It has that German design heritage – simple and functional shapes with the best possible quality inside.

cloud7 - Sleepy Dog Bed

The Sleepy Dog Bed

What are your most popular products?

It’s quite funny, but our first design, the dog bed “Sleepy” is still our best seller. Second most popular is the “Travel Bed”.

 

We love that Cloud7 has duvet covers for dog beds. Do they work for all beds?

Actually we have replacement covers for all the dog beds we make. They’re great for a nice change of color or to use when one has to go into the washing machine.

 

cloud7 -  Dog Travel Bed

The Dog Travel Bed

Are your products eco friendly?

Yes – where ever possible, we are working with the most eco-friendly and organic materials coming from organic farming. In some rare cases, we need to do a little compromise to be able to offer affordable prices. Being able to offer purely organic materials in all consequences has its price.

Where are your products produced?

We know the handshake of everyone involved. That’s very important for us. We are working with small family owned businesses within reach, great people who know their handicraft. None of the people we work with is more than 100 miles away from our office.

cloud7Any new product launches?

Coming very soon. We’re about to release a fully new design of a dog bed, made from felt, coming as a set of dog bed, storage box for toys and a placement for bowls all in one design. We have also begun to work on a new collection of coats, very minimal and “Comme des Garcons” style.

Where can our Dogsized fans purchase your products?

We’re still very new on the American market. We have a few great retailers stock our brand: Mark & Graham in New York and Garde in Hollywood. They are also available for purchase at Cloud7.

Great Dog Shampoo and Conditioner – Isle of Dogs

isle of dogsAre you looking for great dog shampoo? Well look no further. Isle of Dogs is one of the absolutely best brands out there!
Isle of Dogs was founded by two passionate champion-dog breeders. They created a canine grooming system that recognizes and addresses each dog’s uniqueness. Their grooming system is a complete coat and skin system based on two natural raw materials, Evening Primrose Oil and Royal Jelly. It provides dogs with a comprehensive coat and skin care offering. Their products are all made in the U.S.

Isle of Dogs has high standards and create natural products with high concentrations of:
– Plant-derived Antioxidants
– Renewable, sustainable, or organic Botanicals
– Wildcrafted, organic, or ethically harvested Essential Oils
dog shampoo– Minerals, Vitamins, and Essential Fatty Acids
– Plant-derived Proteins, Butters, and Oils

Their products contain none of these:
– Parabens
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate
– Synthetic Fragrances or Dyes

They are very attentive to treating your dogs unique needs. They have found that before you can properly treat/groom a dog, you must first take into account crucial characteristics. Any specific dog will fall into a category formed by numerous variables: one of over 165 breeds, four genders (including spayed and neutered), coat textures and colors, a few age groups, and a variety of lifestyles. Each one of them will have different grooming needs, so identifying and addressing these individual traits is no trivial matter. The Isle of Dogs system recognizes the complexity of your dog’s coat and skin, prescribing perfectly matched products that take a holistic approach. They use a combination of shampoo, conditioner, sprays, and coat supplements to maximize your dog’s health and beauty from the inside out.
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For example, they have a new dog shampoo which is fragrance free and features a safe and natural repellent, and effectively removes and repels fleas and ticks.

One of our favorite products is “2 heal” conditioner. It’s a deep-penetrating conditioner specifically formulated to moisturize, protect, prevent breakage and add shine. Your dog’s coat will be noticeably softer, smoother and more manageable.

Check out their website (http://www.iodogs.com) to learn more about their products and loads of tips on dog grooming.

Just in case you’re wondering, this post is not an ad or is it sponsored by Isle of Dogs. It’s just our honest unbiased Dogsized opinion.

Happy Belated Earth Day with eco friendly West Paw Design

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Oooops – Earth Day was on Monday and while we definitely appreciated it, our heads were down hard at work. Come on – we’re not alone here, right?

We’re making up for it by highlighting the very eco friendly West Paw Design brand. They have some ultra cool, stylish and eco friendly dog beds that you can check out in our new “beds” category. They also make great dog toys and apparel. All West Paw Design products are made in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. So these products are both good for the environment and for the U.S.!