Yowza, we’re bad dogs, bad, bad dogs when it comes to blogging . . . thanks, everyone, for staying in touch via Twitter and Facebook. Dad travels a lot and we need help with all of this so we’ve found we can pretty much handle Facebook consistently what with the lack of thumbs and all, so that’s where we post most.
By the way – we only have 94 “Likes” on Facebook. What is up with that? We get more hits on a daily basis, but it’s that hard for y’all to click “Like”? Hey, we’d appreciate the love and the sharing . . .
ANYWAY! Had to check in ’cause we just got back from SuperZoo 2013! This is the largest trade show for pet products, retailers, services, etc. and it’s at the Mandalay Bay right up the street from our house. And our awesome, bestest friend gets us passes ’cause she knows how much fun we have.
We had a blast this year – so we thought we’d put together some of our favorites, stand-outs and great ideas we came across. The over-arching theme is, just like any industry, it’s like the majority of what you see is a re-interpretation of what you saw at the last booth. There must have been at least 10 different manufacturers of poop bags. Nope. Not kiddin’. So, you really start to crave the different, the exciting, the new or the completely different interpretation of an old standard.
This list is by no means comprehensive, just what we came across, and does not mean that anyone not mentioned was un-liked or we disapproved, these were just the stand outs.
Our always favorite – PrideBites. These guys just get it. Their toys are super cool and so versatile and it bummed us out hearing people saying that hadn’t sold well. We blogged about them before and they’re even better now than they were then. Here’s the thing:
- They float;
- They’re great for tug-of-war;
- They’re machine washable;
- They’re strong and sturdy;
- The “mouth feel” is AMAZING!
- They’re customizable
- Their sales support rescue dogs
- These guys are super nice, awesome guys . . . there’s a lot of love behind these toys.
What’re you waiting for? Go buy one now . . . NOTE: don’t leave ’em unsupervised, ’cause, no, they will not hold up to being a chew toy. That’s not what they’re designed for, though.
OK, next up – we loved everything at Dublin Dog. COOL collars and leashes – unusual and different materials. They call some of ’em the “no stink” collars, but we think they just look cool. We think the Buddy Beacon is an idea whose time has come and we’re SUPER excited about the new toys they were showing off . There’s one called the Gripple that we can’t wait to get our paws on! And wait’ll you see the line of beds and mats they’re coming out with — totally different design than we’ve seen before and we want one bad!
Found a new place called Fluff & Tuff that looks really, really promising. Really fluffy, adorable toys but sewn Labrador tough. We are so itching to try these out, we can’t stand it. That itching may be allergies, too, but we thought these were cool.
The folks at Relief Pod are making pet-specific safety and first-aid kits for travel. They’d be awesome for hiking, car trips, general around-the-house use — really neat, smart idea that’s one of those, “Why didn’t we think of that?!?” Sadly, the pet kits aren’t listed on their website, but they do sell them via SkyMall our dad happens to know.
OK, last but not least . . . the BIG FIND of the whole shebang: The Ultimate Dog Pool
Seriously, check this thing out:
Right? RIGHT?!?! For dogs that don’t have an in-ground pool (’cause their dads apparently hate them), how PAWESOME would this be? We totally want one. Right now. Met the President/CEO – what a really nice guy, clearly stands behind his product and dads got to actually see it. Super strong, super sturdy. We’ll report more once it shows up. Which it better do while there’s still summer to enjoy it.
OK, a lot of words, we know and not many pictures. But we wanted to share the really cool stuff we came across — look for it at your local pet store or via really good online retailers. Remember, though, as much as you can, shop locally and support small businesses! And if you’re in Vegas, head over to Barking Dogs Self Wash and Grooming ’cause we have a hunch they’ll have some cool stuff coming in from SuperZoo in the not too distant future.