In the Dog House
Has your house gone to the dogs? Deck out your house in true doggie style with these fashion finds.
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Posted: October 22, 2013, 1 p.m. EDT
Smart Home for You Dog: All-in-one Doghouse Coming in 2015
T-Pai comes with an automatic toilet, a food and water dispenser, computer games and other features.
A doghouse equipped with an automated waste-removal system and other technological bells and whistles is set for release in 2015 as it enters the final stage of research and development.
Hong Kong Tesla Technology Ltd., the inventor of T-Pai, was awarded U.S. patent 8,544,418, the Chinese company reported Saturday.
Among the selling points of the apparatus, which is shaped like a double-decker bus, is a toilet room that releases a liquid scent designed to attract a dog that has the urge to urinate or defecate. The system sterilizes and flushes the waste when excrement is detected, and a warning is issued if a leak or blockage occurs.
T-Pai accommodates small dogs and is designed for in-home use, especially in urban areas where pets may be left indoors for long periods.
"For residents living in crowded cities, treatment of dog excrement [often] restricts dogkeeping or reduces dogkeeping enjoyment,” the patent application stated.
As cities worldwide roll out self-cleaning toilets for public use, the inventor duo of Wei Jiang and Hailong Qin foresee their doghouse along streets where dogs now "stroll ... and defecate randomly.”
"The intelligent doghouse can also be taken as a public toilet for dogs in cities,” they noted.
T-Pai is packed with other features designed to appeal to pet owners:
- An automated feeding system in which dog owners may select meal times and the amount of food dispensed. The settings also may be controlled from a smartphone or tablet computer.
- A water bowl that automatically refills when the level is low.
- Enough capacity for a one-week supply of food and water, "leaving dog owners carefree while they are away from home,” the company reported.
- A "health management system” that records a dog’s eating habits and growth, "providing reports and suggestion[s] to ensure dogs’ owners are aware of the health status of their dogs.”
- A thermostatic bed.
- The ability to grant access to the doghouse only during certain times.
- A camera and monitor that allow owners to communicate with their dog and watch to "ensure the dog is not messing around at home.”
- Pet Station, which offers "touch games, learning programs [and] music videos ... so that dogs can have company and learn while the owner is away.”
If the doghouse and necessary sewer connections sound expensive, they probably are. Hong Kong Tesla Technology has not slapped a price tag on the invention but expects to first launch T-Pai in North America and China.
Posted: September 3, 2013
It's a Dog's Life
Looking to liven up your walls with a bit of fur? Check out this collection of intriguing, offbeat, and unusual vintage dog photographs from Project B. The collection, titled "It's a dog's life," offers rare and unique photos of dogs of a different time.
The Project B team discovers and preserves exceptional vintage photographs from unknown photographers and make them available in limited edition prints for your home or office. The prints are produced by a fine art printer and every detail of the original photo—including the edges and surface wear—have been retained to express the full story of the image.
These works are the perfect rare candidates for any room that needs a bit of character and start at $95.
Posted: June 19, 2013
Pottery Barn For Dog Lovers
Many popular stores have started to expand their merchandise to cater to the dog lover's of the world and home store, Pottery Barn, is no exception. From dog bed's to toy chests the store features dog supplies and home decor that would make any home proud. We love their selection for dog-lovers who want to represent their canine companion while maintaining a bit of elegance.
Shake it! Put a little spice in your life with a Bulldog Salt and Pepper gift set. We love the detail and the fact that you can identify which is salt or pepper by the "S" or "P" on the dogs' collars. They make an adorable edition to any dog lover's table. $39.50/set.
Squeeze it! Not only do these handsome dog pillows feature some of your favorite breeds, but you can customize them to pay homage to your favorite pet (or person.) These linen pillows are available for the Norwich Terrier, Boxer, Dachshund, German Shepherd, Yorkshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Golden Retriever, Bulldog or Poodle. $35.50-39.50.
Dog Pillows at Pottery Barn>>
Hang it! No more searching for your keys and dog leash when Fido needs to go. Hang up your dog-walking gear and more with dog-shaped wall hooks. What used to be an unattractive pile of dog bags and leashes can now double as doggie-art! $44
Posted: May 31, 2013
Doggie Dishes - For You
Dog dish takes on a whole new meaning with these playful plates and mutt-filled mugs.
Welcome the dog days of summer with these adorable "hot dog" plates designed by Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson. Available at West Elm, this exclusive collection of porcelain trays feature a darling Dachshund ready for summer fun. $16/each.
Check them out at WestElm.com>>
Looking to share your morning coffee with your dog - minus the fur and drool? Check out these mugs at Target. This set of four mugs features dog and cat silhouettes to help you get your morning started. $15.99/set
Check them out at Target.com>>
Stay tuned for more fido-friendly finds!
Posted: May 30, 2013
Welcome to In The Dog House!
Have you ever wanted to build your dog the ultimate dream home? Show a bit of doggie flair with your dinner guests? Or throw a bone to the beauty of dog decor? If any of these have ever crossed your mind - you are in the right place.
From designer dog houses that we would be happy to live in to human homes that have truly gone to the dogs see amazing, crazy and must have dog-themed decor that your hound-filled home simply has to have!
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