Tuesday Business Spotlight – Leadahose


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This Tuesday Business Spotlight is on a company that just about to finish their kickstarter campaign called LEADAHOSE. What is a Leadahose you ask? Well be sure to read the interview below to find out and support their kickstarter campaign and get one for yourself —> by visiting this link https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leadahose/leadahose


*What is the name of your business?

LeadaHose

*Who is filling out this interview?
Cameron Morton

*How long have you been with the company for?
I have been developing the idea ever since Wilma found her 1st mud puddle, so I would say 5 years.

*How long has your business been around for?
We registered the business in November 2013.

*What is your product and why was did you invent it?
The LeadaHose is a new dog leash that’s designed for dogs who love to get dirty. The easy-to-use design incorporates a hose so you can clean off your dog wherever you are. The LeadaHose is an all-new Aussie invention that came about mostly due to our headstrong young German Shepherd puppy – Wilma.

Like most puppies, Wilma didn’t listen to anything or anyone. If she wanted to roll in the mud or a pond, she did. In fact, if there was any way she could get dirty, wet and smelly, preferably all at once, she was there. It didn’t help that we also had to drive to and from the park, and couldn’t quite wash out the whole car every day…

So we started carrying a park bag at all times. As well as balls, toys and poo bags, it contained a short hose that we made up to fit onto the council taps so we could wash her wherever we went. In summer we were using it daily, either to clean Wilma off or to cool her down to try to prevent the mud-bath happening to begin with.

At first we thought it was just us with our crazy dog who needed a hose on demand, but it quickly became very popular with the whole park crew and everyone had different reasons. Among the first converts were Maddy, the border collie who went for a swim in black mud whenever she got too hot, and Scout, a bitser who loved playing in the spray. Then we got to know Bob, a cattle dog who liked to disappear and come back covered in poo, Coby, a black greyhound who overheated, and Tottie, a terrier with a penchant for mud to rival Wilma’s. Eventually we had to bring the hose for all our friends as much as for ourselves!

So the hose was useful and popular, but it was a heavy, extra piece of stuff that was a pain to carry around.

Being a fairly practical person I hated carrying the extra items, and couldn’t help thinking there had to be a way of combining the essential leash and the hose that kept coming in handy. I’d seen flat garden hoses down at the hardware shop and the idea just wouldn’t go away… what if I could make a light, strong, easy-to-use dog leash that was also a functioning hose?

So after about 50 prototypes, the LeadaHose was born!

We patented the idea, found suppliers, lined up a manufacturer, and now we’re seeking funding on Kickstarter so that we can finish the most expensive part of the project – making the molds for the injection-molded parts. We’re looking to raise at least $20,000 by September 9.


*Do you have any animals? If so, name, breed and something interesting about them?

Our German Shepherd, Wilma, is an expert at getting dirty and the inspiration for LeadaHose. She loves the beach, any body of water except a bath, and stand up paddleboarding!

Get your own Leadahose here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leadahose/leadahose

*What is the approx. Cost?
$39 AUD for one LeadaHose is the full retail price. 50 lucky backers will be able to snap one up on Kickstarter for $29 AUD as a pre-order special, and 100 will get it for $34 AUD.

*What inspires you?
Wilma inspired us to create LeadaHose, and she inspires us every day! Adventure and optimism are my bywords, without them I would never have come this far.

*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2014?
When we achieve our Kickstarter campaign goal, we will strive to have the injection molds made in October so that the first orders can be placed in November and shipped out in January!

*Do you do any charity work?
We are part of a very tight-knit community of dog owners based around Sydney Park, Sydney’s largest off leash dog park. We spend a lot of time there and get involved in the care and maintenance including plant a tree days, community gardens and the upcoming model farm

*Fill in your Social Media Information:
Email: info@leadahose.com
Website: http://www.leadahose.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeadaHose
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/leadahose/
Get your own Leadahose here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leadahose/leadahose

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Fundraise Friday – #cutforcancer


fridayWell well well today is Friday!  Yesterday I did something that was rewarding, caring and made me feel so much happiness. I cut 11 inches off of my hair and donated it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Campaign on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society. My Grandma & Sister-in-law were diagnosed with Cancer recently and I did this for them!  What does it have to do with my blog?

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The thing that ties it in with my blog is that when I was born my parents already had a dog named Shadow, she was a beautiful, black Springer/Cocker Spaniel.   I only vaguely remember her as I was maybe 5 or so when she passed at the age of 10. She was diagnosed with Canine hemangiosarcoma which is a tumor of cells that line blood vessels.

#cutforcancer

See cancer doesn’t just affect humans, it can also affect animals. Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10 (from WEBMD). Some of the main cancers that affect dogs are: Bladder Cancer, Brain tumors, Hemangiosarcoma, Lymphoma, Lung Cancer, Mammary Carcinoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Bone Cancer, Skin Cancer & Testicular Cancer just to name a few.

Photo: Today I chopped off 11 inches of my hair and am donating it because two very important people in my life have been diagnosed with Cancer recently; My Grandmother Marilyn and My Sister-in-Law Trina. They are the definition of courage, beauty, love, strength & friendship and I am so lucky to have them both in my life! I hope that my hair today will create a beautiful wig for someone who needs this hair more than i do! Thank you nicole and debbie at chatters you ladies rock!!A big big big shoutout to Nicole & Debbie from Chatters Salon – Fort McMurray. I heart you both!!!

It is important that you keep up with doctors visits, blood work and physically scanning your animal’s body and your own body for strange lumps and bumps and reporting them to a DR when you find one. When I brush Rolo which is every few days I usually run my fingers over him to check if there are any bumps or lumps.

#cutforcancer

What is the point of this post?? Well I am asking those who have very long hair (u only need to donate 8 inches) to consider donating your hair to make a wig for cancer patients. Check your local cancer societyS website for the requirements. Be a trooper and  #cutforcancer and be sure to send us a photo! confessionsofarescuemom@gmail.com or post on our facebook wall http://www.facebook.com/rescuemomblog

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Mark your calendars because September 5th, 2014 SU2C (stand up to cancer) will be broadcasting a special telecast! Instead of the traditional phone bank staffed by celebrities, the Sept. 5 telecast will feature a “digital lounge” on the set, hosted by Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric. Stars in the digital lounge will reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms through an exciting new campaign called “We’re Calling You” that SU2C’s supporters can sign up for, as of today, at werecallingyou.org

Tune-in

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Thursday Business Spotlight – Condor For Pets


thursdayHere is an interview with a super neat company – Condor For Pets! I am a dog parent that loves to bring my dog places with me, to the park, to the store, on trips and I am always cautious when bringing him with me. Honestly Rolo would live in the car if he could!  I would never leave him somewhere that is uncomfortable and this device will reassure you!

*What is the name of your business?

Condor for Pets

*Who is filling out this interview?
Penni Blake, COO

*How long have you been with the company for?
2 Years

*How long has your business been around for?
Condor Temperature Monitoring has been around for 2 Years. Condor for Pets is the next great product in the Condor Temperature Monitoring suite of technology. We have it designed, and prototyped. We are preselling for our first production run to reduce cost. We are a USA manufacturer and we will NEVER manufacture overseas. Getting costs low is important to maintain this business model.

*Why was it started?
There is no product on the market that reliably monitors temperature conditions inside cars, kennels, barns and other animal habitats and automatically alerts owners when temperatures reach unsafe levels. Currently, there are many efforts to raise awareness but each day there are many stories about animals dying in cars from heat related illness. There is a misconception that responsible pet owners don’t take their dogs with them and leave them in cars. That’s simply not true. Many of us travel, and vacation with pets because we love them as part of the family. Unfortunately, they can’t go in all the places we can and we often aren’t aware of hot it’s getting and how fast. Our product takes the guess work and argument out of it. It’s affordable, easy to use, and safe! In addition, you can tell people all day long to leave their pets at home but they simply aren’t going to. This product ensures that if they do take them, they will remain safe.

*Do you have any animals? If so, name, breed and something interesting about them?
I have a cat, a black lab, and fish. My lab “Logan” LOVES going places. We have a long driveway and he will literally run across the yard, leap in the air and jump in front of the car if I try to leave without him. With our product I know when he’s in an unsafe temperature environment.

*What do you specialize in?
We special in temperature monitoring devices for businesses and consumers. We currently have the ONLY wirefree, wireless, NO INSTALLATION temperature sensor on the market. Our application has more features than any of our competitors and no one can beat our price. We offer “simple solutions to complex problems” We don’t believe that the most advanced technology has to be over complicated or overpriced. We offer the most advanced technology at a price almost anyone can afford. www.condortemp.com

*What types of services do you offer?
We currently offer Condor for Business which offers electronic record keeping for the food service industry for HACCP as well as temperature monitoring to ensure food safety (www.condortemp.com). We will be launching three more products of the next 12 months after Condor for Pets (www.condorpet.com).

*What is the approx. cost?
We now charge $65 which includes the first year of service and service each year after is only $15 per year for the Wi-Fi model. For cellular its $85 which includes the first year of service and each year after is only $25 per year.

It can be used year round in hot or cold weather and monitor temperature for any living thing. We are taking presale orders at our Indiegogo site https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/condor-for-pets-temperature-monitoring/x/7582288

*If someone wanted to book an appointment with you how do they get a hold of you?
penni.blake@condortemp.com or 571-241-8619

*Any special events coming up this year for you?
Yes we will be at the first annual Loudoun Pet Expo in Loudoun County Virginia on September 6th.

*What inspires you?
All of the owners of our company come from executive positions at very large corporations. We got tired of the greed and corporate grind and didn’t really feel like we were making a difference. We know what technology costs and its far less than what is normally charged. We think you can charge a fair price and bring technology to customers that couldn’t otherwise afford it. We also believe strongly in bringing manufacturing back to this country where it belongs and employing our veterans. We make a slim margin on our sensor by doing so but we believe its worth it. One of our owners is a disabled veteran injured in combat, and two of our owners are ex Navy. We have a special place in our hearts for veterans and feel that if someone is willing to risk their life to protect ours without even knowing our name, we will find a place for them as positions in our company open up as a priority. We want to be a different kind of company and that inspires us a lot. In addition, we want to give back in lots of ways. We are a very charitable bunch!

*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2014?
We launched Condor for Business in early 2014 and have gained a lot of traction and have an impressive list of happy customers. Our customers aren’t just satisfied they are delighted with the product and that’s what excites us. We want to start sales for Condor for Pets now and hear from our customers about the times we were able to help them ensure their pets didn’t suffer needlessly. We actually want to keep a count like “1,000 dogs kept safe and counting”

*Do you do any charity work?
Yes!
It’s in our corporate charter. Before we made our first sale we partnered with JDSA (www.jdsanything.com) a charity in the Orlando area that believes you can change the world by simple small acts. We support them through work and donation. We also give $2 for every sensor sold to animal charities. On our website we explain how anyone can raise money for an animal charity if they wish. If someone buys a sensor and does not name a charity we donate the $2 to Harbor House Paws for Peace Kennel in Orlando. This is an AWESOME kennel that takes in animals of those seeking shelter from domestic abuse and violence (http://www.harborhousefl.com/get-involved/pawsforpeacekennel/). We are sure we will find lots of other ways to give back! We believe in doing so. It’s just who we are

*Fill in your Social Media Information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Condor-for-Pets/587161334737255?skip_nax_wizard=true&ref_type=logout_gear
Email: pet@condortemp.com
Website: www.condorpet.com
Twitter: @condorpet

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Wagging Wednesday – Yesterday Was #Nationaldogday


wednesdayYesterday; August 26th was the 10th celebration of #NationalDogDay!  What did you do to celebrate with your dogs? Did you take them to their favorite park to play? Donate some items to your local animal shelter? Take them to a pet store to get some yummy new treats? Spend time cuddling with them while watching a movie? The #NationalDogDay website has some cool ideas for next year. Check them out here: http://www.nationaldogday.com/#!celebrate/cee5

Feel free to post a photo on our facebook wall: http://www.facebook.com/rescuemomblog because we love seeing your babies!!

I honestly didn’t do too much different yesterday as everyday is national dog day at our house!  He always gets treats, and there is no shortage of love when I am home. Yesterday we watched some tv together and snuggled! Sometimes he sits there and looks so awkward as he really doesn’t like cuddling or anything but this time he seemed to enjoy it (he must have been too tired to fight back lol)

Photo: Isnt everyday national dog day in the matchem household?? Whyyy yes it is! :) love my rolo!

What does #NationalDogDay mean to you? According to Colleen Paige (the founder of NDD) National Dog Day (Also known as: International Dog Day & National Dog Appreciation Day)  serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. (borrowed from the NDD website http://www.nationaldogday.com)

I love National Dog Day and you should too!!

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Tuesday Blogger Spotlight – Your Special Dog


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*Who is filling out this Interview?

The answers are from me, the blogger behind YourSpecialDog

*Where are you from?
I am from a beautiful country on Europe , in the Balkan area called Albania

*Tell me a little about yourself?
I have been blogging for almost one year and it is the thing that most relaxes me. I love dogs , photography ,  and website design , and design in general . I am in the last year of studying to get my MSc degree .

*What is your blog called?
My blog is called Your Special Dog

*When did you start blogging?
I started blogging on November 2013

*Why did you start blogging?
Because I love dogs , plus  for such a long time the idea of my blog has been on my mind .

*How often do you blog? Is it a set schedule or random posts?
A minimum of three posts a week. Sometimes I schedule my posts and some time I don’t  , it depends .

*What is your blog about?
My blog is all about dogs and their stories . You can know dogs better and love them more when you read such beautiful stories about them . I share a lot of  general information about dogs too. My blog is like a small dogs magazine focused on dogs stories.

*Do you have any animals?
I have a dog called Doni and he is a Rottweiler , he is an inspiration for me when it comes on blogging.

*What do you hope to achieve with your blog in 2014?
The most important thing of all is  to grow my readers group , people who really love what they read.

*Have you ever attended any Blog Conferences? If so what ones and how was it?:
No I haven’t . Living in Albania makes it  a little difficult for me to do that , since most of the conferences are held in the  US.

*What do you get inspiration from?
I get the inspiration from my readers , when I make them smile or happy , or even when I help them.

*Any advice for someone wanting to start their own Animal Blog?
That is a difficult question . That person should have some  free time . It takes time to grow your blog’s audience , which I think is important for every blogger . In the meantime it is a great thing to do , it will make you happy , and you will get to  know so many lovely people from the blogging world that are willing to help you .

*What are some of your favorite pet blogs to read?
If I would mention all of them it would be a very long list  . I kind of love all the pet blogs out there . Some of them are : Pawsitively pets, Earl’s World , Barking from the Bayou , My GBGV Life … ect .. ect .

*Anything else you would like to add?
If anyone that has a story  about  their dog they can submit it here : http://www.yourspecialdog.com/p/write-your-story.html

*Fill In Your Social Media Contact Info:
Website:  http://www.yourspecialdog.com/
Email: rottweilers.rotvajler@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/yourspecialdog
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/YourSpecialDog
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+YourspecialdogBlogspotdog/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/yourspecialdog

*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog?  You do have permission to copy this to your blog .

*Do I have permission to use the photos you provided me with? Yes you do have permission to use the photos from my blog or social media accounts  .

Be sure to read our interview with Your Special Dog here: http://www.yourspecialdog.com/2014/08/a-different-dog-story-of-rolo.html

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Fundraise Friday – NEW Membership Perks at FMSPCA!


fridayAs you all know the Fort McMurray SPCA has a yearly membership that you can purchase and this year they have made it super extra special! The actually have changed the perks around giving you MORE!! The cost of the memberships go directly to supporting the FMSPCA animals, services and programs! Hey look! Rolo and I are Members — and you can be too!!
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Pricing for the membership is as followed:
1)Youth/Senior $40 – Anyone under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 at the time of purchase.

2)Individual Adult $60 – Anyone over the age of 18 and under the age of 65 at the time of purchase. This can include Sole Proprietors if they wish to put the membership in their company’s name.

3)Family $120 – At least one adult and up to four individuals in total in the same household.

4)Corporate $500 – Up to five adults that are legally authorised to sign on behalf of a corporation or licensed business.

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Here are the new perks that come with a Fort McMurray SPCA yearly Membership:
-FREE entry to dog park for members
 -FREE use of the groom room (must still book through Sign Up Genius)
 -Extended hours of groom room to all day
 -FREE dog walking clinic
 -Coupons/ discounts to participating local shops
 -Voting privileges
 -FREE Tshirt & bandana while quantities last (sizes varied)
 -Recognition
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You can get your membership one of two ways;
1) ONLINE:
http://www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca/index.php?area_id=1023&page_id=1149
2) IN PERSON: at the FMSPCA (155 MacAlpine Crescent) or at an event they are attending/hosting

Have a great Friday everyone and I hope you will support Rolo’s Former Shelter by purchasing a membership :)

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Tuesday Spotlight – Kerri Greenhalgh


thursdayYou all remember Kerri don’t you! We did two interviews with her a few weeks ago about her company KeriCure! If you didn’t read our previous posts well here they are for your enjoyment:

Pet Product Review: http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2014/08/06/wagging-wednesday-petproductreview-kericure-tough-seal/

Business Interview: http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2014/08/06/wagging-wednesday-interview-with-kerri-from-kericure/

Kerri has lots of precious pooches but this blog post is dedicated to Leela as she has spread her wings and awaits her loved ones at the rainbow bridge. May she be the warm sun that shines on your face, or the wind that blows your hair. Just know that she is always there with you! Just as my Sparky & Shadow remain with me at all times!

*Your Name?

Kerriann Greenhalgh

*Where are you from?
Redbank, NJ – Residing in Tampa, FL since 6 years old

*Animals(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
Leela Opp – Was 6 years and 11 months when she passed.
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*Interesting Facts About Your Animal(s)?
Leela loved to sneak sips of my wine when I wasn’t looking. She was a “drive by licker”. She loved when you squeezed her ears and making us smile. She was extremely protective and would guard our 20 month old son from the other dogs when they started to play too rough with each other. She was the only one I could take on walks or out with me without needing a leash – she was always aware of what I was doing and any commands I was giving her. She had a huge barrel chest to hold her huge heart.

*Animal(s) Favorite Treat?
She liked anything and everything – we called her the vacuum!

*Animal(s) Favorite Trick?
She loved to give paw and then lick your hand once she suckered you in

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
Leela loved the beach and chasing birds there. She was a good swimmer and liked to splash in the waves.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
Could not image doing anything else. The dogs and cats at these shelters, even the good ones, need our help, and I love being able to provide a stable, loving home for them.

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your animal (walks, going to a park, playing games etc.)?
We have a rope toy that we swing over our heads and all 4 dogs try to jump up and catch it. Stewie, our pitbull, has actually done crazy back flips trying to get it. They all love the laser pointer out in the yard at night, and we go for a 2 mile walk when it is not Florida summer heat out.

*Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
YES! You cannot say the word “car ride” in our house without starting a riot of excitement. Or the word “walk”, “bird”, “squirrel”, or “outside”.

*What’s your favorite animal product?
The Gentle Leader is the best leash we have found for our big dogs, and is safe and gentle but still helps prevent pulling. And of course KeriCure’s Tough Seal for all those crazy skin issues we get, like the dermatitis in the summer for the pitbulls, smalls cuts and scratches from playing rough outside, and your every day irritations and issues that need protection from dirt and germs.

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
I would LOVE to be able to do this. It is absolutely one of the most important roles you can play in helping these animals. Unfortunately, I am HIGHLY allergic to all animals, and I take allergy meds every day just to survive living with 4 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats. :D

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