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.

*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 ( We will be launching three more products of the next 12 months after Condor for Pets (

*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

*If someone wanted to book an appointment with you how do they get a hold of you? 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?
It’s in our corporate charter. Before we made our first sale we partnered with JDSA ( 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 ( We are sure we will find lots of other ways to give back! We believe in doing so. It’s just who we are

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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:!celebrate/cee5

Feel free to post a photo on our facebook wall: 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

I love National Dog Day and you should too!!

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Tuesday Blogger Spotlight – Your Special Dog

*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 :

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Be sure to read our interview with Your Special Dog here:

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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!!

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.


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)

You can get your membership one of two ways;
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:

Business Interview:

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.
Boxer mix

*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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Wagging Wednesday – Being Rolo’s Mom

June 23, 2011 had changed my dog mom life forever. We became the parents of an older, epileptic dog who needed a lot of work. I am sure you have seen our millions of photos plastered all over facebook & twitter of his life. He lives a great life and I make sure that he is as comfortable as possible. If I told you it was a walk in the park being Rolo’s Mom,most of the time it is but well sometimes it isn’t.
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Rolo lives his life in a routine and I think with having him have that stability it truly had changed him. You see when we adopted Rolo he was nothing like he is today, he was shy, scared, timid and didn’t like me or Brett one bit! You can read his full story at:

Every morning between 7am-9am (depends on the weekday) he eats his yummy sweet potato & venison dog food along with glucosamine supplements and his phenobarbital pills for his Canine Epilepsy. Right now he is taking pumpkin puree in his breakfast with a lower dose of food in hopes that he may lose a little weight.

Now that Rolo is older he finds it very hard to get up on the flooring so I have put a yoga mat down for him in the kitchen. That’s his spot to sit while I cook, get ready for work and where he eats his breakfast.

After his breakfast he goes downstairs for his morning washroom break, goes outside smells the air, sometimes sits down for a little bit then comes back in. Normally at this time I head to work. He always sits on the stair landing near our front door and waits for me to leave. I always give him some sort of treat before I leave whether it’s a dentastick, milkbone brushing chew or whatever we happen to have in his treat box at that time. I give him a hug, a kiss, and tell him I will be back later and that I love him.

When I arrive home I am greeted with a smiling squeaky dog who acts like I was gone for an entire month. Want Proof? Check this out!


You might ask why I stated before that some days aren’t easy being Rolo’s Mom well let me tell you why —- ONE WORD  —  WORRYING

Rolo has Canine Epilepsy and with being a mom of a dog with a disorder there is a lot of worrying that goes with it. It is so heart breaking seeing your loved one going through a seizure and seeing how they act durring and after they have one. Making sure Rolo gets his pills daily is my number 1 priority. If that means changing things in my schedule to make sure he gets it, I will! To those of you who are pet parents of a animal with a disorder, paws up to you for not giving up on them when they really need you!

The first time it happened I stayed home from work to be with him all day. All he did was sleep but I wanted to be there with him to show him that I cared. I think most of the worrying comes when I go on vacation out of the country where I cannot bring him with me. I have it set in my mind that I know exactly how Rolo loves everything, I know each and every squeak and face he makes and no one can take care of him as well as I can and you know what that probably is true. Anytime I am not with him he is constantly in my thoughts, Even on my wedding day in Mexico I had a little organza bag attached to my bouquet with a little Rolo charm in it!
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As I mentioned before about Rolo having a yoga mat in the kitchen on the hardwood well the reasoning behind that is with the epilepsy medication he is on he gets hind end weakness along with him having arthritis it’s hard for him to get a grip on the floor to get up with his back legs. When making dinner one night Rolo tried getting up and ended up doing the splits because he couldn’t get grip on his feet. He yelped and I ran over and put myself under hip and pushed him up. My fear is that he will do that when no one is around and seriously hurt himself. So then I brought in the yoga mat. When we go visit people who have hardwood flooring, yes you betcha I bring that yoga mat with us! On our trip to Mexico I decided to actually fully bar Rolo out of the kitchen while we were gone for over a week because I didn’t want to take any chances of that happening even though he had the yoga mat in there.

We have hardwood in our room as well and right now Rolo usually sleeps in his bed beside me. Sometimes he wakes up in the middle of the night to go to the side of the room that has the fan. Before when there wasnt a rug on that side I would hear him go click click click across the floor and then I would wake up, grab a  yoga mat and slide it under him for when he decides he wants to get up. Now I have a rug on that side of the room incase he decides to go over there at night time. Over protective, yes but I would rather him be able to get up then injure himself.
photo 6Right now Rolo has a pulled muscle in his back leg that he keeps on injuring, so his life is full of massages, heating pads, ice packs, joint supplements, small walks and not many trips in the car. It sucks alot having to leave him at home most of the time but he needs to get better and I know in time he will!

One thing I know is that no matter what life throws us I will also be that rock that Rolo needs in his life. He is my FFOREVER dog and will always be! I am so proud of what he has become and what he has taught me in life. I love you baby boy! <3
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Tuesday Rescue Spotlight – Barks Of Love

*Who is filling out this interview?

Luke Plubell

*What is your position for your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Adoption Coordinator and Logistics Manager

*What is the name of your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Barks of Love Rescue and Placement Services

*Where are you located?

*Do you offer any awareness programs to your community?

*How long has your Animal Rescue/Shelter been around for?
Founded in 2008

*What types of animals do you have at your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Orange County’s very own 100% NO KILL, Foster-Based, All-Breed Dog Rescue!

*Do you sell any shelter swag? If so what, and pricing?
none at this time

*If someone wanted to become a volunteer, how could they?
Visit our website and click tab that says volunteer.
Complete application and e-mail it to

*What types of items do you take as donations?
Our “reserves” are small and every dollar we have is needed to continue to saving additional animals from high-kill shelters in addition to supporting them while they are in our fostering program, awaiting their furrever home.  This includes food, bowls, crates, toys, treats, collars, leashes, flea/tick/heartworm medication, toenail trimmings, spay/neuter, vaccinations (including rabies), general exam, fecal test, de-worming and other medical care, as necessary. By donating, your funds help us continue ensuring that fostering with Barks of Love is free to our foster parents. Without them, saving all of these lives would not be possible. If you would like to donate towards our rescue fund, we would be so grateful.  Every dollar counts and no amount is too small. Remember, donations are tax deductible!

*Do you have any fundraisers coming up that you want my viewers to know about?
All events are listed in this link. Depending on print time please visit our website link provided for the most current list of events.

Surprise your furry friend with a BarkBox full of goodies and treats!!!
For each order a $15 donation is made to Barks Of Love Animal Rescue
Use their 10% discount code BBX1BLAR at checkout or head here to get started:

*What is the adoption process like?
1.  An application must be filled out entirely before continuing with the process. 2.  Veterinary/Personal references checked.
3.  In-home inspection conducted.
4.  Meet and Greet with all members of the household and any pets in the home.
5.  Adoption contract will be signed once all previous steps are met.

*What does your shelter/rescue hope to achieve in 2014?
The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized are to decrease the total number of animals being euthanized each year, provide a safe and caring home for animals that are being neglected, abused and/or abandoned, and offer community education and awareness. The means for providing such programs include, but are not limited to, donations and fundraisers. 

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