How do you decide to buy a dog product?
Lately I’ve been thinking about dog product reviews. What do you need to know about a product to decide if it’s worth spending money on? A $20 elk antler is way too much to spend if your dog has no interest in it.
Let’s not even talk about a $400 bicycle cart for your dog (which I’m pleased to say that even if the dogs aren’t fond of it, is great for taking lawn chairs to the beach and doing grocery shopping.)
And then there’s my husband who, every time he sees some expensive, new dog product, says “I gotta find some way to make money off crazy dog people.”
So I went looking for wacky dog products and came up with an embarrassment of riches. I think I’ll have to revisit this topic a few times.
For today, I wanted to show you one item I discovered and ask you if it’s crazy genius or just plain crazy?
Crazy genius? The Pet Peek™
The item is called the Pet Peek™ and gives your dog a view of the world through his wooden privacy fence.
After looking at cell phone dog stuffies, poop flingers, and fake dog testicles (nope, no links, I want to introduce these items to you personally), I giggled when I saw this product.
But then I thought about it again. And I read more. Now I’m definitely leaning more toward crazy genius.
We’ve probably all had the horrible experience of walking our dogs by a tall privacy fence containing the Attila the Hun of dogs. They guard and try to expand their territory by rushing back and forth all the time barking and growling, often startling you and your dog.
Keeping your own dog under control can be tough.
I wonder if having a way to look out would calm the frustration for some dogs?
We’ve learned how important it can be to a dog to have a view of her territory. In our neighborhood, there’s a lab mix with an open fence facing the street. If we approach from the west, her view of us is blocked by the house until we’re right in front of her. She’ll rush the fence barking and snarling and has even tried to bite Honey when we got too close.
If we approach from the east, the lab can see us from half a block away. She stands placidly at the fence as we walk by–she doesn’t greet us exuberantly but she doesn’t threaten us either.
We see a similar force at work in our local shelter. The glass apartments allow dogs to see (and sniff; there’s sniffer holes) each other. As a result, the atmosphere is much quieter than in a conventional shelter where the kenneled dogs can hear each other but can’t see.
Evaluating – crazy or genius
I read about the Pet Peek™ and the more I read the more interested I became. And the inventor, Carolin Best, is an animal advocate and former Human Officer. She invented the product for her two terriers and decided to market it after returning to her old house after 23 years and finding her original dome still in good working order. You can read all about the product here.
So what’s your vote for this product? Crazy Genius or Just Plain Crazy? Share in the comments. Have you ever done something to give your dog a view from the yard? Would you buy a Pet Peek™ for your dog?
If you read my post A Tale of Two Shelters, you know Honey and I are participating in the March for the Animals to raise support for the Tompkins County SPCA. Our local shelter is a the first no-kill, open admission shelter in the country and has had an impact on animal welfare throughout the world. That’s why we’ve gotten support from friends all over the world and throughout the country.
I’m pleased to thank three local donors for their support:
Thank you so much!
I’m planning a giveaway from my still not empty bag o’swag. I’ll announce the details next week. But everyone who donates to the March will be entered.
I’ve exceeded my goal because I was too chicken to make it for $500 which was my first instinct. Can you encourage me to have higher expectations while helping homeless animals by donating? Visit my fundraising page to donate securely online. Any size gift is welcome and appreciated.
[I reviewed this product after finding it randomly at StumbleUpon. I have not seen or tested the product myself. I have received no consideration from the company selling it.]