Pets

  • PawTrack Is A GPS Tracker Just For Cats

    PawTrack Is A GPS Tracker Just For Cats

    With so many GPS pet trackers out there, is there room for yet more? The pet products industry is estimated to be worth $58.5 billion and there are more than 170 million pet dogs and cats in the U.S. alone, and as long as pets keep getting lost, companies will keep figuring out ways to help frantic owners find them. One of them is Pawtrack, which makes a GPS collar specifically for cats. Read More

  • Doggie-Focused Bark & Co. (BarkBox) Raises $15 Million Series B

    Doggie-Focused Bark & Co. (BarkBox) Raises $15 Million Series B

    Bark & Co., the doggie-themed technology company best known for its dog treat-delivering subscription business BarkBox, and more recently, its vet care-on-demand service BarkCare, has just closed on 15 million in Series B funding. The company raised $10 million in inside round led by previous investor Resolute.vc, along with RRE, BoxGroup, Lerer Ventures, Bertelsmann Digital Media… Read More

  • BarkBuddy Is A Tinder For Dogs

    BarkBuddy Is A Tinder For Dogs

    Like many dog lovers and potential new dog owners, when it came time to adopt a new pet, my first stop was not the pound, but the Internet. I read about the various dog breeds and their respective temperaments, and I visited the websites of local shelters to see what kind of dogs were currently available. Now, a new mobile application called BarkBuddy has launched to make the dog adoption… Read More

  • Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

    Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

    Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time? (I hope so, because then I’d feel a lot less alone). Despite their rugged individuality, indoor cats need to satisfy their stalking instinct, keep stimulated, and get enough exercise, according to the Humane Society. Kittyo is a device that lets owners keep their cats entertained while spying on them from afar. Read More

  • Pet Sitting Marketplace Rover Raises $12 Million Series C

    Pet Sitting Marketplace Rover Raises $12 Million Series C

    Rover, the Seattle-based online community that connects dog owners with in-home sitters, is today announcing $12 million in Series C funding, in a round led by new investor Menlo Ventures. Existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Foundry Group, and Petco (yes, the retailer) also participated. The company has raised nearly $25 million to date. The new funding also sees Menlo’s Sunil… Read More

  • iCPooch Is A Remote Treat Dispenser & Pet Facetime Terminal For Absent Dog Owners

    iCPooch Is A Remote Treat Dispenser & Pet Facetime Terminal For Absent Dog Owners

    Last summer we covered Petzila’s answer to keeping a pet pooch happy when you’re not at home: a remote treat dispenser called PetziConnect which also let absent dog owners view and talk to their pooch while delivering treats from afar. Fast forward a few months and prepare to greet iCPooch: another gizmo aiming for the not-so-stay-at-home dog owner, but one which takes the… Read More

  • Petnet Raises $1.125M To Make A Smart Food Dispenser For Your Furry Friends

    Petnet Raises $1.125M To Make A Smart Food Dispenser For Your Furry Friends

    Petnet announced today that it has landed a $1.125 million seed round from Grishin Robotics, Kima Ventures, SparkLabs Global Ventures, and Launch Capital. Petnet (a different company from the Australian pet supply seller of the same name) will use the investment to commercialize its first product, the Petnet Smartfeeder, which is scheduled to ship to customers in the middle of this year. Read More

  • PiP Uses Facial Recognition To Reunite Lost Pets With Their Owners

    PiP Uses Facial Recognition To Reunite Lost Pets With Their Owners

    Having your dog or cat run away is pretty traumatic. And even if somebody finds your furry friend, they might not know where to find you. If your pet ends up in a shelter, chances are high that it will be euthanized, so Philip Rooyakkers, the CEO of PiP – The Pet Recognition Company, decided to see if he and his team could use facial recognition instead of tags to more easily report and… Read More

  • Klooff Is An App For Pet Lovers Who Idolize Their Animals

    Klooff Is An App For Pet Lovers Who Idolize Their Animals

    Do you love your pet? Do you have a phone? Are you alone and have little else to do? Klooff is the way to go. The app is, as I understand it, a way for pet lovers to share their love for their pets. You take pictures of your pets, meet new friends with similar animals, and then go on walks and stuff. And then you can make products with images of your pet on them. Read More

  • DogVacay Adds Airbnb Investor Andreessen Horowitz To Its Pack Of Backers, Aims To Become The Place For All Pet Services

    DogVacay Adds Airbnb Investor Andreessen Horowitz To Its Pack Of Backers, Aims To Become The Place For All Pet Services

    DogVacay launched in March this year as an Airbnb for dogs — offering owners an alternative to soul-less kennels and expensive dog sitting services for when they need to leave town and leave their pooches behind. Since then, the service has picked up some traction with users tripling every month since launch, and to continue its growth, it’s adding another VC to its list of backers. Read More

  • Mobile-Friendly Pet Locator PetHub Closes $1.3 Million Seed Round

    Mobile-Friendly Pet Locator PetHub Closes $1.3 Million Seed Round

    Seattle-based startup PetHub just closed its seed round of $1.3 million from angel investors (including PetHub founder Tom Arnold‘s dad!) for a service that helps lost pets find their way home. The company uses a combination of online pet profiles and scannable ID tags that allow anyone with a mobile phone to quickly access everything there is to know about the pet, including the… Read More

  • A Whole New Meaning For Dog House: Spotwag Uses Your Social Graph To Find Petsitters

    A Whole New Meaning For Dog House: Spotwag Uses Your Social Graph To Find Petsitters

    I love my two cats Pepper and Magic and kind of think of them like two extra children and definitely part of the family. I also travel a lot — sometimes on my own, more often with my husband and two (human) kids. So this company launching today is right up my alley, and chances are you if you live in one of the 72.9 million households (63 percent of homes) in the U.S. with pets you… Read More

  • Cat@Log allows cats to tweet, signals end times

    Cat@Log allows cats to tweet, signals end times

    Sony is working on creating a dedicated lifecasting (or perhaps “lifecatsing”) collar for cats that records regular images and tweets the cat’s current activity. It’s basically this thing combined with this thing, plus social networking. As Nicholas likes to say: Come on, meteor. Read More

  • Dog barks, gets sprayed by own collar

    Dog barks, gets sprayed by own collar

    I’m getting this for my dog. He’s soooo dramatic. He hears people screaming, he barks. He hears a gunshot, he barks. He hears explosions, well you get the idea. Read More

  • Bark4Beer: Dog collar with bottle opener

    Bark4Beer: Dog collar with bottle opener

    If you have a dog and you’ve thrown a party, you know that dogs generally add a bit of fun to the mix at the beginning of the party but by the end, they’ve mostly eaten food off the coffee table, scared the bejesus out of the three guests who have an irrational fear of dogs, and had a few “accidents” in high-traffic areas like hallways and doorways. Read More

  • $6500 "Labyrinth Aquarium": awesome, difficult to clean

    $6500 "Labyrinth Aquarium": awesome, difficult to clean

    I’ve always felt bad for fish. Not just in that they’re fish, but that all those in captivity (and many in the wild) just spend all day swimming in circles. Take that great video of the enormous aquarium in Okinawa — there’s a freaking whale shark in there, used to cruising the ocean; now, even in the second-biggest aqua-enclosure in the world, it’s essentially… Read More

  • PooTrap: For people who shouldn't own dogs in the first place

    PooTrap: For people who shouldn't own dogs in the first place

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no. No. This is the PooTrap, an elaborate apparatus that you strap to your dog. It holds a bag in place right about where the you-know-what comes out of the you-know-where. It costs between $30 and $40 depending on the size of your dog. Read More

  • Dog? Check. Laptop? Check. Both in the same bag? Check.

    Dog? Check. Laptop? Check. Both in the same bag? Check.

    I suppose that if you insist on being one of those people who carries your pet around in a backpack or purse, you might as well kill two birds with one stone (unless you’re a bird lover) and get a bag that holds your laptop too. Read More

  • Spotlight GPS is Big Brother for your pets (in a good way!)

    Spotlight GPS is Big Brother for your pets (in a good way!)

    Do you have a dog that constantly gets away from you? Do you hate chasing your dog through your neighborhood, your cheeks burning with shame as your neighbors watch you yet again running down the street in your socks? If so, a new GPS-based pet location service may be worth your time. Read More

  • Put your rodent on rails with the Hamtrack

    Put your rodent on rails with the Hamtrack

    First, let us just acknowledge that “Hamtrack” is the best portmanteau of the year so far. Now, on to the products. I think you can see from the picture exactly how this utterly-genius pet toy works. Like a hamster ball but with wheels. I’m afraid the Critter Cruiser is unidirectional and thus a little limited, but the Hamtrack could be, and I don’t think I’m… Read More