Now imagine if their was a solution to these unsafe canine scenarios. One innovative company thinks it has the answer. When a person wants to dash inside for a cup of coffee or grab a few grocery items while out walking their dog, they can usher their dog inside a modern-looking, climate-controlled dog house located just outside the establishment.
Welcome to the latest in inventions catering to the needs and wants of the 21st century dog: the DogSpot. Branded as a "smart sidewalk sanctuary," this housing unit began appearing in New York City with ambitious plans to expand to more than a dozen more cities within a year.
"New York has been a great place for us to test this service," says Chelsea Brownridge, founder/CEO of DogSpot in an interview with Pet Prodcut News. "For the last two years, we've had people beg us to come to their city next. I'm thrilled to say, 'We're ready.'"
He says that DogSpot is working with city planners as well as businesses and pet advocates to ensure a smooth expansion to these cities: Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.; Boston; San Hose, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Columbus, Ohio; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Jersey City, N.J.; Charleston, S.C.; Columbia, S.C.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; South Hampton, N.Y.; and New Rochelle, N.Y.
These DogSpots feature an in-app Puppy Cam, 24/7 customer service, air-circulating heat and air conditioning (depending on the weather), auto-sanitizing UV lights and have been deemed legal and have earned approval by dozens of veterinarians. Brownridge touts them as a "safe and cozy home away from home while you briefly go somewhere your dog is not allowed."
In this age of rent-a-bikes and rent-a-scooters that are now littering sidewalks and parkways in major cities, there will be these canine housing units also taking up space on sidewalks. Time will tell if DogSpot is a doggone great solution or creates new problems – such as a dog trapped inside by an owner who forgot he was there or who intentionally abandons this dog. Stay tuned.
By Sarah Zumhofe