Petfindu: Hast du Angst deinen Hund zu verlieren?

*Werbung* (Ich bekam die erste Hundemarke von Petfindu®, habe aber die zweite selbst gekauft)

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Diese Hundemarke wurde mir von Petfindu für meine ehrliche Meinung in einem Blogpost geschenkt. Diese ist aus der Oktoberfest-Sammlung.

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Bei mir ist die Antwort definitiv ja! Vor allem, als wir Lotta das erste Mal vor all diesen Jahren ein neues Zuhause gegeben hatten. Lotta ist ein Tierschutzhund, den wir vom örtlichen Tierschutz Verein, hier in unserer Stadt aufgenommen haben. Ich hatte von vielen Albtraumgeschichten gehört, in denen Hunde ein neues Zuhause gefunden haben und die es in den ersten Tagen geschafft hatten, dem Geschirr oder dem Halsband zu entkommen, das sie trugen. Die neuen Besitzer hatten Wochen oder in einigen Fällen Monate damit verbracht, sie zu finden!

So, was ist Petfindu®?

Petfindu® ist ein deutsches Unternehmen, das strapazierfähige, schön gestaltete Hunde-Marken herstellt. Auf der Rückseite der Marke, befindet sich ein QR-Code, der von jedem Smartphone mit der QR-Code-App gescannt werden kann. Dies spart Zeit, da die Person, die deinen Hund findet, nicht warten muss, bis der Tierarzt geöffnet ist, damit dein Hund gescannt wird. Dein Hund kann mit bis zu drei verschiedenen Hundemarken registriert werden, ja, die Designs sind so wunderschön, dass du definitiv mehr als einen willst!

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Gibt es versteckte Kosten?

Nach den anfänglichen Kosten der Marke ist es kostenlos, das Profil deines Hundes auf der Petfindu-Website einzurichten, wo die Informationen deines Hundes registriert werden können. Wenn erwünscht, kann der Finder dich direkt kontaktieren, aber du hast die Wahl, wie viele Informationen jeder sieht. Das Alarmsystem, wenn aktiviert, kontaktiert alle Tierärzte, andere Benutzer der App und Tierheime in der Nähe, wo der Hund verschwunden ist. Mit einem Klick kannst du dein Vermissten-Plakat auf Social-Media-Plattformen teilen und so viele Menschen wie möglich informieren. Offline gibt es die Möglichkeit, Vermissten-Poster deines Hundes auszudrucken, um diese in dem Bereich aufzuhängen, in dem der Hund verschwunden ist. Wenn du im Urlaub bist, änderst du einfach die Adresse im Profil. Du brauchst keine neue Hundemarke.

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Ja, zuerst hatte ich große Angst davor, Lotta zu verlieren, aber jetzt, mit zwei Petfindu® Hundemarken, habe ich die Gewissheit, dass die Chancen, dass wir mit Petfindus Hilfe dazu in der Lage wären, sie wahrscheinlich wieder zu finden, hoch sind. Es ist sehr einfach ein Profil zu erstellen und ich bin sehr zufrieden mit der Qualität der Hundemarke. Sie sieht immer noch neu aus, sie ist überhaupt nicht gealtert! Schau dir ihre Website an, ich bin mir sicher, dass du genauso begeistert von den Designs und der Technologie sein wirst wie ich.

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Hundemarke aus der Rebel Kollektion ‘Great Britain’.

Josie & Lotta 

 

Petfindu: Are you afraid of losing your dog?

*Ad* (I was gifted the first dog tag but bought the second one myself)

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This tag was gifted to me by Petfindu for my honest review in a blog post. This is from the Oktoberfest collection.

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With me the answer is definitely yes! Especially when we first homed Lotta all those years ago. Lotta is a rescue dog that we rehomed from the local rescue association here in our home town. I’d heard of lots of nightmare stories where dogs had been rehomed and during the first days had managed to escape the harness or collar they were wearing. The new owners had spent weeks or in some cases months trying to find them!

So what is Petfindu®?

Petfindu® is a German company that makes hard-wearing beautifully designed dog tags. On the reverse side of the tag is a QR code that can be scanned by any smart phone with the QR code app. This saves time, as the person who finds your dog, doesn’t have to wait until the vet is open to have your dog scanned. Your dog can be registered with up to three different dog tags, yes the designs are that gorgeous you will definitely want more than one!

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Are there any hidden costs?

After the initial cost of the tag, it’s free to set up your dog’s profile on the Petfindu® website, where the information of your dog can be registered. If you wish, the finder can contact you directly but you have the choice of how much information anybody sees. The alarm system, if activated, contacts all the vets, other users of the app. and animal shelters in the vicinity where the dog has gone missing. With one click of a button you can share your missing poster on social media platforms informing as many people as possible. Offline there’s the option to print out missing posters of your dog to hang up around the area where the dog went missing. If you’re on holiday just change the address on the profile. You don’t need a new dog tag.

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This is what it looks like if you report your dog missing. The amount of information that’s allowed to be shown is totally in your control.

Conclusion

Yes, at first I was very scared of losing Lotta but now with two Petfindu® tags I have piece of mind that if she did, heaven forbid, run off for any reason, the chances are very high that with Petfindu’s help we would be able to find her. It’s very easy to set up a profile and I’m really happy with the quality of the tag. It still looks new, it hasn’t aged at all! Have a look at their website, I’m sure you’ll be as thrilled with the designs and the technology as I am.

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Dog tag from the Rebel collection ‘Great Britain’.

Josie & Lotta 

 

Furbo Dog Camera: Do you have problems leaving your dog at home alone?

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If the answer is yes, then this could be an invaluable product for you! I was gifted this product in exchange for my honest opinion after thoroughly testing it out with Lotta. The Furbo is designed to keep owners and dogs connected even when they have to leave their dog alone for a short amount of time. My family and I have always had the problem of having to eat breakfast separately whilst staying in a hotel. As one of my blog readers you will know that we travel to England by car at least once a year. We normally stop in France on the way. This is when we have problems leaving Lotta in the hotel room, most hotels don’t allow dogs in the dining area. Lotta tends to get stressed when left alone in an unfamiliar place which can mean she resorts to destructive behaviour, so we would never leave her alone in a hotel room, normally. With the Furbo all of our problems would be solved, well at least one of them.

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So what’s in the box?

Inside the box is the Furbo Dog Camera with a natural bamboo wooden lid. It comes with a quick start guide, two meters of USB cable and a power adapter. I really love that it comes with an adapter which we can also use in England and don’t need a special adapter for.

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What functions does the Furbo have?

The Furbo is a high quality HD camera with a 160° wide angled lens. It has an infrared LED light for night vision, it also features a high quality built-in speaker. At the top of the Furbo is a removable wooden lid where you place the treats inside the machine. There is enough space for around one hundred (round app. 1cm in diameter) treats inside the machine. Dog owners stay connected to their dogs at home by talking to them and rewarding them with treats that can be launched from the Furbo. The camera has a warning function when the dog barks, this can be activated in the settings of the Furbo app. The dog owner receives a push up message on their smartphone should their dog start barking. The neighbours will be very grateful for this function!

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If you have any questions regarding the camera, you can click on the question mark in the top right hand corner of the screen.

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How does this work?

The Furbo works together with the Furbo app on your smartphone. This can be downloaded for free and is available for ios-, android devices and the Apple-Watch. It’s really easy to download and takes no time at all. Once downloaded, the app will advise you to update to the latest version.  The Furbo should ideally be placed on a hard, raised surface with a very good WiFi connection, where the dog can see it. Once the Furbo is plugged in and connected to the app, the yellow light will turn to blue, these colours have been used as they are recognisable to dogs.

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Under the Furbo are self adhesive stickers that can be stuck to hard surfaces, should you have a young dog who is likely to knock the camera over.

Images below are of an android smartphone screen:

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Adding the details of your dog to the profile, really adds a personal touch when you open the app.

Once connected to the smartphone, the user will see a live stream video of the room they have installed the camera. On the mobile screen, several functions are displayed which the user only has to touch with their finger to implement them. The middle one is a round treat shape which is swiped up with the finger to throw a treat out of the camera. Before the treat is released it gives out a high-pitched signal (this is customisable) to get the dog’s attention. On the right hand side of the screen, a microphone can be seen, if clicked the dog owner can talk to their dog to reassure it and reward their fur baby with a treat. There are also buttons to record a video or take a photo using the camera. To alter any of the settings, users can click on the three dots at the top right hand corner of the screen.

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How do I introduce this to my dog?

It’s recommended that your dog is introduced slowly to the Furbo, as not to frighten it. For young dogs who are not used to being left alone this will take some time to train and should be done at first over a short period of time. I have been training Lotta whilst sitting with her in the same room. I showed her where I put the treats and let her sniff the device. I then told her to sit and get ready for a treat while pointing at the camera. It’s important never to shoot a treat out of the device if the dog is standing too close to it! Then I moved out of the room out of sight from Lotta and spoke to her via the microphone on the app. She really wasn’t sure about this but nevertheless accepted the treat she was given and also obeyed the command I had given her before the treat was released. On Saturday night we went to see my eldest son play in his orchestra, during the interval I was able to connect to the Furbo and communicate to Lotta. I was amazed how quickly it connected and how well it functioned. In the settings of the app is a helpful training video to you get started.

Where can I purchase a Furbo?

The camera can be purchased on the Furbo website.

How can it be improved?

I love the over all sleek design of the Furbo and wouldn’t change anything in its appearance. I love all the functions and the app is very easy to use and install. The only thing I would like to see is maybe a travel version. Because Lotta travels in a dog box in the boot of the car, we are very limited for space. A smaller version of this would make it easier for us to transport. It’s a very well thought out design and definitely worth every penny.

The Furbo will make our lives much easier and we will be more relaxed whilst out of the house knowing that we are still connected to Lotta where ever we are. Leaving Lotta for a short while on her own should, from now on be no problem at all!

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Josie & Lotta

Kabang Review. The Mary Poppins’ bag for dog owners. What sets it aside from all the rest?

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I have been slightly distracted with Instagram and have built up quite a community with other dog owners. Once I’d reached a certain amount of followers (I can’t remember how many!) I decided to launch a giveaway as a way of saying thank you to all those that follow our profile. This is how I came into contact with Any and her KABANG®. At first she offered to sponsor a micro-fibre cloth which you can attach to the KABANG® system to take with you on trips. It comes in handy for wiping hands or paws before you get back into the car or even drying your dog, as it is so soft and has great absorbancy. We had contact over the phone and through Instagram and we watched our followers grow. The giveaway was a great success and because a lot of small companies had agreed to collaborate with me, it meant I had several prizes to give away. At some point Any offered to gift me a KABANG® in agreement that I included it in a post on Instagram, a blog post and maybe even a video on YouTube. So here we are! Thank you Any!

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What’s the main function of the KABANG®?

I have been using the KABANG® for around three months now and it has been everywhere with us. It hangs in my hallway with the coats and when I take Lotta out, I don’t have to search for anything anymore, I just swing the KABANG® over my shoulder. What I really love about it, is that at the back of the bag is a separate compartment where there’s space for a full dog waste bag, which means it frees up your hands and you don’t have to walk along swinging a stinky bag until you find the next dog waste bin. In the summer I don’t have any pockets to put the items I need on a dog walk, so this is going to be great in summer. In the winter it means I don’t have to stuff my pockets full of treats and dog waste bags.

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Where does the name KABANG® come from?

The name comes from Korean which means a bag.

What do I have in the bag?

I usually have the pocket for my smart phone attached to the front belt part and the bag that hangs down at my side. The bag contains waste disposal dog bags and some treats. When Lotta is off the lead I store the lead in the front net compartment so that I have my hands free but there is so much room for so much more.

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What do you get when you buy a KABANG®?

The KABANG® is an adjustable belt system with an attachable bag which can also be used separately. The KABANG® Classic comes with a pocket which can be fitted to the belt and the bag. The KABANG® Complete comes with a special water bottle holder which is best fitted at the back of the belt and two pockets and the bag. The pockets are attached to the belt by slipping them through the belt then attaching the clasp to the metal hoops. This means they stay securely in place and don’t swing from side to side. Inside all the pockets and the main bag are metal hoops so that you can attach keys or dog whistles to them. The bag is also available separately for those of you just interested in a treat bag and also the pocket for the used dog waste bag.

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Are there any add ons?

As I mentioned earlier you can buy a micro-fibre cloth that can be attached with a bone shaped Munkee® carabiner to the KABANG®. This cloth is so soft and absorbent, I use it to wipe Lotta’s paws before she gets back into the car but it has other uses such as, drying off a wet dog or wiping hands clean of residue from the dog treats. Just recently the option to have the cloth personalised by embroidering the name of your dog on it has been added. You can also buy extra pockets to attach to the KABANG®.

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Is this made in China?

The answer to this is, no, it definitely isn’t! The materials are all sourced in Germany and everything is carefully sewn together by a local seamstress in Allgäu. The belt system is waterproof and very robust while also being very light weight.

Why do I need a KABANG®?

I had been looking for something similar to this system for a long time and the other bags just didn’t match my expectations. I was so glad to find the KABANG® and it makes going for walks so much more relaxed and I never forget anything. Safety has also been thought of and reflectors have been sewn into the belt, so that when visibility is poor, I can clearly be seen by other people but also car drivers. If you want to be well prepared for your dog walks without having to carry a rucksack and stuffing your pockets full of treats and toys, you really need a KABANG®!

Where can I buy a KABANG®?

There is a KABANG® for every budget making it affordable for everyone. You can purchase one on the website shop here: Kabang.dog

Until July there is a discount code ‘lottaskabang’ which saves you 10% using this link:

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*Affiliate Link* It’s also available in different variations on Amazon here:

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Some local pet stores are stocking them too,  ‘Hund Katze Maus Der Laden’ in Grafing near Munich: Rotterstrasse 12, 85567 Grafing. Tel. 08092 8684460

Can the KABANG® be improved?

Any has already made huge improvements and values genuine feed back of how she can improve the system. It used to be a velcro system that attached the pockets to the belt. It’s now a loop and clasp system which makes it very secure. The only velcro now is on the flap of the pockets so they can be closed. It would be helpful to have a separate compartment in the main bag to store a purse, so that I wouldn’t need a handbag when we are travelling. For me it’s also a little too long in the summer without a jacket, maybe there should be an option for smaller carabiners to attach the bag to the belt system? I love the colours red and black but maybe some other customers would like to see it come in different colours. To stay up to date with KABANG® follow them on Instagram @kabang.dog or visit their website, as mentioned above.

Conclusion

I have never found a bag quite like it and I have looked everywhere for one that suited my needs. The other bags I’ve found, haven’t had space for my smart phone and, as far as I know, there isn’t a bag with a separate compartment for a full dog waste disposable bag. It really is the Mary Poppins’ bag of all dog bags!

Eva from @undercover.labrador-ein Huskyblog, has also written a detailed blog post about the KABANG® in German:

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Josie & Lotta 

 

Photo book review for: Saal Digital (English & German)

I was chosen to review Saal Digital’s photo book after applying online. We have made photo books before using a different company so we are used to the layouts and the programs most companies use. To create your photo book from Saal Digital, you first have to download their software which takes no time at all and is really easy. Once this is done there are several products you can choose from, posters, calendars, business cards etc., you just click on the product you would like. I received a voucher code of 25€ which covered the cost of creating this book. The book I chose is hard back, has glossy pages and size A5 (15,2 x 20.6 cm).

Ich wurde ausgewählt, das Fotobuch von Saal Digital zu testen. Wir haben Fotobücher auch von anderen Unternehmen verwendet, so dass wir die Layouts und die Programme gewöhnt sind. Um Ihr Fotobuch von Saal Digital zu erstellen, müssen Sie zunächst die Software herunterladen, die keine Zeit beansprucht und wirklich einfach ist. Sobald dies erledigt ist, gibt es mehrere Produkte, die Sie auswählen können, Plakate, Kalender, Visitenkarten usw., klicken Sie einfach auf das Produkt, das Sie möchten. Ich habe einen Gutscheincode von 25€ erhalten, der die Kosten für die Erstellung dieses Buches abdeckt. Das Buch, das ich wählte, hat ein Hardcover, glänzende Seiten und die Größe A5 (15,2 x 20,6 cm).

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Once you’ve clicked on the photo book of your choice, on the right hand side are different covers displayed, I chose the shiny cover which entails no extra costs. There’s also a choice of a padded cover which costs 5,00€ extra. There is also a choice of paper you’d like for the inside of the book. I chose shiny photo paper, if you choose matt paper you actually pay less for the book. My book has 26 pages but you can have more if you wish.

Sobald Sie auf das Fotobuch Ihrer Wahl geklickt haben, werden auf der rechten Seite verschiedene Cover angezeigt, ich habe das glänzende Cover gewählt, das keine zusätzlichen Kosten verursacht. Es gibt auch eine Cover-Wattierung, die 5,00 € extra kostet. Es gibt auch eine Auswahl an Papier für das Innere des Buches. Ich habe glänzendes Fotopapier gewählt, wenn Sie mattes Papier wählen, zahlen Sie weniger für das Buch. Mein Buch hat 26 Seiten, aber Sie können mehr haben, wenn Sie es wünschen.

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After all that has been chosen, we come to actually designing the book. I chose the “One-minute-photo” book option which was super quick and easy. To have more control over how the book is created you can opt for the Auto-layout.

Nach allem, was gewählt wurde, kommen wir tatsächlich zum Entwurf des Buches. Ich wählte die “One-Minute-Fotobuch-Option”, die super schnell und einfach war. Um mehr Kontrolle darüber zu haben, wie das Buch erstellt wird, können Sie sich für das Auto-Layout entscheiden.

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Following choosing your photos, and they have been uploaded to the program, the “One Minute photo book” option places the photos automatically on the pages. If you would like to place them differently you can choose a different layout on the right hand side as seen in the photo. There are also several themes to choose from ie. if you have wedding photos you choose a theme for a wedding etc.. I chose the “Simple” theme but with a background colour which looks like water-colour paper. To place the text where you would like it you have to turn off the automatic layout function.

Nachdem Sie Ihre Fotos ausgewählt und in das Programm hochgeladen haben, werden die Fotos durch die Option “OneMinute-Fotobuch” automatisch auf den Seiten platziert. Wenn Sie sie anders platzieren möchten, können Sie auf der rechten Seite ein anderes Layout wählen, wie auf dem Foto zu sehen ist. Es gibt auch mehrere Themen zur Auswahl, z.B. wenn Sie Hochzeitsfotos haben, wählen Sie ein Thema für eine Hochzeit usw. Ich wählte das “Simple” Thema, aber mit einer Hintergrundfarbe, die wie Aquarellpapier aussieht. Um den Text an die gewünschte Stelle zu platzieren, müssen Sie die automatische Layoutfunktion ausschalten.

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Finally, like all online purchases, you give in your personal details and how you would like to pay for it. I finished my book last Monday and received it on the Thursday. It took a little longer than expected because of the bank holidays we had in between. I can highly recommend this company as I’m really pleased with the super quality of the photo book and the simplicity of creating it, we will treasure it for years to come. Thank you Saal Digital!

Schließlich geben Sie, wie alle Online-Einkäufe, Ihre persönlichen Daten ein und wie Sie dafür bezahlen möchten. Ich bestellte mein Buch letzten Montag und erhielt es am Donnerstag. Es dauerte ein wenig länger als erwartet wegen der Feiertage, die wir dazwischen hatten. Ich kann diese Firma sehr empfehlen, da ich mit der super Qualität des Fotobuchs und der Einfachheit der Erstellung wirklich zufrieden bin, wir werden es für die kommenden Jahre schätzen. Danke, Saal Digital!

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