This Tech-Savvy Dog House Will Keep Your Pet Safe While You Run Errands
If you’ve ever been walking your pooch and become faced with the heart-wrenching dilemma of having to tie them up outside to grab a coffee and/or run an errand or having to forgo your to-do (or fall fun) list on account of your pup, boy, do we have good news for you! At least if you live in Brooklyn, New York, that is (surprisingly NOT on the list of one of the most dog-friendly cities in the US).
New startup company Dog Parker has created the solution to all of your problems in the form of a rentable, well, dog parking service, but instead of a lined space, it’s a high-tech dog house where you can safely leave your pup.
100 units are being rolled out over the next three months in Brooklyn (where dog thefts have been on the rise). These “houses” come fully equipped with an air-cooling system that will keep your pet comfortable, as well as WiFi, so that owners may check on their pooch via webcam when connected to the accompanying app (speaking of which, do you have these must-have dog apps?).
To set your mind at ease, the units are also hardwired with UV lights to auto-sanitize between uses, reducing the risk of any illness or parasite contraction.
For those that plan to use the service on a regular basis, there’s a yearly membership fee of $25 or a single-time use fee of .20 per minute.
Fingers crossed this goes nationwide!
Would you use a Dog Parker unit? Share with us @BritandCo.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!