Product Round Up: Travel Essentials
On the Road
Retailers can make travel easier for on-the-go pet owners with these quintessential products.
IATA-approved Cayman Carriers, from Marchioro USA (marchioro.it), are available in seven sizes—accommodating dogs from 1 lb. up to 221 lbs.—and in eight colors. All have five clamp points for bottom/top attachment with pre-drilled holes for bolt/nut reinforcement; two gate-closing housing and interior tabs that help prevent “push in” from outside; and reinforcement pins to support proper/continued door shape/structure. The carriers are constructed from virgin polyethylene plastic. Optional accessories include wheels, water bottles, food bowls and carrying straps.
“If retailers are interested in high-quality, dependable products that can be sold at a very profitable price, Marchioro has the answers,” says Brad Forgette, executive vice president for the Lyndhurst, N.J.–based company. “We use the best materials to make these products from our own facilities in Italy, and we think consumers see the difference in our products compared to the competition.”
Ethical Products (ethicalpet.com) has introduced its Cooling Bed, which is an easy way to keep pets cool during warm weather or travel in carriers. The non-toxic gel interior stays cooler than room temperature by 5-10 degrees, without refrigeration. The Cooling Bed can be used by itself or with standard pet carriers and beds. It is easy to clean, convenient to carry and store. It is available in two sizes.
Too Hot for Spot (toohotforspot.com) offers the Static Cling Window Thermometer that provides dog owners with real-time information about heat and cold conditions inside the vehicle. Colorful graphics indicate temperatures ranging from 60 degrees below zero up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, promoting better awareness on the part of dog owners and allowing them to make good choices that keep dogs safe.
Bark n Bag’s (barknbag.com) Postage Classic Carrier is adorned with colorful stamps, sure to put pet owners in the traveling mindset. The eco-friendly carrier is made with recycled plastic bottles, bamboo and organic cotton. The carrier has a sturdy patented construction, mesh on three sides for ventilation, a padded double tubular handle, an adjustable shoulder strap, a machine-washable, organic-cotton quilted pad and two easy-access zippered pockets. It folds flat for easy storage, and is available in small for pets up to 8 lbs., medium for pets up to 16 lbs. and large for pets up to 22 lbs.
ThunderShirt (thundershirt.com) eases the distress of pets suffering from fear, overexcitement or anxiety, often associated with traveling. Its gentle pressure acts like a comforting hug, relaxing pets during a trip. Also proven effective during vet visits, storms and other intimidating times for pets.
Quaker Pet Group’s Sherpa Park Tote (sherpapet.com) is a convenient and stylish bag that easily converts from a pet travel carrier to a blanket for the park. Its quilted design features a side window with a roll-down privacy flap, a roll-back mesh sunroof panel and a side pocket for storage. The tote also features a faux lambskin liner. It unzips entirely and transforms into a comfortable blanket. The Park Tote is available in two color combinations: brown with leopard lining and gold hardware, and black with zebra lining and silver hardware. The small size is for pets up to 6 lbs., and the medium size is for pets up to 12 lbs.
Travel Right! Seat Belt safety products, from Coastal Pet Products (coastalpet.com), have features that keep pets safe while riding in vehicles. The Travel Right! Seat Belt Safety Loop is a limited-freedom safety restraint. The Travel Right! Seat Belt Safety Anchor has a click-in-buckle design with an adjustable strap that controls the mobility of the dog. The Travel Right! Seat Belt Safety Tether provides a maximum level of freedom for the dog. All of the accessories are for use with an approved car harness, such as Coastal’s Rider Car Harness.
The Collapsible Travel Bowl, from Bliss Paws (blisspaws.com), collapses into a flat design for easy carrying, so pet owners can be ready when their dog needs a drink. It is made of high-grade silicone and is sturdy, durable and extremely lightweight. A carabiner is included for easy fastening onto a dog leash, purse or belt loop. A durable nylon pouch is also included for storage. It is top-rack dishwasher safe. The Collapsible Travel Bowl comes in three colors: Strawberry Pink, Melon Green and Berry Blue.
SturdiBag Large, from Sturdi Pet Products (sturdiproducts.com), is a compact and light pet carrier, safe for small to medium sized dogs up to 25 lbs. Whether used on a plane, in the car or for carrying on foot, dogs will be comfortable and safe in a SturdiBag carrier. It features retractable privacy flaps on all mesh windows, seatbelt safety straps, zipper security clips and an interior fleece pad secured by Velcro. It has an adjustable four-point padded shoulder strap and leather handgrip, and is made of durable 600-denier polyester.
Kurgo’s Car Comforter (kurgostore.com) is a lightweight fleece seat cover perfect for any road trip. It keeps dogs comfortable in the backseat and out of the driver’s way. Pets love the cushioned cover, making it easier to keep them calm during long rides. At the same time, it protects the interior of the vehicle from dirt, scratches and slobber. To install, the pet owner just slips The Car Comforter over the seat or attaches it to an existing Kurgo cover for additional padding. It’s machine washable and fits any vehicle.
The Troff Hydration Pouch (troffpouch.com) is a convenient, eco-friendly way to provide dogs with fresh, clean water while traveling or at home. It has a non-spill valve and twist off cap, and is refillable, reusable and freezable. When empty, it folds to fit in pockets. Troff is BPA free.
Quick-Tag’s (quick-tag.com) officially licensed Sport I.D. Tag line includes over 150 major league team tags from the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB, as well as over 60 popular NCAA universities. The tags are made from high-quality brass and aluminum with a proprietary paint process that matches team logo and Pantone colors exactly.
The Collapsible Kennel Bowl, from Dexas and Popware for Pets (popwareforpets.com), folds flat against a kennel or crate’s door. It can be used for pets that travel often or used in the crate at home. When folded down, the cup pops open for an easy way to provide water or a snack. The Collapsible Kennel Bowl is available in 1-cup and 2.5-cup sizes.
The K9 Unit, from H2O4K9 (h2o4k9.com), is a high-performance water bottle for high-performance dogs. The specially designed stainless steel bottle can handle extreme conditions familiar to hard working dogs. The large capacity lids are designed for dogs to drink naturally, providing fresh, clean water. The rugged outer shell is made from self-insulating, impact-resistant, sound-dampening silicone for easy grip and quiet use. The K9 Unit is 25 oz. and is available in five colors.
EzyDog’s (ezydog.com) Doggy Flotation Device provides up to 50 percent more flotation than other vests, according to the company. Two soft, neoprene belly straps and a buckle around the neck afford a quick, comfortable and uninhibited fit. It keeps dogs in a natural swimming position and reduces the amount of energy required to swim, helping the dog to avoid exhaustion. Reflective material ensures the dog will be seen in the water. It also incorporates a center-weighted grab handle and a stow pouch, and can be used with a leash. There are sizes for almost any dog.
The Solvit Front Seat Net Pet Barrier (solvitproducts.com) keeps pets out of the front seat area by blocking the space between the front seat and console. The patented design uses a see-through micromesh material, which is guaranteed claw-proof. A pop-up wire frame keeps the net from sagging and makes it easy to install and uninstall. Its adjustable suspension system allows the Front Seat Net Pet Barrier to fit all vehicles with headrests.
Pioneer Pet (pioneerpet.com) has introduced the Cuddler Carrier, a pet bed for dogs and cats that can be used at home or on the road. The bed has a seatbelt strap for safe travel. It is made with 100-percent polyester, micro-plush fabric, and its cushion padding is 100-percent recycled sponge. The Cuddler Carrier is machine washable.