HOUSTON WORLD SERIES OF DOG SHOWS, 2015

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Our Team had a booth at the Houston Dog Show a couple of weeks ago!! We had a wonderful time and did really well. One of the most exciting things for us is the comments we heard from people walking up and down the aisles. They were saying things like, “Oh, that’s that Watercollar we saw here last year!” and, “There’s the Watercollar booth. We bought one for our dog last year!” It was very uplifting to hear people speaking of our brand in common usage.

One of our “booth dudes” was our Welch Terrier named Spencer. The Welch Terriers are a fairly rare breed, and it was so much fun seeing a few other Welchies. One of the Welchie owners took a picture of her Tallulah and our Spencer. Cute Shot!

Girlfriend Welch at the 2015 Dog Show

Girlfriend Welch at the 2015 Dog Show

Spencer likes Tallulah, but Tallulah isn’t so sure about his advances!

 

A beautiful story from a lady in England who bought a Watercollar for her dog

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Sam, a pedigree black Labrador, was born without proper hips. He was a rescue and we found this out at 5 months old.  Most pups like him have to be put down because they are in too much pain, but we were advised to swim him.  The muscles round the joint become strong enough to support his hips — amazing!  Sam is now 15, so it worked — until 3 years ago when he had a throat operation and could no longer swim. His veterinarian told us that he could get water into his wind pipe and drown.  He walks OK but is on all sorts of medication.

 We tried canine life jackets, but they didn’t keep his head up properly and restricted his movement, but LOOK AT THE PHOTO!!  Sam swam today for the first time with his Watercollar. He swam the length of our pool, retrieved the ball and came back. He loved it!

This kind of story makes all our work worthwhile!

Baton Rouge woman invents the “Watercollar,” a pet flotation device

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Baton Rouge woman invents the “Watercollar,” a pet flotation device

Posted: Apr 03, 2015 8:26 PM CDT Updated: Apr 03, 2015 9:09 PM CDT

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – With warm temperatures on the rise for the next few months, pools are going to have their leaves raked out and their cloudy water cleared.Even with the extra attention given to the centerpiece of backyards across America, nearly 17,000 dog drownings are reported every year. Baton Rouge resident Lynne Peters is looking to change that with a new invention.”She was always panicked when she’d fall in.” says Peters, “We would try to teach her where the steps were, but she couldn’t listen because her nose was in the air and she was panicked.”Lynne is talking about her dog, named Katie. She had trouble swimming until Lynne came up with what she calls the “Watercollar.”

After sliding the pet’s collar through the loops and around their neck, the animal becomes safe and buoyant if it falls in the pool.

Peters hopes that it provides peace of mind to those who worry about their pets around water.

“The watercollar holds them with their nose up,” says Peters, “So even if they’re unconscious, they would be found alive.”

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Can Dogs Drown? Yes! Here’s A Product To Prevent It

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By Jody, Bark & Swagger, on March 22, 2015

Jasper fell into the pool. Luckily, he’s a strong boy and he pulled himself out. But, what if he didn’t know how to get himself out or fell into the ocean? Can dogs drown? Yes! Thousands do each year. And, with swimming so much a part of our lives now, I was really interested in learning more about the HedzUp Watercollar.

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Here’s what it does: Shaped like a hexagon, it attaches to your dog’s own collar and prevents it from drowning by keeping its nose and ears above water, even if the dog is unconscious. When a dog swims or falls in the water, the straps position the Watercollar™ under the dogs chin allowing for easy treading and ensuring a panic-free swim to safety.

The  Watercollar was designed using the same standards as the human flotation requirements established by the U.S. Coast Guard, which I thought was pretty impressive. It’s filled with non-absorbent closed-cell foam with a 100% cotton cover and nylon straps that attach securely to a dog’s collar.

“A dog who has fallen into the water can only keep swimming for maybe 20 minutes, and even less if he panics,” says Lynne Peters, President of Hedz UP Pets. “If there is no one around to help save these dogs, the consequences can be heartbreaking.” If our dogs are going to be near water or if a pool or the beach is a part of their everyday lives, this is a product worth knowing about and having.

That’s why I decided to do something on it. Hedz UP Pets has launched a KickStarter campaign to raise enough money to produce them. KickStarter is a crowd-sourcing website for people to come together and support a project they believe in. As a part of the KickStarter drive, Hedz UP Pets is offering donors a “Save Dogs From Drowning” Community Awareness kit including poster art, content and images to create their own campaigns to get the word out to protect dogs from drowning.

If enough people give just a little, Hedz UP Pets will quickly reach their goal of raising $10,000, and many dogs will have the opportunity to be safer in the water. That money will go towards making and marketing the first large quantity Watercollar production run.

For me, I’ve had Sophie in a life jacket, and didn’t like how it weighed her down. I’ve tried a blow up flotation collar and it was very bulky and hindered her from swimming freely.

I asked Lynne Peters the difference between the blow up collar and the Watercollar™.  Here’s what she had to say: “The main difference between our Watercollar and the blow-up type is that ours is made of closed cell foam, covered with 100% cotton fabric, and it hangs comfortably from your dog’s own collar. If your dog’s collar is correctly sized and won’t pull off over his head, the Watercollar will not come off. It is completely reliable to keep a dog safe from drowning, even if he is found unconscious. We size the Watercollars by the weight of each dog. We have ten sizes of flotation for dogs weighing from 3 pounds to 200 pounds! And, we have never had a dog who was even bothered by wearing it!”  This seems like a really good solution.

Do some investigating of your own. You can learn more about the collar and the Kickstarter campaign and how to participate at www.hedzuppets.comwww.kickstarter.com and Facebook Hedz Up Pets Water Collars.  Knowledge is power, and we all want to keep our babies as safe as we can.

What safety products do you use for your dog?

 

CRUISING ON YOUR YACHT?

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No one is allowed on your boat without a PFD, right? Your dog is a person, too! Protect him from drowning with a Hedz UP Pets Watercollar! How long does it take for a 65 ft. cruiser to turn around if your pup goes overboard? It could be too long to save his life! Protect him. Support our KickStarter Campaign and help us let people across the country know that there is a proven alternative to the dog life jacket – the Watercollar!

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RESCUE GROUPS — We Want to Support YOU!!

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RESCUE GROUPS! We have been contacted by several rescue groups regarding people who want to adopt dogs but are having problems adopting because they have a swimming pool or live on a lake. One particular friend of Hedz UP Pets is trying to adopt an Italian Greyhound and they’re afraid they won’t be able to get the dog because of this. These are the exact kinds of problems we want our Watercollars to solve! We at Hedz UP Pets have already donated a Watercollar to this family, and are in hopes it will make the difference.

We are looking for PARTNERS in Rescue Groups. If you are associated with a rescue group, particularly for any of the “swim challenged” breeds, like Bull Dogs, Frenchies, Dachshunds, Boxers, or the short-nosed breeds like the Boston Bull dogs or Pugs, etc., we would love to talk with you. Please email us at (LynneSavesDogs@gmail.com) and let’s see what we can do to help your organization.

Here’s a picture of OUR beautiful rescue dog!! He ALWAYS wears his Watercollar when he’s near water!

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Get this! Here’s a Supporter Who Doesn’t Even Have a Dog!

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This is pretty incredible! One of our Supporters, Madolyn M. from Houston, has supported us in our KickStarter campaign because she is an animal lover and believes in our product! And she doesn’t even have a dog to wear a Watercollar!!!  Look what she DOES have, though . . . It’s a Lizard Catcher!! Here’s Bullet, named after Roy Rogers’ dog (!), caught in the act of catching a lizard!!

Bullet, the Lizard Trapper!

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Madolyn, a Great Big Thank You to you!!

 

Day 7 on KickStarter!

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RESCUE GROUPS! We have been contacted by several rescue groups regarding people who want to adopt dogs but are having problems adopting because they have a swimming pool or live on a lake. One particular friend of Hedz UP Pets is trying to adopt an Italian Greyhound and they’re afraid they won’t be able to get the dog because of this. These are the exact kinds of problems we want our Watercollars to solve! We at Hedz UP Pets have already donated a Watercollar to this family, and are in hopes it will make the difference.

We are looking for PARTNERS in Rescue Groups. If you are associated with a rescue group, particularly for any of the “swim challenged” breeds, like Bull Dogs, Frenchies, Dachshunds, Boxers, or the short-nosed breeds like the Boston Bull dogs or Pugs, etc., we would love to talk with you. Please email us at (LynneSavesDogs@gmail.com) and let’s see what we can do to help your organization.

P1080523Here’s a picture of OUR beautiful rescue dog!! He ALWAYS wears his Watercollar when he’s near water! Check out our Kickstarter

Day 6 on KickStarter!

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The best part of our KickStarter experience has been reconnecting with friends and meeting new friends. In the process of sharing our link with their dog-loving friends, many friends have written encouraging notes to us to keep working hard to bring this product to market. An added bonus has been how our marketer friends have given us new ideas to get our product noticed. Some of these ideas we may never have thought to explore, but could be ideal for the Watercollar. There is a whole lot of good coming from this experience.

What continues to surprise us is how many people interested in our Watercollar already own a dog life jacket their dog will not wear. Protection should be comfortable. We love it when our dogs are happy. We have a peace of mind when our dogs are safe. Hedz Up Pets Watercollars keep dogs happy and gives their owners confidence that their dogs are protected from drowning.

We’re off to a slow start on KickStarter. We only have 25 days to reach our goal. Please share your awareness of our product and our KickStarter project with your friends.

Help us protect dogs from drowning — one dog at a time!

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First Three Kickstarter Supporters

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Our Very First Pledge of Support came from Pepper Purdue of Houston, Texas. His mom says, “He hates water. Hates rain. Would probably rather walk on water than swim in it, but he wants to protect his friend who love the water!”
Jeanne P., Houston

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We’re supporting this great product! We have a pool and because Sergio is an Italian Greyhound and this breed does not store fat, he sinks, but when we are in the pool, that is where he wants to be. And even though he has a life jacket, he doesn’t love it and in the heat of the summer, the jacket makes him so hot. “No more life jacket for Sergio!!”
Beverly J., Houston

Doug

Doug from Canada!

Doug's Amphicar!

Doug’s Amphicar!

Our first Canadian supporter, Doug’s owner said this: Doug was a rescue dog and is the Best Dog in the World. I wanted to get the safety device so I could take Doug safely with me in my Amphicar (amphibious car). Won’t he be cute in that little amphicar?
David H., Canada

Hugs and Kisses and a great big Thank You to all of you!

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