We’ve gone “LIVE” on Kickstarter — YESTERDAY!!

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Hedz UP Pets has ventured into new territory! Yesterday, we went “LIVE” on Kick-Starter with a 30-day project.

KickStarter is a CROWDFUNDING site where people go to support various creative projects. Some “projects” are inviting pledges to support a book or a play, or to help get a small business off the ground. KickStarter project categories include art, comics, crafts, dance, design (our category is DESIGN – NEW PRODUCTS), fashion, film & video, food, games, journalism, music, photography, publishing, technology and theater.

In this modern era of community support, KickStarter is an appropriate magnet to draw dog lovers everywhere to become a part of this project. We’re an American start-up, trying to bring this new invention to market and propel Hedz UP Pets into the next rapid growth phase. The Hedz Up Pets Watercollar PFD (Pet Flotation Device) is designed to keep a dog’s nose above water, even if unconscious. It is the first proven product of its type. It is a COLLAR, not a dog life jacket.

Most dog life jackets do not protect your dog from drowning. Most dog life jackets are designed to hold the dog in a swimming position. If a dog becomes injured, or worse — unconscious, his head will drop into the water.

Dog Illustrations Final-2 (2)The Watercollar PFD holds him in a vertical position with his nose in the air. This product is your dog’s best choice for drown prevention.

Dog Illustrations Final-1 (2)We anticipate that our experience on KickStarter will, i) help establish additional product creditability, ii) create additional supporters to help promote awareness that dogs DO drown, and iii) impress on each of us that we must take seriously the responsibility of protecting our dogs from drowning. While this KickStarter project is merely a short-term financial plan, it could lead to much more. We are excited to see where this venture takes us!

Beautiful Little Blind Dog Helped by Hedz UP Pets Watercollar

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Sophie, the little blind Bichon Frise from Scottsdale, AZ, is swimming again with her family, now that she’s wearing her new WatercollarTM lifesaving collar. It’s a “life jacket for dogs,” but it isn’t a jacket at all! It’s a flotation collar! The WatercollarTM is the first of its kind in dog water safety.

Sophie’s owner had this to say: ” Sophie will be 12 years old in January 2015, and has been blind since age 6. Our vet says this probably was hereditary. We did also take her to a specialist, still hoping this might be caused by a curable problem. . . Needless to say, we were all upset — probably more so than Sophie!

Little Blind Dog Gets Second Chance at Swimming

She adapted very well with her sense of smell and hearing and she loved swimming with us and following our granddaughters’ voices. We thought she’d never be able to do a lot of the things she loved again — like swimming!

I may be blind but I can swim againOur granddaughters would always ask if Sophie could come in the pool with them, but, every time we got in the pool, she’d bark to get in with us. So we would bring her in the pool and she’d swim while we held her. Now, with your Watercollar, she is comfortable swimming on her own when we’re in the pool. The Watercollar has given her back some of her independence. It keeps her head and ears out of the water as she follows our voices around. Not to mention that our granddaughters think it’s cool that Sophie has her own “floaty.” She’s a happy little dog, enjoying her renewed freedom!”



A Dog’s Life, Summer in the Pool

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We HAD to post this picture for you!  Can you imagine how much fun Micah, the little Westie, is having, just floating in his pool??!!  The Watercollar holds his head up so he can float, swim and play all he wants without any fear of drowning.  It gives his mom, who is living and working in Nicaragua, great peace of mind.

Micah, Erin's dog (Nicaragua)

Singer, the Corgi, Heading to Yellowstone for the Summer!

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A note from a traveling customer: 

“I’m not sure I ever took Singer swimming much before he had his Watercollar…maybe to wade in a stream, but not really swimming. Corgis can swim, they have webbed feet even…but he is a heavy 40 pound dog with small legs, so he really has to work at it. I’m not sure he could swim for very long if he had to.  With his Watercollar on, it really gives him an extra boost, and he plays and swims without getting very tired.  In a pinch, though, I know this collar will hold his head up, even if he can’t.”

S’zanne, Austin, TX

Here are two pictures of Singer.

save from drowning

Singer, barking out about how happy he is with his brand new Hedz Up Pets Watercollar! Quite the crowd pleaser, he meets all the babes in his stylish, bright orange watercollar! And Mom can spot him fast even when he goes after those seagulls!

My dog loves the water

Here’s Singer in one of his favorite places ~~ the lake! He’s quite a dog!

Dogs and boating.

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Dogs and boating.  If you take your dog out on your boat, jet ski, kayak or canoe, please use a dog life preserver or swim vest jacket.  Boating Rules require everyone on the boat to have a PFD or life jacket.  Don’t forget about your dog!  The Hedz UP Pets Watercollar TM or water collar is the answer for you.  In an overboard situation, either out on the lake or at the Marina, he needs something to hold his head and nose up and keep him alive while you try to get to him.  Life jackets and swim vests cannot claim to saves your dog’s life.  The Hedz UP Pets Watercollar can!   Buy Now


boating safety for your dog
boating safety for your dog


Summer Safety by the Pool!

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Summer is almost here and it’s the perfect time to think about summer safety for our waggly-tailed babies.


We all know how important it is to be sure our doggies have some shade nearby if they are outside in the heat of the summer, and to ALWAYS provide fresh water for them, whether they are inside or outside. Dogs can overheat quickly in the summer heat, so keep an eye on them. Keep them as cool and comfortable as you would keep yourself, and don’t over exercise them. And NEVER EVER leave your pet in a hot car. Even in a car parked in the shade, the temperature inside that car can soar to over 100 degrees in just minutes. With grave consequences….

One of the biggest summer hazards — that many people don’t think of as a hazard — is a swimming pool. Also, are you taking your dog on vacation with you to a water destination? Or, do you have friends or neighbors that you visit who have pools? If your dog isn’t familiar with a pool, you need to constantly be aware of his whereabouts. Thousands of dogs drown every year in backyard swimming pools. Here at Hedz UP Pets, we have heard too many heartbreaking stories of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds drowning in pools. But, of course, this CAN be prevented with one of our Hedz UP Pets WatercollarTM flotation devices. The WatercollarTM is lightweight and stylish, unlike bulky and hot life jackets. Dogs quickly tire from dog paddling and trying to keep from swallowing water, which can result in drowning. The Hedz UP Pets WatercollarTM helps to keep your dog’s head above water and PREVENT drowning. It can also be used as a training tool while teaching dogs how to swim!!

So, let’s have a great summer and do everything we can to keep our canine friends as safe as possible!

Wow, so much exciting news!!

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As you can see, our website has been totally revamped and is now compatible with mobile devices, laptops, desktops and tablets, so come visit us from anywhere!! Our fun fabric choices go with every occasion, because a safe dog is always in style! And, now is the perfect time to gear up for those summer BBQs by the pool or lake.

image0-001Our biggest news this week is that we had a booth at the South West International Boat Show in Galveston, Texas, last weekend, and our WatercollarTM was all the buzz! Reporter T.J. Aulds of The Daily News of Galveston wrote an article about the boat show and included a huge story about our company and the who, what, where, how and why of the WatercollarTM! (See the article, below.) With our two beautiful models, Spencer and Wyatt (a Welsh Terrier and a German Shepherd), it’s NO WONDER our booth was such a hit!!


Of course, boaters and sailors know how important it is to keep their furry seafaring friends safe on watercraft, so it was quite exciting to find a life jacket alternative that will actually save a dog’s life in a crisis. We have more exciting things to come, so STAY TUNED.

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