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    Here are the unique pet gadgets I showed on World News Now.

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    Now you can carry your dog in comfort-on your back!


    K9 Sport Sacks say they are the #1 dog carrier backpacks in the world. I do know that they get rave reviews online and in posted videos. The model I wore on air with Charlie (our rescue dog) is the K9 Sport Sack AIR PLUS. It has a detachable storage bag (14"x9") for personal items. There's a padded back panel for comfort and cooling, plus wide pressure relieving shoulder straps. A safety D-ring is provided for collar hook-up and there are mesh dual side pockets. A thick bottom rest pad is to keep your dog comfortable. Light reflecting adjustable sternum strap. This is a great way to take your dog hiking, camping, or use it for any outdoor activity. There are models for dogs up to 40 pounds. This is also an ideal solution for folks with two dogs; a big one and a little one. The little guy probably tires quickly trying to keep up with his big dog buddy. Now the litte one can travel in his K9 Sport Sack when he tires out. Depending on the size and the model, they range in price from about $70 to $95.00


    Giz Wiz Video from the pet expo: https://youtu.be/2VufmxvJb_s  


    Compay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBP8K_FZ6k8


    Company website: http://www.k9sportsack.com/  


    Let There Be Light On Your Dog For His or Her Walk.

    Meet The Headlight Harness 

    The Headlight Harness is a great versatile dog harness. It's well constructed, highly reflective, lightweight and even water resistant. It earns its name because it features an integrated, focused beam LED in the chest area which lights the way with over 80 lumens. Not only does it light up the path ahead on your walks at night, it also makes you and your pet visible to any vehicles or bikes in the area. And that greatly reduces the risk of being struck. The company says that their “No Choke/No Pull” design eliminates choking while calming your dog and reducing their tendency to “Pull Away” from their owners while on walks. Another bonus is that the Headlight Harness also keeps your pet safe and secure in vehicles. Simply run the seatbelt through the sturdy handle on the top and buckle it for a safe and relaxing ride. It also, and this we like a lot for Charlie, doesn't choke your dog if they tend to pull on their collar. You'll see the explantion in the video on this week's show. Most models sell for $59.99, a very decent price considering the quality of the harness.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/C8y6wdmD2ik

    Company store: https://www.headlightharness.com/shop


    Meet the Intellikatt - The challenging interactive bowl for cats

    The Intellikatt is not a regular cat feeding bowl. It makes your cat work his/her dexterity to get their food. The company says this has many benefits. It helps prevent bad behaviors, ensures a slower feeding time, helps develop your cat's intellect and more. With more than 500 configurations possible, it can be adapted to follow your cat's learning process. Begin with the easier starter bowl and gradually add to the level of difficulty by adding height and discs.Diner time for cats just got a lot more interesting! -- Unless of course they just ignore it and decide to order out.

    Giz Wiz Pet Expo video: https://youtu.be/NpHC4nGd2WI  


    Company Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7KhTi2L1Tc  


    Company website http://www.beonebreed.com/   


    Brilliant Pad - World's First Self-Cleaning Puppy Pad & Dog Potty.

    Designed to handle #1 and #2, the highly absorbent BrilliantPad soaks up liquids and dries out solids. It wraps and seals waste to keep your home clean and odor free. A built-in timer replaces pad automatically or you can refresh anytime at the touch of a button. I asked what happens if there's a puppy on the pad when the machine is set to automatic and the spokesperson said a sensor won't let the machine start until the pad is clear of your pet. Waste is sealed inside while outside remains dry and your hands stay clean. Biodegradable caps prevent leaks and foul odors. One long-lasting roll lets you enjoy your pet without the clean-up chore. The company says one roll = 27 regular wee pads. $149.99 (as on 11/12/18) Refills are $20 to $32 depending on the number you buy and if you subscribe to one of their refill plans.

    Giz Wiz Video from the pet expo: https://youtu.be/HMYNlufFZpw


    Company website: http://www.brilliantpad.com/


    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2z8DZY8 


    A stainless steel bottle lets you drink water on the go, and converts to a dog bowl too!

     Meet the Messy Mutts Water Bottle/Bowl This a clever two-in-one gadget.

    The silicone bowl is attached to the bottle when it's not in use. But when you want to convert it to a water bowl for your pet it folds down for easy portability. With a press of the quick release button the bowl can be opened and filled with water. Afterwards the unused water can be drained back into the bottle and the bowl folds back up against the stainless steel bottle. Now I found that not 100% of the water goes back into the bottle. But you're most likely using this outdoors so you just shake the excess water on the nearest shrubs, or dirt. It's about $20. Available in four colors.

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2Dygegd 

    Company link: https://messymutts.ca/ 

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