Oh my! There are 50 (FIFTY!) finalists for the 2019 Editor's Choice Awards. They include items you're going to want for holiday gifts and the winners will not be announced until January 2020.
I am blown away by the ingenuity and quality of all the finalists. But - - I can't cover all 50 products. Here, I'm going to stick to about 9 items from Dog Accessories, Dog Toys, and Dog Clothing, and I will cover more finalists in the week ahead.
(Please note that all references below to "Editor's Choice Finalists" are to Pet Product News 2019 Editor's Choice Awards finalists.)
The Diggs Revol Collapsible Dog Crate is nothing less than a fantastic, easy-to-use, must-have accessory for small dogs (up to 30 pounds). First of all, it's portable. Second, it's walls are all open so your dog can hear, see, smell, and feel what's going on around him. Third, it's collapsible, which totally makes portability a breeze.
Don't say 'so what' until you see this video! There's more....
"Revol comes with three ergonomically correct handles, a removable tray, wheels, a puppy divider, multiple entrances and it is extremely durable."
If you're on the road a lot with your dog, or even if you want to be able to move his crate around, this is THE crate! This is a new product. Order one before they run out!
First, let's understand the logo: MOLLE (pronounced like Molly) stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. RSG, in this case, stands for Ready Set Go.
Now let's look at this wonderful product. It starts with the RSG Townie Harness, the centerpiece to which MOLLE is attached. Here's a handsome dog sporting the harness.
Lightweight, with multiple attachment units, The RSG Townie Harness is the base unit for several Kurgo-designed attachments, such as those below - all light as air, like the harness!
You may understand what each RSG pack is meant for, but personally, I had to look up "YORM." For the rest of you who are not cool, YORM stands for 'You Or Me." So the treat pack can be for you or your dog, or you can carry treats that both of you might like.
For those of you outdoorsy, adventurous types who have canine companions, or for those of you who have personal assistant dogs, you should definitely look into this really cool RSG Townee Harness with accessories. It comes in blue (seen above) and black.
This toy is sooo clever and so groovy! And it's grooves will keep your dog's teeth and gums so healthy too. Now, the SodaPup Industrial Dog Pipe Wrench is made for tough chewers out of SodaPup's proprietary nylon which is FDA compliant and non-toxic. This toy is made in the U.S. and designed for dogs 15 to 80 pounds. It is 8.5 inches long and weighs 4 ounces.
Now that you've got the details, let's look at how this pup goes for the Pipe Wrench....
Manufactured by SPOT, the pet sub-division of Ethical, the indestructible Barrett Ball is one tough ball. Invented by U.S. war veteran, James Hayes, the ball is named after his service dog, Barrett. (See video below.) The Barrett Ball comes in small, medium, and large sizes so it offers most dogs a super chew and thousands of throws. Don't worry if you don't have a German Shepherd, your Yorkie will love it too (in "small" of course).
HuggleHounds is famous for its Knottie Tuffut Toys, but this year's surprise are the mutt (mixed breed) toys, and that fits with the national push to adopt homeless mixed breed dogs in our local pet shelters. Dogs don't have to be purebred to love and be loved.
The special 3-layer construction and the knotted limbs somehow keeps the HuggleMutts strong enough to withstand small and large dogs.
This toy fascinates me, but unfortunately, I am unable to find it for sale in the U.S. But be patient; it will come here. The Ring is made of 100 percent cotton twisted rope links, that together form strong resistance to your medium to large dog. Here it is up close:
I'm excited to see this in person. I bet it's a winner!
Earthbound UK received two recognitions for its clothing designs: the Country Dog Coats...
and the coordinating dog collars and leashes.
They definitely have polish...you can take your dog anywhere in these!
Stretch fleece is very popular right now and Gold Paw makes their Stretch Fleece Sweaters and Dog Coats in dozens of colors and patterns, both staid and stand-out. Made with "recycled polyester and custom-developed Bluesign certified textile," the material is said to breathe, assuring your dog's comfort and healthy skin and coat. The coats stay close to your dogs' bodies, moving with them like a hand in glove.
Are these products not truly great?
That's the buzz for today!