Using the terms ‘service dog,’’therapy dog’ and ‘working dog’ interchangeably is a misnomer. While these three classifications are often blended under ’support,’ each type is trained differently to address distinct needs of their handlers or those they provide support.
A new venture fund for pet tech is being subsidized by Mars, the candy maker. Investing $100 million this new initiative aptly named the ‘Companion Fund’ is directed by Whistle, a GPS-based location firm [acquired by Mars in 2016] for $117 million.
Various states in the country are taking opposing approaches regarding puppy mills. Back in September 2017, California was the first state in the nation to pass legislation to require pet stores to sell rescue animals only — in essence, banning puppy mills.
Over the years, our pets have transitioned from property to companions to family members to leaders of the roost. We depend on them more and more for comfort and all that unconditional love they’re willing to dole out. So, it’s no wonder we are spending more and more on their care, their gadgets and tech products.