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July 9, 2014

ARE YOUR PETS POTENTIALLY IN DANGER WHENEVER YOU GO OUT?

WHAT IF YOU WENT OUT FOR DINNER, GROCERY SHOPPING OR JUST TO WORK AND YOU WERE UNEXPECTEDLY DELAYED FOR MUCH LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED OR WORSE..?

We hadn't considered this until one time, shortly after leaving our house for an evening out, my husband asked; 
"What if something happened and we never came back?"


Yikes!  

So, this was the catalyst that brought us to figuring out a way to address this scary scenario of an unplanned absence.

In the end, I simply set up a temporary system, via manual e-mail, to ensure our 'furry kids' got the care they would need, in the case of such an unplanned situation.

First, I chose several, willing neighbours and a family member I had complete trust in, to be part of our 'team.'  I gave them each a house key, wrote out detailed instructions for their  care along with contact info for things like a veterinarian.  I also gave our vet a 'letter of consent' for their files, which allowed members of the 'team' to make an emergency decision in our absence.

Now, this e-mail solution all depended on me remembering to send the 'We Are Out' message that I'd set up for the 'team' so they'd know each time we were going out (together). But, more importantly I needed to let them know that we had actually come home again by sending them the 'We Are Home.' message.  I've forgotten more than once, which generated an urgent e-mail or phone call from team members asking.. "Are you home?" It was a little embarrassing, not to mention the angst it had caused.

Then, it occurred to my husband (a 'Web' guy) that if we had this situation, there could be thousands or perhaps millions of pet owners, world-wide, who are in the same boat.

When you go away on vacation, you typically will arrange to have a family member or friend look after your pet(s) or you board them. But, for the day-to-day situations, would someone be aware that your dog needed to be let out, walked and fed, if you're unexpectedly hours away from making it home?  Poor Fido.  Kitty cats can hold their own for longer of course, but dogs need attention much sooner.  And eventually all of your pets will be in trouble if no one comes to their rescue.

So we did some statistical research to see just how many pet owners there are in North America alone, and discovered that there are 175 million households with at least one vulnerable pet.  We concluded  there might be a real need for an automated, easy to use system that would address this potential situation.  My husband came up with an amazing idea for an app (which is free) and all you do is sign up for the very affordable, monthly subscription fee at: "CHECK MY PETS."   

We tried to get it done by ''boot strapping' the project, but we were only able to get so far. We needed to raise funds that will allow us to finish the app and re-design the website.  To that end, we have made an entertaining video using actual pets (our cat Harry Goldblum) and launched an on-line, fund raising campaign via a highly successful and trusted site called; "INDIEGOGO.COM."

The links are at the bottom of this post so you can find out more information regarding "CHECK MY PETS; Pet Care When You Can't Get There.."and/or to contribute something to our fund-raising campaign, if you'd like to help.

Thank you..

Terry & Linda,
Harry & Sophie 



See Harry Goldblum Interview Top Dog, Terry At 'CHECK MY PETS" (indiegogo)
              
Sophie (Harry's companion)

http://www.checkmypets.com






INDIEGOGO.COM