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Modern Dog, TODAY Show “Beg” for Davison-designed Pet Products

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If you’ve tuned in to NBC’s TODAY Show or flipped open the latest issue of Modern Dog magazine lately, you may have recognized some popular Davison-designed pet products!

Recently, the Silicone Dog Treat Pan and Pugz shoes have shared some major media attention.

For our four-legged, tail-wagging, homemade-treat-loving friends, it’s a dog-eat-treat world and Modern Dog (MD) magazine confirmed it when they featured the Davison-designed Silicone Dog Treat Pan in their spring issue.

The pan, which was licensed by Hugs Pet Products, appeared in MD’s “Stuff Your Dog Wants” feature that also included other canine must-haves like chewable elk antlers and a hemp Eco Rattler.

“… whether you’re baking dog biscuits or making pupsicles, its got you covered… now who wants a treat?” the magazine asks.

For our four-legged friends who would like a little bounce in their step, Pugz shoes are “what they want” and the TODAY Show’s Dylan Dreyer proved it when she packed up her pup and tried on a pair at the Orlando Global Pet Expo last month.

 

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“All of our furry and feathery friends have something to keep their heads, shoulders, knees and toes warm, cool and dry,” said Dryer, after she tried Pugz on her own pup.

We can’t wait to see where these pet friendly products pop up next!

Davison-designed Cat Toys Curl Up to Petco Shelves!

Davison News, Featured Invention, Hugs Pet Products, Innovative Inventions, Inventions, Licensing, Product News

Today, we’re heating things up and taking you back to the long, sunny days of summer when we first introduced a few Davison-designed cat toys.

At the time, Hugs Pet Products, who licensed the innovative line that promises to keep cats occupied for hours, was preparing to showcase the toys at one of the pet product industry’s biggest trade shows, SuperZoo in Las Vegas.

Well, since that time the weather has turned colder, but some pretty purr-fect things have been happening for the toys, which are proving to be hot – hot – HOT!

“Look what hit Petco stores…” said Davison Vice President of Business Development and Licensing, when he shared a photo of the line on store shelves earlier this month.

That’s right, several toys in Hugs’ innovative cat line have landed (on all four-feet, of course) on the shelves at the leading pet specialty retailer. Of course, we’re “feline” pretty good about the placement!

“Hugs and Inventionland are excited to finally see the new innovative cat items starting to hit PETCO stores. The six new items look great on the store shelf and we look forward to the continued success with Petco in this category,” said Simbeck.

Check out the Wobble Ball, Mouse Trap, Teeter Rocker, Wibble Wobble, Whack-A-Mouse and Purr-Fect Ball on Petco shelves.

 

Check back for more updates on these much meowed-for pet products!

Inventor of Hydro Bone Praises Davison in Letter

Davison News, George Davison, Hugs Pet Products, Inventor Stories

diane diraimo inventor of hydro toysEvery now and again we receive letters in the mail or via email from our clients, which is obviously a great thing.

Sometimes they are simply checking on their new product idea, asking questions or dropping a line to give us a nice pat on the back. And what a pat on the back this letter from Diane DiRaimo, the inventor of the Hydro Bone, gave Mr. Davison, Dan Simbeck, the Licensing team, the Creationeers and all other Davison designers!

Check out the letter below for the whole story:

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Congratulations to Diane and everyone at Davison!  The innovative Hydro line has become a hit on store shelves across the U.S. and beyond!

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

Davison Doggie Shoes Dance onto More Holiday Blogs

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Product News
Just like last holiday season, Davison-designed Pugz shoes are prancing their way into hearts worldwide! We first saw the faux fur and faux leather boots pop up on K-Earth Radio host, Lisa Stanley’s, professional blog.  Stanley tried the boots on her little pup, Molly, prior to a trip to cold and snowy Utah.

Apparently, Stanley’s trial went well.  Her blog reported: “Looks like Molly will be kept stylish and warm for the winter.”

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Read the entire K-Earth Radio blog here.

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pet products pugz shoes for dogsThe trendy boots that our client, Kay, invented also popped up on PetSugar’s “Best Luxury Pet Products” list this holiday season.

pet products pugz shoes for dogsThe list includes items that will “truly pamper your dog or cat” and said that Pugz will “make those winter walks a little more cozy.”

See Pugz on PetSugar’s list here.

And, we’re not saying which product, but another Davison-designed pet innovation may make an appearance on a TV show this week.

Licensing Team Gobbles Up Success at Non-Foods Marketing Expo

AWAY, Hugs Pet Products, Licensing
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With Thanksgiving (mashed potatoes) approaching this (turkey) week, it’s hard (stuffing) to think about (pumpkin pie) anything but… food! However, we’ve finally caught up with our Licensing Team, who recently attended Atlantic City’s Non-Foods Marketing (NFM) Expo, which includes literally everything… except food. The trade show now carries on a 10-year tradition of catering to retailers interested in general merchandise, including a variety of products and seasonal items one may find at a grocery or drug store… you know right behind the poultry seasoning or turkey basters!

hugs pet products at NFMThe NFM Expo hosted over 150 vendors, including Hugs Pet Products and AWAY Bug Repellent, past licensees of Davison products, who both showcased many awesome Davison designs.

According to Davison’s Vice President of Business Development and Licensing Dan Simbeck, the show was very successful for Hugs and AWAY!

“The show went well and was made up of wide variety of retailers… Hugs and AWAY both made an impact at the show with product sales and good meetings, which will increase sales and distribution in 2013!” said Simbeck.

Simbeck also told us that the NFM Expo allowed Hugs and AWAY to connect with retailers that they may not typically have the chance to do meet with.

“”Mostly small to mid size retailers (1 store – 250 stores), along with a few big boys like Walgreens,” said Simbeck.

From the east coast to the west coast, Simbeck also shared a quick pic from the SEMA and AAPEX shows, where Davison-designed car cleaning products really shined!

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Where will we find our Licensing Team next?  Stay tuned!

Very Thankful Pups Love Pugz Shoes on “The Balancing Act”

Dare to Invent, Inventor Stories, The Balancing Act

Next Thursday might be Thanksgiving, but this week we are happy to inform you about a Davison-design that will be featured at 7 a.m. tomorrow on Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act.”

Mr. Davison and our client, Kay, along with her Pugz Shoes (as part of their “Dare to Invent” webisode) will be the featured guests on “America’s premier one-hour women’s morning show” tomorrow, November 15th.  The innovative episode will also be shown at 7 a.m. on Black Friday (you can watch before heading to the mall), November 22nd.

Our client and Michigan native, Kay, dreaded taking her two Shelties, Autumn Angel and Rough Spot, out in blustery, wet weather.  Her faithful friends would wind up with cold, snowy paws or even salt-soaked paws from treated roads and sidewalks.

“I needed something that would stay on and protect their paws… [Something to] keep their paws from getting dry and cracked,” Kay said.

Kay thought of a better way to protect her pups and brought her idea for doggie boots to Davison, where our creative team worked to design, develop and license her idea into Hugs Pet Products’ Pugz Shoes.

“I would advise [future inventors] to stay positive and do some research… Don’t get discouraged, it can happen,” said Kay.  “I’m a firm believer… nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Following “The Balancing Act” episode, we’re giving our Facebook fans and Twitter followers the chance to win Pugz or any other innovative pet products!  By submitting a photo of their dog in Pugz or sharing why their dog needs a pair (well, um, 4 shoes), Davison fans will be entered to win a $100, $50 or $25 gift card to buy their very own Hugs Pet Products.

Tune in to Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act” tomorrow at 7 a.m. and email your clients to let them know about our Facebook and Twitter Pugz contest!**

The Lifetime Network can be found on the following channels:
- DirecTV Channel 252 (SD/HD)
- Dish Network Channel 108 (SD/HD)
- Verizon FiOS Channel 140 (SD); Channel 640 (HD)
- AT&T U-verse Channel 360 (SD); Channel 1360 (HD)
- Available on most cable systems: Check local listings 

 

Davison’s research, development and presentation services are provided for an upfront fee paid by the client and a contingent fee (which is a percentage of royalties obtained by the client, if any). New product development is an uncertain endeavor and the use of Davison’s services typically does not result in a license agreement, sales on any market or profit to the inventor. Davison does not perform analysis of the feasibility, marketability, patentability or profitability of ideas submitted to it.

** This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Sponsor: Hugs Pet Products and Davison Term: The Giveaway begins on November 14, 2012 at 8 am EST and ends on November 21, 2012 at 12 pm EST. To Enter: No purchase necessary to enter or win the Sweepstakes. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning. Register to win by completing the information on the Hugs Pet Products and/or Davison Giveaway Page. The employees of Hugs Pet Products/Davison and members of their respective immediate families are not eligible to enter this giveaway. When you enter the Sweepstakes, you are also opt-in to receive advertising and promotional offers from Hugs Pet Products and Davison. You can opt-out of receiving offers at any time and opting-out does not impact your chances of winning. Prizes: Sponsor will giveaway one (1) $100, (1) $50, and (1) $25 Gift Card to a retailer selected by the sponsor. Winner Selection: Potential winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by November 21, 2012 at 12 pm EST. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.

Magazine Ranks Hydro Bone as Anything But “Real Simple”

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Inventor Stories

If you know us very well, you know we’re all about finding innovative solutions to everyday problems. Now, a Davison-designed product is receiving recognition for doing just that.

Real Simple Magazine, whose motto is “life made easier, every day,” recently included the Davison-designed Hydro Bone on their “40 Most-Pinned Problem Solving Products” list.

Of the hydrating chew toy, the magazine said, “If you’re hitting the park with Fido, be sure to pack the proper warm-weather essentials. Simply soak this rubber bone in water and toss it to your four-legged friend, so he’ll stay well–hydrated all day long.”

Licensed and sold by Hugs Pet Products, the Hydro Bone was born in the mind of our client, Diane, who first got the idea for the refreshing toy when she was looking for a way to keep her Japanese Chin puppy hydrated on long car trips.

Diane’s Hydro Bone certainly solved that problem and more! On Real Simple’s list, the Hydro Bone is among other problem-solving products like a corn de-silker, dissolvable jar labels and a machine that chops up candy or cookie ice cream toppings. View Real Simple’s entire list here.

Congrats to Diane, our Creationeers, Hugs Pet Products and everyone else who had a hand in bringing this innovative bone to market!

 

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

Pet Retailers Go Wild for Davison Designs at Vegas SuperZoo

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Product News

Well, as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays… on the Davison Blog! OK, maybe that’s not how the saying goes; but, it is the case for this year’s SuperZoo pet industry trade show, which was held September 11-13th. ”Sin City” welcomed our Vice President of Business Development and Licensing, Dan Simbeck, along with Hugs Pet Products marketing representatives, Christine Bryan and Kristie Vossler.

davison designs superzoo hugs pet productsAmong a total of nearly 900 exhibitors, the National Show for Pet Retailers showcased our licensing partner, Hugs Pet Products, who was happy to show off several Davison designs.

According to our representatives, Hugs debuted their 2013 catalog at the show, along with retailer-favorite Davison designs, like the Hydro Toys and the adorable Pugz collection of apparel and accessories.

“We had interest from everywhere! We saw major retailers and industry spokespeople like Wendy Diamond and Charlotte Reed. Plus, we met with magazine reps from Dog Fancy and Modern Dog,” said Vossler, who also told us that Hugs’ social media presence helped them connect with an even larger audience.

davison design pugz shoes for dogs“Social media played a major part in gaining visitors to the booth. We were able to interact with other attendees and spark interest in our booth and products.”

One of those wildly-popular products was Hugs’ new Davison-designed Jaws collection, a dynamic chew toy line with soft rubber tines that massage gums and remove plaque, plus an edible treat to keep dogs satisfied for hours. Vossler said SuperZoo attendees really bit on to that line and more!

“Everyone loved the new products, especially the Pugz and Jaws lines,” said Vossler.

While it sounds like it may have been all work and no play for our team while they were in Vegas, we’ve got proof that there was some time for rubbing elbows with a reality-TV star.

holly madison superzooThey were able to meet Holly Madison from “The Girls Next Door,” who is also pawing into the pet product industry with her new company, Lucky Pet Products.

See what else our team was up to by checking out the rest of our SuperZoo photos below and stay tuned for more exciting updates as our Licensing team travels the nation to get more Davison-designed products on store shelves!

Davison Products Continue to Wow Journalists and Bloggers Alike

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Innovation
In her article “Pet Supplies For Dogs I Found On Social Media,” About.com writer Alissa Wolf covers four awesome pup products, including Davison’s Hydro line!davison design pet products Alissa Wolf is a journalist and life-long animal lover who has worked as an editor, columnist and correspondent for numerous regional and national newspapers and magazines. Wolf writes

“I received an interesting line of dog toys from a Missouri-based company called Hugs Pet Products: the Hydro line.

The line consists of five differently shaped rubber toys: Hydro Bone, Hydro Ball, Hydro Saucer, Hydro Ring and Hydro Fetch. Not only do these provide pooches with hours of chewing, fetching and general enjoyment, these also hydrate dogs as they play.”

These dog toys invented by dog parent and Davison client, Diane DiRaimo, contain a unique sponge/foam core that, when soaked in water, absorb the water via small holes; the water is gradually released when a dog chews on the toy. The dogs get hydrated, without the water dripping onto a floor, car seat or other surface. These toys can also be frozen.

The toys received a favorable review from pet products pundit Dr. Marty Becker on “Good Morning America,” and were showcased in the lifestyle magazine Real Simple and were accorded an Editor’s Choice Award from Dog Fancy magazine.

These are just some of the innovative pet products available from this company, a family business that was founded in 2009 by pet lovers Katie and Chad Brewer as a division of their existing business, Maze Innovations, Inc.

The Brewers are parents to a virtual zoo consisting of several dogs, cats, goats and sheep. Oh, and they have three human kids.

Hugs Pet Products prides itself on designing, manufacturing and distributing quality and innovative pet products worldwide for dogs, cats and birds.”

 

Hugs on the cutting edge of dog design

davison design pet productsThe Dog Milk blog strives to bring you the most cutting edge and modern design for your very best friend. Recently, the Dog Milk blogger wrote:

“I love the story behind Hugs Pet Products‘ name: owners Katie and Chad Brewer wanted to celebrate the boundless love and lifetime of excited greetings (and puppy hugs) they received from their pets by giving back in the form of innovative pet products. Katie and Chad believe that “at the heart of every hug is love,” which is how they approach the design and manufacturing of their modern pet gear!davison design pet products

Their passion for pets shows in their original product designs (which they also manufacture and distribute). I mean, hello, how awesome is that apple-shaped, tooth-scrubbing chew toy?

We couldn’t resist rounding up a few of our favorite Hugs products, of course! 1: Potty Paws 2: Chew Core 3: Hydro Bone 4: Tee Bone 5: Better Tether 6: Silicone Dog Treat Pan 7: Gel Pet Mat“

It’s great to see extremely positive feedback across the ever-changing spectrum of pet product writers – from bloggers to veteran journalists. All of this Hugs success sets our tails wagging.

davison design pet products

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

 

 


Time for Technology to ‘Ketchup’ with Condiments

Featured Invention, Innovation

“Stick a knife in it!” “Smack the bottom.” “Hold it at a 45-degree angle and tap the 57.” Every ketchup connoisseur has their own technique for coaxing the tomato topping slowly out of a newly opened bottle. But things can get down right dangerous as diners flail around trying to get the last ounce of this creeping condiment from the bottom of the bottle.

Well, the painstaking process of topping our burgers and fries may be over.

From the people who brought you a mapping of the human genome and Bose sound systems comes LiquiGlide — “a revolutionary super-slippery coating to liberate your ketchup” – from a group of MIT engineers.

MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith and his team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists from the Varanasi Research Group have put hundreds of years of bottle-beating debates to rest, creating bottle surfaces from which condiments simply glide onto your plate.

According to the LiquiGlide website, the coating is made entirely from food materials; no nanoparticles to worry about. “Even if you scraped off the coating with a knife and ate it, it would be completely harmless and flavorless.”

Varanasi’s innovative way to package condiments will hopefully make life easier in the future.

In the meantime, check out these Davison products that already do.


RV Leveler

We don’t want our vacations to turn into work. So Davison created the RV Leveler, a two-part product that enables users to quickly determine whether their motorhome is level. The RV Leveler’s base communicates wirelessly with a corresponding handheld device. The four-light LED display on the remote unit enables the user to see immediately where adjustments are needed.

 

Hover Creeper

Working on cars is tough enough. Navigating underneath them shouldn’t be. Traditional automotive creepers have wheels that get stuck in floor cracks and shift wildly over bolts or other loose parts that frequently break, leaving a mechanic stuck. Instead of trying to roll over an uneven or cracked garage floor, the new Hover Creeper literally hovers slightly above it.

 

Better Tether

It’s a doggone shame that some pet owners leave their pups twisted around trees or poles outside without food or water. Well, this Better Tether is placed in-ground, eliminating obstacle to pets, humans and machines. The divided food and water bowl can never be tipped over, and the unit never has to be moved for the lawnmower.  Also, a big congratulations to the winner of our Better Tether Giveaway, Stephanie Shreve Baker!  We hope your pup really enjoys it!

 

In the future, when you make a burger with the Fill N’ Grill, it will be much easier to put Ketchup in the middle. Try some bacon too. :)

 

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

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