It is estimated that thousands of dogs accidentally drown each year. The exact number is unknown because many of these drownings go unreported. But the fact is water can be a real danger to dogs. The Hedz UP Watercollar™ was invented to help prevent these deaths. Designed to be both a swim aid and life preserver, the Watercollar™ will keep a dog’s nose and ears above water even if the dog is unconscious.
“A dog who has fallen into the water can only keep swimming for maybe 20 minutes, and even less if he panics,” says Lynne Peters, President of Hedz UP Pets. “If there is no one around to help save these dogs the consequences can be heartbreaking.”
Unlike dog life jackets that hold dogs in a swimming position, the hexagonal-shaped Watercollar™ hangs comfortably on his own collar and helps prevent drowning by keeping a dog’s nose above water. The WatercollarTM hangs loosely away from the neck for long wearing comfort and ease of movement when not in the water. When a dog swims or falls in the water the straps position the Watercollar™ under the dogs chin allowing for easy treading and ensuring a panic-free swim to safety.
The hexagonal-shaped Watercollar™ was designed using the same standards as the human flotation requirements established by the U.S. Coast Guard. This personal floatation device for dogs is filled with non-absorbent closed-cell foam with a 100% cotton cover and nylon straps that attach securely to a dogs collar. It is avaiable in sizes from small to extra large.
Hedz Up Pets was drawn to KickStarter for funding because it’s an exciting way to gain funding. Diana Salerno, CMO of Hedz UP Pets, says, “We believe many people will support the project if they become aware of the Watercollar™ through KickStarter. KickStarter is a crowd-sourcing website for people to come together and support a project they believe in. As a part of the KickStarter drive, Hedz UP Pets is offering donors a “Save Dogs From Drowning” Community Awareness kit including poster art, content and images to create their own campaigns to get the word out to protect dogs from drowning. The goal is to raise $10,000 for production and marketing of the first large quantity Watercollar™ production run.
“I created the Watercollar™ because my own dog would fall in the pool and panic,” added Peters. “Not all dogs are good swimmers and even if they are, they may not know where to go to get out of the water and the results can be disastrous. We want to raise awareness for this problem and prevent as many of these unfortunate drownings as possible.”
For more information about the Watercollar™ please visit the website at www.hedzuppets.com. To contribute to the Kickstarter campaign please go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/561222247/protect-dogs-from-drowning and visit the facebook page at Hedz Up Pets Water Collars