Thursday, July 26, 2007
The Komfort Pets Carrier, billed as the first to offer heating and cooling, is being hyped by its creators as a product as revolutionary as the fax machine or cellphone. If you're a Labrador or a Siamese, maybe it is.
The climate-controlled carrier uses patent-pending conduction/convection technology that turns on cooling when the temperature reaches 72 degrees and warms up when it's below 65. The product has had extensive testing and inspection by veterinarians, according to Bob Inello, chief executive of Komfort Pets, who says the carrier "can provide sanctuary in unheated garages" and is equally useful for homes, cars, boats and RVs.
The smallest carrier (19-by-13), designed for lap dogs or cats, is available in ruby or silver for $399 through http://www.komfortpets.com and http://www.amazon.com. Medium and large models will be out later this year, as will a metallic pink version worthy of a Paris Hilton spread in People magazine.
Carol Boker, editor in chief of Pet Product News, says the carriers should be a hit with people who take their dogs or cats along on trips. "The trend of pampering pets shows no sign of slowing down," she notes.