Only last month, we brought you the news that the tech industry is booming thanks to savvy pet parents and the rise in pet-centric smartphone apps. When it comes to our pets, we'll buy into almost anything to ensure their health and happiness, to keep up to date with the latest doggy developments and kitty creations, and to solve those pet parenting problems that the modern world tends to create. For example, how many times have you tried to take a photograph of your pet only to discover they're looking the other way, or to lose their attention completely? This problem is one that plagues pet parents across the country – and we've been a little stumped.
"It seems today we humanize our pets more and more. They are our fur children, I know mine are. As they are our furkids, it makes sense that we want to create the same kinds of memories we do with other people," explains Jason Hernandez, of San Diego-based startup Pooch Selfies.
Hernandez raises a good point: as a nation, we're quick to capture snapshots of our friends and family, the places we go to, and even the meals we eat. It's only natural that we also want to take pictures of our treasured pets, but is it really too much to ask that they look at the camera every now and again? If you're a pet parent, you'll be familiar with this frustration! Enter Pooch Selfies and Jason Hernandez, the creator of the smartphone attachment.
Shaped like a tennis ball, the dog selfie stick works with most smartphone models. Simply snap the attachment in place and away you go. Gone are the days of balancing a ball just out of shot, or relying upon your best ninja moves to capture a picture in the split second your dog is looking. Now your pet will want to look at the camera, and you'll be able to capture that perfect shot first time – the device even squeaks to attract your pup's attention.
The dog selfie stick started life as a joke, but after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter fundraised $39,000, Hernandez realized he had a hit on his hands.
Like the idea of a dog selfie stick? You can get one here!