Who said being in the doghouse is a bad thing? This fall, coming to some Brooklyn neighborhoods, you will begin to see some new housing popping up. We’re not talking about next new hot luxury highrise, but a doghouse outside your favorite coffee shop! Boyce Technologies, working together with the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s (NYCEDC) Futureworks NYC program, gave a helping hand to unleash Dogparker!
Dogparker is an internet connected, climate controlled, smart dog house to shelter your dog while you run into your favorite restaurant or buy groceries. Having a Dogparker at a storefront is a win-win for the dog owner and the local business owner. Dog owners now have a safe place to keep their dog while they shop or run errands, and the business owner wins the business of client who may have forgone patronizing their business since they can’t allow a dog on premise.
Chelsea Brownridge and Todd Schechter came up with the Dogparker concept when walking their dog Winston, a terrier mix rescue dog from Bedford, New York. Winston has a ton of energy and loves to go on walks. As Chelsea described, “Winston has FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and puts on a sad, dog face when I have to leave him behind.” Unfortunately, many NYC businesses do not allow dogs, such as restaurants, supermarkets, laundromats, and nail salons. “I didn’t want to tie him up. There is lots of dog theft and aggressive dogs. So I asked myself, what if there was a safe place for Winston to wait for me?” [Read more…]