Crowdsourcing Mornings: PetBot: Smartphone For Pets

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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Pet owners find it difficult to be with their pets at all times. While owners are out of the house they cannot interact or engage with their pet. Even with a simple webcam, there is no way of ensuring that something is happening with your pet when you check in. Imagine if there was a way for your pet to check in with you instead!  PetBot is the first smart device that lets your pet send you a selfie and allows you to engage with your pet remotely. It captures pet moments at the right time and shares these moments with you when you want them. PetBot is the only product that uses “petificial intelligence” to detect, record, share and notify you when your pet is active. PetBot is for all pets and has been successfully trialed with dogs, cats, and even a rabbit!

Busy professionals and families often find that they have no meaningful way to interact with and care for their pets while they are away. PetBot was born in 2013 with the vision to improve the quality of life of pets in homes and in shelters around the world.  Their co-founders have years of pet training, pet care and technical experience including the development of machine learning and artificial intelligence that have been used to test the effectiveness of drugs on cancer. This technology has been included into PetBot to inform pet owners when their pets need them. Combined with years of innovation, business and finance experience, their team will provide petificial intelligence to pet owners across the world.


As of September 1st, this project has raised around $7,000 of their $80,000 goal. This project only has 45 days left to raise the $80,000 or it will might be funded!  For a pledge of $189, you will get one PetBot device.  For a pledge of $399, you will get two PetBot devices.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:


This Is A Warning Post For Those Who Use Frontline Plus For Pets


This is a post for those who have dogs and cats!  I went to my mom’s house over the weekend, and of course the best part is seeing Georgina the Dog.  Well, the dog has had plenty of troubles with fleas!  Georgina has spent the past few weeks scratching and itching all the time.  The itching was so bad she was literally scratching some of her fur off of her body.  Georgina was using Frontline Plus flea protection, but somehow it was not working.  And because the flea protection had to wear off before she was given another product, she had to suffer!

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Anyways, Georgina is now on a different flea protection product, and within 30 minutes after it was put on, the fleas began to die.  And Georgina slept for the first time in weeks!  The flea problem was so bad Georgina could not even sleep at night.  And while I was petting her over the weekend, and yes I had to pet her for hours, she was trying to catch a little shut eye.  Georgina is not suffering with fleas anymore, but apparently the Frontline formula is becoming a major dud!

There are many complaints online about the Frontline Plus flea protection formula not working this year, and the fleas are becoming unaffected to the flea killer.  And the results is thousands of cats and dogs suffering.  I have found some not so good reviews of Frontline Plus you might want to read!

I have used Frontline before and it worked on both my dog and cats. This year the results have been horrible. The product seemed to work for less than a week and now all my animals are reinfested with fleas. My son is even diligent in flea combing the kittens but to no avail. I will no longer purchase this product. My vet even said that Advantage was the better product. Too bad I did not know that before I bought Frontline.

We used Frontline plus for cats and it did not work at all. We used it 2x and all it did was make our poor cat dig and bite more. Worse product I have ever used. My cat is and always has been an indoor cat. I want my money back for this worthless product. It was not cheap by no means. Please do not waste your $$$ on this crap.

I purchased Frontline products Plus for my cats trying to get rid of fleas. It states on the box that it is fast acting. The product absolutely doesn’t work. My cats still have fleas and are paying the price for it. They are charging way too much for this product to not work. I have purchased advantage before within a 24 hour period to a week. Everything starts clearing up. I want my money back. I will never purchase this product again. One person called and followed their instructions and her cat is now dead. This happens to my animals I will be taking further action.

I have religiously used Frontline every year on my cats. Never had a problem with fleas, the medication did its job. Suddenly this year Frontline is not as effective as it has been in the past. I treated all 3 of my cats plus a new puppy and although the fleas have lessened they are still there. I vacuum daily, wash pet bedding weekly and have even used Knockout ES house spray. The fleas seem to be only on the pets as we never have fleas jump on us from carpet or furniture. I check the cat’s bellies and “armpits” daily for flea dirt but only find it on their neck and tail areas. Why does the box say it can take up to 3 doses to become completely effective? It was never like this before. One dose and fleas were gone. I have one more dose to give before I can contact the company for a refund. If fleas are not gone by then I better get my $$ back.

Got the Frontline for cats, put it on. 4 days later they still have fleas. Called the company, told them the cats still had fleas. After listing for 15 minutes I find out that the guarantee on the box is not right. They only cover if you use the product for 3 months, at 60$ (three doses) each month. That’s a lot of money. If it didn’t work the first (as it says on the box) why would anyone buy more? Frontline is a rip off. I’m going back to Advantage. I know it works (the first time).

So there you have it!  I would avoid Frontline Plus at all costs!  It did not help my mom’s dog Georgina, and it has not helped many other dogs!

Crowdsourcing Mornings: Esther the Wonder Pig

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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.  And a reminder, please make a pledge in our Indiegogo campaign!

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This is the story about how a completely unplanned addition to their family became a 530 lb gentle giant that changed their lives forever. Unwilling to give her up, they decided to alter the course of their lives; sending them down a path they never could have imagined. Little did they know this little piggy had a power unlike anything they had ever experienced. They call it “the Esther effect.”  Because of the impact Esther made on them, they have decided to completely change the course of their lives dedicating theirselves to sharing their story, and improving the lives of farmed animals.  They have an accepted offer on a farm, and your contribution will help them bring Esther’s sanctuary to life. You will help them secure the property and make the required improvements they need to start saving the lives of the countless animals that desperately need them.


You’ll help them build a place you can visit and interact with these amazing animals in a breathtaking environment. This won’t be your average barnyard either. Your contribution will help them create an environment where they can show pigs living in clean barns with slip resistant hard floors and blankets for bedding. They’ll have a space more like a “living room” than a barn so they can demonstrate their intelligence and abilities to be toilet trained.  It will be unlike any sanctuary you’ve seen before with a huge community garden and free cooking classes to show you how to use your harvest in simple but delicious ways. The whole space will be designed to break down barriers and level the playing field between their companion animals, and those they see as products.  It’s a huge task but if anyone can do it, they can.  They’ve spent the last two years learning from Esther and applying these training techniques to their new pigs will help make this all possible. They’ve done it with Esther, and they’ll do it again but they cannot do it without you. The sanctuary used to be a dream but it is so much more than that now. It has become their mission and they will move heaven and earth to make it happen.


As of June 25th, this project has raised around $319,000 of their $400,000 goal. This project only has 6 days left to raise the $400,000 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get the Esther ringtone and be entered into a drawing to meet Esther and it’s owner via Skype or in person.  For a pledge of $50, get the $10 pledge plus a shout out on their thank you video!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

Rescuing A Dog In Ragland Alabama


I would call this post a feel good story!  Ragland Alabama is sadly a dumping ground for many pets.  Some people have no care for animals in this world and when they don’t want a pet anymore, they drive somewhere remote, release the animal, and drive away.  For the past few weeks someone abandoned a black dog near the Neely Henry Dam along AL-144.  Some people have left food so the dog would not go hungry.  And someone even put out a shelter for the dog!  But this dog was a danger to the driving public.

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This black dog would at times go out and chase a car in the middle of the road!  So you know if this continued it would not be long before this dog was struck and killed.  So on Sunday I decided to attempt a rescue of this dog.  I used my mom’s dog Georgina so this dog would feel comfortable with me.  And it worked!  Enjoy the video of the rescue below!

It took some time for the dog to get comfortable with me and Georgina.  But after a little while the dog climbed into the back seat of my car and I was able to shut the door.  This black dog is a boy and it sure looked liked he wanted a play mate!  The dog was barking and raising his paw because he wanted Georgina to play with him.  The dog never got aggressive or tried to bite me and I was able to pet him many times.

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Yes, my mom was a little surprised that I was able to rescue this dog from the side of the road.  The car ride from my mom’s house to the Animal Shelter of Pell City was good.  The dog was a little nervous but he handled the car ride very well!  I was petting him here and there to make him feel comfortable.

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When we got to the animal shelter we put on a leash and took him to the cage.  It was a struggle as the dog was not used to a leash so we had to stop at times to let the dog catch his breath.  While we were at the shelter there was another puppy who was just left there. The facility is surrounded by a fence and you have to enter through a side gate and take your pet to a cage and fill out some paperwork if you want to abandon an animal.  This person just put the puppy inside the fence and left.  Thankfully the animal shelter has cameras so they can find out who just leaves animals without properly putting them in a cage.

After putting both dogs in cages which had plenty of water it started to rain and get cold.  So I thought I did an awesome thing by getting this dog to safety before the rain and cold set in.  I am hoping someone was maybe looking for this lost dog but I do think someone just abandoned it!  And this is a huge problem in the state of Alabama.  Hopefully someone will adopt this dog if it’s not claimed.  He would make a great dog for a family and he has lots of energy because he wanted to play with my mom’s dog Georgina.

To contact the Animal Shelter of Pell City go to:

Alabama, we have to stop people from abandoning animals!

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The Evening Post: Gone to the Snow Dogs

Alright Geek Alabama readers I need you to vote for someone who really deserves it.  YouTube is holding the On the Rise program.  This means the YouTube channel Gone to the Snow Dogs has the chance to be featured on the YouTube homepage for 1 day.  Being featured on the front page of YouTube is huge for anyone.  This channel would benefit from the extra viewers seeing the lives of three Siberian Huskies named Shiloh, Shelby, and Oakley.  Here is a video from the channel talking about the vote.

I love seeing animal videos on YouTube.  Animals should be respected and loved!  Sure some people in Alabama view animals as property and mistreat them.  But YouTube channels like Gone to the Snow Dogs show the beauty of animals and dogs.  You have until September 19th to vote and you can click on the link to vote!

Just click on the check mark beside Gone to the Snow Dogs.  And to inspire you to vote; here are two videos I have made with my mom’s dog Georgina.  Learn more about Gone to the Snow Dogs at: