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This Smart Dog Bowl Monitors Your Pet's Diet and Food Supply

Having trouble keeping track of your best friend's diet? Thanks to a San Francisco-based team of dog lovers, there's now an app (and a bowl) for that.

The Obe ProBowl, designed by Matter, boasts a number of features that should make caring for a pet simpler. The bowl (when paired with the mobile app) can weigh the amount of food you pour into it and glows red once your pup has consumed the proper portion. It also keeps a log of feeding times, sends an alert when your dog isn't eating, and automatically orders more food when the supply is low. An Indiegogo campaign is underway to bring the product to pet owners everywhere.

There are other smart pet products on the market, like the PetNet Smartfeeder, that have added features such as hands-free feeding and programmable schedules. The tradeoff: They're significantly bulkier than the Obe ProBowl, which houses all of its electronics in the base. Check out the video above and the product's Indiegogo page to learn more about Matter's smart bowl.

[h/t FastCoDesign]

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25 Shelter Dogs Who Made It Big
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If you’ve been thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your brood and are deciding whether a shelter dog is right for you, consider this: Some of history’s most amazing pooches—from four-legged movie stars to heroic rescue dogs—were found in animal shelters. In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, here are 25 shelter dogs who made it big.

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Get IKEA's New Pet Furniture Collection for Not a Lot of Scratch
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The biggest surprise about IKEA's newest product line is that it has taken this long to debut. This week, the North American arm of the Swedish furniture giant unveiled a new assortment of furniture designed specifically for four-legged customers. Dubbed LURVIG (Swedish for “hairy”), pet owners can now browse IKEA aisles for everything from dog beds to cat scratching posts—many of which have a distinct IKEA twist.

Their pet couch ($49.95), for example, folds out into a bed; another bed is small enough to slide under a human-sized mattress. Their “cat house on legs” ($54.95) looks like a retro TV and allows space for a cat to stalk you from behind a screen.

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The retailer solicited advice from veterinarians on product design that would be functional while sitting comfortably within the IKEA aesthetic. “It is quite important for IKEA to have a pet range that fits into our normal furniture range,” Barbara Schäfer, IKEA’s product risk assessment leader, told Curbed. “As a pet owner I can say, so far, the normal pet products are quite ugly.” (Don't hold back, Barbara.)

The LURVIG line is currently being rolled out to IKEA stores, but you’ll have to be willing to be your furry pal’s personal shopper; the company doesn’t allow pets in their stores, save for service animals.

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