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January 24, 2014

I have a dog. His name is Munchkin. He is a golden retriever and the happiest and the cutest thing in the world! I got him when he was just little pup. I just couldn’t get enough of him! Don’t let his name fool you though. He has grown into one big hound now. I was having certain issues with walking him recently because, let’s face it, it’s absolutely frigid outside this time of the year! The only option I could think of was to open the door and let the poor guy out a few times a day. But we suffer too with these freezing drafts blowing into the room when the door is open.

I thought of installing a pet flap but then the problem of Mother Nature invading my home during these cold months is reason enough to stay away from them. I researched and found the next best solution—one of the latest gizmos that technology has to offer. Electronic pet doors! They’re totally a part of my winter wish list (I hope my friends are reading this). Nowadays, pet doors come equipped with motion sensors. And these things are air tight which makes them perfect for the winter weather. Seriously, these things are wicked! Check out this video and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Electronic Pet Door
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Electronic pet doors are trending with pet owners these days that are out to spoil their pets. But I do think everyone should invest in a good, if not electronic doggie door. I’ve got a couple of good reasons to convince you and I’m going to list them out. Here they are:

1. Mother Nature stays out

Your regular, old-fashioned doggie flap just won’t do the trick. Those let the cold air into your warm, cozy house. These days, there are different kinds of pet doors available: some are air tight, some come equipped with magnets. This is all to ensure that the wind stays out and your house does not lose out on heat. And it’s not just the weather you should be afraid of. Normal doggie flaps allow for insects, mice and all sorts of small critters to enter your house. Now, you don’t want that, do you? If you’re afraid of snakes, this is a pretty good reason to invest in a good quality doggie door. Unwelcomed guests stay out.

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2. Energy efficiency

Electronic Doggie Door
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You are an avid nature lover. And despite that, you have a regular old doggie door? Now those two things don’t match, buddy. If you read that part above where I mentioned that with normal pet doors, you let the cold wind into your house and some of that cozy heat out, you’d know that that’s how energy efficiency works. Since your heater will have to work extra hard during those couple of minutes, more energy is used and the more you end up paying. You’d want a pet door that seals off extreme weather conditions and prevents heat leaks. I have Champion’s energy star rated pet door currently installed at my place. It keeps my power bill at a manageable level and in the long run, you’d want that too despite some initial investment.

3. For all couch potatoes

If you’re a couch potato and you hate walking your dog, this is God’s gift to you. Your pet wouldn’t have to depend on you to open the door every time nature calls. Plus, wouldn’t it be funny to watch your fat dog struggle to go through? Too harsh? OK seriously though, your pet is an important part of your family and deserves the right to come and go as he or she pleases. His/her comings and goings don’t have to depend on you. That is why you should invest in a good quality pet door.

These should be reasons enough to make you want to invest in a good pet door or an electronic one. It will make life easier for you and your dog. And adding to the refrain, I hope my friends are reading this so I can strike off one thing from my winter wish list!
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