Your Chance to Interview Pet Product Connoisseur Capree Kimball

Posted ago by Carli

That’s right folks, we’re changing things up, and giving YOU the chance to ask Capree Kimball anything and everything you’ve been wondering about pet products.

Capree Kimball is the managing editor of Dog Milk, the ultimate online source for modern dog design reviews, news, and finds. When it comes to pet products, she really knows her stuff, so we were more than a little excited when she agreed to share her expertise with the Quirky community (there may have been some cheering). Rather than hold a traditional interview with Capree, we decided to open the questioning up to the wider community, in order to conduct a more collaborative Q&A. All you need to do is post your questions in the comments section below before Monday, February 4th and we’ll select a set of our favorites to ask her. Capree’s responses will then be published in a blog post featuring the interview that you helped write!

So, to give you an overview, this is what we already know about Capree. She…

– Has a miniature schnauzer named Wrigley, and a Shih Tzu named Smash
– Serves as the managing editor of Dog Milk, and the assistant editor of Curbly
– Has a deep love of Victorian-era “fancy lads”, 19th Century anatomy drawings, and tin robots
– Loves big, bold colors and big, bold patterns, as well as anything well-designed, especially if it’s something she can sit on
– Chronicles her adventures in modern design on her blog MAIYA
– Was recently listed on Ignite Social Media’s list of “100 Women Bloggers You Should Be Reading” as well as Stylelist Home’s “5 Pinners to Follow Now“.

This is quite an impressive spread, but there is also a lot that we don’t know about Capree and her thoughts on pet products, so ask away!

Comments (90)

Pushkin
One of the most annoying problems I have with my dogs, Willie and Benny, is that their favorite toy, (a tennis ball), inevitably rolls under the furniture and they will pester me until I get it. Then, it happens over and over and over again! What is one of the most annoying issues you have with your dogs? And what have you found that is a fix?
Kyle Dulan
Awesome Dog!
Anthony French
Thanks- product related sorry!Can I check how responsive she thinks the market would be to a 'carabiner' type dog leash that would allow someone to quickly secure their pooch to an post etc without the hassle of actually tying the leash itself. The other question is is it possible Capree would consider working with Q in someway to engineer a 'search' brief for pet products? i.e maybe Capree could let us know the real hot areas at the mo- we can then design solutions around that? With a bonus for us of I seeing possible interest in distribution from one/more of Caprees contacts.
Momatthecape Kim Rumberger
Hi, Capree, thanks for lending your pet expertise to Quirky. I think this is a very challenging, but very lucrative and open-book facet of the Quirky community. It's awesome that they brought you on board to assist and participate. So, IMH marketing O, if you don't have kids, you have pets, and if you have kids, you at least have one pet...so...what a market! On the more emotional and connected side, I have 3 kids (2 in college and one graduated from college) and 2 rescue dogs (not our first) and a feral cat. I proposed one product a while back, and it didn't take off (http://www.quirky.com/ideations/322484), and now have been toying with another new submission. I would love your input, and want to thank you for your help to pet owners. http://www.quirky.com/ideations/391351 New Rattitude is the organization we support for our dogs. Our feral cat (who loves to sleep on the furnace) was a result of a local community activist. Any advice is truly appreciated. This is a great opportunity for all of us "inventors" and also for the community to recognize how much the pet market has to offer. Thanks, and hope to hear from you!!!!!
Elizabeth Wingfield
Cat people demand equal representation! Get somebody from Hauspanther :)!
Robyn Arouty
What is your criteria for picking the best & brightest of the new doggie products? What must they have to make the cut?
George Scott
Hello and thank you Ms. Kimball for taking our questions through Quirky! (factoid: Our family dog (several pets though) is an "apple head" Chihuahua) 1. What are the most widely acknowledge dog training devices you would recommend (to get to obey commands, to getting them to minimize barking on cue)? 2. Which harness type dog leash(es) do you think offers the best quality, comfort, and bang for buck? 3. What is the best, in your experienced opinion, product for not masking, but removing dog pee and occasional stains from carpet material? Thanks in advance Ms. Kimball!
Paul Patrocky
Thanks for taking the time to do this for us, I have a spoiled rotten Chineese Crested / Xolo mix (hairless dog, named Harry) that seems to like Blue colored toys better then any other, I have heard dogs can see some colors better then others could you let us know if color for a "color blind" pet makes any difference in products, from a selection stand point? I expect it has to look good to us, but have you ever made that a factor in selecting products? Might be a dumb question but I have wondered this for years.....
Mark H
Who do you consider your real customers; the pets or the pet owners?
PoeticJustice1
Why is there not a pet trainer mat-bowl designed for female and male dogs to relieve themselves when the owner is away or to be used in a designated area in the yard to keep the waste in one area?
Pushkin
One more thing.....Do you think it's possible to make a stuffed toy that dogs can't rip to shreds? I haven't found one yet that lasts for more than a day.
Teri Frantz
Are all animal lovers alike or is there really a difference between cat people and dog people? What are the demographics of the different animal lovers?
Felipe Silva
Hello Mrs. Capree how are you! One question: do you think my invention could work? http://www.quirky.com/ideations/386315 thank you, best regards Felipe Silva
ImFlipper
Thanks for listening! In the pet industry, are there other corporations (besides Quirky) that you might be aware of having interest in receiving and reviewing ideas from the public in order to take them to market and share in the profits? If our ideas don't make it at Quirky (for whatever reason--which we usually don't know), they might make it somewhere else.
JustMe
Hi Capree, I have submitted an interactive toy for small dog breeds that are left at home alone for long periods of time http://www.quirky.com/ideations/382917 My question is this, even though my Shi Tzu just shakes his toys back and forth, and doesn't tare up soft fabric toys, I know that there are other dogs that would be much more agressive with a toy. I am wondering if there is such a fabric that could be used for a soft toy,that would be able to protect the parts for an interactive toy that a dog could not tare into. I appreciate your answer, even if it is to tell me that it isn't possible. Thanks!~Shelley
E. A.
Hi. Thanks for doing this. What are pet owners looking for/most interested in?
Elle
Would you mind looking through submissions and pulling out ideations you feel have potential with the quirky staff?
RENDERS BY VECTOR
I second E.A.'s question...
RENDERS BY VECTOR
Also is there a certain size of dog that is most popular? thank you for your time -v
Heather O'Donahoe
Greetings! Baron suggested I bring this idea to your attention...I have nail caps applied to my dogs nail every time they see the groomer....I was wondering if this invention would be a better and easier way to solve the same problem without having to size the nail caps and using adhesive.....http://www.quirky.com/ideations/394593 It can be applied like nail polish or you can heat it and dip the nail in the rubber. Thank you! Heather
Heather O'Donahoe
The above idea could also be applied to cat nails so they don't scratch furniture (maybe?)
Jessica Jones
Hello, Capree my name is Jessica Jones I have a Bassett Hound (PJ), and I live in a town home the number one thing I hate is when it comes time to give him a bath. Since I have no yard I resort to the tub. It not only hurts my back, but it's a mess to clean up all the lose hair and to try and prevent the stray hair from going down the drain. I searched around and couldn't find one that fit all my needs, so I decided to create one that met my standards. I would appreciate some feedback from you on my idea http://www.quirky.com/ideations/384435. I'm just wandering if there is a market for indoor dog baths that stand up in the tub. I also would like to know what's the trending pet items today. I appreciate and thank you for taking the time to read my comment.
Eddie Szumski
A doorbell that dogs cant hear!
Jessica Jones
Hello, Capree I have an addititonal question. What's the primary categories you see pet owners most interested in bedding, toys, leashes, training items, or personalized items for their furry friend? Thanks, for your time.
Liza Smith
Hi! Very excited you're here for a Q+A... thanks for coming! What do you use to carry treats and waste bags when you take your pups out for walks? I have a 8 month old German Shepherd named Java and have found that most treat pouches are hard to attach and don't hold anything besides treats or a small toy... I've submitted the following idea and would love to hear your thoughts! http://www.quirky.com/ideations/386008 Thanks again :)
Heather O'Donahoe
How is it my lab (Bobo) knows exactly what my 4 pound chihuahua (Stewie)wants??? My lab sits by the door for him to go outside and goes outside to stand watch even though she doesn't have to go out, asks for food for him etc? My chihuahua doesn't have to do a darn thing but look cute! They are BFFs...
Heather O'Donahoe
Why are electronic nail grinders a cylinder when they should be flat? The cylinder grinder bounces around the tip of the nail and takes a bunch of effort to keep it at the tip of the nail - especially when the dog is constantly pulling away from the grinder.....AND....is there any way to make a doggie swim cap for bath time (so water doesn't get in their ears causing ear infections) Do you think either of these ideas should be submitted for Quirky review?
SEA DOG
My pet product idea. I have been hesitating on submitting an idea.One reason is this blog by baron,and the other by some saying they are sick of seeing pooper scooper type ideas. I have an idea for something that I think might be unique enough to attract attention....but I hesitate because of the previous,and maybe the market might be saturated with these type ideas. Is there still room for something different than the average poop catch item offered,or should I wait?
SEA DOG
Sorry forgot the link to blog. http://www.quirky.com/blog/post/2012/12/more-invention-ideas-that-we-like-but-see-all-the-time/
adolfo soberanis
Do you think that a self-filtering fish bowl is a viable product in today's market? Also, what needs do pet owners express, in terms of products, in the area of training and caring for pets?
Michal Pawelak
Michal Pawelak
Hi Capree, Could you tell me please what do you think about my idea for Non-spill pet bowl? Thanks
Elle
What processes do you feel need innovating and why? Grooming (brushes, combs,dryers), feeding? Toys?
Judi Sigler
What have been the most innovative and useful pet products recently released? Do you see any room for development in particular pet product areas?
Heather O'Donahoe
http://www.quirky.com/ideations/396191?sc=true http://www.quirky.com/ideations/373766 2 more pet inventions for your review.....
Heather O'Donahoe
http://www.quirky.com/ideations/373764 - forgot this one too!
Glenny Rams
Glenny Rams
http://www.quirky.com/ideations/379717 Would love your feedback on this. glennyrams
Glenny Rams
Would love your feedback on this http://www.quirky.com/ideations/396256
Jessica Jones
Hello again Capree this blog has inspired me to come up with another idea. http://www.quirky.com/ideations/396047 this idea is an automatic self cleaning dog potty for urine and stool. This product will sweep the stool into a reserve filled with a type of liter to remove the moisture and decrease the odor. The urine will empty through small holes on the grass potty pad preventing their feet from getting wet. I really think this is a good idea for pet owners that's dogs are litter, or training pad trained. I would appreciate your input or whether or not this is a good product. Thank you again for your time.
Heather O'Donahoe
I have a friend who has 4 chihuahuas and they poo on a doggie pad in her laundry room. Is there a big enough market for an electronic auto cleaning poo pad? I imagine it like this: 3 main components.... 1 clean potty pad on a roll 2 potty area 3 used/soiled pad is rolled up into a trash compartment Human loads the clean potty pad on a roll on one side, then after the dog uses the pad (via sensor)it would automatically roll the dirty pad up on the other side (trash bin), allowing the owner to cut the dirty pad off and empty the dirty/used pad. Then, the human simply feeds the clean pad into the rolling trash bin for next use. I was just wondering, cuz auto cleaning cat litter pans are popular.
Heather O'Donahoe
wow - that was weird!
Amy1
Hi Capree I have two tiny Yorkies Bentley and Beemer. they are wee wee pad trained but the problem is if they use it when we are not home it can get smelly. i wanted to create some kind of wee wee pad that would releases a pleasant aroma when it gets wet . I have tried everything baking soda lined ones and they simply do not work . Any thoughts on this. Would this be something that would appeal to others and is it possible? I would love a nice fresh aromatherapy scent.thanks for taking the time to answer our question :)
Jessica Jones
Heather great minds think alike!!
alex Carrero
Hello Capree. First of all thank you for taking your time to read this post. I just wanted to know if you could take a look at our idea, and tell us realistically if you think it could work, and if so what changes would you make on it. Thank you so much for all your knowledge before hand. Best Regards from Spain.
David Asprey
Would you be so kind as to have a look at my attachment for vacuums. I would appreciate any ideas you may have for making this a great product for dog and cat owners. We have three dogs and two cats and use the vacuum brush on them but ir requires too much stopping and cleaning the brush. Thank so very much
Eric Ransom
Hi Capree. I've been a big fan of Dog Milk (& Design Milk) for years! It's nice that you're linking up with Quirky for this Q&A so thanks! From your perspective, has the pet industry reached a saturation point yet or is it just humming along, ripe with opportunities for more growth and creativity even if many of the products are the same (i.e. pet bowls, sleeping pads, leashes, toys, etc)? Quirky doesn't seem to have a viable line of pet products yet & all of us are racking our brains to find ways to fit in or capitalize on a niche idea. Sometimes I wonder if Q is reluctant to market the same products but with their savvy design capabilities and marketing acumen I can't help to think they would have more of a presence in the pet products world by now. Thanks again!
me. v
Hi Ms. Kimball, the lovely Baron sent me a message regarding the Q & A. It seems that there is a pretty big market for costumes/clothing for pets. Is there a market for this idea http://www.quirky.com/ideations/381526? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
John Abrams
Hi Capree, We have 11 dogs. Yup, 11. Three puppies named Albert, Einstein and Lucky. Their grandma Serena, their mother Paulina, their uncle Romulus and dad Remus, Mel the big one, Kika the boss, Cloe and all too active poodle and Tuko. And...a cat named Cat, a blue eyed Goose named Gloria who is raising 5 African chickens she hatched and thinks are hers, two tween-aged African chickens, 2 turkeys named Lucy and Ricky, 2 finches, 8 parakeets and a one-eyed Japanese Chicken named Moto. But, back to the dogs, there is one game and one toy (accidental discoveries) that they LOVE. But, I don`t think people will believe how much and may think the ideas are silly. Do you think I should take a chance and submit them anyway? thx, -J
Carli Heggen
Wow, what a fantastic response to this opportunity! Thanks to all who submitted questions for Capree, today we selected our favorites and sent them to her. Stay tuned for a blog post with her responses to come very soon.
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