Dog lovers are always concerned about keeping their furry friends happy, which typically means keeping them well-fed and occupied. That requires some dedication, but now a team of designers has come up with an automated device called Foobler that ticks both these boxes.
The Foobler, which is a portmanteau of “food” and “tumbler,” was designed by Tristan Christianson, Greg Snyder and Fred Schechter, who have a background in industrial design, engineering and pet products, and who consulted with a dog behavior specialist when developing the device.
Described as a “self reloading puzzle feeder,” the device features an automated mechanism that dispenses kibble and treats gradually over the course of nine hours. This way, dogs are fed smaller portions throughout the day rather than one big meal, while being challenged to “hunt” their food. The creators see it as ideal for times when dogs need to be left on their own or to keep them busy during outings.
Six feeding pods within the device dispense food using a time delay mechanism. The pods are inserted into the puzzle feeder and dispense timers can be set for 15, 30, 60 or 90 minutes, totaling up to nine hours of play and food. Dog food or treats up to 3/4 in (1.9 cm) in diameter fit in the unit and pass through easily. When a pod is full and it’s time play with the Foobler again, a bell will ring to alert the dog. The device is powered by two AA batteries.
The designers have already produced prototypes and are seeking funding via Kickstarter in order to bring the product to market. A pledge of US$45 is the minimum required to stake a claim for a Foobler, with the funding goal having already been reached with two weeks to go. The team says deliveries are due to begin in April.
The Foobler pitch video can be viewed below.
Liver and Potato Grain Free Dog Treats
Making your own grain free dog treats is simple. Just because your dog is sensitive to grains, doesn’t mean you can’t make the treats he needs. You can always make substitutions to existing dog treat recipes, but with this yummy liver and potato recipe, who needs to!
Grain free dog treats are not just for dogs with dog food allergies. And even though liver dog treats are often associated with dog training, you can make this recipe any time, and for almost any dog.
- 1 lb. liver
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. garlic powder (not garlic salt)
- 1 1/4 cup potato flakes
- beef or chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 400° F
- Cut liver in to 1″ pieces. The size does not need to be accurate since you will be pureeing it. However, the smaller size helps aid the process.
- Place ingredients, liver through potato flakes, into a food processor.
- Pulse ingredients.
- Be ready to add the broth as needed to make the mixture spreadable into the pan. The consistency will be very thick.
- Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
- Use a knife to loosen, then invert pan and empty onto a wire rack.
- Let it cool completely before cutting.
Storage: Since these dog treats use liver, they will not last as long as other treats. I would recommend no longer than 3 days in a dog treat jar, 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer.
Tips & Techniques
- You can easily use beef or chicken liver for this recipe. To intensify the meat flavor, be sure to use the same meat flavored broth as the type of liver you choose.
- Potato flakes are just dehydrated potato, or better known as instant potatoes. What you should keep in mind is that your dog does not need the additional flavors, salt and artificial preservatives that some instant mashed potatoes contain. So, we recommend sticking to just potato flakes that you can find with the other grains and flours. Your best bet is a specialty grocery store or health food store.