Being a native Chicagoan, I know that the extremes of winter and summer weather are as tough on our pets as they are on humans. We dressed our dogs in traditional pet coats and sweaters, but they still shivered and rushed through their walks in the winter cold. We watered them and helped them find shade in the summer, but they still panted and stopped to rest far too often in the heat and humidity of the summer.
Our beloved pets weren’t very comfortable, and in some cases they were risking potentially serious conditions like hypothermia and dehydration or heatstroke. Because we are passionate about the safety, health and comfort of our pets, we felt there had to be a better solution!
It seemed clear to us that existing pet clothes didn’t really do the job. Even the best winter pet apparel didn't specifically address canine physiology, and it didn't help at all in the summer.
So, drawing on our longtime entrepreneurial experience and our love for our canine companions, we began to research the problem. We consulted with veterinarians and pet wellness professionals, pet products wholesalers and retailers, and pet apparel manufacturers.
What we learned is that dogs exchange heat in different ways than people, so while it's cute to dress our pets up in human-looking coats and sweaters, these just aren't as effective on dogs as they are on us. Dogs lose or gain most of their heat in the chest and abdominal region, or the core, so covering their backs and sides doesn’t help them stay warm. Dogs also have a higher body temperature than we do (101°-103°F), so to help regulate body temperature they need more efficient as well as more localized heat protection in the winter, and more concentrated cooling in the summer than a coat or sweater can provide.
Inspired hot/cold therapy wraps for humans, we developed a better solution- the unique warming and cooling pet harnesses and coats called, Kumfy Tailz, which incorporate patented gel pack technology to deliver heat or cooling in just the right spot! Kumfy Tailz is the first pet apparel to specifically address canine physiology, and has been developed over a period of two years, in close consultation with Kumfy Tailz' licensed veterinarian adviser, Jennifer Henderson, DVM (Dr. Jen) and a variety of industry professionals.
It has taken two years to bring our products to market, and indeed it has been a long road. We are absolutely committed to making quality products, and offering remarkable customer service. Throughout Kumfy Tailz' product design and development cycles, our overriding test has been: "is this what we would want for our dogs?" We've conducted extensive product testing, test marketed the product in a handful of locations throughout Chicago in summer and winter; and we've incorporated all of the feedback into the several evolutions of our prototypes.
Most importantly, we use the products ourselves, every day, on our dogs.
The feedback, from our dogs as well as our retailers and customers, has been overwhelmingly positive. Our dogs are more comfortable, and enjoy themselves for longer periods of time in the harsh weather, when they're wearing Kumfy Tailz.