An Interview with Pet Peek Inventor Carolin BestI've been involved with humane work most of my adult life.
In the 1970s, I served as a humane officer while in Fairfax County, Virginia.
My husband was an airline pilot and as part of our volunteering, we saw the sad condition of animals transported by air when they were transferred at National Airport (now Reagan International). We joined with a large group of other volunteers to testify to U.S. Congress (my husband spoke on behalf of the Airlines Pilots Association) about the deplorable conditions that animals — mostly puppies from puppy mills and laboratory animals — suffered during their air transport.
The Animal Welfare Act of 1973 was adopted after that. It contained many of the suggestions provided by the group, and it still is in place to help provide more humane conditions for animals transported by air.
In 1982, we lived in Aurora, Colorado with two small terriers, Little Abner and Noodles. We had a 6-foot wooden privacy fence that had only one small knot hole for peeking out. I watched as only one dog could peek at a time.
Little Abner wouldn't share the hole with Noodles, so I improvised by cutting a hole near the bottom of the fence and popping a clear plastic dome through the fence. It was the top of an old rug shampoo machine.
Both dogs then rejected the knot hole, and instead went straight to their new Peek! I then installed another point of view and named the portholes "Pet Peeks."
After my husband retired from United Airlines in 1993, we moved to a small mountain town in Ouray County, Colorado. There, with my husband's help, we founded a humane society... Second Chance Humane Society is still going strong and serves towns from Montrose to Telluride.
My husband passed away in 1996. United Airlines had declared bankruptcy and I was concerned that I might not be able to rely on my airline pension. Besides, being retired didn't suit me. I returned to Denver with thoughts of finding work.
Soon after returning, I drove by the house where I had mounted the first Pet Peeks into our wooden fence. They were still there and in good shape. I decided that 23 years of market testing was probably enough. I had created a unique, durable, practical and aesthetic product just waiting for me to introduce it to the marketplace. I had found my work.
In 2005 Best Friends Care LLC became a reality.
At its first trade show, the H.H. Backer Pet Products Christman Trade Show in Chicago, October 2006, Pet Peek won the Silver Medal Award for New Product Excellence. It was chosen out of approximately 9,000 other products at the show.
Then, in June 2007, Colorado newspaper Westword awarded Pet Peek "Best Dog Accessory."
The invention has had a lot of international attention and I expect to see Pet Peeks popping out all over the world in the not-distant future!
I've made it my company's mission to never forget those animals who need our help by donating a percentage of Best Friends Care LLC profits to nonprofit animal organizations.
Easton Children's Museum Has Clever Use for Pet Peeks
September 2011— The North Easton Children's Museum in Massachusetts ordered four Pet Peeks for indoor use in their rocket ship.
"Pet Peeks work indoors as well as out, and aren't necessarily only for dogs," said inventor Carolin Best. "We've known owners to decorate them like a submarine portal, and now a rocket. Imagination makes it fun and charming!"
Rebel with Officer James Huffman of Riverside County Animal Services after being freed from the concrete wall.
Rebel with Officer James Huffman of Riverside County Animal Services after being freed from the concrete wall. German Shepherd freed after head gets stuck in a concrete wall.
Desert Hot Springs, California. Rebel an 8 month-old German Shepherd got his head stuck in a concrete wall.
After hearing the pup's whimpering (Rebels owner was not home) a neighbor called Riverside County Animal Services.
Thirty minutes later Rebel was freed by Officer James Huffman. Luckily the pooch wasn't seriously hurt. The offcer thinks a squirrel chase or curiosity may have lured Rebel to the hole, and suggested covering the hole with chicken wire.
Best Friends Care LLC is sending complimentary Pet Peeks, to Rebel's owner (we're so glad this story had a happy ending) and to Officer Huffman of Riverside County Animal Services for helping Rebel wiggle his way out.
When curiosity happens to a dog that is confined within a fenced area there is a much safer and more attractive alternative than chicken wire. Pet Peek the Window for your fence allows every dog to have a point of view.