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Give your dog a bone? No, give them a warm home

Courtney Winter
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Rosie and her dog Lulu Rosie Todhunter

Canterbury sheep farmer Tony Prentice came up with the idea of a insulated kennel to improve the perfomance of working dogs.

Canterbury sheep farmer Tony Prentice came up with the idea of a insulated kennel to improve the performance of working dogs.

Prentice said Kelvin − The Thermokennel was aimed at providing a warm home for the thousands of working dogs, who slept outside during the winter months.

He said the product was "not just for working dogs [but] for all dogs that sleep outside". 

"We believe the Thermokennel could seriously improve the productivity of New Zealand farms and give these dogs a better life." 

His backyard invention had now been carried on by his granddaughter Rosie Todhunter, who hopes to put the kennel on the market.

"I thought it was a good idea, so I carried it on," she said.

The Kelvin Thermokennel should be launched by January next year.

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