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Our, In The News page is a combination of articles we found while researching the need for the Fido Pro, Airlift (scroll down) and news stories that have been documented about our original invention. We have received some very positive press from journalists with major publications such as; Forbes Magazine, Outside Magazine, Powder Magazine and CBS Television, to name a few.
After his close call with Remi, Paul began to research the options available for canine-specific emergency and protective gear. While he didn't find the technical gear that he was looking for, Paul did come across numerous news articles and stories of dog rescues in the backcountry, further affirming what he already knew. Emergency situations involving dogs in the wilderness happen all of the time.
In most cases the human is not at all prepared to rescue their companion. Often times, the human must abandon their companion in the wilderness in an attempt to get a cell signal and call Search and Rescue. Each Search and Rescue team sets their own rules pertaining to dog rescues. Some SAR teams are prohibited from going on animal rescues, while others will respond, but as a last priority. One thing all SAR teams agree on- risking life or injury to a team member responding to a dog rescue is unacceptable and the public needs to be better prepared to rescue their own companion.
How an Injured Dog and a Backpack Resulted in a Lifesaving Invention
Being outdoors with your dog can be a wonderful experience for both of you. There are so many sights and smells and places to wander and explore. But accidents can happen, and if an injury prevents your dog from being able to walk, your adventure can quickly turn into a rescue mission.
Why Paul Hoskinson Wants to Help Save Your Pooch - Aspen Sojourner, February 2019
“This new rescue gear should be part of every dog lover’s outdoor kit.”
"This Under-$70, 8-Ounce Device Could Save Your Dog's Life" - Forbes, January 2019
"Paul Hoskinson, 55, was able to turn tragedy into opportunity on May 27, 2017, when his best friend ran into some serious trouble, quite literally."
"how to go skiing with your dog" - outside online november 2018
"Your pup loves powder days, too. Here's how to make sure your backcountry adventure goes smoothly."
"IN THE ADVENTURE BIZ: FIDO PRO” - Colorado Tourism office September 2018
"Sometimes it takes a bad situation to come up with a great idea.
Just ask former competitive skier, ultra-marathon runner and climber/mountaineer Paul Hoskinson. In May of 2017, Paul was backcountry skiing at Independence Pass near Aspen with some friends and his German Shorthaired Pointer, Remi, when disaster struck."
"Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Backcountry | The Fido Pro Airlift Pack" - SNOWBRAINS july 2018
"Colorado man Paul Hoskinson created a new essential piece of equipment for dog owners who also happen to be outdoor enthusiasts - the Fido Pro Airlift. This product is a hammock-style backpack that is packable and lightweight, and allows the owner to safely carry their dog out of a bad situation."
"This Small Piece of Gear Could Save Your Dog’s Life" - Powder Magazine June 2018
"In May of 2017, the worst case scenario happened to Colorado native Paul Hoskinson and his beloved dog, Remi. While enjoying a spring day on Independence Pass outside of Aspen, Hoskinson, a former competitive skier and backcountry aficionado, accidentally clipped Remi's right leg when skiing through old slide debris."
"Every dog has its day" - The Durango TeLegraPh August 2018
"We’ve all heard the horror stories, or maybe experienced the horror ourselves.
You’re out, galavanting in the backcountry with your two and four-legged best friends, when disaster strikes. While enjoying the spoils of a well-earned hike, an errant ski tip clips the leg or paw of your powder hound. Or maybe it’s not quite as grisly, and Fido just poops out before you can make it back to the trailhead."
"Backcountry Skiing Mishap Prompts Launch Of ‘Fido Pro’" - CBS DEnver News June 2018
"Our products are developed with two primary goals; to assist you in saving your dog should it become sick or injured in the backcountry and to help prevent injury from occurring,” Paul Hoskinson told CBS4 Tuesday.
"A Dog Left to Die on the Mountain" - OUtside Magazine November 2012
"Missy is now called Lucky. And she is a celebrity. But in the early hours after Scott and Amanda Washburn found her, she was just a nameless German Shepherd with paws more like bloody ribbons of flesh and a case of dehydration so severe that her saliva was blue."
"Dog rescued near Quandary Peak summit" - the ASpen Times July 2017
"Dogs are a common sight on the trails up to Summit County’s many peaks, but like humans, they sometimes bite off a little more than they can chew.
That’s what happened Sunday night at around 5 p.m. on Quandary Peak, when a canine companion’s paws became too cut up to go on any further near the 14,265-foot summit."
"Summit County crew rescues dog in distress" - the ASpen Times July 2017
"A rescue crew of 10 people spent three hours Sunday saving a 9-year-old canine on Ute Pass Trail after the dog started suffering from life-threatening, internal medical issues, according to the Summit County Rescue Group."
"injured dog dies after climber abandons it on mountainside" - The Daily Mail January 2018
"A climber has been bombarded with hate messages after he abandoned his elderly dog - who has now been found dead - on a Scottish mountain when she collapsed during a hike.
Paul Finnegan, of Shotts in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, was walking along the 3,074ft Beinn Sgulaird mountain when his Border Collie, Meg, lost the use of her legs."