NZ$ 21,675
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Rosie TodhunterBy Rosie Todhunter
First created
Rosie TodhunterBy Rosie Todhunter
First created
NZ$ 21,675
pledged of NZ$ 68,130pledged of NZ$ 68,130 goal
50
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 17 2018 3:44 AM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Just like people, dogs can freeze to death or suffer from heat stroke. Uncomfortable temperatures can release stress hormones and seriously impact the wellbeing and performance of your dog. The performance of a dog is especially important for working dogs who play a critical role on sheep and beef farms around New Zealand. Housing temperatures can impact dog performance and ultimately their effectiveness on the farm.

Kelvin – the Thermokennel provides a well-insulated shelter for your dog to ensure a good night's rest. He will wake up warm, happy, more rested, and ready for a good day of work or play.  

Kelvin is designed with the working dog in mind but will provide a happy home for any dog that loves sleeping outdoors.

At rest, your dog produces as much heat as a standard light bulb. Kelvin captures and holds this heat inside the kennel through quality insulated walls, floor, and door.

This retained heat and warm kennel environment will dramatically improve the well-being of your dog. Its body simply doesn’t work as hard to stay warm, as it would in an uninsulated kennel where the temperature can easily drop below the recommended 15-26°C (AsureQuality's recommended environment temperature range for boarding kennels).

 1. High-end insulation means that Kelvin meets the latest insulation standards for New Zealand homes, creating a warm & dry micro-climate for your dog.  

2. The one-piece design prevents water ingress while durable and UV resistant construction ensures it’s waterproof, wind resistant, and weather tight.   

3.  A raised plywood floor means the wet, frost, and ground temperature won’t disturb the interior climate.  

4. Durable and rigid, Kelvin is made with an environmentally stable and UV-resistant plastic that won’t deteriorate or rot over time.  

5. The Thermokennel has a removable front panel & floor for easy cleaning. The front can also be left off on hot summer days.  

6. Through holes secure the kennel in place using hammered pegs or screwed fasteners.  

The Thermokennel is one-size-fits-most – suitable for the average working dog. Max outer dimensions are 780mm high x 775mm wide x 945mm deep. 

Tony with Mouse & the original Thermokennel prototype
Tony with Mouse & the original Thermokennel prototype

The Thermokennel story started with Tony, Rosie's grandfather, who was a sheep farmer in the Canterbury. He knew that a warm, well-rested dog would eat less food, could work for longer, and would be better able to heal more quickly from injuries and ailments. He came up with the idea for an insulated dog kennel and the idea was further progressed by his granddaughter Rosie after his passing.  

Rosie with Lulu
Rosie with Lulu

Tony & Rosie are not alone – there are thousands of farms across New Zealand with hard-working dogs that sleep outside. We believe the Thermokennel could seriously improve the productivity of NZ farms and give these dogs a better life. And not only our beloved dogs on the farms, any dog who spends the nights outside.

2018 Fieldays Innovation Award
2018 Fieldays Innovation Award

Rosie has teamed up with Tauranga-based product development company Locus Research to fully redesign and develop Kelvin – the Thermokennel for production.  

After meeting each other at the NZ National Agricultural Fieldays where Rosie presented her first prototype we further developed the kennel in two stages, landing on a durable mono-form design with a removable floor and front panel.

The main body and floor are constructed of two layers of UV resistant tough plastic (PE) filled with 50mm of high insulating foam (PU). This combination acts like a solid thermal barrier keeping the cold out and the heat in. The kennel is completed with a removable front panel, for those hot summer days, and a raised plywood floorboard for your dog to sleep on.

The door opening is covered with transparent flaps, similar to those used in walk-in freezers and cool stores. They make it easy for your dog to walk in and out while minimising heat loss.  

The result is a lightweight kennel that's durable enough for life on the farm but still comfortable enough to give your dog a good night's sleep.  

We have tested our prototypes and calculated the expected thermal performance of the chosen materials. The kennel meets AsureQuality's recommended environment temperature range for boarding kennels.

We have lined up our manufacturing partners and prepared all our CAD drawings for manufacturing. The next steps will be fine-tuning for tooling, which is where your pledge comes in.

Up until this point Kelvin – the Thermokennel has been a 100% self-funded start-up for the love of dogs. By pledging now you are helping to kickstart a small, unique, animal-loving company.  

We have set our Kickstarter goal to fund the moulding tool, minimum requirement for the first production run, and freight to New Zealand.  

We do not expect to recover all of our development costs from this Kickstarter campaign but from future sales. Your card will not get charged until the very end of the campaign and only if we reach our target. 

Rosie Dowling 

Rosie comes from a sheep and beef upbringing, where animals have always been part of her life. Having studied and worked in the rural industry, she and her husband recently bought a 420 ha farm south of Ward, in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. They run sheep, fatten bulls, and rear calves. Rosie and Gav have two young boys, Harry age 3 and Digby 7 months. 

Rosie's Grandfather Tony created the first prototype of the Thermokennel. His passion for animal welfare really stuck with Rosie and sparked the journey for her to further develop the idea after he passed away.  

Locus Research

Founded in 2002, the team at Locus Research has spent over 15 years on a product development and innovation journey that has covered everything from sleep systems to haircare, farm bikes to merino products, boating to hip fracture prevention. They believe in the power of research to explore, learn and design new things. Their cross-functional design team uses research to deliver insights, develop products, and improve the outcomes of innovation in business. Locus Research is a product development & innovation company that works with you deliver world-class products to market.

  • Kelvin – the Thermokennel (Polly not included)
    The kennels will be delivered from our distribution centre to your closest Mainfreight depot at no extra cost. If you are unable or unwilling to collect from there, the cost of delivery will be at your expense.
  • If you would like multiple kennels, please calculate the cost x number of kennels -- we will contact you after the campaign finishes to confirm the quantity with you.
  • For orders outside NZ, the shipping costs are coming soon -- if you'd like a specific quote or the cost to ship multiple kennels overseas, please message us! 
  • Custom Name Plate – Kickstarter only special: included pledges for January delivery

We plan to run our Kickstarter campaign for 30 days – only after this point, and if our campaign is successful, will you be charged for your pledge. We will then be in touch with updates and to collect the details for your closest delivery centre.

Risks and challenges

There are risks associated with backing any project before it has been fully realized, but we have been working very hard to ensure those risks are limited with Kelvin -- the ThermoKennel.

We have chosen well-known manufacturing techniques and have been working together, and will continue to work together, with our manufacturing partners to ensure they deliver the best result in a timely fashion.

We have designed the kennel to optimize shipping and fulfilment options. We will be sure to inform you of any design updates before production begins.

We are confident we will deliver all orders in time and we will keep all backers informed about our progress. If we hit any unexpected speed bumps that might cause delays, we promise to be clear and honest in our communication.

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    Pledge NZ$ 20 or more About $13

    For the love of dogs

    Pledge $20 or more and receive a custom name plate. You'll also receive a personalised thank you note and get insider-only updates on our progress.

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    Pledge NZ$ 499 or more About $333

    Fieldays Special

    For our customers who preordered their Thermokennel (at Fieldays or via the website).
    The kennel will be shipped, at no cost, to your nearest Mainfreight depot for you to collect. Onward shipping, if required, will be by your own arrangement.
    You will also receive a custom name plate to attach to your kennel.

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    Pledge NZ$ 549 or more About $366

    The first two containers

    Get a great deal on the first of the Thermokennels to arrive in New Zealand.
    The kennel will be shipped, at no cost, to your nearest Mainfreight depot for you to collect. Onward shipping, if required, will be by your own arrangement.
    You will also receive a custom name plate to attach to your kennel.

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    Pledge NZ$ 599 or more About $400

    Not-so-early Bird

    Fill another container for January delivery at a special rate.
    The kennel will be shipped, at no cost, to your nearest Mainfreight depot for you to collect. Onward shipping, if required, will be by your own arrangement.
    You will also receive a custom name plate to attach to your kennel.

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    Pledge NZ$ 689 or more About $460

    Kelvin - the Thermokennel @ RRP

    Get a Thermokennel at NZ RRP to arrive on the second shipment in Q2.
    The kennel will be shipped, at no cost, to your nearest Mainfreight depot for you to collect. Onward shipping, if required, will be by your own arrangement.

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Funding period

- (30 days)