In yea olden days a canary was used in a mine to test whether or not the air was toxic. When the canary died you ran. In the new economy the Dog themed start up is now the new canary.
The float and flop of Pets.com was the canary for the Web 1.0 era. They raised US$82.5mm at an IPO in Feb 2000 and were dead in less an a year. Cnet rates it as number 2 on the top 10 dot-com flops. Now BigDogsWelcom.com is online with tips and tricks on which hotels take large dogs.
"Nearly 48% of travelers with pets travel with pets over 31 pounds, while 34% of those travel with dogs over 50 pounds,"
"Hotels are quickly realizing this untapped market and are adjusting weight limits to coincide with the growing market for large dog accommodations,"
Dont really care, so long as it remains privately funded the air is still clean. However, as soon as you hear of BDW raising any money - run.....