April 30, 2007
Weathervanes, also known as wind vanes, are functional and ornamental. Personalize the roof of your garage, shed, or barn (if you are lucky enough to have one) with a hand-crafted "Made in the USA" copper or V-Tech (TM) weathervane from Bar Harbor Weathervanes and Cupolas. The weathervanes are made in a variety of animal shapes, cats and many dog breeds (Retriever, Poodle, Lab, Terrier, Dachsund to name a few).
Weathervane purchase will include: brass directionals, rod with brass ring, large and small ball. Cupolas and roof mounts are sold separately. Unique gift or house-warming present.
April 30, 2007
If you enjoy fish tanks, now you can hang live fish up on your wall just like the hotels and restaurants do. Creates a nice atmosphere and is a little bit different. Frame-A-Fish Wall Aquariums are designed to save space and are (supposedly) easy to set up and maintain. For fresh fish only. Kit includes 2 backgrounds, but original art work may be substituted.
High Grade Acrylic Tank
Interchangeable Black Frame
Top grade internal filtering system
Custom Designed Fluorescent Light
Two Picture Backgrounds to get you started
Wall support bracket with safety features
Hardware-includes easy anchors
Easy Set-up Instructions
Size: 24 3/8"W x 19 1/4"H x 3 3/8"D
Capacity: 3.25 Gallons, Black Frame
Ships with black frame--optional frame colors green, red, white, blue are also available. Frame-A-Fish Wall Aquarium
April 30, 2007
Now that warm weather is here, pool owners will be opening their pools. The Skamper-Ramp Pet Pool Ramp can be a lifesaver for the pet that gets stranded or tired in the pool.
It provides an easy access point out of the pool, also effective on floating docks, boat swim platforms, most boats, thin ice rescues and vinyl pools. It is constructed of heavy duty polypropylene recycled box-corrugated material.
The ramp purportedly is 8 mm chemical and UV resistant and will withstand high levels of chlorine and other pool related chemicals.
The Skamper Pet Pool Ramp can either anchor using holes drilled into your pool deck or be secured using other tie down points such as pool cover, skimmers or ladder railings. Comes with all instructions, ramp, hardware.
April 28, 2007
Truly fascinating New York Times article making the rounds: If You Want to Know if Spot Loves You So, It’s in His Tail, the gist being:
Right Brain, Left Brain The muscles on either side of the tail apparently reflect emotions like fear and love registering in the brain....there is another, newly discovered, feature of dog body language that may surprise attentive pet owners and experts in canine behavior. When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side of their rumps. When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is biased to the left.
Continue reading: "Dog Body Language"
April 27, 2007
We love this fabulous idea. Most of us would agree--plants are pretty, litter boxes are not. Here is a great way to hide the litter box, if you decide the "bathroom" should be out of sight. The Hidden Litter Box is a roomy, covered litter box constructed of durable polypropylene with a removable top section for cleaning and filling. The Hidden Litter Box system combines double filtration and aspen moss for odor control.
Another option is to place a pet bed inside for your cat or small dog. In any event, this product gives your pet a cozy hideaway as well hiding a litter box. Opening in planter can be turned to the wall, and no one is the wiser!
Each Hidden Litter Box contains:
1. Planter base
2. False top
3. One 8" diameter filter
4. Decorative cover (Aspen moss)
5. Plant--3 feet tall
Dimensions: without plant: 20" wide x 19 3/4" high--with plant: 20" wide x 55" high
Update: This product has been updated to the Dog Dazer II
As much as I love dogs, they live in a slightly different reality than most of us do and don't speak English. Sometimes they can be aggressive, and it can be hard to talk them down or instantly know the right body language to communicate with them. Perhaps the dog is trespassing in the yard or hassling the children. What to do?
The Dog Dazer uses ultrasonic technology to produce a discomforting but not harmful high powered sound, audible to dogs but not to us (humans). It can potentially stop the approach of dogs at up to 20 feet. Useful aid in training dogs.
Made of lightweight high impact plastic, includes a belt clip and low battery indicator. Powered by battery.
Latest recall on pet food involves Chenango Valley Pet Foods, according to MSNBC:
The company, working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was informed by Wilbur-Ellis that rice protein concentrate shipped to Chenango Valley Pet Foods may be contaminated with melamine. Melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers, may lead to illness or fatalities in animals if consumed.
The pet foods were sold to customers in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, who in turn sold the products to their customers through catalog mail orders or retail outlets.
The following dry pet foods are involved in the recall:
* Doctors Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Dog Food. It was sold in containers with net weights of 5, 12.5 and 25 lbs. with code dates best used by Jan. 24, 2009, Feb. 8, 2009, Feb. 26, 2009, April 10, 2009, and April 17, 2009.
* Doctors Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Cat Food. It was sold in containers with net weights of 3 and 7 lbs. with a code date of best used by March 13, 2009.
* Lick Your Chops Lamb Meal, Rice & Egg Cat Food in packages with a net weight of 4 lbs. and a code date best used by April 29, 2008.
* Bulk Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Dog Food sold to one consignee, SmartPak, in a 2,000-pound tote with a ship date of Feb. 9, 2007.
Meanwhile, China refuses to take responsibility:
China said Thursday it has banned melamine from food products after the chemical was found in exports of vegetable protein shipped to the United States, but rejected it as the cause of dozens of pet deaths in North America.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say they suspect the substance, which is a chemical found in plastics and pesticides, is to blame.
China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement there was no evidence to support the FDA’s claim but that it would cooperate with the United States to find out what actually killed the animals.
The comments in a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry were the first detailed response from Beijing to concerns that emerged a month ago about the country’s wheat and rice gluten exports.
To read entire article.
Update: Voluntary recall from Natural Balance:
Our canned food manufacturer, American Nutrition, from Ogden Utah, just informed us that they are recalling all canned products made in their plant that contain rice protein concentrate. American Nutrition continued by telling us that they added this ingredient to four of our canned products without our knowledge or consent. The four products involved are:
Chicken Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Lamb Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Beef Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food 3 oz & 6 oz
Read entire statement, as well as see a list of their food not involved, at their website.
April 26, 2007
Mother's Day is Sunday May 13! My mother, for one, loves purses! If you know a mother who loves her pets and her purses, we have just the thing for her. Not to mention those mothers we know and love who have a sock collection, and who are addicted to coffee or tea. Give her a Laurel Burchgift, including purse, mugs and socks in this adorable dog print design.
This is getting to be the time of year to be putting out plants on our patios and porches. We love this Glamour Cat Planter--it is adorable and so unique. The kitty has beautiful marble eyes and curlicue whiskers. It has a removable, 6" cachepot, but of course any 6" pot will do. Coiled neck and tail spring to the touch. Made of weather-sturdy metal with a powder-coat finish.
Cute way to add some personality to your yard! This would make a great housewarming or hostess gift as well for the cat-lover.
Size: 22"H x 24"W. Glamour Cat Planter
April 25, 2007
Sweep the dirt and dust off the stoop and lay down a new welcome mat. For the cat-lover, this Cat Club Welcome Mat is perfect featuring a colorful design of five cats sitting on a wall with their tails forming a "welcome" sign. Made of natural coir fibers for extra strength and durability with a sturdy vinyl backing, suitable for high-traffic areas like doorways.
Dimensions 18" x 30". Cat Club Welcome Mat
Paws Coordinates giftware is made of ceramic and is the perfect complement to a cup of coffee or tea with friends.
Choose from various colors: mossy paws, forest paws, blueberry paws, evergreen paws, persimmon paws, steel blue paws and charcoal. Paws Coordinates
April 24, 2007
Here's a fun toy for your kitty! Recently saw the Radio Rodent
This cute little radio-controlled rodent scurries forward and backward, turns right and left - all with his red eyes flashing. If he flips over, he'll perform a tricky tail flip to get himself rolling again. When he gets tired, just recharge him directly from his cheeseburger controller.
This also would be fun as a practical joke, if that appeals. Uses 3 AA batteries. Radio Rodent
Ever get tired of pet hair all over the sofa, the comforter, or your sheets? Must we close doors, install gates and cover our furniture for the rest of our lives? Maybe those days are over.
This TATTLE TALE® pet trainer is an alarm triggered by the slightest vibration. It could be effective in keeping cats off counters, car hoods, your dog or cats off the furniture, beds and maybe even Mr Tony the cat out of your baby's crib and playpen. The alarm will reset and sound again. Works 24/7, even if you are not home or in the room.
Our only reservation is intentionally scaring a pet. It can be hurtful and may even backfire. Depends on the disposition of your particular animal. TATTLE TALE® can also be used as a security alarm to detect tampering of doors, drawers, windows, gates, cabinets and any 'off-limits' area.
Dimensions: 4 1/2" x 2" x 1 1/2". Uses a 9 volt battery.
We just received a letter from BJ's informing us that the Berkeley & Jensen Pigs Ears we buy have been recalled due to a threat of salmonella. March 9 and we received the letter 4/23!
Here is an updated list in pdf from the Pet Food Tracker via Pet Connection.
I have read that FDA is "slow" (are we surprised?), but the best defense in this shameful situation is to check them all. How sad this is!
April 23, 2007
For summer bedding, we like the looks and price of the Coolaroo Dog Bed. Even the name sounds refreshing.
The Coolaroo Dog Bed is made of knitted mesh fabric that keeps the dog cool and dry because it "breathes". The bed is raised 7 1/8" high off the ground supported by a powder-coated steel frame so air can circulate. The bed can be placed on the patio, under a shade tree, on the porch or even the bedroom. Just hose off to clean.
Coolaroo Dog Bed is available in 3 sizes: Small (35-1/2"x21-5/8"), Medium (43-3/8"x25-5/8"), Large (51-1/8"x31-1/2")
This item has sold out. It has been updated to:
Many 21st century cats are indoor kitties. Of course, it wasn't always this way. Fresh air is good for everyone, and your cat is no exception. The Outdoor Cat Playpen allows your cat to have the best of both worlds. This pen will keep one or more cats safe (assuming they get along!) while exposing them to the sunshine and breezes spring and summer bring. Plus they get to watch whatever is going on outside, like the birds at the birdbath.
Made of rugged water-resistant nylon mesh that protects cats, and supported by a powder-coated steel alloy frame that opens like a fan into a hexagon, the pen easily assembles using Velcro, zippers and four ground stakes. The interior of the pen has two suspended hammocks on which cats can rest while watching their surroundings, and a clear vinyl zippered doorway. Includes three flags with attached bells that serve as cat toys. The pen folds easily for storage, is easy to clean, and includes a zippered storage bag.
Dimensions: 38" H x 48" W x 24" D. (17 1/2 lbs.) Outdoor Cat Playpen
April 21, 2007
Royal Canin USA--their take on "Knowledge and Respect". How ironic:
Welcome to Royal Canin pet foods
The ethos of the Royal Canin brand is based on its unique vision of the dog and the cat :the conviction that dogs and cats are not human beings but animals and as a result, true respect obliges us to treat them as such.
True respect implies certain obligations, of which one is Knowledge : to truly know the animal and understand its specific physiological and nutritional requirements, and, in consequence, guarantee it a "tailor made" food in line with its real nutritional needs.
The current culprit provides a list of their hazardous foods here: Royal Canin USA. Their statement:
Pet owners should immediately stop feeding their pets the Royal Canin USA dry pet food products listed above. Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian if they are concerned about the health of their pet. No other Royal Canin diets are affected by this recall and CONTINUE TO BE safe for pets to eat.
Update on 4/20 from the Houston Chronicle:
WASHINGTON — A third company on Friday recalled pet foods made with an imported Chinese ingredient only recently found to have been contaminated by an industrial chemical.
The pet food ingredient, rice protein concentrate, is the second found in the U.S. to be contaminated by melamine. Previously, testing revealed that wheat gluten also had been contaminated.
Royal Canin USA said it was recalling some of its dry dog and cat foods made with tainted rice protein concentrate.
Also this week, the French company's South African unit recalled a range of dog and cat dry pet foods after they were found to contain a third ingredient, corn gluten, also contaminated with melamine. Those products were sold in South Africa and Namibia.
U.S. customers with questions about Royal Canin's recall can call the company at 800-592-6687 or visit its Web site: http://www.royalcanin.us .
Wilbur-Ellis Co., a U.S. importer of the tainted rice protein, has recalled all the ingredient it had distributed to five U.S. pet food manufacturers. The San Francisco company in turn urged its customers to recall any products that may be on store shelves.
Earlier this week, pet food companies Natural Balance, of Pacoima, Calif., and Wilton, Conn.-based Blue Buffalo recalled cat and dog foods made with the contaminated rice protein concentrate.
On the Net:
Food and Drug Administration pet food recall info:
April 20, 2007
Wellies are a must-have item for inclement weather, especially for a pet-owner. Our girls expect to go on their walk after dinner regardless of the weather. They love getting their paws wet, not to mention sloshing and snuffling in the puddles, but most people want to stay relatively dry in the rain. Wellies do the trick.
J. Crew offers Critter Wellies this season in Sherbert (Terriers). They are made of durable waterproof rubber, with sealed seams. Rubber upper and sole. Nylon jersey lining. Hit at midcalf. 1" heel. Adorable.
Bring along this Microfiber Towel to dry off your dog quickly and efficiently, next time you take him or her swimming, on a beach trip or after a run through the sprinkler. Keep your pet's coat healthy and beautiful.
The Microfiber Towel is make of Aquitex microfiber which is ultra-absorbent and draws water from your pet's coat. It is compact, so pop it in your bag and off you go!
Available in red, sizes Large: 19 x 39 and X/Large: 29 x 55.
April 19, 2007
As we pet lovers know, bringing a new animal home is almost as life-changing as having a baby. Our pets are truly members of the family. These cute pet announcements will tell friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and other family members about your new "arrival" in a unique way.
Box of 10 flat announcements (4 5/8" x 6 1/4") with envelopes available for cat and dog arrivals from R.Nichols Stationery.
The news of the most recent pet food recall has been a bit eclipsed by the media coverage of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. The recall now includes Natural Life. For complete (we hope) information visit the FDA website.
Here's the current list (as of 4/17/07) of recalled pet foods: cats and dogs.
Going for a walk or car ride with your dog can be a major production with all the stuff you need to bring. To simplify matters, bring along your Bowchie Bag. There are pockets for treats, poop pick-up bags, key hook, water bottle holder, cell phone, toys, and more. The Bowchie Bag is a stylish messenger bag handmade of 600 Denier Codrura. It is waterproof and "rip proof". The interior is made of home-dec weight fabric which is extremely durable.
All bags come with a water bottle, collapsible dog bowl and dog toy. Great gift for the pet lover!
April 18, 2007
In a previous post, we provided a link to pet-friendly accomodations for pet lovers who can't bear to part with their animals when they travel. If this is you, consider subscribing to Fido Friendly, magazine that provides a complete guide to Fido Friendly accommodations across the United States and Canada.
Visit FidoFriendly for details. "Leave no dog behind."
An answer for those days we cannot always be home when it is feeding time! A feeder that can be programmed to automatically dispense the correct amount of food. The jar holds five pounds of dry food, possibly enough for several days, depending on the size (and appetite) of your pet. The food is served one to three times a day in 1/4-cup increments up to a total of two cups.
So this Programmable Feeder is best for cats and smaller to medium sized dogs (our Goldens eat more than 2 cups per day). But it can provide peace of mind if you need to leave your cats for several days, have an erratic schedule, get caught in traffic or anything else that may crop up.
Requires three D batteries. Dimensions:15" H x 9" W x 14 1/2" L.
April 17, 2007
I have always been fond of polo shirts. They look great on almost everyone and of course, scream "summer!" Dressing up our pets seems to be the "in" thing now, so if you like polos, now you can dress your pooch in one too. Old Navy has a line of affordable polos, as well as Striped Rugbys which look pretty cool. Or your dog may prefer Graphic Ringer Tees or Surf Rugbys. Whatever is most becoming.
Made of 100% cotton, polos are machine washable (now that's a good thing!) Features a pointed collar with an adorable embroidered dog icon, two-button placket, and drop-tail hem. There is a slit at back of neck so you can attach a leash to your dog's collar. Available in XS to L, polos in red and green.
With the summer travel months approaching, many of us are starting to make vacation plans away from home. For those who find it unthinkable to leave their pet behind, or don't have satisfactory pet-sitting arrangements, there are plenty of hotels that provide quality, pet-friendly accommodations.
According to an article in March 30, 2007 New York Times:
In a culture in which dogs and cats have become surrogate children (and grandchildren) and are sometimes better dressed than their owners, a growing number of hotels and resorts have welcomed four-legged guests in recent years, including the Four Seasons, the Ritz-Carlton, the Loews and the Kimpton hotels. But now, several luxury condominiums and private residence clubs are taking pet-friendly policies further by offering services and amenities that rival those meant for humans, including grooming sessions, swim classes, massage treatments (no mere belly-scratch) and even a doggie psychic.
"There's easily been a 300 percent increase in the number of lodgings accepting pets in the last three years," said Derek Welsh, president of BringYourPet.com, a Web site devoted to peripatetic pets and their humans. "The trend is definitely shifting toward higher-end hotels. In order to truly compete, they are going above and beyond with amenities, trying to one-up the competitor."
For a directory for pet friendly hotels, motels, B&Bs, resorts and cabins listed by state, go to BringYourPet.com
April 16, 2007
My grand-kitty, Tony, loves cardboard boxes, second only to catnip. Christmas is a fabulous party for him, and his favorite non-family member is the UPS guy. Our Mr. Tony might find the Cat Cocoon irresistible.
It is constructed from layers of laser-cut corrugated cardboard creating a rippled texture. Good place to hide from the dog or just be alone. He also could lie on top of it and take a nap, scratch the ridges, massage his face and back. The surface is dotted with peepholes ranging in size from 1" to 3.5" wide in case Mr. Tony wants to check out the outside world while he is in there. Very unique item--certainly a conversation piece!
Dimensions: 28"L x 21"W x 15"H.
Interior: 25"L x 18"W x 13.5"H.
Great idea! Days Ago Digital Day Counter is a digital day counter that attaches to a variety of surfaces with a magnetic or suction backing and counts up to 99 days to track the age of the item. This has almost an infinite amount of uses in our daily routines, but as applies to pet care: for medications such as heartworm, earmites & flea; litter box changes, cage cleaning, grooming and so on. Your imagination is the limit. I know this will be on my gift list!
Days Ago Digital Day Counter
April 13, 2007
What a great idea for the warmer months--an outdoor dog bed! Instead of yipping to come in, when it is perfectly nice weather to stay outside, your pup can just curl up in the shade on their very own outdoor bed.
Made of sunbrella material which is long lasting, stain and fade proof. Available in two sizes: Large-24"x36" & X-Large-36"x42" from Pawnique.
A very serious problem in the life of many dogs is thunderstorm anxiety. Our Molly spends many hours in the closet when there is thunder out there. Since Molly lives in an area of the country that sees lots of thunderstorms, this is an issue. We are reluctant to "drug" her, especially since any medication would kick in after the fact.
This Anxiety Wrap may be worth a try, especially since our dog calms when we hug her. It fits like a snug T-shirt. It also purportedly helps calm "aggression, shyness, nervousness, releasing stress & tension, end jumping, stop destructive chewing, fear biting, car sickness, unnecessary barking, fear of loud noises, thunderstorm fear, sensitivity to touch, sensitive to sound, aloofness, emotional upset, hyperactivity, grooming issues and other anxieties."
Anxiety Wrap in Small to Large.
April 12, 2007
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Here is a great gift for a "special occasion"--Gourmet Dog Treats. For an important time in your dog's life--birthday, graduation from dog obedience school or just learning a new skill. When you bring a house gift to your host/hostess, get on their good side (not to mention their puppy's) and bring these confections along.
These treats are handcrafted in small batches. Each individual treat contains the finest organic ingredients:
Love, organic rye flour, organic barly flour, carob, unsulphured molasses, organic sesame seeds, organic peppermint, organic cinnamon, organic egg glaze.
15 treats per box handcut in a "delightful" shape. Don't they look yummy?
Available from Puplife.
Great gift for the dog lover or to use around your own house. Bring these Dog Breed Coaster & Mug Sets out when you have company to kick-start the conversation. There are many breeds to choose from.
Microwave and dishwasher safe. Beautifully packaged in a matching designer box.
Shop for your favorite Dog Breed.
April 11, 2007
For those times crating is a necessity and your pet's comfort is high priority. The KoolKennel is a portable unit to keep your pet cool when the environment is hot and stuffy. It is attached to your pet's kennel and powered by the standard wall outlet. More economical than whole house A/C, when a pet must be left crated for a longer period of time in the home. Unit can be plugged into your vehicle's lighter, so can be utilized on the road. The price is relatively steep, but the investment is worth it under many circumstances for peace of mind, both yours and your pet's.
Dimensions are 7" x 5" x 2".
Fetch! Pet Care is a franchise offering professional pet sitting and dog walking services. A while back, my mother was in the hospital and my father came down with that grisly stomach bug that went around last winter. They have a huge, "Marley"-style Gordon Setter who needed walking. What to do? How much can you ask of your friends?
Wish we had known about Fetch!. They offer the following services:
* Private Dog Walks
* Off-Leash Doggie Playgroups
* Cat and Small Pet Visits
* In-Home Overnight Sitting
* 'Go Fetch!' Four-Legged Fitness Service
* Private Dog Boarding
* Doggie Day or Evening Care
* Pet Taxi
* Yard Poop Cleanup
* Home Care
* Special Request Services, such as pet medication, baths, food and supply delivery.
What's not to love? Check and see if there is one near you!
April 10, 2007
What could be more appropriate than to keep your pet's cookies and biscuits in a Houndstooth Treat Jar. This unique, attractive treat jar keeps cookies and biscuits fresh while looking nice on your counter or shelf. It is decorated in a Houndstooth pattern and made of porcelain with platinum accents. The top has a rubber gasket to keep treats fresh and maybe even cut down on the smell, so your dogs won't know it's there!
Pair with a matching Houndstooth Bowl for food or water. In large and small.
We have bird feeders in our back yard and lots of bushes for hideaways and protection. An added attraction for birds is a birdbath.
We installed a copper birdbath outside our screened porch.This fluted Solar Fountain Birdbath looks fabulous in your yard while providing a welcome watering hole for birds.
Crafted of solid, heavy-gauge copper with an antique finish. Solar Fountain Birdbath has a deeper reservoir and circulates water whenever the sun shines. Copper will develop a handsome patina over time. The base is hollow and can be filled with sand or pebbles for added stability.
* Operates in Direct Sunlight Only
* Patented underwater integral solar panel & pump system
* Low voltage water pump with filter
* Constantly recycles water from the hidden reservoir
* No mains wiring - simply install and enjoy
Solar Fountain Birdbath. Add a Water Wiggler to circulate water in your birdbath--no wiring, easy!
April 9, 2007
Vigilance is key with many indoor cats. They can be similar to toddlers--always running off. Most of the time you can watch them as you leave or enter. But in a busier situation when it is hard to shut them in one room, during a party, while moving, home repair, etc., this Cat Play Pen would come in handy.
The playpen has two entry doors: the top entry is 11-1/2" x 8-1/2" and the lower entry is 20" x 8-1/2". It comes with two plastic benches, each 24" x 8, and has wheeled plastic base. The cage is wire with a black epoxy electro-finish, so they can watch what is going on.
Dimensions: 36" x 24" wide x 48" high. Available from Cat Play Pen
When we adopted our Golden Retrievers, we received You Bake 'Em, Dog Biscuits, a 48-page book of recipes, as a gift from the ever-generous editors of Super Cool Baby and Shirt Snob. Today April 9 is their precious son's first birthday--Happy Birthday Andy!
As posted before, this is a good time to be preparing your pet's food, due to the scary and extremely unnecessary pet food recall. I highly recommend You Bake 'Em Dog Biscuits by Janine Adams. It is packed with recipes and is essentially a kit that includes five cookie cutters for shaping the biscuits, doggie bags and labels for giving the biscuits as gifts. You control the ingredients, which most likely will not include poison. Included in the smorgasbord are recipes for low-fat treats, food sensitivities (big one for Goldens), high fiber, low protein--whatever your pet needs.
Sample homemade treats include:
*Steak and Potato Biscuits
*Peanut Butter Cookies
*Low- Fat Herbalicious Biscuits
*Grain-Free Liver Crunchies
*Fishy Training Treats (our favorites, dubbed "Tuna Tasties" or their variant "Chicken Chewies", since tuna has high mercury levels)
April 7, 2007
With the pet food recall and overall uncertainty about which products will be listed next, now may be a good time for home-made food. For those who enjoy cooking, and even those who don't, preparing your pet's meals for awhile can provide a sense of security that at least you know what is in the food.
There is a link posted for many good recipes on our fellow Blogpire site, The Cooking News. Check it out!
April 6, 2007
Children love to play games, and it is a good way to educate them as well. I have very fond memories of playing games with my grandparents. Whether you have children or grandchildren, or just love Monopoly, Dog-opoly would be a fun way to while away a few hours on a rainy afternoon.
It is just like the classic Monopoly game we all know and love, but with a dog theme. Players can learn facts about dogs while they play. The idea is to buy dogs, rather than real estate. The game board features some of the world's most popular dogs, and the back of each deed offers fun facts about different breeds. Entertaining and educational!
Includes dog-themed pieces, paper money and a game board. For 2-6 players.
Cat-opoly also available for cat-lovers.
Update on pet food recall. Word is that biscuits sold at Wal-Mart are involved. ABC News has a current recall list. Outrageous does not describe it. Listening to a news report today on MSNBC tv, rumor has it that melamine artificially ups the protein content in pet food, which would allow for a price increase.
Greed. Not worth my pets' health. Stay tuned, and watch your pets closely for vomiting (of course our huntress Molly decided to go that route, but probably gecko ingestion) and lethargy.
Click for FDA complete pet food recall information.
When it rains, we don't like to get wet, and neither do a lot of our dogs. (Then there is our Molly who loves water so much she even naps in the shower.) Even if your dog does love the rain, you as their owner may prefer they stay dry, along with your car, house, floors, etc. when you must go outdoors during a shower.
Here is the classic Trench Coat for dogs. Perfect for the fashionable, yet conservative, dog.
Trench Coat in Small to Large.
April 5, 2007
In the midst of pet pandemonium before walks, it is convenient to have walking gear organized--house key, garage door opener, leash, litter bags, and so on.
An excellent answer to minimize chaos is this cute Dog Bone Rack. It installs easily in the wall by the door and looks great anywhere. Woof!
Dog Bone Rack
Ever wonder what your pets are saying and thinking? Haven't we all?
Super Cool Pets found this fascinating study, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin, to be an eye-opener:
Among its provocative ideas, the book:
*argues that language is not a requirement for consciousness -- and that animals do have consciousness
*applies the autism theory of "hyper-specificity" to animals, showing that animals and autistic people are so sensitive to detail that they "can't see the forest for the trees" -- a talent as well as a "deficit"
*explores the "interpreter" in the normal human brain that filters out detail, leaving people blind to much of the reality that surrounds them -- a reality animals and autistic people see, sometimes all too clearly...
*maintains that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is to make it feel afraid.
Recommended read for any animal lover who wishes to understand pets better. Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
April 4, 2007
This will make you smile every time you take a shower! Fun Cat Shower Curtain for the cat lover.
Each curtain is handpainted, colorfast, pre-shrunk and non-toxic. Wash in cold water and low heat dry (or hang). Standard size 70" x 72" with 12 rustproof, stainless steel grommets. Vendor suggests using a clear liner to let curtain hang outside of the tub.
Available to ship within 9-14 days depending on orders received ahead of yours from UniqueDecorOnline
Super Cool Pets is always looking for ways to keep our pets safe on walks in the dar.The PupLight sports three ultra-bright LED's which light up to 200 feet forward and 70 feet to each side to make your dogs visible in the dark. It also protects your dog from cars off-leash because it projects a beam of light 20 to 30 feet in front of the dog so cars can see the beam in plenty of time to stop for the dog. It has a neck band that adjusts to fit dogs' necks from 8 to 26 inches. PupLight can be worn two ways: below the band or on the band. Light can be angled up or down.
Water resistant--3 AAA batteries required (not included). in Black and Silver. Fits 8" to 26" neck sizes.
April 3, 2007
How to keep your pets under control while riding in the car. They always want to be in the front seat! One approach is to use the seatbelt discussed in a prior post. We usually place our canvas gear bag in the gap between the two front seats, but Super Cool Pets now has found another solution--the Backseat Barrier. Comes with an additional backseat divider which separates passengers from dogs in the backseat.
Backseat Barrier fits most cars, minivans, vans and SUVs. Easy to install and remove, or can be left in place. Constructed of nylon and faux suede and attaches under headrests. Dimensions: 7"x14" tall.
We all know our doggies shouldn't sleep on the furniture. But lots of them do. It's comfortable for them and nice for us to have the companionship when we are watching TV or reading. Some dogs are too small to jump up, some may have hip dysplasia or arthritis, or enjoy those cookies a little too much. For whatever reason, they just can't quite make it.
The Wood 3 Step Pet Stool will help your pet access those tough-to-reach spots. The hardwood finish will look nice anywhere in your home. Includes anti-slip kit for extra safety and measures 18 x 18.75 x 24.25.
Wood 3 Step Pet Stool
April 2, 2007
For you cat lovers with a space problem or an aesthetic objection to a litter box out in the open, this Litter Box Bench is an attractive solution. The bench will conceal the litter box and treated with catnip. It is carpeted and is easy to clean - simply lift off the lightweight lid. The interior is lined with vinyl to contain scatter and spray. The liner removes completely for thorough clean-ups.
You may choose between Regular Bench, with the door positioned on end of box, and the Super Mega Bench, with door placement on front of box. Easy, fold-open assembly. Litter Box Benches available in a multitude of carpet colors with doors opening right or left.
Pet hair is a nuisance. It appears everywhere and sticks to everything! Here is a great little tool from Sky Mall --a Pet Hair Magnet. Pull the rubber blade along to catch and pick up dog and cat hair from your carpets, furniture, blankets, clothes and car seats. Just rinse and re-use. It has a plastic handle and 7" wide blade.
April 1, 2007
The tainted pet food nightmare continues as recall is expanded.
Our vet recommends we feed our dogs no more than 4 cups of food a day. Our girls have perfected the art of looking adorable, so admittedly they rake in a few cookies and snacks as well. We feed a mixture of canned and dry food twice daily.
So far, to our knowledge, we have fed our dogs 12 cans each of tainted Nutro Natural Choice Chicken Gravy. We switched to Science Diet which was rock hard in the can. Now the Alpo cans we bought this week are on the recall list! The unopened case has already been returned.
We are going off the cans completely and have scheduled blood tests for our dogs next week to rule out any kidney damage. Our vet is charging $40 per blood test and waiving office fees. Peace of mind--priceless!