December 31, 2007
Super Cool Pets has sent you a card.
December 31, 2007
December 29, 2007
Now that we have all run up our credit cards, back to reality!
One of Super Cool Pets' favorite reads is Dollittler, written by a savvy Miami vet. She offers very valuable advice for any pet lover in Planning for the [almost] inevitable: funding your next veterinary nightmare
Pet owners beware: There will come a time when your vet (or, God forbid, a specialist) will ask you to pay more than you’d rather fork over for the treatment of one of your pet’s maladies. Whether it’s an unforeseen illness (after eating out of the garbage, let’s say), devastating injury (the dreaded hit-by-car) or a chronic issue finally rearing its ugly head (yep, it’s finally time for that hip replacement), the price is likely to be steep.
On the one hand, it’s a good thing that vet medicine has so much to offer that the price of technology is finally showing up on your vet invoices. On the other hand, how will you pay for them?
It’s this vet’s opinion that everyone needs a plan if they want to play their role of responsible pet owner to the hilt. Any less might leave you feeling the guilt forevermore. And if you think I speak self-servingly, recall that even vets have vet bills. Tally ‘em up and I’ll wager mine beat most of yours. (But that’s mostly just because vets are in a position to give themselves away—that counts as vet bills, right?)
VNN (the Veterinary News Network) has graciously agreed to grant me the privilege of using their informative three-minute video on this subject as a worthy talking point. Here it is (for your viewing pleasure).
This video is not an infomercial (as you might expect), is brief and worth watching. If you do choose insurance, here is a useful site: QuickCare Pet Insurance Programs
December 29, 2007
December 28, 2007
It really tugs at the heartstrings to see our pets in from playing with little iceballs caught between their toes. Just spray this Paw Deicer to protect against all those ice balls and salt spray. This is a veterinarian-approved, nontoxic, all-natural blend of purcellin oil, sunflower oil, and lanolin. Also can be applied to the legs and bellies. Lasts about 45 minutes.
Paw Deicer is new at Orvis.
Here are useful Pet Care Cold Weather Reminders from the ASPCA.
Birthday celebrations are a big deal in our house. The moment the candles are lit, we know what's up. We can woof "Happy Birthday" along with the best of them. So we get cake as a reward. Choose from a Bone-Shaped Cake Pan or Bone-Shaped-Muffin-Pan for cupcakes or breakfast muffins. Yum!
Purchase together at Amazon to save. Ships from and sold by Target.com
December 27, 2007
If your birdie is a wee bit bored and getting kind of loud, just whisk him or her over to this Bird Activity Center. Their very own playground includes: a copper bell, 6-step ladder, 100% cotton rope with acrylic toy, a climbing toy, and play swing. Lots to do when you are too busy to play.
For parakeets up to small parrots. Purchase Bird Activity Center at PETsMART.
KongTime Toy Kong Dispenser will automatically serve up food-filled KONG toys while you are away. All you have to do is fill up the KONG, then put in on the counter or floor--where you want your pooch to access it. Uses small, medium, and large KONG toys. Haha--this dispenser is recommended for single dog households. Wonder why?
Runs on 4 AA batteries, included. Purchase KongTime Toy Kong Dispenser at Amazon.
December 26, 2007
Tazlab Safe-t-Stretch Collar stretches when it's not clipped with a leash. If your dog's collar gets caught on a fence or branch, the dog will squirm and pull and then can slip free. You may possibly lose the collar, but you won't lose your pooch. These 1" wide collars look sharp and are practical as well. Choose from eight colors: Black, Red, Olive, Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Orange.
For neck sizes: 13" to 22".
Tazlab Safe-t-Stretch Collar at Amazon.
AKC® Natural Pet™ Travel Convenience Meals are for pet owners who may live in small places and who take their dogs with them--on vacation, to doggie daycare centers, kennels and even to work. These meals include 7 daily servings of flavorful kibble with chicken, fish or beef bits in freshly sealed pouches, 100% complete and balanced nutrition packaged complete with a ready to use serving bowl. Easy to carry and store in separate stackable packs. If you live a busy on-the-go lifestyle and consider your pet a member of your family, not to be left home alone, these are for you!
AKC® Natural Pet™ Travel Convenience Meals available at Amazon. Ships from and sold by PETCO.
December 24, 2007
Have a safe and happy Christmas! Hope Santa brings you what you wished for!
Please view your holiday card.
December 22, 2007
December 21, 2007
Say goodbye to sore cracked paws forever!
Not all pets will wear boots, so another option is to apply some Paw Protector Wax to protect your pet's paws in the winter against burning from salt, chemicals, and in the summer, sand, sand burn, and hot pavement. 100% natural wax does not stain your carpets. Just smooth a thin coat on paw pads and between the toes before a jaunt outdoors.
Paw Protector Wax at Amazon Pet Supplies
Bags on Board cat litter box scoop has a waste bag dispenser built-in. Conveniently keeps your waste bags and scoop in one place.
Bags on Board . Save and buy with Refill for Dispensers 120 Count.
December 20, 2007
Gentle tool for dealing with shedding. No pulling, yanking or scratching. Also effective for shampoo scrubs. Your pet will love the massage!
For Cats and Dogs at Amazon. Save and purchase both together!
For those who keep their pooch smelling wonderful with the yummy Sexy Beast Signature Canine Fragrance, here is a travel pack when you are out visiting with your dog.
Sexy Beast Jet-Set Grooming Kit for Dogs includes miniature versions of the most popular Sexy Beast products, packed in a travel bag small enough to actually make it onto your flight. Includes Sexy Beast Shampoo 2 oz., Sexy Beast Conditioner 2 oz., Fresh Deodorizing Formula 1.5 oz., and Sexy Beast Steel Dog Tag and Chain.
For the pampered pet on the go! Sexy Beast Jet-Set Grooming Kit for Dogs at Amazon Pet Supplies.
December 19, 2007
If you have a chewer in the house, be sure to stock up on your Critter Cords. These invisible cord covers are heavy gauge to protect against chewing and carry a citrus smell to deter the pet in the first place.
We want one of these! Bright Flash Kitty Ball is a lighted motion activated toy. Each whack of the kitty paw will make this spiky toy flash red or blue.
Bright Flash Kitty Ball 2-pk at Drs. Foster & Smith.
December 18, 2007
A good pick for the outdoor dog is this Fleece Dog Jacket. Mother Nature has endowed our dogs with some innate protection against the elements. What we like about this jacket is the lightweight fleece which warms yet guards against overheating and it doesn't restrict the dog's movement.
Easy to put on--just guide your dogs legs in and then zip up. Drawstring waistband. In red (great for high visibility) or balsam. Washable. This item can be personalized--add 2 extra days for delivery.
XS(15-25 lbs.), S(25-40 lbs.), M(40-55 lbs.), L(60-85 lbs.), XL(85-110 lbs.).
Fleece Dog Jacket at Orvis.
Charming "read" for any cat lover! Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations by comic artist Jeffrey Brown is actually a collection of cat drawings which will resonate with anyone who has shared their home with a cat. The author follows his cat Misty around as she goes about her day and successfully captures the essence of "cat-dom".
Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations at Amazon.
December 17, 2007
All our dogs have always whined when they want to go outside. Until these Golden Retriever twins. They will just stand there silently. If you are in the same boat, or would like to train your pup to communicate with you without the whining, barking or door-scratching, these Poochie Bells are for you.
Two sets of heavy-duty silver bells are placed high and low, snapped and tied onto grosgrain ribbon which you loop over the door handle. Large and small pets can be trained to ring the bells to attract someone's (hopefully someone else's!) attention. Poochie Bells can be personalized.
Poochie Bells are available in many colors and styles, Holiday, Country Club, Personalities and Solid to name a few.
I know--we haven't even made it through Christmas yet! But thinking ahead--here's a thoughtful host/hostess present for your New Years Eve bash. You will be the life of the party when you present this Dog & Owner Gift Basket filled with goodies for dog and dog owner alike.
For all you kitties and cat lovers, Cat Crunchies and Owner Munchies New Years Gift Basket also at Amazon.
December 16, 2007
If you are a last minute shopper, here is the scoop on Christmas delivery at Drs. Foster & Smith. You can order as late as Friday, Dec 21. Order by 12:00 (noon) CST. Shipping chart below:
Order as late as:
Monday, Dec. 17 Ship via: Ground
Wednesday, Dec. 19 Ship via: Expedited
Thursday, Dec. 20 Ship via: FedEx 2-Day
Friday, Dec. 21 Ship via: FedEx Overnight
Holiday Ordering Deadlines at Amazon.
If you are experiencing Christmas panic, not to worry. Check out our list of e-gift cards. Pets and pet owners will love you and you can relax!
Hat tip to Parent Hacks for the reminder.
December 15, 2007
Useful suggestions from Cesar Millan:
1.) Tire your dog out before visiting or receiving holiday guests.
2.) Don’t forget rules, boundaries, and limitations just because it’s the holidays!
3.) Protect your dog from the cold.
4.) Let your dog check the weather.
5.) Be cautious when around the fireplace!
6.) Be aware of dangerous holiday items.
7.) Protect your presents and decorations.
8.) I don't recommend giving a puppy as a holiday gift.
And finally, the wisest tip of all. Would that we could live this way all year:
9.) Live in the moment! Be happy! Laugh! Celebrate! Want to do something special for your dog for the holidays? Be balanced. Don’t be nervous. Don’t be fearful. Don’t be tense. Don’t think about anything that makes you sad, depressed, or angry. Really live in that moment. Believe it or not, that is one of the biggest gifts we can give to our dog--and ourselves! Everyone, rich or poor, can practice this simple activity. It has more meaning than any gift you can buy. Live in the now, with your dog right next to you and your family around you. Your dog is going to get the benefit of it, particularly if you don’t have days like this on a regular basis. This special day will linger in his or her memory, and, hopefully, you can learn to practice these days more often, not just during the holiday season.
Read article in detail. For more Cesar Millan, pick up a copy of Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life which will show you how to develop the calm-assertive energy necessary for a pack leader. Cesar helps you understand and read your dog’s energy as well as your own. All good stuff to improve the quality of your life with your pets...and other people.
December 14, 2007
The Booster Bath
enables you to wash your dog at a convenient height to save your knees and back. It is an indoor/outdoor system which elevates your dog, contains him/her and provides water drainage. Legs nest inside tub for handy compact storage or travel.
- Easy access open entry on one end.
- Sturdy stand with rubber floor grips. Separates from tub for storage.
- 3 Adjustable restraints.
- Caddy on one side for supplies.
- Rubberized bath mat.
- Drain with 5' exit line.
- Shower nozzle, with on/off and volume control, snaps on rim.
Dimensions: 51" x 24", 33" high, 23 lbs. Booster Bath
Okay, next step. How to get your dog into the Booster Bath? Pair it with a 14" rubberized Booster Bath Pet Ramp. This portable ramp will have a myriad of uses around the house getting your pup into vehicles, grooming table, wherever you need.
At Booster Bath Pet Ramp.
Hat tip Super Cool Baby
We know a couple of beautiful golden retrievers who could use a spritz of this! Sexy Beast Signature Canine Fragrance is a blend of bergamot (a pear-shaped orange from the Mediterranean) and vanilla-infused musk combined with natural patchouli, mandarin and nutmeg oil.
In case you are wondering about the effect on the animal wearing this delightful fragrance, Sexy Beast is hypo-allergenic with a low-alcohol formula created with a dog's sensitive sense of smell in mind. Keep your pooch smelling delicious for the holidays and into 2008!
New from Entirely Pets at Amazon.
December 13, 2007
Travel water and snack bowls are a must for the busy pet on the go! Stash this Tazlab Aqua-Fur Travel Bowl anywhere. It folds up flat to fit in your purse, backpack, doggy bag, glove box--you name it. Made of food-grade silicone and dishwasher safe. Holds 8 oz. Choose from 4 colors: water blue, grass green, fire red or sun orange.
Cute stocking stuffer. This dog or cat Eye Pillow is just what the doctor ordered to help you relax after the holiday rush. At least it gives you an excuse to lie down!
Chill in the fridge to soothe your tired eyes or a child's fevered brow. Warm gently to relieve sinus pressure or headaches. Made of soft chenille and filled with lavender, calming chamomile and gently weighted with flax seed.
Comes in a white organza drawstring bag for giving as a gift or use for storage. Choose from Dog or Cat at Amazon.
December 12, 2007
Here's a perfect gift for your bird! Do you talk to your bird only to hear chirps or, even worse, squawks in reply? Your birdie needs their own cell phone.
Talk 'N Play is an interactive toy with buttons that light up when pressed that activate phrases to teach them to talk. They can learn to laugh at your jokes and to say "I love you!" Comes complete with the uber-present mirror and a link for hanging.
Small 2" x 4" for Parakeets to Conures
Large 3" x 5-1/2" for Conures to Amazons
Talk 'N Play at Drs. Foster & Smith.
Need a laugh--check out this cute bird video . Hat tip Super Cool Baby.
When everyone is shut inside on these cold, raw days, here are some games for all you pet owners. These are interactive games for people to play with their dogs by getting them to perform fun activities--Funagle, a board game and Do You Mind, a dice and card game. Funagle is a play on the word "finagle", to "trick" someone into performing a certain action, in this case, trick the dog into performing "fun activities".
December 11, 2007
Note: This item is no longer available.
Someone on Super Cool Pets's gift list is getting this Heated Water Bowl for Christmas. Even a tough New Englander must admit this is easier than coping with a frozen water bucket in the dog pen every morning.
A 6 ft chew-proof power cord empowers you to keep your pet's water supply from freezing in outdoor temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees F. The bowl has a wide, tip-proof design with non-skid rubber feet. The rubber feet can be removed and the bowl screwed into a porch or deck. Also includes metal stakes to secure the bowl into the ground.
This is a really good idea, especially if you are going to be on the road for any sustained period of time. The Extend-A-Seat gives your doggie a flat, cushioned platform to lay on, as opposed to stepping into the drop between the front and back seat. It attaches to the rear bench seat of most automobiles and blocks the space between the seats. Frees up that much more room, too. Folds flat for compact storage.
Dimensions: 51” wide and 15” deep. Designed for dogs over 30 lbs.
At Amazon. Hat tip Super Cool Baby.
December 10, 2007
Check out the Super Cool Pets Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Book Guide for some great ideas.
Gift cards are the perfect solution when you just can't find the right gift or you're short of time. Choose electronic or mail.
Amazon Gift Certificates
Pet Lover Gift Certificates
DRS FOSTER AND SMITH
Gift Certificates--Electronic and Mailed
OH MY DOG SUPPLIES
Orvis Gift Cards
December 9, 2007
Nice Christmas present for your kitty. This Cat Gift Bucket contains 45 assorted cat toys including plush mice and plastic balls with a bucket for storage.
At Drs. Foster & Smith.
Handy gadget to have around the pet-owner's household over the holidays, especially with company coming and food everywhere. Whenever we clean up spots we end up with sore knuckles from scrubbing. Those days are over with the SpotBot Pet Hands-Free Compact Deep Cleaner. You just set the SpotBot on the stain and go do something else. It goes right to work, sprays the stain with pet odor and spot remover and starts a-scrubbing. It has two cleaning cycles for either surface or set-in stains. Includes onboard tools for manually cleaning stairs, upholstery, and car interiors. Makes those puppy accidents, upset tummies, hairballs, mud stains much less stressful.
Also included are 8 ounces of Bissell's specially formulated pet odor and spot remover, as well as a 16-ounce bottle of Oxy Gen2, a multi-purpose oxygen booster for tough stains like red wine, coffee, and fruit juice.
December 8, 2007
Christmas treats under the tree for your pup. Rawhide is tough on plaque and helps eliminate doggie breath. Rawhide Buckets are filled with yummy rawhide treats in assorted holiday shapes, plus a tennis ball for playtime.
Sizes: 16 pieces and 25 pieces
At Drs. Foster & Smith.
This time of year it is traditional to have lots of mashed potatoes and gravy. Let your pets in on the treat and ladle some gravy over their dry food. Given the canned food recall, this may be the safer option. Vita Gravy combines human-grade ingredients, real meat, vegetables, vitamins, minerals & essential fatty acids. It contains no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors and is formulated specifically for daily use. Available in Bacon ‘n Cheese, T-Bone, Chicken, Salmon and BBQ Beef flavors in a 12 oz. squeeze bottle. Couldn't be easier and more yummy!
For dogs and cats at Amazon and PETCO.
Hat tip Super Cool Baby
December 7, 2007
Versatile Thermo-Kitty Furniture Warmer™ can fit most places your kitty will nap. Warmer has straps that will fit on furniture and platforms, as well as conform to your kitty tunnel, bed or hammock. When in use it warms to about 102 degrees F.
We want to notify our Super Cool Pets loyal readers of the weekend promo at SkyMall Pet Products. 15% off many pet (and non-pet) products from Friday, December 7th - Monday, December 10th. Use code LS152.
SkyMall features a large selection of pet products for both cats and dogs and is a site definitely worth checking out. You can shop from over 50 stores with one shipping charge.
One item that caught our eye:
If you are away from home alot an automatic pet waterer and feeder is something to consider. SkyMall
offers this Pet Feeder & Oasis Kit
that provides your cat or smaller dog with the essentials automatically. The Pet Feeding & Watering Kit is two part: an automatic feeder, which dispenses a pre-determined amount of dry food at any time of day you choose and a Pet Oasis, which automatically supplies your pets with filtered water.
Small for pets under 15 lbs.
Large for pets up to 40 lbs.
December 6, 2007
We all need to reduce our energy costs and consumption as the world becomes more and more populated. The Extreme Weather Door has over four times the energy efficiency of traditional single-flap pet doors.
Good buy for any type of climate--whether it is cold or warm where you live. Light-weight vinyl flaps allow even the smallest dog or cat to push through. A magnetic catch forms a tight seal, with a snap-on closing panel for extra insulation from the weather outside.
- Pet door with unique triple flap design for ultimate weather protection
- Closing panel adds protection from wind, rain, snow, insects, and drafts
- Conveniently fits exterior home doors and walls from 1-1/2" to 2" thick
- Installation DVD available online
In sizes Small (up to 15 lbs), Medium (up to 40 lbs) and Large (up to 100 lbs)
Extreme Weather Door
We love the comfortable look of this Quilted Throw appliquéd with a pattern of dogs and cats at play. Purrfect complement to a den or family room. 100% cotton. Washable.
Chair throw: 50" x 60"
Couch throw: 85" x 95"
December 5, 2007
For your kitty, the sleek and ecological Marmalade Pet Cheeky Chaise Cat Bed or Marmalade Pet Sweet Lounge Cat Bed. Best of all, a 3-by-1-foot scratching surface on the Chaise and 6-by-1 foot scratching surface on the Lounge!
Available from Marmalade Pet.
Santa Paws Hat Cat Toy is a plush-covered coil spring topped with a pom-pom and attached to a plush base that looks like Santa's hat. This will entertain your kitty for hours!
Santa Hats for the doggies--plush hats with elastic chin straps in three styles and three sizes. Choose from Elf, Traditional Santa, and Bearded Santa.
At Amazon and Drs Foster & Smith.
December 4, 2007
We all want to conserve energy these days for environmental and economical reasons. That's why we love the Deluxe Solar Sipper Birdbath. It keeps the birdbath drinking water from freezing by capturing sunlight to warm an air-insulated pocket.
Effective to -20 degrees, depending upon weather conditions. Your backyard birds will thank you for supplying a much needed water supply in freezing temps. And in warmer weather, the insulation helps keep the water cool. Includes simple mounting bracket and hardware for placement anywhere in your backyard or garden.
Dimensions: 9-1/2" dia x 3-1/2" high
Deluxe Solar Sipper Birdbath
Distinctive Christmas gift for dog owner and dog alike. A matching leather Shotshell Dog Collar and Lead with an actual brass shotgun hull. This collar comes with a brass nameplate. Very handsome set. For personalization, allow 2 extra days for delivery.
Collar sizes: 16" to 26".
December 3, 2007
This is the time of the year we think about yummy food and we're sure your pet is too. Attractive Groveside Cottage Pet Feeder that would complement the decor of any home. These feeders are especially great for older or arthritic pets. The Groveside Cottage Pet Feeder includes easy to clean "Raised Paw Print" stainless steel bowls. Available in two or one quart size dishwasher-safe bowls. Made of Solid Pine-3 Colors available.
Charming Fish Shaped Feeder
for your kitty cat. This wood-based feeder is available in Whitewash, Aqua and Honey Pine finishes. Comes with two 1 cup stainless steel dishwasher safe bowls.
Groveside Cottage Pet Feeder and Fish Shaped Feeder at Amazon.
December 2, 2007
Okay, it wouldn't be Christmas without our Reindogs. It's not too late to get your Christmas Pet Antlers, but hurry! These antlers above light up using battery-operated LED lights. They are easy to put on and get off, and are secured with an adjustable elastic strap.
Other styles available are Christmas Pet Antlers with Mistletoe, Bell Antlers and more.
Holiday headware at Amazon and Drs Foster & Smith.
Don't forget your pet calendars--always a great gift for pet lovers!
Pet Calendars at Animal Den
2008 Wall Calendars for Dog Lovers and 2008 Cat Wall Calendars at Drs. Foster & Smith.
And plenty of Bird 2008 Calendars, Cat 2008 Calendars and Dog 2008 Calendars at Amazon.
December 1, 2007
On Christmas, dress up your pets! For the pet who has a lower tolerance for apparel (such as ours who spend 1/2 the day in the bushes or the pool), a Holiday Bow Tie Collar would look festive! The tie featured above is red sequined and fastened with velcro in sizes XS to XXL.
The Holiday Plaid Bow Tie is pretty sharp looking too. Sizes S to L.
For neckties, the Interchangeable Tie and Collar Set comes with one collar and three interchangeable holiday ties. Available XS to XXXL.
Take your pick at Amazon.
Your kitty cat hasn't been forgotten, check out Holiday Ruffs!
For all you do-it-yourselfers out there, have some family fun and make your own dog bone wreath. In less than an hour you will have the perfect holiday present for your own dog or as a gift to a pet lover. This could easily be adapted with cat treats and toys for the kitties.
Details at Family Fun.
Or if you prefer ready-made, how about an Organic Dog Treat Wreath, studded with a variety of Heidi's Organic Holiday Dog Treats. Holiday shapes include christmas trees, bells, gingerbread men, angels, candy canes, sure to send shivers up your pet's spine.
Ingredients: Ever-popular peanut butter, hypoallergenic garlic/cheese, and hypoallergenic garlic/parsley. At Amazon.