Writing this post, there is a Golden Retriever sleeping under my desk. If I move to another room, shortly I will hear the padding of golden paws behind me as she follows me there. Soon a furry head will nuzzle against my leg for a rubdown, or a nose jut into my side to tell me there is a "squirrel!" outside the window.
But it doesn't have to be this way. She could have her independence and live in her own luxury Dream Doghouse, complete with all those doggy delights such as climate control and wainscoting, plus all the flooring, electrical, roofing and interior options her sweet heart desires.
If she perchance feels "isolated" because "Dogs always love their family's companionship", the owner "may want to consider having satellite or cable installed."
And when she becomes queasy from eating too much discarded junk food on walkies in the evenings, no need to cuddle up with us for comfort. We can stow her away in her very own Luxury Pet House, with a solenoid valve for medical treatment. Check it out on display to the public, among other Korean novelties, at New York's Koreannovation show on May 14th and 15th.
If you live with, or know of, a dog with "behavior problems", the real problem may be lack of sufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Most dogs were genetically bred to perform a specific job for their human companions, which, like many jobs in our 21st century, is gone and ain't coming back.
Who says? MSNBC, in City dogs get to know their inner herder--"It's almost as if the dog needs a job. And when they discover, 'This is what my job is supposed to be,' then everything falls into place." For many dogs, that job is herding:
The American Kennel Club says new herding clubs are popping up across the country, although it does not track exact numbers. Nearly 200 clubs held herding trials last year. More than 10,000 dogs competed, a roughly 10 percent increase over 2006.
Owners describe the practice as an antidote to tighter leash laws and disappearing dog-friendly spaces in U.S. cities. They talk of their dogs' first time in the arena with the pride and amazement usually reserved for describing a child's first day at kindergarten. Many also acknowledge that herding was a last resort.
Experts say the dog-owner mismatch is common. People spend too little time researching a breed's temperament and habits before choosing their family's new addition. A fluffy Saint Bernard, for example, is a working breed that may protect your kids -- against the letter carrier. Then you've got a lawsuit.
If you have read Super Cool Pets for any length of time, you know we love the quality themed collars and leads at Modern Tails. All of us here are basically beach bums so their Resortwear Collar Collection has caught our eye. These fabric collars encase durable nylon webbing and are fully adjustable, with welded metal D-rings on the collars.
Small: 1/2" width, fits 7" - 11" neck
Medium: 3/4" width, fits 11" - 15" neck
Large: 1" width, fits 15" - 22" neck
X-Large: 1" width, fits 19" - 29" neck
Pick out a matching leash from their Resortwear Lease Collection too. The leads have heavy-duty swivel snap locks to ensure a secure collar-lead connection.
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If you are a Dyson fan, this cordless Dyson DC16 Root 6 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is for you. It has twice the suction of other handhelds and will make short work of the pet hair and bird dander cleanup on tabletops, keyboards, desks, furniture and carpets.
Super Cool Pets loves this To Go Bowl for worry-free car trips with your pet. It fits conveniently into your car cup holder alongside your coffee cup, so you know you always have a ready-made bowl receptacle along for water and food. Dishwasher safe. Features:
* Splash Guard--effective up to 16 ounces of liquid.
* Unit can hold up to 32 ounces if used as a regular bowl on the floor.
* Base detaches for separate use as a food/treat container with lid.
* Adjustable ring for secure fit in cup holder.
If you like to write things down to stay organized, or think you should....we have found just the site. Simply Checklists, as the title suggests, has free, ready-made checklists in 18 categories, among them "Pets".
Each checklist has a printer-friendly link, and by printing from this link, an advertising-free checklist will pop-up on your desktop in a PDF format, which of course you can print and/or save to your computer.
This Tropicana Sandy Bird Playstand looks like fun for the birdies. It has nail-conditioning sand perches and is made of durable, powder-coat metal construction. Stainless steel cups, a slideout base and ladders complete the playset. With its compact dimensions of 21-1/4" x 13-1/2" x 18-1/2" high, it should be a good fit anywhere in your home.
If your kitty cat's behavior is making you scratch your head, or tear out your hair, hopefully Psycho Kitty will offer some insight. This new paperback is written by cat expert Pam Johnson-Bennett and is filled with interesting kitty case studies as well as do-it-yourself therapy techniques.
For a dog who likes to relax outside on the patio, porch or by the pool, Super Cool Pets has found this affordable and functional Indoor/Outdoor Dog Bed. This bed is stain- and mildew-resistant, cleans easily and dries quickly.
If you have grown tired of stepping in slimy furball piles on your floor, one vet is suggesting eliminating the hairball formula food and brushing the fur away with the FURminator which we have written about before. From Doolittler's, Hairballs from hell:
Solution: Daily Furminator "brushing" sessions at least five minutes long. Daily Laxatone (a petroleum-based hairball product) in place of hairball formula food. A higher quality diet measured down to the last kibble for a gradual loss of weight (no more than 1-2 pounds per month). No more kitty milk (his former fave).
Like many popular products, as demand has risen for the FURminator so has the price, especially in our local retail store. Here is another somewhat less expensive ergonomic de-shedding tool to consider:
Find some healthy pet tips this Earth Day at Pets for the Environment, a site dedicated to creating an non-toxic environment for pets and people. There you can subscribe to Eddie's blog [authored by a dog on a mission], sign up for Eddie's email and action update list, tell your pet friends about Pets with an ecard, or make a donation to support this vital cause.
At a time when people are fretting about toxins in baby bottles and prescription drugs in the water supply, a new report shows that our pets are teeming with chemicals as well.
The analysis, released by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, used blood and urine samples from 35 dogs and 37 cats collected at Hanover Animal Hospital in Mechanicsville, Va. The study found high levels of numerous chemicals in dogs and cats, including chemicals used in the making of furniture, fabrics and electronics. Mercury was also detected at high levels, likely from fish used in pet food.
Celebrate Earth Day and keep your precious pet chemical-free! For your cat--Make your own natural Flea and Bug Spray, Litter Freshener and Cat Treats from 3 recipes, plus an Organic Catnip Pillow with the Eco Me Cat Kit. For your dog--Make your own natural Dog Flea & Bug Spray, Dog Clean Wipes, Dog Dry Powder Shampoo & Dog Biscuits with the Eco Me Dog Kit.
Just add store-cupboard ingredients like baking soda and vinegar. Treat yourself or a pet-lover you know.
If you don't already know how, or maybe need some new ideas, Luxury for Dogs by Manuela von Perfall is a manual for pampering your pet. Here you can check out the best in dog toys, leads, dishes, kennels, carriers and baskets, as well as grooming aids and doggy wear.
Enjoy the soothing tranquility of these Pet Windchimes in your yard. Made of colorful pieces of gently tinkling glass -- a mixture of blues and greens with fish for the dancing cats, and oranges and greens with bones for the panting dog. Lovely hostess gift or housewarming present.
Are your pets on vitamins? Many experts recommend it, especially after the pet industry shenanigans exposed in last year's pet food recall. We have added vitamins and an occasional egg to our Golden Retrievers' morning meal and have noticed shinier coats and less tummy upset.
Gorgeous Dry Dog & Cat cleans with no water at all. This is a spray-on/wipe-off no rinse shampoo for both dogs and cats. Contains conditioning and moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera gel, oat protein (a gentle form of oatmeal), chamomile, lavender and rosemary to enrich and enhance your dog or cat's skin and fur.
Adorable handmade Sterling Silver Custom Dog Tags with a cut-out copper or silver shape soldered on top. Bone, as pictured, or choose from flower, moon, star, crown, heart, fishy, small star, dragon fly. Place an order for a short saying, email address or a name on the front. Add your phone number on the back, area code and number.
Does your little pet engage in annoying behavior such as digging, chewing on furniture, jumping on guests, or barking? Do you sometimes think you could benefit from a session with Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer? Or maybe you are simply interested in basic obedience training such as teaching the "come, fetch, stop" commands.
* Remote trainer with a range of up to 100 yards for dogs under 40 pounds
*10 easily adjustable levels of stimulation, from 400 volts to 6000 volts
* Option for negative tone without correction and negative tone with correction
* Low-battery indicator light; expanded training manual and batteries included
After you have given your pet a bath, or just need to dry him/her off, this Cotton Terry Dog Towel will come in very handy. It has a pocket in each corner, so you can hold your pup with one hand and dry with the other. When that portion of the towel is saturated, just change corners for more drying space. Very efficient! Then hang to dry or toss in the machine. 100% terry in blue and green. Can be personalized.
In our house, we love drying time, since it is so much like being petted. Cotton Terry Dog Towel
If your kitty or small dog wants to be with you 24/7, here's a place your pet can perch and gaze at your with adoring eyes without disturbing your work. The Kit-In Box attaches to the side of a desk or can be placed above it. It has a soft cushion and high walls, which should have a cozy appeal for your cat or dog.
The Kit-In Box supports up to 20 lbs and is perfect for a cat and a small dog.
Contemporary bamboo plywood Itch Wall Cat Scratcher will appropriately channel your cat's scratching urge while enhancing your home decor. Wall mountable for secure vertical cat scratching or place it on the floor.
For extra fun, catnip can be placed behind the removable and replaceable carpet insert.
When it comes time to head to the vacation home, the big question may not be whether to pack the golf clubs, but whether to pack the family pet.
"If it's a short vacation, many pets will be O.K. staying at a kennel or with a friend," said Amanda Walter, an associate veterinarian at the Center for Veterinary Care in Manhattan. "And there are places that do doggie day care so that the dog gets a vacation of his own. But if you're gone for months, I think the dog is going to be happier if it's with you."
If you do decide to bring your pet(s) along on your vacation, trip or extended stay, don't leave home without a copy of the AAA Traveling With Your Pet Petbook.
Updated annually, the AAA PetBook features more than 13,000 hotels and campgrounds in the United States and Canada that accept pets. This comprehensive guide also includes more than 400 pet-friendly private campgrounds, dog parks and pet-friendly attractions. Practical tips on border crossing procedures, what to pack, who to call, and details on traveling with your pet by car or by air make this a truly invaluable travel companion.
The Puppywalk Blue Breezy Ultra lets your pet sleep off the ground in a comfy canvas shaded hammock. Keeps your pet away from the mud, ants and fleas and protects against the hot sun and rain showers. Mildew-resistant. Hose down to clean, dries quickly.
If you enjoy fish, you will love this stunning Coffee Table Aquarium for your living room or den. Enjoy watching the fish as you relax with a coffee in the morning or a refreshing drink after work. You won't have to worry about starting a conversation when you entertain!
The Clear-Seal Coffee Table Fish Tank is suitable for the following cold water fish: Black Moors, Bubble Eye, Chocolate Pom Pom's, Comets, Fan Tails, Orandas, Shubunkin or small Koi.
Attract wild birds to your yard with a decorative Copper and Cedar Birdhouse. This attractive birdhouse has a weather vane ornament and a copper roof and is constructed of durable cedar to resist rot, insects and inclement weather. The dimensions and entry hole size are ideal for bluebirds and similar wild birds.
Just get a new dog or puppy? Know someone who did? Bath time is a fact of life, and the new doggy will love the full spa treatment. This Buddy Wash Dog Washing Set will clean, moisturize, and rejuvenate your dog, leaving a light, refreshing lavender/mint scent. These grooming supplies are pH balanced, and are safe for use on puppies.
Fido is getting a new name -- several, in fact: "plaintiff," "trustee," "beneficiary" and even "defendant."
Dogs, cats and creatures of all sorts are being redefined in an emerging area of legal practice known as animal law. Once considered mere property, animals are being invested with legal standing as they're increasingly being named as partial beneficiaries of estates, subjects of lawsuits and victims of abuse.
As animals rise in the law, so does the profile of animal lawyers, or lawyers who practice animal law.
Ninety-two of the 196 law schools in the country approved by the American Bar Association now offer courses on animal law, up from the nine that offered classes in 2000, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
We humans are ever-expanding our classification of beings to whom we grant "rights". However, all you soon-to-be law school grads, don't quit your day job yet. Read entire article
And, word to the wise, check your state and local laws--your dog may have more legal rights than your cat. Check out this short video via Clip Syndicate:
Moral of the story, microchip your pet, or place an ID tag on their collar.
If you are wondering how popular your pet's name is, here is a list of the top pet names from Veterinary Pet Insurance. People are noticing how many of the names are human names, a trend perhaps validating the contention that our pets have become really truly "members of our families".
Happy Days are here again!
The staff at Super Cool Pets are all members of Red Sox Nation and wear our Sox T-shirts on game day. We expect nothing less of our pets. We have featured Red Sox apparel here, but rest assured no matter what MLB team you root for, there are cool Jerseys
If you are a nature-lover, you can "bathe with the fishes" on a daily basis in your Aquarium Bathtub. This is a gorgeous free-standing contemporary bath tub. And if you need to ask the price, trust us, you can't afford it.
Several years ago this woman found a sick, malnourished lion cub in the jungle. She took the cub home and fed him and brought him up until he was too big to keep anymore. Then she made arrangements with a zoo in Colombia to take the lion. Here's a video of what happened when she went to visit him in the zoo for the first time.