This is a two hour family entertainment special hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. The show attracts over 2,000 of the top show dogs from across the country and over 150 different breeds and varieties compete for best of Breed, First in Group and the coveted title of Best in Show at the National Dog Show Presented by Purina.
The host of the show is John O'Hurley, of Seinfeld fame, winner of Dancing with the Starhs and purebred owner, with commentary by David Frei, the "dean of dog show commentators."
Turkey Skin - High-fat foods, such as turkey skin, can be hazardous to your dog. Since the skin is hard to digest, it can lead to pancreatitis. If you still want to share your bird, give your dog a small piece of white meat.
Turkey Bones - Cooked poultry bones are brittle and splinter easily. If ingested, they can lodge in the esophagus or cause stomach or intestinal irritation.
Xylitol - This sweetener is present in products from gum to sugar-free cookies. Even in small amounts, ingestion can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, and death.
Grapes and Raisins - These common snacks can induce permanent and life-threatening kidney failure in some dogs. Though some pets seem to handle eating grapes just fine, it's safest to avoid grapes and raisins completely.
Chocolate - Most pet owners are aware of chocolate's danger, but with the recent popularity of dark chocolates -- which contain higher doses of toxic cocoa -- it's more important than ever to be vigilant about chocolate consumption. Ingestion can cause abnormal heartbeats, kidney failure, and death.
Onions - High levels of onion ingestion in dogs and cats can cause life-threatening anemia. Be aware of food at your table -- such as stuffing or casseroles -- that may contain this dangerous ingredient.
Here is just the gift for our puppies--huge soft toys for playing, snuggling or sleeping. Oversized, holiday-themed Colossal Grunters can be prodded and pushed by most any pet. Features a grunter in the stomach and a squeaker in each limb and nose.
Styles: Bear, Moose, Tortoise ,Gorilla , or Gingerbread Man.
Fling-ama-String Motorized Cat Toy from Moody Pet is like a personal trainer for your cat. This is a battery operated, motorized toy that flings a string in and out for your kitty's entertainment. This award-winning cat toy won Cat Fancy magazine's editor's choice award and Best New Product at the Global Pet Expo.
Watch Fling-ama-String Motorized Cat Toy in action:
by Tamara Khalaf (Illustrator)
Look at the art created and produced for the more than seventy-five year history of the Disney dog. Includes conceptual artwork, model sheets, animation, and final frame images of Disney's mangy mutts and cocky canines. Accompanying text features stats on the characters and films.
PhoDOGraphy: How to Get Great Pictures of Your Dog
by Kim Levin
Combines heartwarming behind-the-scenes anecdotes with practical ideas for taking good--better--best photographs of our four-legged friends. Offers techniques that amateurs can use starting here and now.
To the Dogs
by Peter Culley
Features 150 full-page photographs, including 50 in color.
Christie Keith at Pet Connection reports that a home testing kit has been developed for the pet food contaminate melamine:
If the FDA won't test food imports for melamine contamination, should we start doing it ourselves?
Joy Drawdy, owner of Gainesville's Earth Pets Natural Pet Market, thinks so, and so she developed a home melamine test kit:
"Pet owners should have a way to test their food at home. People coming into Earth Pets kept saying something like this was needed. I started trying to find one, but none existed," Drawdy said. "In the past year, using my knowledge of pet food manufacturing and contaminant testing, I developed one. I have it patented and it's done. I just need to get it marketed."
Projected availability for this test is late spring 2009.
These are classic German-made slippers of soft, natural boiled wool which conform to your foot like a second skin and breathe for year-round comfort. They have flexible wool soles with non-slip coating and an arch support.
Seasonal Suet Feeder Evergreen Tree and Suet Feeder Mittenwill attract a variety of feeding birds to your backyard. Metal suet cages for wild birds in fun winter-themed designs. A great gift idea for friends and neighbors.
Cute Fluff Coin Purses screen printed with various dog breeds on both sides--bulldog, lab, poodle, terrier and more. A vintage style kiss lock coin purse, made of faux leather. Approximately 5" wide x 4" tall.
The new Hepper Pod Beds are out, better than ever. They now are equipped with a removable, washable pad liner so you can keep your cat's bed fresh. This new pad liner is reversible and available in sherpa fleece or smooth microfiber. The herringbone color has a herringbone weave instead of the microfiber, but it's just as super cool.
The metal frame has been redesigned -- it now has 2 legs and has been strengthened to accommodate our more robust kitty cats. The door way has been enlarged as well.
If you don't know about the modern pet furniture for cats and dogs at Hepper, check it out.
Here is a thoughtful holiday gift for the dog lover who strives to improve their dog handling skills. Cesar Millan's Sessions with Cesar Online Coaching Course will help the dog owner achieve balance with their dog in the comfort of their own home and on their own schedule. The sessions consist of easy-to-use, interactive video lessons, printable course materials and community.
Surprise your kitty this holiday season! Cat Dancer Cat Toy is the original interactive cat toy. Spring steel wire and rolled cardboard create an irresistible lure for cats and great fun for cat lovers.
Go green and clean with powerful blasts of hot steam, without detergents or other additives! The 1400-watt Shark Ultra Steam Blaster uses the power of steam to deep-clean surfaces all over your home.
Use the Shark Ultra Steam Blaster to clean your hardwood floors, laminate, tiles, or vinyl floors. Also effective for cleaning your appliances, countertops, mirrors, glass, bathrooms, and much more. Sounds perfect for the pet lover's home!
Be seen on your dog walks -- day or night. This IllumiNite Men's Nocturnal Jacket looks attractive in daylight and is made for night time jogging, cycling, and dog walking. It is a reflective, breathable softshell jacket that blocks wind and repels water.
When the sun goes down, IllumiNITE technology reflects back a silhouette profile that is easily recognized as a human shape, unlike other reflective strips and trims. It has an exterior MP3 pocket with cord port, adjustable cuffs and bottom cinch cord. Great gift for the animal lover in your life at IllumiNite Men's Nocturnal Jacket in 3 different color combos.
Love the look of this cat toy! The Champagne Catwheel has a rough exterior for cat play and scratching, with a soft faux fur interior for R&R. The Catwheel sits securely atop four wooden balls. Faux fur is removable and machine washable.
I made this house for my cat, Olive. She enters through a door in the bottom side and then ascends a ramp, which boosts her to the upper level. The front wall is plexi-glass, the floor is 2.5 inch thick old sheepskin rug, and my wife made some small paintings that hang on the walls. There is also a big cardboard scratching porch. Cats love to scratch and relax on cardboard. The top is removable and the glass slides out for maintenance.
We are intrigued by the Litter-Garage™ system. It provides a means to keep litter box odor and dust outside, while your kitty cat stays inside, and your house stays clean.
The Litter-Garage™ installs easily* on a common wall between your house and garage. Your cat travels back and forth to the covered litter box in the garage through a cat door and connecting chute. All cleaning, disposal and replacement of litter happens outside the house in the garage. The sloped chute reduces tracked-in litter.
The Litter-Garage™ is a clever solution to the problems of the litter box and litter dust in the house. As an added benefit, it keeps litter safely away from your other household pets, toddlers and pregnant women. Accommodates cats up to 15 lbs.
* Easy to install--only 3 simple parts to install. The site claims average installation time is one hour. Plus free shipping!
Need a new web fix? Feast your eyes on this super cute litter of puppies, now performing live on the web via theShiba Inu Puppy Cam. The six Shiba Inu pups (3 boys and 3 girls) turned 5 weeks old on November 11th. This is the first litter from their mom, Kika.
If you don't know about CatsPlay.com you are in for a treat! This site has everything imaginable for cats, and dogs too.
Just in time for holiday shopping CatsPlay.com is offering big discounts on more than 150 items! Now through November 30, get 20% off the item price of their most popular and extensive furniture line. Choose from more than 80 different styles!
Anticipation is half the fun! Here's a Pet Advent Calendar you may like even better than the Christmas Countdown Calendar featured recently.This one is made of wood with charming illustrations on printed paper. Keep it as a family keepsake and a holiday tradition.
Hide a small dog treat behind each door, then open one daily with your pet for a little bit of holiday anticipation. A delightful gift for pet-loving family and friends.
If the jingling of pet tags sometimes drives your household nuts, these Quiet Spot™ Pet Tag Silencers are a good stocking stuffer gift. They eliminate common complaints most people have with pet tags:
Tag Noise--light sleepers, homes with sleeping babies, joggers, hunters, home office workers
Tag Tarnish--white and light-colored breeds get a nasty tarnish on their coats from loose tags
Quiet Spot™ Pet Tag Silencers are completely weatherproof Neoprene gear in muli-colors. They are designed to be left on your pooch 24-7, and feature a genuine 3M Scotchlite reflective logo for safer walking after dark.
Many pet owners wonder what their pets are up to when they are not around. In a post earlier this fall, Super Cool Pets featured the Panasonic Network Camera and Pet Cam, which allows you to monitor your pet's activities via the web when you are off-prem.
In a similar, but different vein, the SNIFTag is a new product from a Boston-based company founded by a group of MIT Media Laboratory graduates. This device also allows you to monitor your dog's activity while you're away. It attaches to your dog's collar and records your pet's activities and interactions with other people and pets. The data is uploaded to the company's website where the pet owner can log in and see what their pup has been up to.
The SNIFTag senses proximity to other SNIF devices using low-power wireless technology. It is not a tracking device--for that, a GPS Dog Tracking System is required.
The SNIFTag was also designed as a social networking tool for pet owners. The goal is to create a community to keep in touch with your pet's friends, to meet and befriend other pet owners, and share helpful information and pet tips online.
SNIFTag will retail for $299, but you can grab it now for an introductory price of $199 under November 24th. The Starter Kit includes: 1 SNIF® Tag, 1 SNIF® Base Station, 2 additional rims, 2 additional faceplates, 1 SNIF® Tag Key, 1 small collar clasp, 1 medium collar clasp, 1 A/C power adapter, 1 Ethernet cable, 1 USB cable, 1 instruction manual.
Effectively remove dirt and pet hair from your upholstery, your floors and on the stairs with its flex nozzle. The unit also comes equipped with a hard nozzle for cleaning dry messes or the inside of your pet's favorite vehicle.
For the Star Wars obsessed, here is another way to get your daily fix. The R2D2 Aquarium holds a 1 3/4-gallon aquarium tank in his belly, about the right size for a few goldfish, gouramis, or tetras. His domed head rotates in response to verbal commands, and he utters his familiar "bleeps" from the Star Wars® movies. The radar eye contains a built-in periscope that provides a close-up view of your fish. Certainly a conversation piece.
'Tis the season! The names of our pets are on our holiday gift list, along with other members of the family and good friends.
As pet lovers know, there is an overwhelming amount of super cool pet gear available to "chews" from. We have been sniffing around the Net for our pets and the people they love, so we can find exactly what we want without putting so much as a paw outdoors.
Visiting our favorite web shops and boutiques we have dug up the latest state-of-the-art pet gear for our 2008 Holiday Gift Guide. It's all grouped by category, followed by links to several shops themselves. And if you can't decide, you will find links to both mailed Gift Certificates or e-Gift Certificates. So dig in!
There is speculation that the new "first dog" in President-elect Barack Obama's White House will be a Goldendoodle, a cute, fluffy crossbreed between Super Cool Pets' fave the Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Not officially recognized as a breed, they are certainly adorable and make great family pets.
This eco-friendly gray version Litter Box Robot II is designed for the cat owner who wants to eliminate the chore of personally scooping the litter box while at the same time reducing environmental impact. Features:
* Easy to use
* 2 times a week cleaning
* Eliminates odors
* Light weight
* Self cleaning
We love pet-inspired apparel and accessories, but sometimes they can be a little, uh, tacky. Not so at Dancing Dog Design, who bill their gear as "breed inspired apparel and accessories for the discriminating dog fancier."
The Canine Coat is available in 24 breeds and features embroidered dogs "dancing" all over the jacket. Washed canvas, fully lined with corduroy collar and cuffs.
These pet-shaped Dog and Cat Timers are a cute addition to the animal lover's household. Just twist the dial to the desired amount of time, up to 60 minutes. Available in four styles. Good stocking stuffer.
Add a cozy accent to any room with an attractive and durable Kitty Friends Rug. This plush hooked area rug features four friendly kitties perched on a windowsill gazing at the seasonal landscape. 100% acrylic home area rug. Washable.
Time to upgrade your pet's food bowls? These handsome Antiqued Dog Bowls are heavyweight stainless steel, embossed with bones.
Very user friendly, too. They have a gently sloping interior so your dog can easily lick the bowl clean. The bowls resist sticking and are dishwasher-safe. They have a nonskid rubber rim so the bowl doesn't slide around the kitchen floor, under counters and chairs during meal time!
Tokyo-based Genesys World is now selling a small Qulio Fish Tank [Japanese] specifically designed to view and breed Clionidae, a family of small floating sea slugs, also known as sea angels. They are shaped a little like angels, and have flapping "wings".
Breeding of these exquisite Clionidae is difficult, and until now this beautiful sea life could only be seen in special facilities such as aquariums. The Qulio Fish Tank replicates the ocean conditions in which sea angels breed and thrive.
Remember when you were a kid and counted down the days until Christmas? Well, we still do at Super Cool Pets with this Christmas Countdown Calendar . It's a fun way to interact with your dog during the holiday season.
We open a new window on the calendar each day and everyone gets a treat! (You might need a calendar for each dog.) Make the Christmas Countdown Calendar a new tradition.
Bored cats are unhappy cats and are prone to stress-related behavior problems. Indoor-only cats have a special need for stimulating activities that will keep them mentally and physically fit. When you are not home or otherwise occupied, your smart cat needs suitable toys for solo play.
Beat those kitty blahs with a SmartCat™ Peek-a-Prize Toy Box. It is made of sturdy wood construction with a cat-friendly design to provide your cat with hours of fun. Since cats are natural predators, they love to hunt. The SmartCat™ Peek-a-Prize Toy Box allows cats to "capture" their toys by fishing them out of strategically placed access holes.
SmartCat™ Peek-a-Prize Toy Box includes a free toy--2 balls. For food-motivated cats, drop kitty treats into the toy box for your cat to retrieve and eat. Optional toys are available--Jo Jingles and Eddie Eraser™.
Don't forget to keep safety in mind when selecting toys to use with this toy box. If the toy is one you would not give to a child that is 3 years of age or younger, don't give it to your cat!