March 31, 2010
We'll take a look back over our shoulder at winter and the super cool pet stuff we dug up in March. We're ready to spend more time outside with our pets and have some warm weather fun.
Be sure to check back here often for new and different ways to improve the lives of our pets and the people they love. Thanks for reading!
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Continue reading: "Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- March 2010"
March 31, 2010
Lay this multi-functional Bowsers Buttercup Rainforest Fleece Pet Bed flat or turn it into a cozy spot by simply pulling the string.
For cats and small dogs in assorted colors and prints at Bowsers Buttercup Pet Bed. So cute!
March 30, 2010
Patricia McConnell is animal behaviorist and adjunct professor of zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. You may be familiar with her fascinating read The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs where she offers sound advice for dog owners based on this premise: "Pay attention to your own behavior. Believe me, your dog is."
Her newly released and updated The Puppy Primer is a must for new puppy owners. The book is a fun and simple guide through every aspect of raising a puppy with games, helpful hints and trouble-shooting tips for both new dog owners and training experts. In this easy-to-read updated version, the compassionate Dr. McConnell added new information about the benefits of positive reinforcement, as well as the importance of realistic expectations.
March 29, 2010
Lot of us have dogs who snuffle around disruptively underfoot during meals. Our cats jump up on the table. And both may want to sit in our laps. Rather than gating or crating your pet in another room, or constantly replacing the cat on the floor, promote more refined behavior.
This Pet High Chair lets your dog or cat join you right there at the dinner table, clipping securely to tables up to 2" thick. You can adjust the height without tools to bring your pet up close to eye level. There are two tethers on the chair to, well, keep your pet off the table and your lap.
March 27, 2010
Enjoy lovely fruit-eating birds in your yard with this Songbird Essentials Fruit Feeder. Skewer juicy pieces of halved oranges, grapes, raisins, apples, grapefruits or pears, cut-side out.
You can attract varied species of colorful wild birds that you may not otherwise see at your feeders, such as orioles, scarlet tanagers, mockingbirds, grosbeaks.
Here's a more extended chart of the varied species of the birds you can attract and what fruits they like.
Continue reading: "Songbird Essentials Fruit Feeder -- Attract Beautiful Fruit-Eating Birds to Your Yard"
March 26, 2010
Over a year ago, we talked about the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Automatic Pet Door available in the UK and other countries, but not in North America. Word is out that the SureFlap units are now available for shipment anywhere in Canada and the United States of America.
SureFlap cat flaps allow your pet access in and out of your home by recognizing the ID chip already implanted in your cat and eliminates the problem of unwanted visitors. Collars or tags which can get lost or caught on branches and fences are unnecessary with the SureFlap unit installed.
To purchase, click here.
via Modern Cat
This beautiful 3D Cat Puzzle Box is handmade of sustainable* Shisham wood by artisans in India. This sleeping kitty hides two compartments that are revealed when you remove the two keys and two lids.
*Sustainable wood is wood harvested from responsibly managed forests or reclaimed from old buildings or furniture.
March 25, 2010
This freestanding Dog Gate-n-Crate switches easily from a short gate to a long one, to a zigzag barrier, and finally to a 3-sided pet crate against a wall or corner. It's made of thick, solid hardwood with substantial feet to hold it steady. The integrated handles enable you to quickly move the from room to room. Folds flat for storage.
March 24, 2010
Good for Ellen DeGeneres. The United States Postal Service is releasing new Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps. During the launch of the stamps, Halo: Purely for Pets, the pet food company co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres, will be donating a million meals to animal shelters around the country.
Their goal is to educate Americans about the plight of millions of homeless pets living in shelters. Almost half of them will be euthanized. These animals need good homes. The Stamps to the Rescue 2010 campaign encourages us all to adopt a pet, volunteer at a shelter, or just promote the cause by buying these stamps.
Halo: Purely for Pets natural pet food is fortified with vitamins, minerals, prebiotics and probiotics, free of artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, gluten, wheat or corn, rendered meats, poultry or fish, animal or plant by-products.
March 23, 2010
Reward desired behavior with treats--the more natural and healthy the better. Cut these 100% Freeze Dried Dog Treats into little bits, and your dog will be putty in your hands.
Professional trainers and breeders have used these pure beef freeze-dried treats for years as an obedience tool for training pure bred dogs for show.
March 22, 2010
Spring sale on plush and squeaky dog toys! Save 25% on these cute and funny toys when you buy 2 or more. Use code FUNTOYS at checkout. Ends March 28. All orders over $99 ship FREE. Makes a great gift for all size dogs.
The contoured design of this pet Bowl Bed will provide for hours of comfy napping or just hanging out for any size cat or small dog. It has a convenient notched front for ease of entry and lets your pet stretch out the paws.
The bottom of the base is covered with non-skid rubberized backing, so it won't slide or scratch your furniture or floors. Place it on the floor, a counter top, a table or anywhere you want. Choose from assorted available colors below.
March 21, 2010
March 20, 2010
Locked out of the house? Want to leave a key out for the children, but not in plain sight? This little Portly Bluebird is a useful place to hide a spare house or car key, as it appears to be a cute accent piece. It's weather-resistant to protect keys from the elements.
March 19, 2010
Time for a new Easter outfit! We are loving this Blue Bunny Dog Romper. It has cute white cuffs on the legs and a pompom on the tail. On the back there's an adorable bunny head applique trimmed wth embroidered thread. The hood has a pair of bunny ears, so your dog will look like a bunny with the hood up. Sizes S to XL in comfy 80/20 cotton/polyester.
Check out the entire fun Muttropolis Easter Collection of toys, pet apparel, collars and leashes. All Muttropolis orders over $99 ship FREE.
March 18, 2010
Some of our dogs and cats have been suffering adverse reactions from pet spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control -- skin irritation, redness, gastrointestinal problems (vomiting or diarrhea), or effects to the nervous system, such as trembling, appearing depressed, seizures. The majority of the problems apparently involved overdosing small dogs in the 10 to 20 lb range and cats who took meds intended for dogs.
Beginning immediately, the EPA will increase scrutiny of these spot-on pesticide products to ensure their safety. The EPA will begin reviewing labels for clarity and will develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. From the press release:
Continue reading: "PetScoop: EPA To Tighten Standards on Flea and Tick Meds for Cats and Dogs"
March 17, 2010
Happy St Patrick's Day! PETCO.com is having a 17% sale today only. Find thousands of items on sale for all your pets.
Get FREE Shipping on your order of $60 or more with code imhome60. Expires March 26.
Dinnertime? Someone's on the phone? Go easy on your vocal chords--call in your dog and other family members with this handsome Outdoor Dog Bell. It makes a fun doorbell, too.
Hand cast from rust-free, recycled aluminum, it's hand painted with a weather-resistant finish to withstand the elements. Easy to install with included hardware. Makes a great house gift for dog lovers.
March 16, 2010
Fuji has introduced the new Fujifilm FinePix Z700EXR Digital Camera with 5x optical zoom and 3.5-Inch touch-screen LCD. For pet lovers, the FinePix Z700EXR comes equipped with Fujifilm's brand new Pet Detection technology, with the ability to detect up to 10 faces of dogs or cats and automatically optimize the focus. The camera is programmed to recognize 80% of the top 20 dogs in the American Kennel Club (AKC) ranking and 60% of The Cat Fancier's Association (CFA) breeds.
Of course, the camera has face recognition technology for human faces too. Its responsive touch screen enables you to take and view photos with the touch of a finger and provides a relatively large, bright screen to compose and view your photos. The camera also offers HD movie in 720p with sound and high quality stills playback. Users can mark their favorite images and videos for Facebook or YouTube upload, so they are all ready to go when they next connect to their computer. Supercool gift idea!
March 15, 2010
Customize your own Purrrfect Playhouse Kitty Gym and receive a free scratching post with purchase of any one of their 6 models! Your cat gets 5 levels to play or lounge on, three 18" seats with bumpers at ascending heights, and a cozy enclosed condo for napping or hiding. Plus it's environmentally friendly, made of recycled materials.
The Playhouse comes standard with 24" of sisal rope on a bottom leg, providing a great scratching surface for your cats. You may choose to add sisal to the additional 2 legs and also add 8" sisal strips to up to 3 of the upper posts.
Your standard Playhouse also comes with solid carpeting. You can choose your carpet color from their selection and add cute pawprint carpet inlays to the sleep trays.
March 12, 2010
Super Cool Pets headquarters is generally a little disheveled with so many pets milling around. We recommend hard floor surfaces for pet households rather than carpet. But since most of us do have some rugs around in any case, daily maintenance is a must to stay even remotely presentable.
Thus we happily accepted a sample spray bottle Carpet CPR Spot & Stain Remover for review from LA-based Leather CPR. Carpet CPR is a spray that needs to penetrate the dirt on your carpet for about 3-5 minutes.
We treated a stain (so many spots, so little time), let it soak in and cleaned it up with a neutral cloth. The dirt was absorbed and removed, leaving a clean fresh smell.
Carpet CPR is also great for red wine, food stains, fruit juice, dirt, grease, coffee/tea, lipstick, ink, as well as pet stains. Spray carpet cleaners make effective laundry stain pre-treatment as well.
For a free product sample, click here. Share by simply providing this link: www.leathercpr.com/specialoffer to your family and friends. The five people who refer the most friends/family will be rewarded with a CPR Cleaning Products Prize Pack valued at $50.
March 11, 2010
Cute dog hoodies for spring wear are out. Both these below are knit pullovers in sizes S to XL.
The adorable Knit Flower Dog Hoodie is a knitted sweater with soft, with flower blossom embellishments on the bodice and the hood.
The little Knit Flower and Bee Dog Hoodie has vibrant playful bees, buzzing on the beautiful flowers located on the back and hoodie.
Check out the selection and get Free Shipping on All Orders over $99.
Many pet lovers are gardeners too. For indoor use or outdoor spring plantings, this beautiful Cat Watering Can is functional, yet attractive enough to be double as a garden accent. A Fish Watering Can is also available.
They are both made of handcrafted steel with a bronze weather-resistant finish and gold highlights. The mouth is the watering spout for your plants. Something to keep in mind for Easter and Mother's/Father's Day gifts.
March 10, 2010
We recently added a new baby cockatiel to the Super Cool Pets team and have been scouting around for fun bird toys to make her feel at home. This Musical Jukebox Toy should entertain and stimulate our new bird, as well as her older companion.
This toy has an easy-press button that allows your bird to activate the music thousands of times. Birds love listening to music, so this can be an excellent source of entertainment when people are not around or otherwise occupied. It's even tough enough for Amazons and African Greys.
Get your tissue box ready. Based on a true story from 1930's Japan, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, is a new film about pet love and loyalty. Part of this movie is viewed from the dog's perspective. It is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Hallström (2000, The Cider House Rules).
A college music professor Parker Wilson, played by Richard Gere, finds a young Akita puppy abandoned at the local train station. He has a strong sense of town and community and assumes the dog's owner will return to the train station to claim him in the morning. Parker takes the puppy home overnight, but when no one comes to get the dog, Parker convinces his reluctant wife, Cate (Joan Allen), to adopt the pup into their family. He names the puppy Hachiko--Hachi, for short--because of the Japanese symbol for good luck that's hanging from his collar.
In DVD and Blu-ray
March 9, 2010
If you are in the market for a new pet feeder, here's something with some personality. Skate Dog Studios in North Carolina makes elevated dog feeders from solid maple skateboard deck. Comes with two 24 oz removable stainless steel bowls. Choose from many fun designs with 4", 6" or 8" legs available to accommodate your pet's size.
Think your pooch looks a little round? Over half of our pets are too heavy. Most of us are apparently overfeeding our dogs by 25 percent every day. A new book Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter - A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives by Dr. Ernest Ward, DVM, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, is filled with fascinating information and of course, weight-loss techniques and healthy tips. He tells us that many pet foods (like human ones) are chock full of addictive sugar and fat and are too high in carbs.
The slender author, affectionately known as "Dr. Ernie," is a practicing veterinarian who appears regularly on the Rachael Ray Show, and has been featured on Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show and CNN. He has authored and contributed to over fifty-five veterinary journal articles in North America, England, Canada, Japan, and China, and has published three books and three veterinary training videos. Sounds like an expert!
March 8, 2010
The Kritter Kondo is an outdoor cat or smaller dog enclosure that lets your indoor pets enjoy the outdoors and sunshine, safe and sound from dangerous traffic or predators.
The collapsible Kritter Kondo comes with its own carrying case, a shoulder strap and handle. The carrying case has three interior pockets and a zipper pouch for your cat or small dog's blanket, toys and treats.
No matter what type of home you live in, it's perfect for balconies, porches, patios, your backyard. Super convenient--never leave your pets home alone again while traveling and camping.
Bring back the good old days. These adorable Peculiar Pet Pillows are handmade in North Carolina by Michelle Lyon from vintage reclaimed bedspreads and stuffed with recycled poly-fill (80% recycled plastic water bottles).
She sews each one on her mother's 1959 Singer sewing machine, and then adds wool felt details by hand. Each dog, cat and whale pillow is one-of-a-kind!
March 6, 2010
Even if the weather is frightful where you live, the birds are migrating back and are looking for homes to raise their young. Here are two different styles that would embellish your back yard:
This Copper Birdhouse is made of 100% recycled Turkish copper with a sunburst medallion embossed on the side. It has an insulating wooden inner liner with a removable roof for cleaning.
This cast polyresin Fairy Village Birdhouse is loaded with detail, from the curving "brick" roof and chimney to the arched doorway and heart transom above. It has a removable bottom for cleaning.
March 5, 2010
Save 20% this weekend on dog carriers at Muttropolis.com. Dozens of styles to choose from. Use code CARRYME at checkout. Expires Monday, March 8.
Get Free Shipping on all orders over $99.
Ready for spring cleaning? We know, yuck. We kind of like the philosophy of the poster above, but can't carry it to extremes.
So, we were checking out the PetSmart 20% off Solutions Sale and found this compact Bissell Little Green ProHeat Turbobrush Pet Cleaner for pet or people accidents.
This portable vac is handy for small jobs and also powerful enough for big jobs. With the long vacuum hose and power cord, pet owners can clean hard to reach places like stairways and upholstery as well as vehicle interiors.
Browse the Solutions Sale and save up to 20% on hundreds of items at PetSmart.com.
Photo: A Clean House (Is a Sign of a Wasted Life) Poster Print
Dogs do get bored with routine and the same old toys. Soon, the weather will be warming up, and our dogs can romp and play more outside. Looking for something new to provide mental and physical stimulation?
This Flashing Football Dog Toy flashes on impact for 30 seconds. Get over 100 hours of fetch playing time with your pup. Keep the fun going even after dark!
At Amazon and Orvis.
March 4, 2010
The Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair is a nifty little product for picking up rampant shed fur, so we don't have to waste precious time vacuuming the furniture.
However, the manufacturer's instructions are to toss when through--wasteful and needlessly expensive. The hair collection container is held in place with pins, making it difficult to remove. Over at Consumerist a reader Jim came up with a solution:
Paying no heed to the package's warnings to "not try to empty or disassemble disposable sweeper", Jim found that, "if you hold the sweeper vertically and apply gentle, but firm, pressure to one of the rollers, it will pop out of its holder. You can then empty the catcher, carefully replace the roller and the sweeper will work like new!"
This trick is also reported in the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair reviews.
No more ants in the pet bowl -- indoors or out. Fill the reservoir of the AntBlocker with water and place your pet's food bowl on top. Protects your floor, too, from slobber and food.
March 3, 2010
Brighten up your entryway, kitchen or bath with these hand-hooked Washable Rugs for both cat and dog households. These rugs are long-lasting and machine-washable, so perfect for high traffic areas.
To save 15% on washable rugs, enter code RUGS at checkout. Offer is valid through 3/5/10.
Flax--not just for people anymore. Our pets' diets, like ours, are way high in omega-6 and way low in the omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids increase immune function, brain health and help protect against certain prevalent cancers in ourselves and our pets. A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids promotes healthier joints, skin, and heart, as well as a shiny coat, increased energy, faster healing and allergy relief for both dogs and cats.
Flaxy Dog Milled Flax is 100% real cold milled flax (cold milling chops the seed without heating the mill blades, preserving the valuable fatty acids) and is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Early every morning, all our super cool pets inhale a heaping tablespoon of milled flax in their meal along with Cosequin DS Double Strength Chewable Tablets for Dogs and Nutramax Cosequin Sprinkle Capsules for Cats.
Note: Whole flax seed must be ground to digest properly. Store the milled flax in a dry, cool spot and it should be good to go for 12 to 18 months. And as always, double-check with your vet and doctor as we do not have MD after our names in any form or fashion.
March 2, 2010
March is here, so springtime can't be far off. Actress Glenn Close's fabulous pet supplies site FetchDog.com is holding a Say Goodbye to Winter Sale. Amen--what a winter! Save up to 70%--collars, leashes, toys, cold-weather pet clothing.
The Bad Dog Collection depicts the follies of training your dog. Fun and different gifts for yourself and other dog lovers. Plates, mugs and tumblers are all sold separately.
March 1, 2010
With a tax deadline fast approaching, it brings to mind the other certainty of life. Many of us plan to be buried alongside family members. Would that include your pet(s)? People have been buried with their animals throughout history, even prior to the era of Egyptian pharaohs and Roman emperors.
Christian missionaries, who believed that only humans have (are?) souls, discouraged communal burials in order to wean the pagans from their animal rituals and convert them to Christianity. (Note: If you believe your pet does not have a soul, check out Care for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture).
The United Kingdom is a nation of animal lovers with a strong historic background in pagansim. The UK trend is to include pets in their burial plans, according to an article in CNN Pets and people buried together.
These two personalized Pet Memorials make attractive and dignified markers. They are available in different sizes in Marble or Vermont Slate.
William Shakespeare referred to life on planet Earth as a "vale of tears". Whether or not you completely agree with this, we all suffer from the blues from time to time. If wintertime cabin fever is getting to you, prop up your mood with a fun new book Dogplay: The Canine Guide to Being Happy released today.
You may be familiar with the bestselling Cattitude series, by writer Christine Montaquila and photographer Kim Levin. These two have teamed up again to offer doggy tips on living the good life. The book uses charming photos and aphorisms to impart advice about enjoying food guilt-free, appreciating the simple things, de-stressing and more.