April 30, 2010
Here's a look back at all the super cool pet stuff we dug up in April getting ready for warmer weather. We're ready to spend more time outside with our pets!
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!
Accessories and Supplies
Apparel for Pets
Books & Media
Continue reading: "Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- April 2010"
April 30, 2010
Compulsory pooch wear for Mother's Day, May 9th, and year-round for that matter. This blue stretch, ribbed-knit "I Love My Mommy" Dog Tank is a soft cotton dog tank top with a high-cut belly for stay-dry comfort.
"I Love My Mommy" Dog Tank in sizes XXS to L.
April 29, 2010
Now that the weather is nicer, we are headed outside to clear away the cobwebs and play fetch with our dogs. Here's a few fetch toys we have dug up for fun in the sun:
The Kurgo Winga launches a disc 200 feet away for your pet to chase. The 3 inch rubber discs soar through the air and float on water for our doggies who love to swim. Great for parks, playgrounds, backyards and beaches.
The Chewbers Frisbee is streamlined to throw longer distances to accommodate our bigger dogs. The Chewbers help clean dog teeth and massage gums (made from durable double-layer rubber bonded to a nylon core). It also conveniently doubles as a on-the-spot water dish if you are on the go.
Go recycled with a Wham-o Re-Flyer Recycled Frisbee. It's made from post-consumer recycled plastic with green cardboard packaging.
April 28, 2010
Here at Super Cool Pets headquarters we keep towels by our doorways to wipe off muddy paws, but our pets still leave footprints all over the floors and carpets. Since we wash our own dirty hands with water, we are thinking that would be more effective on dirty paws.
From now on we can leave a couple of Paw Clean Canine Footbaths by the doors. Each has a 30 oz reservoir to fill with warm water and a self-sealing neoprene opening.
Swish your pet's paw around in the water, and as you slide each leg out, the neoprene seal acts as a squeegee to shed the excess water and dirt. The Footbath comes with ultra-absorbent microfiber towel for a final dry off.
April 27, 2010
WebMD reports that according to the CDC, many people get hurt every year when chasing or tripping over their pets -- their cats as well as dogs. This is a problem all too often dismissed by pet owners. Pet falls can literally ruin the lives of the elderly.
The study, published in the Journal of Safety Research, shows that dogs and cats contribute to injuries that send an estimated 87,000 people to emergency rooms every year:
* Dogs are more dangerous to their owners than cats, associated with 7.5 times as many injuries as felines.
* Women are 2.1 times more likely to be injured by pets than men.
* Injury rates are highest among people age 75 and over, but pets are a hazard for people of all ages.
* Fractures and contusions or abrasions are the most common pet-related injuries.
* 66.4% of falls associated with cats and 31.3% associated with dogs are caused by falling or tripping over the animal.
* 21.2% of falls linked to dogs were caused by being pushed or pulled.
Create a temporary yard enclosure for your pet without burying wires. The portable Wireless Pet Containment System from PetSafe will enclose your pet in an adjustable circular area of up to a 1/2 acre, around 180 feet in diameter. When your pet strays into the warning zone, the receiver delivers a safe and mild static correction.
Full set-up typically takes less than an hour, and no installation, no wire burying, and no stakes are required. This system is ideal for portable installations or people who relocate frequently. Perfect for summer rentals, visiting family and friends. For dogs over 8 pounds.
At Amazon and Orvis.
April 26, 2010
Pet smells can permeate a home just like cigarette smoke and food odors. Realtors will tell you that a home with strong pet smells is a harder sell and may actually garner a lower offer. Your company may notice, but generally won't comment.
One way to improve on this situation, next time you paint your home interior use Dutch Boy Refresh, an odor-eliminating paint that provides a mildew-resistant coating.
How does this work? Dutch Boy Refresh makes use of Arm & Hammer Odor Eliminating Technology and zero VOC. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are vapors that are released from paint as it dries and are thought to contribute to smog and ozone. The gallon and quart containers are recyclable.
Super cool find via DVICE.
Keep your pets watered, happy and super cool this summer when you're out and about. Bring this cute Stainless Steel Pet Water Bottle along everywhere you go.
Simply invert the filled bottle and when your pet licks the rollerball, the bottle releases water. A second, larger opening makes it easy to fill or add ice. It's made of "green" BPA-free, stainless steel with a carabiner clip for easy carrying. In Bones or Paws.
Get 10% off $100 purchase or more. Use code: PHMOMDAY.
April 24, 2010
Love hummingbirds? We sure do here at Super Cool Pets. They buzz outside our office window, feeding on the nectar of the Firespike plants and the Confederate Jasmine.
Even if you don't have any of these lovely creatures zipping by your window, you can still enjoy their beauty with this Solar Hummingbird Mobile.
The four floating hummingbirds each contain a bright LED light, which automatically comes on at dusk. Just place the Solar Hummingbird Mobile in direct sunlight during the day to view these translucent, illuminated tiny hummingbirds after dark.
Super cool Mother's Day gift. Spend $85 and get Free Shipping sitewide. Use code FSMD at checkout. Ends 4/26/10.
April 23, 2010
Do your pets sleep on your bed and wreak havoc on your pillows, sheets and comforters? Or do you confine them, close the door or constantly shout at them to get off?
Our pets do carry bacteria and germs on their paws, fur and mouths than can be transferred to us on our bedding. Pet hair and dander causes many sleepless nights due to allergies.
You can still let your pet enjoy the comfort of your bed during the day with this multi-fleece PawsOFF Protective Bed Cover and sleep in a clean, odor-free bed at night. The cover offers headboard to footboard protection against germs, fur, dirt, slobber, mysterious stains and law scratches.
Continue reading: "PawsOFF Protective Bed Cover for Cat and Dog Households"
Dogs love the nice weather. Feed and water your pet outdoors from this Willowemoc Raised Dog Feeder. It's made of UV-resistant polyresin wicker that won't chip, fade, or deteriorate on a powder-coated steel frame. The feeder comes in honey, black and white, along with two stainless-steel bowls.
This feeder would look great on your deck or patio and matches the popular and durable Willowemoc All-Weather Patio Furniture.
April 22, 2010
What could be more "natural" than giving your dog a bone? For a brief while we gave our Golden Retrievers large bones to gnaw on during that pesky and seemingly eternal chewing stage. A few bouts with middle-of-the-night tummy upsets quickly led us to abandon bones in favor of safer chewy toys.
Apparently the FDA agrees. In No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog they list 10 reasons why it's a "bad idea to give your dog a bone". You probably will agree it isn't worth it.
Continue reading: "PetScoop: FDA Says Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog"
Happy Earth Day! Now is the time to reduce the environmental impact of our pets and improve their quality of life at the same time.
For lots of great ideas, check out Pets Gone Green: Live a More Eco-Concious Life with Your Pets by Eve Adamson. This book will have you "recycling dog toys, cleaning up messes in safe, inexpensive ways, and learning how to be an advocate for a better world."
Pet poop can be hazardous to both human and pet health, transmitting germs and diseases. The more pets there are and the closer we all live to each other, the more at risk we are. Below are some easy solutions:
Dogs. The standard plastic bags many pet owners use to clean up poop are not earth friendly. Biodegradable poop bags such as BioBag Dog Waste Compostable Bags will break down easily and are environmentally friendly.
Another approach is to install a Doggie Dooley Septic-Tank-Style Pet-Waste Disposal System in your back yard. This works like a miniature doggie septic tank, using natural bacteria and enzyme cultures to turn dog waste into a ground-absorbed liquid.
Or try DIY. Dig a hole in your back yard and insert a garbage can or bucket with holes in the bottom. Then dispose of the pet poop into the bucket. Flush with water mixed with an enzyme cleaner such as Waste Terminator, which will help break down the pet waste.
Cats. Biodegradable litters are made from various plant sources, including pine wood pellets, or recycled newspaper, clumping sawdust, barley, and dried orange peel. Top-selling natural litters are Feline Pine Cat Litter and World's Best Cat Litter. Or give up litter all together with a Self-Washing Self-Flushing CatGenie.
April 21, 2010
An enlightening documentary for dog lovers, Through a Dog's Eyes will air on PBS tonight Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants.
The documentary will provide insights into the ways canine assistants improve people's lives and will change the way you look at your own pet. Click to view the trailer.
Through a Dog's Eyes will be out this June in DVD and the book will be released this September 2010. Both are currently available for pre-order.
It's time to lighten up with a new fun book. I Has a Hotdog: What Your Dog Is Really Thinking by Professor Happycat lets over 200 LOLdogs loose on the world. Great Mother and Father's Day gift!
April 20, 2010
Last month we posted on author/veterinarian Dr. Ernest Ward's new book Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter - A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives. For those concerned about maintaining a healthy weight for their pet, the Washington Post has an informative Q&A with Dr. Ernie Ward who writes:
As many of you know, pet obesity is a growing problem in the U.S., now affecting 45 percent of all adult dogs and 58 percent of cats. That equals approximately 34 million dogs and 54 million cats that are overweight and at risk for diseases such as diabetes/insulin resistance, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, cancer and more.
In the end, we all get it that pet obesity is the result of too much food intake. Resources such as this book can teach us all to create new behavior patterns for ourselves and the pets we love.
Part of spring cleaning is throwing out the grungy, dusty pet beds and fixing up your pet with something all fresh and clean to curl up on.
We love the classic look of this Corduroy Puff Ball from Carolina Pet. It has a gorgeous velvet corduroy mini-plush removable cover that is machine washable. It's the perfect cozy, comfy bean bag bed for your pet.
Available for cats and dogs in various colors and sizes S - XL at Amazon and All Modern Pet.
Super cool find via Modern Cat
April 19, 2010
We all know the benefits of having a pet to love and love us back. But adopting a pet is also a big responsibility, and a lot of it is financial. At the minimum pet owners need to provide professional medical care, food and supplies.
In these tight financial times, it pays to educate ourselves before we make such a serious commitment. Mainstreet.com has an informative slideshow on the most economical pets and the typical costs associated with popular house pets.
American consumers are paying top dollar for corn meal-based dry pet food. It's one thing for cheap brands, but another matter entirely that the packaging of many high-end foods list corn meal as the primary ingredient.
Feeding carnivores corn meal + additives can't be healthy. Whatever money is saved in the supermarket will ultimately be spent several times over at the vet's office.
Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets by Patricia Schenck is a second edition that has been completely rewritten to present the latest nutritional recommendations for your healthy dog and cat based on current research. It also contains an extensive discussion of medical disorders that can be managed in part through diet. You will love the simple recipes that can easily be prepared in your own kitchen at home. Sounds like a keeper!
April 17, 2010
Nothing says summer like the calming tones of garden bells chiming gently in the breeze. This striking Three-Bell Birdbath looks as beautiful as it sounds.
A solid brass bowl holds water for your backyard birds to drink and flutter in, supported on a sturdy wrought iron base. This piece makes a lovely yard accent and would be a fabulous Mother's Day gift for the bird lover and/or gardener.
April 16, 2010
Here's a fun and challenging new activity for your cat. This Laser Beam Cat Toy features a black ink pen, a super bright white LED flashlight, and a red laser pointer. Great Mother's or Father's Day gift.
April 15, 2010
Some dogs love to swim and some dogs don't. If you have one of the more cautious types, this interesting Canine Swim Safe will keep your pet calm and safe in the water. It is designed to prevent rollovers in the smaller breeds. Use when boating, swimming and during hydrotherapy.
Super cool find via Book of Joe
April 14, 2010
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Dog collars are like shoes--you can never have too many! Save 20% on all Collars and Leashes at Muttropolis when you buy 2 or more. Use code SAVESETS at checkout. Sale ends 419/10. And get Free Shipping Over $99.
April 13, 2010
This practical Cantilevered Bronze Adjustable Dog Feeder will enable you to set your pet food and water bowls at a comfortable height for your pets. It can be adjusted to three different heights of 12", 14" and 16".
This feeder/waterer can provide the perfect dining height as your puppy grows and for your older dog, reduce neck strain and improve digestion. Includes two 12-cup, stainless steel, dishwasher safe bowls.
April 12, 2010
The warm weather brings out the insects. Few pet chores are worse than removing ticks. Since it has to be done, distance yourself from this gross parasite with a Tick Key Tick Remover.
This little tool easily removes the tick, head and all. The Tick Key is not a weak piece of plastic, but made from high-strength anodized aluminum. It stores conveniently in your purse, wallet, pocket, or on a key chain, collar, saddle, or leash.
April 10, 2010
This unique Alcyon Porcelain Bird Home is beautiful and functional as well--how we like it. It's designed to attract Wrens, Chickadees, smaller Flycatchers and hopefully some Warblers.
The sturdy porcelain is the ideal material to help mitigate temperature extremes and to provide a durable nesting spot for birds. Add an charming accent to your garden or lawn. In four colors.
April 9, 2010
After a while, dogs get bored with the same toy and that goes for the KONG too, as much as they once loved it. The Kong Wobbler is a KONG-shaped treat dispensing toy for a new way to entertain and challenge your dog.
The Wobbler stays upright until your pet pushes it with a paw or nose, then it wobbles, spins and rolls, and dispenses treats through a KONG-shaped hole near the top. Your dog will quickly learn how to make the treats fall out, but the unpredictable movement keeps the toy challenging, even for seasoned Wobbler users. Recommended for dogs 10 pounds and up.
April 8, 2010
Does this picture remind anyone of the Snitch in Quidditch? Pets love new stuff as much as we do, plus variety is important to keep them mentally and physical healthy. This colorful, non-toxic pet toy is different and makes great way to get out and play with your dog.
The Bird Ball Whistling Fetch Toy chirps when thrown in the air and flaps like a bird. It also floats--fun for water play this summer. No batteries required. For cats and dogs. Free Shipping over $99.
April 7, 2010
Automatic pet waterers help you make sure your pet has plenty of clean water to drink 24/7 and can save you from having to adjust your schedule to match your pet's watering habits.
The PetSafe Healthy Pet Water Station provides fresh, clean water on demand for your cats and dogs, with the added benefit of a removable, dishwasher-safe stainless steel bowl.
The Healthy Pet Water Station has a sleek, modern look and is for indoor use only. It's perfect for your kitchen, garage, laundry room, or pantry. Holds 1 gallon of water.
April 6, 2010
Famous dog trainer Cesar Millan's Puppyhood Deck: 50 Tips for Raising the Perfect Dog is released today and available for purchase for all you new puppy owners. Get Dog Whisperer training tips in an easy-access card format.
April 5, 2010
Pet allergies are becoming more and more common. Germs, allergens, viruses and bacteria are brought into our homes on our pet's fur, our hair, clothes, shoes, or just by opening a door or window. The micro-organisms and allergens then multiply and circulate throughout the air we and our pets breathe inside our home.
We all know that helpless feeling when we see our pets suffering. We make a trip to the vet and treat the scratching and itching symptoms with expensive medications, steroids and ointments. But there is another way. The affordable PetAirapy PA-777 Air Purifier goes right to the source of the problem.
It's a portable air purifier with six layers of purifying power, including four different filters, to trap allergens such as pollens, ragweed, dust, dust mites and dander from spreading throughout your home. The UVC germicidal lights kill a variety of bacteria, mold, viruses and other micro-organisms that can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory illnesses and infections.
With a flick of a switch, you can cover up to 1,000 sq feet. Smokers, asthma? Great for humans as well!
April 3, 2010
What makes a bird a bird? That's what Sy Montgomery set out to discover in Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur. Sy is the author of the national bestseller The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood, as well as 15 other nonfiction books.
In Birdology, she uses compassion, humor and fascinating facts to explore and understand the lives of seven types of birds. The author studies bird communication, personality, homing and hunting abilities, as well as their relationship to dinosaurs. A must-read book, for birders, bird-lovers, and anyone with an interest in these beautiful creatures.
April 2, 2010
Ever seen a seahorse giving birth? Didn't think so. Expand your horizons:
Spring is the time to spruce up the outdoors. This black Dog Weathervane adds a nice finishing touch for dog households. Mount it on the rooftop of your home, garage, barn, or on the ground as a lawn or garden accent.
It's hand cast from rust-free, recycled aluminum and hand painted with a weather-resistant finish to withstand the elements.
April 1, 2010
Next time you are wondering where the heck your cat is, this The Lost Feline Locator system will ferret out up to two cats.
First, locate your cat's collar. You are on your own here. That accomplished, put it on and then simply attach the homing tag to your cat's collar.
The credit card-sized handset broadcasts a radio frequency that penetrates walls, doors, and furniture to locate the tag. The handset has eight LEDs that illuminate in succession to lead you to your cat, while an audible tone becomes louder as you get closer.