July 31, 2010
If you are interested in the spiritual bonds humans form with their pets, here is an inspiring tale for you. When we are lucky enough to spot a soaring eagle above, we admire their majesty and beauty, but don't generally feel all warm and fuzzy. That's why this unusual story by Jeff Guidry, An Eagle Named Freedom: My True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, caught our eye, telling the tale of how the author rehabilitated an eagle who bonded with him during his battle with cancer.
From the moment Jeff Guidry saw the emaciated baby eagle with broken wings, his life was changed. For weeks he and the staff at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center tended to the grievously injured bird. Miraculously, she recovered, and Jeff, a center volunteer, became her devoted caretaker.
Though Freedom would never fly, she had Jeff as her wings. And after Jeff was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2000, Freedom returned his gift. Between sessions of debilitating chemotherapy, Jeff went back to Sarvey and began taking Freedom for walks that soothed his spirit and gave him the strength to fight. When he learned he was cancer free, Jeff's first stop was Sarvey to walk with Freedom. Somehow this special bird seemed to understand the significance of the day. For the very first time she wrapped both her wings around Jeff, enveloping him in an avian hug.
July 30, 2010
Do you love animals? But of course. Now, do you need a job or some extra spending money?
Bankrate.com is here to help. Get the scoop on the popular pet jobs out there. You don't need formal job training for most of them, and your start up costs are relatively low. Plus you are your own boss and can work on a schedule that suits your lifestyle. The jobs are:
- Pet sitter
- Dog walker
- Pet groomer
- Pooper scooper
- Pet masseuse
Check out this helpful article for income potential, start-up costs and other tips.
July 29, 2010
Looking for your cat...again? If you have an iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad, this app's for you. Developed by cat owners for cat owners, Here Kitty, Kitty! is a simple cat soundboard designed to help lure your cat out from under a bed, up in a tree, or anywhere else she may be.
Get your cat to perk up his/her ears and come a-running to sounds such as another cat, birds, and even a can opener. Fun for your cat and your friends and family too.
iTunes App Store
July 28, 2010
If your best buddy is a water dog, throw this vinyl Floating Pool and Deck Dog Bed into the pool this summer. Instead of furiously paddling as dogs do, he or she can relax and just float along with you and the crowd. Perfect for a deck lounging spot for wet doggies too.
Even good swimmers can spook. Stay close by your floating pet in the water and perhaps go with a Ruff Wear Portage Float Coat to be on the safe side.
July 27, 2010
This CatWalk YouTube clip demonstrates that cats can indeed be walked happily on a leash.
But there are plenty of cats who literally find it a drag. How about your cat?
Check out more cats on leash videos over at Salon.
The Purrfect Cat Window Perch is a safe place for your indoor cat to hang out, relax, and enjoy the birds, squirrels going by. Use it year round with your window open or closed.
The design functions with most windows, including casements, sliders and even windows without sills. The perch easily attaches to your existing window tracks without drilling or screwing it into your window sill. The carpeted solid wood supports underneath the window cradle slide toward the wall and lock the perch into place. The only tool needed is an Allen Wrench which is included.
These Purrfect Cat Window Perches are large enough for two cats. Custom sizes are available in many carpet colors.
July 26, 2010
Keep your clothes, furniture and curtains fur-free, without causing damage by using a roller specifically made for pet hair removal. This 3M Fluffy Pet Hair Roller has an ergonomic handle shaped like a cat. Eliminate pet hair quickly and easily.
Super cool find via Modern Cat
Get up to 35% off Containment Solutions at PETCO.com, plus free shipping on all orders over $60. Sale ends Tuesday, July 27th.
July 24, 2010
This cute Cat Mouth Birdhouse is the inspiration of designer John Caswell. Leave unfinished or paint how you like. The bottom slides off allowing for easy cleaning of the inside.
July 23, 2010
Decorate your home with your pets in mind. Some pet lovers not only buy pet supplies, but are creating their own animal-friendly design solutions in their home. The New York Times recently ran a fun article on pet-centric design, Raising the Bar on Pet Décor.
Amy Britton, an interior designer who owns Artisan Kitchens in Osterville, Mass., on Cape Cod, said that more of her clients are asking her to include amenities for their pets as part of their renovations. One example is a kitchen island with alcoves for food and water dishes, drawers for leashes and treats, and roll-out storage bins to hold bulk kibble.
Celebrating our 7th. Good times.
July 22, 2010
Get a super cool deal and save up to 29% on the The Original Sherpa Pet Carrier. The online price normally ranges from $69.99 - $89.99, reduced now to $49.97 - $69.97 with free shipping.
These small dog carriers have quality features designed for travel on planes, trains, in the car, or on your shoulder -- long distance or just out and about around town. (Speaking of planes, you may have read that, according to the US DOT, short-snouted dogs, such as pugs and bulldogs, are most likely to die on airline flights.)
Get a deal on no hassle, easy traveling with your small pet. Features:
Continue reading: "Super Cool Savings Up to 29% on The Original Sherpa Airline Approved Small Dog Carriers"
July 21, 2010
This compact PetZen Zen Bed Roll and Bowls set for your dog is perfect when you hit the road to visit friends and relatives. The bed roll and bowls have an earth-friendly design and are constructed of discarded yoga mat material, reducing waste.
The bed roll has a comfy 2" removable pad for a perfect ground barrier with a slip-proof EnviRuff underside for use in crates or on any hard surface. Its reflective, velcro travel handle keeps the bed conveniently packed when not in use. Comes in 2 sizes with nylon leak-resistant food and water bowls.
July 20, 2010
It's such a helpless feeling to wonder if your dog is sick and not know whether you should rearrange your schedule and spring for a vet visit. Did you know a fever is often considered the first indicator for most diseases affecting dogs? And that you can find out all by yourself.
This ThermoPet Dog Thermometer is an incredibly easy and non-invasive way to take take your dog's temperature--without laying a hand on your pet. No struggling with invasive rectal thermometers!
It's a reliable and quick way to assess your dog's health. And if it saves just one vet visit, it's more than paid for!
July 19, 2010
A common problem for cat owners is getting their kitties to actually use their litter box. Recently we ran across a helpful article on the subject, 10 Tips for Maximizing Litter Box Appeal. These tips are offered by animal behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett, author of Starting from Scratch: How to Correct Behavior Problems in Your Adult Cat where you can find more useful information. A summary of the litterbox tips:
1. Most cats prefer a soft, unscented scoopable litter. Texture is important to cats and the feel of a soft substrate on their paws is generally more appealing. Also, with a cat's excellent sense of smell, the highly scented litters can be offensive.
2. Use an uncovered box to allow for maximum comfort and to increase escape potential. Cats, especially in a multicat environment, need to feel they can easily escape from the box in order to prevent being ambushed by a companion cat.
3. Keep the litter level of the box at about three inches. As you scoop soiled litter, be sure to top off the box to maintain a consistent level.
4. Scoop waste from the box twice a day. Nobody wants to use an unflushed toilet.
5. Thoroughly dump used litter and completely scrub the box once or twice a month. If the box still smells after being thoroughly scrubbed then it's time for a new one.
6. The box should be the appropriate size for your cat. Don't ask a large cat to squeeze into a small box.
7. In multicat households you should have the same number of boxes as cats.
8. Don't place litter boxes all in one area. Scatter the boxes throughout the house so lower-ranking cats don't have to pass a higher-ranking cat's area and risk conflict.
9. Don't locate the litter box near the cat's feeding station.
10. Don't use litter box liners.
Photo: ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box. Shop Litter Boxes.
July 17, 2010
It's no fun for any of us to feel bored, and our pets are no exception. Give your large caged feathered friend some fun and mental stimulation with this Hide N Seek Foraging Toy.
The toy has ten openings that are smaller than the contained toys, so your bird will have a challenge to occupy him/her. Add a treat for some extra incentive. Easy to install. Recommended for Conures, African Greys and similar size birds
July 16, 2010
Fed up with pet fur flying everywhere? Keep fine, allergy-causing pet dander away from you, your family and house guests this summer. The full-size Eureka Purple Pet Expert Upright was created specifically for pet owners.
Easily remove pet hair from your furniture and upholstery, fabric curtains and carpets with its new self-cleaning Hair Raiser for Pets brush. The HEPA filter with odor absorbing charcoal captures 99.97% of dust and allergens for a cleaner home. Bagless, 12 amps.
Eureka Purple Pet Expert Upright
July 15, 2010
Summertime is playtime! Save 40% on select toys for your favorite pet at Muttropolis. Don't miss out!
July 14, 2010
Do your kitty cat's toys lie around the house abandoned and neglected? If so, it may be that your cat just has the wrong toys.
To solve this common problem, the helpful cat lovers at Yahoo Shine suggest performing a toy test. Try offering different types of toys to see what he/she likes or dislikes. Some recommended questions to ask yourself:
- Does your cat prefer toys that have a soft mouth feel?
- Does your cat prefer "air hunting" with toys that allow her to leap?
- Does your cat seem intimidated by toys that make noise?
- Do cloth-type toys annoy her because they get stuck in her claws or does she like that she can grasp them so easily?
- Does your cat react more quickly to the life-like feathers on a particular toy?
- Does she prefer toys with longer wands that keep you at more of a distance?
- Are smaller toys preferred over larger ones?
- Does the sound a particular toy makes as it moves on the floor trigger your cat's interest more than others?
Find super cool toys for your cat.
July 13, 2010
Picking up after your dog on walkies is now more fun for your dog and easier than ever for you using this Bags on Board Ball Caddy Dispenser. It holds a roll of 15 bags and a tennis ball.
It conveniently attaches to your waist, leaving your hands free for leashes and other things like talking on your phone. The Caddy also provides storage for your phone, I.D., keys.
July 12, 2010
If the booming of July 4th fireworks and summer storms have done in your dog (and you!) try the Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Treatment. It's a popular solution for many types of anxiety including the aforementioned thunder and fireworks trauma, plus separation, travel, and crate anxieties.
This is a wrap that applies a gentle, constant pressure on the dog's torso. According to some experts, pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years.
Thundershirt for Dogs
July 10, 2010
We noticed the other day that there is a lot we haven't been noticing about our indoor bird cage. Definitely time for a scrub. One reason we avoid this task is that the most effective cage cleaners (and perch cleaner and toy cleaner) are not particularly healthy for our birds.
Avitech AviClean Spray Cleaner will easily remove dried bird droppings, caked-on foods such as fruit, vegetables, nectar, pellets, hand-feeding formula, regurgitated substances. Use on cages, floors, carpets, toys, perches, walls.
AviClean is safe to use, with no scrubbing or rinsing. There is no need to remove your bird when you clean, and the formula won't harm the cage. It serves as a good deodorizer with a fresh minty smell. Great for dog and cat stains. too.
July 9, 2010
You know you wouldn't put up with yucky breath from your sweetie, so why is your dog any different? Tropiclean Fresh Breath 2 in 1 Clean Teeth Gel Kit for Pets is a mint-flavored pet dental gel to freshen that breath and clean those pearly white (yellow?) teeth. For those of us who can't get a toothbrush into our sweet dog's mouth without a wrestling match, the gel can be used with or without a brush.
July 8, 2010
Every silver lining has a cloud and in summer it's mosquitoes and ticks. Not only are they annoying, but they can be hazardous to human and pet health. They definitely can interfere with the fun of playing with our pets outdoors and taking them for walks.
A recent Consumer Reports test found "six repellents protected against deer ticks and two common types of mosquitoes for 7 hours or more. Four of those contain deet in varying levels. The Environmental Protection Agency judges deet safe when used as directed."
The effective products include two types of "Off" and two deet-free:
Another possibility is the battery-powered Off! Clip On Mosquito Protection with the claim of "head to toe protection up to 12 hours" on the package. Disappointingly, the folks at Consumer Reports abandoned testing their beleaguered subjects after two hours because of bites.
July 7, 2010
United Pet Group, out of Cincinnati OH, is voluntarily expanding its recent recall of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement Tablets for Dogs to include additional pet nutritional supplement products for dogs and cats due to possible Salmonella contamination. These products are sold nationally at various retailers.
Included are various United Pet Group Pro-Pet and Excel branded products for dogs and cats, and certain other private label brands of the same products, such as Doctors Foster and Smith, Nature's Miracle, PETCO. All of the affected products are in tablet and powdered form.
The list of recalled products is provided on the FDA site with the following important information for you and your pets regarding salmonella:
Continue reading: "PetScoop: United Pet Group Voluntarily Expands Recall of Nutritional Supplements For Dogs and Cats Due to Salmonella Risk "
Most of us have wondered about reincarnation, whether people live multiple lives, and if our lives have a purpose. How about our pets? Are they reincarnated and do they have a purpose in life?
Just released, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron tackles these pithy questions. The story is narrated by Bailey, a wise and funny dog, who finds himself reincarnated and wonders why. He decides there must be a purpose for him to fulfill, and until he does so, he'll continue to be reborn.
W. Bruce Cameron is the author of 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was adapted into a TV show for ABC, and 8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter: And Other Reasonable Advice from the Father of the Bride (Not that Anyone is Paying Attention)
A Dog's Purpose is available in Kindle edition, too. If you don't yet have a Kindle Wireless Reading Device, click the link for information on the latest generation Kindle.
July 6, 2010
If you are a Martha Steward devotee, happy days are here. Martha Stewart Pets, her new line of pet products, is now available exclusively at PetSmart stores and PetSmart.com. Most pet lovers are aware of Martha's lifelong commitment to pets and to high quality living, so this should be a good thing.
The line includes more than 100 pet products -- apparel, collars, leashes, bedding, feeding, grooming and bathing supplies, toys -- each designed, tested and approved by Martha, her pets and her team of experts.
Introducing Martha Stewart Pets Exclusively to PetSmart!
July 5, 2010
How much is that doggy or kitty in the window? Ultimately, a lot more than the sticker price, that's for sure. Bankrate.com does us a dubious favor and breaks down one year's cost of owning a dog and cat into seven categories:
- Food and treats
- Veterinary care
- Boarding and petsitting
- Accessories, toys and pest
And you know what? They're worth it!
Adding up 7 costs of owning a pet
July 2, 2010
These attractive "Found My Animal" Leashes and Collars celebrate and support the worthy cause of pet adoption. Twenty-five percent of the vendor's profits go directly to the Louis Animal Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to spaying/neutering and providing loving homes for animals.
The 100% cotton canvas collars are treated with animal-safe wax for waterproofing and added durability. In Small, Medium and Large sizes.
The rugged, old-fashioned rope leashes are custom-made by New England professionals, using no leather or animal-based materials. The rope can be held, looped around your waist or over your shoulder to free up your hands. The marine-grade solid brass o-rings and solid bronze clips make the leash easily adjustable and allow you to secure it to a fence or tree.
Each leash comes with an individually numbered, stamped brass decorative tag that is specific to your pet and indicates how many other dogs have been helped before your own.
"Found My Animal" Leashes and Collars
July 1, 2010
Here's a look back at all the super cool pet stuff we dug up this past June as summer kicks off. Have a safe 4th of July weekend!
Apparel for Pets
Books & Media
Collars and Leashes
Continue reading: "Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- June 2010"
Break out the kleenex before viewing. A Google Search Story: