October 31, 2010
Halloween is no longer just a child's holiday in America--these days adults and even our pets are putting on costumes and celebrating. But not everyone sees this as a good thing, particularly where our pets are concerned.
The New Yorker enters the pet costume debate in On Dressing Up Your Pets by Alexandra Horowitz, the author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know:
What might a dog (or cat or hamster or parrot) think of being costumed and festooned, or forced to don a hat and fake mustache in our celebration of Halloween? Inasmuch as I can speak to the experience of any animal (including members of my own species), my answer is "The dog, he does not like it".
But she sees both sides and writes an interesting article
The Houston Chronicle also examines the issue in Experts differ on whether Halloween costumes embarrass dogs. Sonya Fitzpatrick, author of Sonya Fitzpatrick, the Pet Psychic: What the Animals Tell Me testifies:
I talk to thousands of animals, and even if people laugh at them if they have been cut too short, it really hurts their feelings," she said. She has seven dogs and uses only bandannas for their accessories.
And Tamar Geller, author of 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method
claims that "dogs don't like to stand out."
In any event, considering life's vicissitudes, pet costumes are relatively minor. These are the most-searched Halloween costumes for dogs in 2010, according to Yahoo!
3. Slinky dog
What's your opinion? Do you like to dress up your pets and do you think they enjoy it?
October 30, 2010
These funky Tube Bird Feeders will add color and cheer to your yard winter and summer. These hand-made feeders are made of weather-proof stoneware with multiple perches and a protective roof. Its sliding roof, removable plug and drain hole make for easy cleaning. Hang on your porch or in the back yard to keep your wild birds well fed!
October 29, 2010
October 28, 2010
If you are contemplating adding a dog to your household, this book should help make the decision. Or maybe you have a pet and want to savour a humorous and poignant account of the experience. In You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness author Julie Klan "was surprised and delighted to find that her dogs had more wisdom to convey to her than she had ever dreamed. And caring for them has made her a better person-and completely and utterly opened her heart."
This book is available in Kindle edition. Don't have one? Check out Kindle Wireless Reading Devices today.
October 27, 2010
Apparently Americans are more sedentary than adults in other countries. Are we surprised? According to a study named in a recent NY Times health column Well, men and women living in the United States took fewer steps per day than those living in Switzerland, Australia, and Japan:
The fitness gap detected by the pedometer studies is equal to about 30 to 40 minutes of walking each day. One mile of walking covers about 2,000 steps, researchers say. The health community typically urges people to take at least 10,000 steps a day to maintain good health, which is equal to about five miles of walking.
Another reason to keep on keeping on with the dog walks or starting a new regimen. Our dogs love the stimulation, and the fresh air is good for everyone.
If you want to measure your daily steps, simple pedometers are affordable. The article recommends the ACCUSPLIT AE120XL Pedometer
and the Fit Solutions SW-200 Yamax Digiwalker Pedometer
, both widely used in pedometer research and tested for reliability.
October 26, 2010
We found these Black Cat Headphones just in time for Halloween, but they are purrfectly suitable for everyday wear. Be a super cool kitty wearing headphones with a soft, crocheted cover by artist Traci Medeiros-Bagan. Fun for children!
October 25, 2010
Nowadays, many pet owners are grooming their pets at home themselves for obvious reasons. But some of us have skittish pets who are bothered by the noise and vibration of electric clippers.
The Scaredy Cut Silent Clipper adapts silent, barber-style quality scissors with the same type of guide combs used on electric hair clippers. A set of six guide combs in the most popular trim lengths are included. Good quiet solution.
October 24, 2010
Have you ever noticed that your dogs are always watching you? They notice details many humans overlook -- small things mean a lot. They know your routine and when you change your behavior. An engrossing article by trainer Lisa Hartman on dogs' obsession with their humans, Tell Me Who's Watching, will strike a chord with all of us who live with dogs.
"Every breath you take, every move you make, I'll be watching you." While this line from a popular song written by Sting was about obsessive love, the lyrics could equally be applied to your dog. Did you know you are training your dog even when you are not trying to train him? Every move you make sends a message to your dog and unofficially trains him to behave a certain way.
Lisa Hartman is a well known and respected New York and Miami dog trainer and author of DIAL A DYNAMITE DOG, a dog training book that "cuts to the chase" and speaks to the pet owner in "plain english".
October 23, 2010
This earth-toned Beaded-Board Bird Mirror makes a convenient hook for your purses, hats, jackets, leashes. It has, as its name suggests, a black beaded-board finish with two metal bird inserts. It's sharp-looking enough for an entry or foyer and practical for the mudroom as well.
The mirror is designed to complement this handsome black Birds and Pinecone Cabinet perfectly sized for a hallway, entry, family room, kitchen or bedroom. This lightly-distressed hardwood beaded-board cabinet is decorative with its six metal panels in a copper finish. It's practical too--store books, movies, cd's, pantry items, magazines, hats and mittens, cutlery, pet gear, and more.
October 22, 2010
Some Halloween decorations have gotten pretty ghoulish. If you want to tone it down a bit, this fun Kitten Greetings Halloween House Flag is perfect for the younger trick-or-treaters. It features a 3-dimensional black kitten popping out of colorful jack-o'-lantern visible from both sides in vibrant fall colors.
At Amazon and Plow & Hearth
October 21, 2010
This book is on the top of pet lovers' most gifted and most requested lists. The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant tells the before and after story of Michael Vick's dog fighting operation, a truly gripping tale of good and evil. Readers go behind the headlines to meet the dogs as individuals while learning about the suffering these pets endured and the persistence of the animal lovers who gave them a second chance.
Available on the Kindle Wireless Reading Device - Latest Generation
October 20, 2010
We feel so badly for our dogs when they have intestinal distress...and also for ourselves if they don't make it to the door! No one wants to go off to work and leave their sick pet indoors all day. A solution -- keep some Iams Veterinary Formula Prostora Max handy for sudden illness and accidents.
Prostora is administered as a convenient, tasty treat that will go down the hatch easily. It is made with Bifidalis, a clinically-proven strain of a live and active culture, to help maintain your dog's digestive balance. Apparently, it also helps reduce cosmetic tear stains, preferred by one vet over the ever-popular Angels' Eyes.
From Patty Khuly, VMD, blogging at Fully Vetted:
These vanilla-flavored chews are easily tolerated by dogs. I use Iams' Prostora to keep diarrhea episodes to a minimum of days, but did you know they also help with reducing tear stains in dogs? Please don't use those antibiotic-based Angel Eyes! If you must use something to reduce the [purely cosmetic] tear stains, use this!
October 19, 2010
Easily create a Pet Portrait of your favorite pet for a unique work of art and sentimental memento. Artist Diane Morrow, who has completed more than 2,000 portraits for discerning Orvis pet owners over the past 20 years, will create a lifelike pet portrait, hand drawn in Conté crayon--a French technique dating back to the 1700's.
The artist simply requires a photograph or an e-mailed image to create your one-of-a-kind memento. Due to the hand-crafted nature of this gift, it is best to order well in advance of November 15, 2010 to ensure Christmas delivery. Click here for details of this thoughtful gift.
October 18, 2010
We love to decorate for the holidays. We can enjoy this colorful Cat And Pumpkin Hand-Hooked Rug in the fall through Thanksgiving. It is durable enough for high-traffic indoor areas and covered outdoor use. Washable.
October 16, 2010
Accidents do happen. Be affectionate with your bird and protect your clothing at the same time. Keep a few of these durable and washable Protective Shoulder Capes handy.
You can distract your bird from your jewelry and hang interchangeable bird toys on the two D-shape rings sewn on the front. There is also a treat pocket for storing your bird's favorite snack.
In various poly/cotton prints with a Velcro fastener in the front and a cream colored poly/cotton lining.
October 15, 2010
Have issues? Let Stanley be your guide. Lessons from Stanley the Cat: Nine Lives of Everyday Wisdom by Dr. Jennifer Freed, a psychotherapist, a radio show host and a professor, offers insight and wisdom to help you keep your eye on what's important in life. Cat and dog lovers alike will enjoy this little book.
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October 14, 2010
This adorable Ultra Tuff Spider Dog Toy is flying off the shelves. It has already sold out once this month, so if you like it as much as everyone else does, pounce on it now!
This durable black widow Halloween dog toy is made of rugged, chew-tested Tuffut™ Technology just for tugging and tossing. It has a squeak-equipped body for chomping, with seat belt-material legs for yanking and pulling.
October 13, 2010
We recently received the classic The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons as a gift. We enjoyed it very much, and it now makes a great conversation piece on our living room coffee table. There's also a The New Yorker Book of All-New Cat Cartoons. Either or both of these books make fun presents for pet owners who appreciate the New Yorker style of humor.
In the same spirit, these matching The New Yorker® Dog Double Old-Fashioned Glasses each feature an original cartoon from The New Yorker. Something a little different for the kitchen. Set of 4, dishwasher safe.
October 12, 2010
Recently we have been having a grand old time browsing the web for Halloween. We have found way too much super cool pet stuff to possibly post, like this adorable Rechargeable Black Cat Flashlight to help us keep the goblins at bay.
We know you want to pick out your own Halloween pet gear, so here's our list of pet Halloween shops for pet costumes, toys and treats. Fix yourself a pumpkin spice latte or a warm cup of cocoa and settle in for awhile. This stuff is super cute!
Is your pet wearing a costume? Check out these tips for Halloween costume safety
October 11, 2010
We like this idea--pet feeding and storage in one self-contained, attractive unit. This oak veneer Pet Feeding Station will make life simpler for your family and look stylish in your home. Conveniently adjust the bowl height for your pet's comfort. There's a handy hook on the side to hang your pet's leash.
October 9, 2010
This handcrafted Winter Cardinal Birdbath Set will keep the birds washed and watered over the long winter months. These Winter Cardinal Birdbaths are signed by the artist and dated. Since each artist has their own unique style, every hand-painted piece is a true original.
October 8, 2010
This Halloween Cat Perch will be your cats' favorite Halloween decoration. It has a curved jack-o-lantern upper bed, with the lower perches depicting a Frankenstein monster face and a flying ghost.
The base has detailed carpet inlays of a skull and 4 flying bats with a 3 D look and feel. This perch can be custom ordered with sisal scratch posts dyed black.
October 7, 2010
Washing the dog can be stressful for pets and pet owners, so it's easy to procrastinate. But a clean dog is a healthy dog. A while back we featured this super cool PetZen Woof-Ah Bath Mitt which hooks right up to your shower or hose, making bath time easy for you. It has more than a dozen water jets that clean and soothe your pet at the same time. The soft, flexible mitt gets to all those hard to reach spots.
This PetZen Woof-Ah Bath Caddy kicks it up a notch. This is an all-in-one bath time accessory that has everything you need to bathe your dog and carry it around easily. The set includes the nylon bath caddy with mesh bottom, the bath mitt along with indoor/outdoor faucet adapters and 7' hose, plus an interlocking bath mat and a super-absorbent towel.
October 6, 2010
Giving our pets a pill is often a challenge. We have known a dog who meticulously eats around the pill and leaves it in the bowl. Even submerging in peanut butter sometimes doesn't work. And don't even think about giving a pill to the cat.
This handheld Automatic Pill Grinder is just the ticket if you live with a pet (or human) who can't or won't swallow pills. Just grind their tablet-type pills straight in to their food or beverage--problem solved!
October 5, 2010
Want to have a pet...sometimes? Maybe you don't have the time for a pet, enough space for one, work long hours, or just feel overwhelmed by the responsibility. If this describes your situation, here's a compromise.
EyePet is an innovative virtual pet game for PlayStation 3 that allows players to create, customize and care for their own virtual screen-oriented pet.
This 3D animated pet is virtually projected into your living room where he can play and interact with you and your family. Children and grandchildren are going to love playing with and caring for this cute and lovable creature!
Super cool find via Robot Snob
October 4, 2010
Now that's it's October we are starting to think about dressing our pets up for Halloween. The festive print on this cute Howl-o-ween Dog Collar and matching Howl-o-ween Dog Leash is getting us into the Halloween spirit already.
Something our pets can wear all month long.
October 3, 2010
October 2, 2010
Feeding the backyard birds should be fun, not stressful. Eliminate the reaching, climbing and straining with this aptly named The Effort-Less Birdfeeder.
The feeder slides up and down the center pole for easy filling and cleaning. It includes two seed trays, a custom-fitted squirrel baffle, a pole with a free standing, heavy duty base.
At Amazon and Plow & Hearth. Free shipping.
October 1, 2010
Did you know that our domestic dogs can successfully interbreed with wolves and coyotes? These three are all species in the genus Canis, to which the dog, as you likely know, belongs. This has led to a "genetic mess" that researchers sometimes refer to as "Canis soupus", according to a recent NY Times article on coyotes, Mysteries That Howl and Hunt:
Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris), coyotes (or Canis latrans, meaning "barking dog") and and every kind of wolf, from the red wolf to the Eastern wolf to the gray wolf (Canis lupus), can mate and produce perfectly healthy pups.
It's worthwhile getting to know coyotes, the wily but misunderstood cousin of our beloved domestic dog, since most of them live in suburbia, where a lot of us live. And apparently there are more around than previously thought. This short article will get you started. Here's a clip:
For a better understanding of these mysterious animals, read Coyote at the Kitchen Door: Living with Wildlife in Suburbia by Stephen DeStefano, a wildlife biologist with the United States Geological Survey's Massachusetts Cooperative Research Unit. He narrates the travels of a female coyote, portraying coyotes not as urban "pests" but as animals that deserve our respect.
We dug up a lot of super cool pet stuff this past September and are looking forward now to Halloween and the holiday season!
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