February 28, 2011
These Pet Crossing signs make cute home decorations. They work double-duty as wall art and alert your company to the presence of your precious pet.
February 26, 2011
This hinged Spotted Dog Birdhouse is both an eco-friendly home for birds and a fetching piece of garden art. It's hand-carved from sustainable albesia wood and hand-painted with nontoxic paint. The feeder has a clean-out hole for easy housekeeping, an eye hook and jute string for easy hanging. Watch it "wag" in the wind.
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February 25, 2011
Here's a quick way to protect your furniture from pet hair without leaving it covered all the time. With a simple zip, this attractive accent pillow converts into a soft, cozy throw. One side of the throw blanket is a soft microfiber, the other is cozy Sherpa fleece.
Use this Pillow/Throw to protect furniture from dirt, hair and stains. When not in use, simply zip up and you have a compact throw pillow to accent your room.
Perfect for use at home, in vehicles and to stay cozy on planes. Available in Chocolate, Apricot, Willow and Linen at FetchDog and Plow & Hearth
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February 24, 2011
Our cats happily play at night while we want to sleep undisturbed. So we need to supply toys for them that don't make any noise. This Petstages Blinking Buddy Cat Toy is a lightweight toy made of soft non-toxic material, quiet for night-time play.
The exciting blinking and twinkling lights trigger the cat's natural hunt and chase behavior. They are activated by the cat's touch and turn off automatically.
February 23, 2011
Can't get a job or unhappy with the one you're in? Maybe it's time to take the plunge and work for yourself! For those who are seriously interested in working with pets as a career, the WSJ lists some intriguing franchises in their brief article Itching to Buy a Pet Franchise? These franchises include:
- Zoom Room (www.zoomroomonline.com) -- dog-agility training.
- Dogtopia (www.dogdaycare.com) -- overnight boarding, spa treatments, training classes and retail items.
- Fetch! Pet Care (www.fetchpetcare.com): provides in-home, overnight or daily care to any kind of pet.
- DoodyCalls (www.doodycalls.com) -- cleaning up after dogs and washing and sanitizing litter boxes.
- Pet Depot (www.petdepot.net) -- pet supplies and veterinary hospitals.
- Camp Bow Wow (www.campbowwowusa.com) -- along with its sister brands, Home Buddies and Bow Wow Behavior Buddies, provides 24-hour care for dogs.
Sometimes our pets just don't seem right, but we're not sure if a visit to the vet is warranted. What's Wrong with My Dog: A Pet Owner's Guide to 150 Symptoms and What to Do About Them by Boston-area veterinarian Jake Tedaldi, D.V.M. can help clarify the situation. Dr. Tedaldi's mobile veterinary practice takes him on house calls throughout the greater Boston area -- what a great guy!
This is a fabulous first aid guidebook that's easy to follow and use, covering more than 150 symptoms, from behavioral problems to physical ailments. For each symptom, you'll know What to Look For, What to Do and When to Get to the Vet with informative graphics and explanatory text, as exemplified below (click graphic to enlarge).
February 22, 2011
Last month we posted that experts have linked sleeping with our pets to disease. To be on the safe side, you can still have your pets sleeping right next to you, but just not in your bed.
This Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Portable Pet Bunk Bed offers easy access for your pet and includes a removable and washable pillow/mattress. It's portable and folds easily, with no assembly and includes a carry bag for nights away from home.
February 21, 2011
Here's a nifty solution to pet containment if you have a sliding glass door. This appropriately-named Gate for Sliding Door swings open in both directions for easy exit and entry. You can operate it with one hand. It includes stops to keep the sliding door stationary. Best of all, easy installallation without tools.
February 20, 2011
Things just are never as they seem to be. But those adorable decorative cat figurines? Federal agents at JFK Airport have seized more than $9 million of pure opium in acrylic cats, officials said Thursday.
Read more: NY Daily News via Consumerist.
February 19, 2011
If you are looking for an activity this weekend, the 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count is taking place Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of the location of North American birds. It is a joint project of Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada.
Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It's fun and easy. For more information, including how to participate, visit the site.
Photo: Costa's Hummingbird, Ole Frog, Quatzsite, AZ
This classic children's toy can be a simple, yet creative way to keep pesky squirrels from vandalizing your bird feeders. If your feeder is on a pole, attach the end of a Slinky to the top and let the rest fall down the pole. Ten more ways to thwart squirrels can be found over at National Wildlife. Our favorite is the tenth way -- live in harmony!
Super cool find via Consumerist
February 18, 2011
Ksyusha is a young Himalayan cat who, like many kitties, loves to hide in different spots around the house, including in the washing machine and under the kitchen table. According to owner Yuriy Korotun, 37, who lives in Rostov-on-Don, Russia: "She was a special kitten from the beginning - always very playful. I came into the kitchen one day to find her in the jar. I couldn't believe my eyes..."
via UK Telegraph
On the road with your pet? Grab this K9 Carryall and go! This is a convenient pet travel set which includes a pet mat, a padded fabric cushion, two metal 7" bowls and a 36" long leash that doubles as the carry strap. Bamboo slat construction.
February 17, 2011
One of the Super Cool Pets family Golden Retrievers has arthritis and painful hip dysplasia, among other issues. Her vet has recommended GLC 1000. The formula contains USDA approved and certified pure chondrotin sulfate of US origin and pharmaceutical grade glucosamine.
After a few weeks, it appears to be reducing her pain. It's relatively inexpensive and over-the-counter, so if you cope with a pet in pain, give it a try.
February 16, 2011
Congratulations to the 2011 Westminster Dog Show Best In Show trophy winner "GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind" a.k.a. "Hickory," a Scottish Deerhound.
The New York Times has created a fabulous Best in Breed interactive slide show of the 102 lucky dogs. And as they point out, At Westminster Dog Show, Familiar Breeds Get Little Respect:
So perhaps it is not surprising that the Labrador retriever has never won Best in Show in Westminster's 135 years. Other breeds better known as pets have also been overlooked. The golden retriever has never won, either, and the German shepherd and the pug have only won once apiece. In 2008, Uno the beagle became a household name after he was the first of his breed to win the top prize.
As with people, there are many different doggy lifestyles.
Yes, they are pampered and famous. But after checking out life as a show dog
we're thinking maybe that's just not for us.
This Dog and Cat Escape Preventer is a retractable pet barrier that prevents pets from running outside when you greet guests at the door. As opposed to your typical pet gate, this barrier is opaque and prevents pets from seeing what's outside, causing them to lose interest.
The vinyl gate is tear- and puncture-resistant. It unclips from the door and automatically retracts for storage in the housing unit.
February 15, 2011
These delightful mini Glass Cat and Dog Sculptures are hand-blown by artisan Catherine Labonte in Canada. Each gleaming piece displays rich swirls of color and captures the essence of our pets.
February 14, 2011
February 13, 2011
The prestigious 135th annual Westminster Dog Show will be held Monday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. It is a champions-only dog show with 2,597 dogs of 179 breeds from 49 states competing this year.
The Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding group competitions will be televised live Monday on USA Network from 8-9 PM ET and continuing on CNBC from 9-11 PM ET. The Sporting, Working, Terrier, and Best In Show competitions will be televised live Tuesday on USA Network from 8-11 PM ET.
Breed judging highlight videos are available throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday on the WKC site where there is also plenty of information on the show and breeds. The highlights will be available after the show, as well. The West Coast telecast is delayed for that time zone, so beware of spoilers on the site if you live there.
To learn what it's like "behind the scene" preparing for the show, read WSJ.com - Spending the Kitty on Pooches.
February 12, 2011
This antiqued matte white Lovebirds Mirror makes a charming addition to your bedroom, bath or hall. A romantic gift for Valentine's Day, anniversary or wedding.
February 11, 2011
Not sure what treats are best for your pets? In this case it might be safe to go with the crowd. Temptations Cat Treats and Greenies Joint Care are among the winners for the 2011 U.S. Product of the Year awards.
via Main Street
Give your small fish a stylish, modern home. Designed by Teddy Luong, the Umbra FishHotel Aquarium is a beautiful aquarium--the winner of Canada's Build A Better competition. The affordable FishHotel consists of a square glass bowl surrounded by a plastic façade with asymmetrical windows. You can paint the façade and even remove it altogether, if you wish to just feature the glass aquarium.
Stack several FishHotels to create a sharp-looking fish condominium in your office or home.
February 10, 2011
Low-calorie Flavor-Doh is a fun, healthy pet treat for safe and effective pill delivery. Store at room temperature in easy use resealable containers. In various flavors for both dogs and cats.
February 9, 2011
With raw weather keeping everyone confined indoors, we can counter winter pet doldrums with these Amazing Treat Machine Rollers . These interactive toy rollers automatically reward the cat or small dog with catnip aroma or treats.
The Amazing Treat Machine Rollers roll forward, backward and even sideways--perfect for swatting, trapping, fetching, toting, nuzzling and pouncing. They are designed for cats and small dogs, but also will be fun for birds, bunnies, and rodents.
February 8, 2011
The good news is that more and more of our pets are living to a ripe old age these days, but the bad news is that caring for an elderly pet presents its own set of challenges.
The faculty of the Cummings Veterinary School at Tufts treats more than 8,000 older dogs annually and have collaborated on a book on senior doggy patient care for those of us less knowledgeable. Good Old Dog, subtitle Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable, covers the following important topics and more:
• Nutritional advice--not every senior diet is right for every senior dog
• Emphasis on treating conditions common to older dogs so they live longer
• How to evaluate complicated procedures and decide what's right for your dog
• The cost of caring for an older dog and how to shoulder the burden
• How to identify cognitive decline and how to manage it
• Advice on creating a healthy and comfortable environment
• How to determine when "it's time" and how to cope with the loss
February 7, 2011
Celebrate Valentine's Day and treat yourself or a loved one to this hand painted, ceramic Sweetheart Cat Pin. It's a charming addition to any cat lover's jewelry collection.
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February 5, 2011
This Personalized Love Birds Print by wildlife artist Scott Kennedy shows two black-capped chickadees perched on an aspen branch next to a poem of devotion. For a romantic present this Valentine's Day, add the names of a special couple to the carved heart below the love birds to make this print extra-special. On archival canvas in a two-tone wood frame or unframed if so preferred.
A Personalized Bluebirds Print and Personalized Doves Print are also available.
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February 4, 2011
This adorable Valentine's Plush Heart Rope Dog Toy has a long rope with two plush heart toys filled with a squeaker. Fun for playing games of toss-and-fetch year-round and helps clean teeth and gums.
At PETCO and Amazon
February 3, 2011
This quality Pink Heart Ceramic Dog Bowl is made of durable ceramic that stands up well to constant use and frequent cleaning. Find this bowl and other super cool pet stuff for your furry valentine at the Muttropolis Valentine's Day Shop.
February 2, 2011
This Consumerist account of pet cruelty sounds too awful (and really stupid, frankly) to be true, but it appeared originally on the Minneapolis-St. Paul StarTribune. A 39-year-old woman named Stacey Champion has been cited with misdemeanor animal cruelty after she tried to air-mail a puppy to Atlanta from downtown Minneapolis.
The postal worker was stunned when the package moved by itself and fell to the floor. Then came the sounds of heavy panting.
Within minutes, she and co-workers had unwrapped a tightly sealed box and rescued a 4-month-old puppy that a Minneapolis woman tried to mail to Georgia.
"It's just crazy," said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Angela Dodge. The air holes the woman punched in the box were covered up with mailing tape, and the priority mail trip would have taken at least two days, she said. "It was supposed to be a birthday gift for a family member. It would have been kind of traumatizing to get a dead puppy,'' Dodge said. "If you don't identify it so that it can be handled properly, it goes into the cargo hold of an airplane. It gets 40 below in those cargo planes that get up 40,000 feet. And there was no food or water. Puppies can't go for long periods without food or water."
The dog would have been dead on delivery, agreed police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. "I've been doing this for 17 years. This is a new one on me."
After being charged, Champion returned to the post office to demand a refund for the $22 she paid to mail the puppy.
Pet food ingredient and nutrition labels are difficult to decipher. The integrity of the manufacturers is suspect. Generally, pet owners are left in the dark as to the actual nutritional content of the food we feed our pets.
The beta site Good Guide has stepped in with information and ratings on 1524 pet food products, broken down by individual brands, as well as categories dog dry food, cat dry food, dog wet food, cat wet food. Their methodology is based on:
- the nutritional adequacy of the food, as demonstrated by feeding trials or formulation testing
- caloric content disclosure
- life stage specificity
- an assessment of whether product ingredients are desirable in high quantities, desirable or less desirable
According to the GoodGuide criteria, the best pet food for dogs is Hill's Science Diet Healthy Mobility Adult Dog Food and for cats Innova Kitten Flex Chicken & Brown Rice Stew.
The worst are Kibbles 'n Bits Wholesome Medley Dry Dog Food and 9 Lives Chicken & Tuna Dinner Cat Food.
See Good Guide Pet Food Guide health ratings for pet food products.
Walking two dogs at once is a hassle with both hands tied up. The leashes invariably tangle, making us look silly and feeling frustrated.
The Freedom Leash is a new dual retractable leash that you can operate with only one hand, while still keeping your dignity intact and your pets safely controlled.
The Freedom Leash has an inside compartment that spins to prevent cord overlap. Each individual leash extends up to 10 ft. For dogs up to 95 lbs.
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February 1, 2011
Here's something fun to watch while waiting for the Super Bowl this coming Sunday. Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl returns for its 7th consecutive year with an all-star, all-adorable cast. Check out the starting line-up slide-show.
Tune in Sunday, February 6 beginning at 3 PM E/P for Puppy Bowl VII!
These sleek pEi Pods will provide a cozy, cave-like sanctuary for your cat or small dog, while enhancing your living space rather than detracting from it. The pEi Pod is made from highly-durable polyethylene, a safe and recyclable material also used to make baby products.
You can customize the pEi Pod to reflect your personal style. It is available in mint green, pink or ivory and cushions come in yellow and pink with white polka dots.