Cat wills love this modular bookshelf designed by Belgian artist Corentin Dombrecht. The Cat Library not only houses books but doubles as cat furniture. The the three modules can be arranged to create stairs for the resident kitty cat to climb and explore. At the top there is a built-in cat pod for napping.
This new Catit Treat Maze everyone's talking about at the recent Global Pet Expo exercises your food-oriented cat mentally and physically, putting your cat's problem-solving skills to the test.
Cats manipulate the food with their paws through side openings in the maze down to the bottom tray where they gain access. The pet owner can adjust the difficulty for their cat to make it easier or harder for them to get the food. The maze includes an accu-pressure mat at the base to provide pressure point paw massage while your cat plays.
We admit we resisted this awhile, but maybe we just are taking ourselves too seriously these days. We know our kitties do, so time to lighten up, guys! Glamourpuss: The Enchanting World of Kitty Wigs by Julie Jackson has 60 adorable portraits showcasing chic feline models in some fetching custom-made cat wigs. Good to have around when you need a smile.
It's time to think about attracting nesting birds to our neck of the woods. This eight-sided Highland Park Birdhouse has elegant charm with its hand-oiled mahogany finish and spun-brass roof. Great for neighborhood chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, swallows and downy woodpeckers. This attractive birdhouse is hand-crafted in Mississippi of cypress wood with non-toxic elements and spun-brass roof topped with a hanging finial and will look fabulous in the yard.
It's cozy to share your bed with your pets, but do you get short-sheeted by them at night? A Pleat Sheet Set will keep your pets from hogging the whole bed. This pure cotton set features an expandable pleat with button closure, which unfolds to provide complete coverage, then easily folds back to standard size
Available for Full, Queen or King beds in Ivory and White.
This handsome feeder combines form and function. Mount this Personalized Wall-Mount Pet Feeder to the wall to create a raised feeding station to help ease your pet's digestion. The station is custom-crafted in the USA from recycled aluminum with a hand-painted all-weather finish and can be used indoors or out. It comes with two 2-qt. stainless steel bowls that remove for easy filling and cleaning.
Personalize the decorative scroll design with your pet's name for a unique and attractive contained feeding area. Pair the station with a Droolhog Personalized Pet Mat for less mess, colors below.
Maybe that big old bag of dog food isn't the prettiest thing to look at in our kitchen. We are thinking of upgrading to these rugged, good-looking Bon Chien Dog Food Storage Tins.
They are made of food-grade, FDA-approved recycled steel and will provide an airtight seal to keep the food fresh. They come with a handy aluminum scoop. In Red, Black and Green. Small holds 10 lbs of food, Medium 20 lbs and Large 40 lbs.
While we are at it, we can pair the Food Tins with these great looking Bon Chien Dog Bowls made of FDA-approved stoneware. Their substantial construction helps keep them where they belong. Easy to clean--dishwasher and microwave safe. Also in Red, Black and Green, Small, Medium and Large sizes.
The Dura Doggie Beba Toy is more than just a doggy toy -- 20% of profits go towards fighting breast cancer. It's a multi-purpose plaything that dispenses food, squeaks and is fun to chew, which is super cool because it's made of durable, non-toxic, FDA approved recyclable material. The Beba has a bouyant body, so bring it along to the beach or the lake for a fetch game!
See the world through the eyes of your cat or dog. This DogTek Eyenimal Pet Video Camera is designed to be worn by pets and will allow you to follow their travels indoors and out while recording memories of their lives.
The video camera firmly attaches to your pet's collar with a specially-designed fastening clip at which point you can begin recording. It's equipped with an autofocus sensor as well as an automatic brightness sensor which allows the camera to easily adjust to and from indoor and outdoor use. To view the video, remove the camera and connect it to your PC using the USB cable provided.
This video camera does have a waterproof casing, so it can be used in wet or damp conditions but likely will not survive a dip in the lake. In case your pet ever loses the camera, there is a spot on the back for the owner to write on his/her name and contact details.
If a major disaster befalls your area, it likely will be several days at minimum before vital services are restored. In the recent Japanese earthquake many tsunami victims were trapped in traffic jams trying to evacuate. Roads not only become parking lots as people evacuate prior to the event, they often are impassable afterward -- damaged, blocked by live wires and fallen trees, or dangerously chaotic with no working traffic signals.
Central water can be polluted, electricity knocked out, phone lines downed and cell phone service overwhelmed. When the supply trucks can't make it in, food and gas shortages arise and the ports can even be closed. Curfews are imposed. Flooding creates life-threatening sanitation issues. Also remember the disaster happened to your local emergency crews as well.
We have gone through this nightmare several times after hurricanes--mild compared to Haiti or Japan--and the first time were not as well-prepared as we might have been. www.72hours.org is a San-Francisco based web-site that will help you to prepare yourself, as well as any pets, elderly, and children in your house, for an emergency. You can also learn what to do in response to a specific disaster, like a tsunami, earthquake, terror attack, evacuation, contagious disease and more.
It's a constant struggle to keep the quarters somewhat sanitary when co-habitating with cats, dogs and birds. For those of us who can't or don't hire help, cleaning may be cathartic and for others a necessary evil. No matter which group you fall into, this Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner can only make life with pets even more beautiful than it already is.
The Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard-Floor Cleaner clears away dust and small debris, then steam-cleans hard flooring--ceramic tile, vinyl, marble, stone, and sealed hardwood floors. A ready light lets you know when the water has been turned to steam and the cleaner is ready to use. Just press the button to release steam and you're good to go, cleaning your floors without any harmful chemicals, fumes, or residue.
Sleepypod, a Pasadena-based company famous for its fabulous Sleepypod Air modern pet carrier, has announced that it will present its newest pet carrier, the Sleepypod Atom, at the Global Pet Expo 2011 in Orlando, FL this week March 16-18.
In designing the new carrier, Sleepypod took ideas from its multiple award-winning Sleepypod Air and applied them to the smaller-sized Sleepypod Atom. Features:
• Fits beneath a wide range of airline seats
• Seatbelt straps on two sides allow Sleepypod Atom to be safely secured in a car seat
• Secure and durable mesh panel positioned on three sides for better ventilation
• Top and side entries for easy access
• Interior collar clip
• Designed to fold flat for easy storage
• Large, front zipper pocket plus two smaller end pockets for essential items such as treats, doggie bags, leashes, etc.
• Removable, Ultra Plush bedding is machine-washable
• Easy clean exterior is made of luggage-grade, ballistic nylon
• Adjustable shoulder straps with comfort padding
• Carry handle
• Ergonomic zipper pulls
Available colors are Jet Black, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Red, Robin Egg Blue, Blossom Pink, and Arctic White. For more information, visit the Sleepypod site.
This Kong Puppy Binkie is a pacifier-shaped dog toy specifically designed for a teething puppy. It soothes sore gums and provides a healthy outlet for his/her chewing needs. Now hopefully that will distract the little darling from your shoes! In pink and blue.
If you have pets or "animal companions", a term some prefer, you know that individuals vary in the nature and intensity of their bond with them. Researchers are beginning to study the effect on families, routines and their relationships, according to the New York Times in Emotional Power Broker of the Modern Family.
Indiana University sociologist David Blouin interviewed 35 dog owners around the state representing a diverse mix of city, country and suburban dwellers. He found that people fall into one of three broad categories of beliefs concerning pets--dominionists, humanists and protectionists:
Members of one group, which he labels "dominionists," see pets as an appendage to the family, a useful helper ranking below humans that is beloved but, ultimately, replaceable. Many people from rural areas -- like the immigrants Dr. Terrien interviewed -- qualified.
Another group of owners, labeled by Dr. Blouin as "humanists," are the type who cherish their dog as a favored child or primary companion, to be pampered, allowed into bed, and mourned like a dying child at the end. These include the people who cook special meals for a pet, take it to exercise classes, to therapy -- or leave it stock options in their will.
The third, called "protectionists," strive to be the animal's advocate. These owners have strong views about animal welfare, but their views on how a pet should be treated -- whether it sleeps inside or outside, when it should be put down -- vary depending on what they think is "best" for the animal. Its members include people who will "save" a dog tied to tree outside a store, usually delivering it home with a lecture about how to care for an animal.
"These are ideologies, and so protectionists are very critical of humanists, who are very critical of dominionists, and so on," Dr. Blouin said. "You can see where this can create problems if people in a family have different orientations. Every little decision about the pet is loaded."
Here at Super Cool Pets headquarters, two gorgeous Golden Retrievers shed pet fur everywhere. This iSkin ProTouch Classic Notebook Keyboard Protector will protect our keyboard from the pet hair onslaught. The Protectors are are specifically engineered to cover each key and are made with pure high-grade silicone that's soft, flexible and long lasting.
Along with protecting against pet hair, the Protectors feature embedded Microban® antimicrobial product protection inhibiting the growth of bacteria and other microbes that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration. ProTouch Keyboard Protectors can be washed with warm water and detergent. Simply remove it from the keyboard, wash and dry throughly and it's ready for another round.
Just in time for summer birding, this comprehensive and all-inclusive new The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America from Donald and Lillian Stokes contains 3400 stunning photographs illustrating 853 North American bird species. The photographs cover all significant plumages, including male, female, summer, winter, immature, morphs, important subspecies, and birds in flight. Also included:
the newest scientific and common names and phylogenetic order
special help for identifying birds in flight through important clues of behavior, plumage, and shape
detailed descriptions of songs and calls
important behavioral information
key habitat preferences of each species
the newest range maps, detailing species' winter, summer, year-round ranges, and migration routes.
This new version includes a downloadable CD with more than 600 bird sounds and photographs of 150 common North American species.
You may be familiar with famed animal trainer Victoria Stilwell, the star of Animal Planet's hit TV series It's Me or the Dog which airs in more than 40 countries. If you haven't seen her shows yet, check them out. She is a passionate advocate for positive reinforcement training methods and teaches both owners and dogs through positive association and confidence building techniques.
American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) have announced that Victoria Stilwell will receive the 2011 Global Pet Expo's annual "Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award". Victoria Stilwell will personally accept the award Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Orlando, Florida at the Global Pet Expo, the pet industry's largest annual tradeshow, taking place March 16-18, 2011 at the Orange County Convention Center.
The Iditarod is a sled dog race that starts from Anchorage, in south central Alaska ending in Nome on the western Bering Sea coast. Each team of 12 to 16 dogs and their musher cover over 1150 miles in 10 to 17 days. This race is currently in high gear. From the site:
You can't compare it to any other competitive event in the world! A race over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod.
While the trail through the wilderness is the same route travelled during the gold rushes a century ago, the 2011 Iditarod has gone high-tech. The mushers are equipped with custom-made sleds with adjustable runners for varying snow conditions and new this year, global-positioning-satellite (GPS) devices to monitor their progress. Live-streamed updates, cell phones and blogs keep the world informed about events along the 1,150-mile trail (1,850 km).
Want the perfect dog? No feeding, barking, shedding, or vet's bills? Then knit one! This new Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches has easy-to-follow patterns for both new and veteran knitters to knit the dog of your dreams.
The book also includes brief descriptions of each breed, helpful tips on choosing yarns, stuffing and sewing the dogs, plus beautiful color photographs of the finished dogs, as well as detail shots. Great gift with a personal touch!
It's that time of year when the snow makes way for rain. If your pet plays in the rain or must go out during a shower, this easy-on, easy-off Boneheads Waterproof Raincoat for Dogs will come in handy. This is no ordinary yellow rain slicker with a hard shiny exterior, but a cute soft nylon cotton look-alike.
The coat fastens to your dog's belly and neck with adjustable velcro and has a fully functional hood. For added comfort and warmth, the raincoat is fully lined in a soft brown cotton fabric.
Peter Onruang, an LA-based businessman is in the process of having his two cherished pet dogs cloned, reports the LA Times. Before his best-buddy terrier mix Wolfie died at age 15 in 2009, Onruang preserved her genetic material and that of her sister Bubble as well, with plans to have them cloned down the line.
Onruang says he has paid a South Korean company for the cloning procedure, and he now eagerly awaits the births of Wolfie and Bubble clones. He also has established an informative cloning web-site My Friend Again where he says it takes $100,000 and 6 months to clone your dog. Look-alike probable, but not certain, and personality not guaranteed.
We love our sweet birds here at Super Cool Pets, but we do have to clean up after them every day. As nature intended, they scatter their birdseed and millet all over the cage and floor, plus slosh their water around a little bit. But we really don't need to grow new plants and trees on our ceramic tile.
As the saying goes, we are Irish or wish we were on St Patrick's Day, including our pets. This 100% polyester Shamrock Dog Collar comes with a matching Shamrock Leash. Both are fully washable & colorfast.
Let your pets join in the March Madness celebration with you and your friends. Over 45 different bandanas, tees and jerseys. Adorable! And save up to 25% on thousands of items at the Everything Spring Sale.
The ceramic Castagna Doghouse designed by Italo Bosa conjures up the sweet vision of a Hershey's kiss. The house/pet bed comes in dark brown and in two sizes for small to medium dogs. It would look cute on your deck or in the back yard.
Keep your floors clean and give your dogs a special place to eat, drink and slobber, rather than *nosing* their bowls across the room during meals. These Personalized Droolhog Pet Place Mats are super-absorbent and durable, designed to keep those bowls in place.
The mat has a textured bone and paw print background with space below to personalize with your pet's name. It's made of rugged polypropylene that won't fade, rot or mildew with an anti-slip rubber backing. Available in Charcoal, Dark Brown, Evergreen, Gold, Medium Gray, Medium Blue, Medium Brown and Red. To receive Free Shipping off your order of $50 or more use code LNKPHFS.