June 30, 2012
Do something a little different with your backyard and provide bird housing at the same time. These hand-crafted Peruvian Gourd Birdhouses perpetuate the ancient art of Peruvian gourd carving. Because they are made from natural gourds, each one will have its own unique variations. From the birdhouse site:
The art of gourd carving was developed in Peru over the course of 4,000 years. Artisans carefully scrape away the green outer layer, and dry them in the sun. They use sharp knives to score lines into the yellow surface, and use fire to shade their distinctive illustrations with browns and blacks.
Each birdhouse has a shaded, 1.25" diameter opening and three drainage holes. If it gets hot where you are, it might not be a bad idea to drill additional ventilation holes near the top. In two styles: Carved Owl or Owl in the Woods.
June 29, 2012
Does the word "doghouse" conjure up this image:
a $4,419.74 Victorian Cottage Kennel Dog House available at Walmart.
Now that dogs are considered members of the family, their housing has increased in stature too. According to Luxury Doghouses and the Dogs That Couldn't Care Less | NYTimes.com, custom dog houses ("barkitecture") in the $3,000 to $5,000 range are all the trend now, at least in certain circles.
The doghouse above and other amazing ones appear in a fun slide show Custom Doghouses, Fit for a King | NYTimes.com:
The supermodel Rachel Hunter commissioned this replica of her Mediterranean-style house in the Los Angeles area from La Petite Maison, which built it more than a decade ago and charged more than $16,000. It has handmade roof tiles, a terra cotta floor, wrought-iron details and dog-themed artwork on the walls.
June 28, 2012
We like DIY here at Super Cool Pets, but there are times we just have to wave the white flag. Our Golden has a jumbo pill organizer with her name on it, and recently she has been refusing her pills with a large shake and shudder no matter how cleverly they are disguised -- beef chunks, peanut butter, ham rolls, hot dog bites, banana, gravy.
When it got to the point that the *hidden* pills were even turning her off to her meals, we turned in desperation to Greenies Pill Pockets. These little gems contain a built-in pocket, perfect for hiding a pill or supplement, which are chewy and workable, so can be sealed shut. And she eats them!
These Greenies Pill Pockets treats are tailored to match your pill size--large fits most capsules and small fits most tablets. They come in different flavors. Well worth every penny to keep our pup healthy while keeping meal time fun.
June 27, 2012
Insects thrive in warm weather, especially the dreaded fleas. How do you tell if your pet is infested with fleas?
Generally the little varmits are visible both on your pet and in your rugs. Your pet will do a lot of intensive scratching.
Some will suffer from severe and prolonged itching from flea bites resulting in hair loss, redness and hot spots. Flea shampoos remove fleas currently feasting on your pet, but won't prevent future infestations.
As always the best treatment is preventive. Don't mix your cat and dog flea treatments. They are not interchangeable--the dog dose is too high, and it can kill your cat. The Frontline products handle fleas and ticks.
June 26, 2012
These therapeutic Douxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads (30 Count) carry an intimidating name, but they pack a wallop. Our vet recommended them to help soothe our Golden's irritated skin after she licked it raw.
These antiseptic and cleansing cotton pads contain Phytosphingosine, a key molecule in the natural defense mechanism of the skin. They are useful for cleaning skin folds, exterior ear surfaces, scrapes, ringworm spots, hot spots, etc. They control odor and relieve itching.
We are now using the pads daily to clean her chronically yucky ear, and it's doing wonders. As always, this is not a medical blog. Check with your vet first who most likely has them in stock, but Amazon is a better deal, pricing them 50% or more below what the office will likely charge ($24).
June 25, 2012
Trick training is a terrific way to bond with your dog and help him or her feel like one of the family. It's an activity that keeps your pet mentally and physically challenged, which we know they all need. If you are interested, trick training prepares your dog for common dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog requires no special tools (such as clickers) or knowledge of specific training methods. The author Kyra Sundance is a world-acclaimed stunt dog show performer, dog trainer, and internationally best-selling author.
The book's step-by-step approach, difficulty rating, and prerequisites allow readers to start training immediately. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while "build-on" ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill.
June 23, 2012
Many of our live-in birds thrive on human companionship. One way to increase bonding opportunities is to carry your bird around with you more often. The issue there is that birds have sharp claws and beaks, and we have vulnerable skin.
This Bird Arm Perch makes it less likely your bird will grip you tightly with the claws or nip your arm with his or her beak. The sleeve fits over the forearm and secures with elastic laces. The easy-grip surface helps birds feel secure--thus less likely to tense up, nip and claw.
June 22, 2012
Dog and cat owners visit the doctor less frequently, according to an Australian national survey. And owning a pet may help children stave off colds and asthma.
Caring for a pet is a lot of work and there's no denying they "tie you down". But the benefits can be so enormous, as this 7 Ways Dogs Can Help Your Health | abc News describes, including one affliction that at one time or another affects us all:
For people with all forms of anxiety, having a dog may be an important coping mechanism. This is especially true in times of crisis. A study out of the Medical College of Virginia found that for hospitalized patients with mental health issues, therapy with animals significantly reduced anxiety levels more than conventional recreational therapy sessions.
Along with anxiety, pets help reduce loneliness, aid in rehab, improve heart health and increase our activity levels. For more on the subject, check out Dr Marty Becker's The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy.
June 20, 2012
The skin-related issues our pets endure seems limitless -- cuts, burns, surgery incisions, open abscesses, hot spots, road rash, foot pad injuries, embedded collars, snake bites, dermatitis and more.
These Humane Healing Wound Ointments and Sprays for cats and dogs facilitates the natural healing process of inflamed wounds. Non-steroidal, non-caustic, and antibiotic-free.
June 19, 2012
Fleas are a year-round problem in many areas, but can run amuck when it's warm. If you are unlucky enough to be afflicted with a flea infestation, no need to spray your house or pet with harmful chemicals. One weapon in your arsenal against them is this Ultimate Flea Trap.
The Ultimate Flea Trap uses color, heat, light, and a sweet odor to attract fleas from up to 30 feet away in every direction. Then the varmits are trapped on the sticky glue disc. Ultimate Flea Trap Refills are also available so you can reuse the trap if necessary.
June 18, 2012
People who live with pets often refer to themselves as pet "parents", rather than "owners". The state of "owning" another being objectifies him or her and seems to turn the pet into a "thing", or even a "slave". This makes us uncomfortable since we love our pets to pieces, and many of us don't think of them as possessions, but as members of our families.
However, these terms have real-life legal ramifications that may come as a surprise. This mind-blowing Pet Parents or Pet Owners: What's in a Name | Dogs Naturally Magazine points out that changing the word from "owner" to "guardian," "custodian," "keeper" (as has happened in the entire state of RI and 40 cities) may just strip us of our constitutional rights towards our pets.
It boils down to our founding document, the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution gives citizens the right to "own" property, and not be deprived of that property without Due Process of Law. "Guardians" have no such rights. If you think that no one cares enough to want to deprive you of your rights of "guardianship," look no further than the Animal Rights organizations, with PETA at the helm."
Attorney Genny Wall adds, "If we are 'Guardians' rather than owners, then ultimately it will be the State, and not the individual, who has the power to say who will care for the animal, how it will be cared for, where it will reside, what medical treatments it will or will not undergo, and who will make all the other decisions regarding the health, welfare, life and death, or destruction, of that animal.
Read Pet Parents or Pet Owners: What's in a Name | Dogs Naturally Magazine.
June 16, 2012
Literally billions of wild birds are killed each year flying into the windows of our homes, buildings and skyscrapers across the planet. Locally here at SCP headquarters, we have to be very careful our staff cockatiels don't slam head first into our sliders or mirrors.
For us, a good solution is Window Decals. If you also deal with this issue, or know someone who does, How to Stop Birds from Flying into Your Windows | Lifehacker has many excellent and easy fixes to the bird collision problem.
June 15, 2012
The years truly fly by when you live with a pet. Before you know it, that tireless youngster driving you to distraction spends most of the day asleep. That's fine, but what else to expect as a pet gets older?
About.com Veterinary Medicine | Is my pet acting this way due to old age or is he sick? lists some common age-related changes:
- less active overall
- sleeps more (especially cats)
- reduced sense of hearing
- reduced sense of sight
- less able to handle temperature extremes
- reduced muscle mass
But, these changes below *may* be symptoms of a disease process. If you notice any of these symptoms, a call/visit to your veterinarian should be in your immediate future:
- weight loss or gain
- loss of appetite
- foul breath/dental disease
- drinking and/or urinating more than usual
Disclaimer: This is not a medical blog. Certainly any time that you notice a symptom in a pet of any age, please consult your veterinarian.
June 14, 2012
Many of our pets have seasonal allergies. No worries -- help is on the way. This soothing NaturVet Aller-911 Skin Care Shampoo is formulated just for them.
This shampoo can clean the dirtiest of pets and will banish those stinky smells that our pets hold so dear. It's mild enough for frequent use without stripping the coat of essential natural oils.
June 12, 2012
The sun has almost reached its zenith and is about as strong as it's going to get. Our dogs are panting more and draining their water bowls quicker than ever. They're fine at home, but on the go, we must guarantee they are hydrated and super cool.
These portable, stainless-steel H2O4K9 Water Bottles enable you to provide your thirsty pets with clean safe water everywhere you go--the lid is the bowl. Perfect for walks, day hikes, bike rides, the park, beaches, training, search and rescue, vacations, road trips, etc.
Our dogs just love to relax outside on these warm summer nights. The air is balmy and the scents are strong. They would spend the night out under the stars if we'd let them.
This Three Dog Night Rug evokes summer for us. A black, yellow, and chocolate lab play under the stars on this hand-hooked 100% New Zealand wool rug. A perfect welcome for an entrance way or small room. Great rug for 4th of July, too!
June 11, 2012
Capture the fun and follies of training your dog. Part of the Bad Dog Assortment, this Bad Dog Wall Art will add some character to your family room, den, study or office.
These are black and white drawings with splashes of blue over a dove gray background. It comes framed and ready to hang--makes a great gift.
Also, check out the Bad Dog Tumblers, Bad Dog Diner Mugs, and Bad Dog Coasters in the Bad Dog Assortment.
June 9, 2012
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Reliance on imaging (rather than imagining) seems to be the 21st century media trend. This The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds by Richard Crossley helps make birdwatching and identification easier, more accurate, and more fun. The product description says it best:
Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes--640 in all--are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views--near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live.
These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually--in a single image--and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text.
Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.
June 8, 2012
Bring along food for your pets wherever you go. This insulated Kurgo Wander Pail consists of 2 convenient bowls packed into one. The top bowl holds approx. 13.5 oz and the bottom bowl holds approx. 30.5 oz.
The pail itself acts as the carrying case, with an inset removable bowl. The screw on lid and handle make for easy toting. This set is stain-, corrosion- and rust-resistant, as well as dishwasher-safe.
June 7, 2012
It's summer and your dog may love to swim. But what about his/her collar? Taking it off isn't always feasible, but water can really do a number on many collars, plus they smell bad.
This waterproof and odor-proof Ruff Wear Headwater Collar 2012 is a good solution. The coated webbing is flexible, yet waterproof and non-absorbent. This collar has a reflective pattern providing visibility in low-light conditions.
June 6, 2012
Summer is here. Pet lovers will be out and about, often with their pets aboard. Sadly, sometimes people don't realize how quickly a car can heat up and just leave their pets in the car while they shop or grab a bite to eat.
Even on relatively cool summer days in the low 70's, a car's internal temperature can rise to a scorching 116 degrees in just an hour. And keeping the windows open a crack barely makes a difference. Hot cars are death traps.
MyDogIsCool.com explains how you can help to protect dogs from the dangers of hot cars--how quickly cars heat up in warm weather, whether it's too hot to take your dog along today, and ways to educate our fellow pet owners about the hazards of leaving a pet in a hot car, even for a little while.
If you see a parked car with animals inside, you can have some of their "Don't Leave Me in Here -- It's Hot!" fliers on hand and place the flier under the windshield wiper. If an animal seems to be in imminent danger or a child is left unattended inside a car, call 911 for assistance.
June 5, 2012
Missing pet--the worst. We know. Most lost pets don't wander too far, and you can go the neighborhood flyers route. But there is also technology available to help you keep track of your pets.
Consumer Reports recently tested three devices for keeping track of pets. Each has a GPS unit that stays on the pet and communicates with the owner -- the RoamEO Pet Monitor System ($200), the Garmin GTU 10 ($200), and the Tagg Pet Tracker ($100).
See Consumer Reports for the breakdown.
June 4, 2012
We all know our dogs need exercise, but sometimes walking them just isn't feasible, whether due to limited time, owner disability or other factors. And sometimes our dogs need even more exercise than just a walk.
This remote-controlled Go-Go Dog Pal is outfitted with an advanced system that allows for long range operation, allowing you to take a rest while your dog exercises. As long as you have access to a field, park, yard, or safe open space, you can use the Go-Go Dog Pal to give their dog a fun, challenging exercise session.
With Pal accessories, you can make your remote control dog toy look like just about any creature you can think of --squirrels, rabbits, turtles, and porcupines. There are a variety of Pals to change the shape, size, color, and overall look of your toy for the lifetime of the product.
via Robot Snob
June 2, 2012
Much to our surprise, recently here at Super Cool Pets headquarters a bold and brassy squirrel chewed through the screen on our porch and invaded our roomy cockatiel bird cage hanging out there. Luckily, it was a hot day and our birds were chilling indoors.
Needless to say, a boundary has been crossed. No, he/she was not desperate for food as there is plenty of bird seed out in the yard, and it is summer after all. We would rather the squirrels left the bird cages and feeders alone.
This Squirrel Spinner Feeder is one way to keep the squirrels away from your bird feeders. Attach two ears of corn and mount it on any tree, fence, or post using the attached screw-mount. The squirrel's weight causes the 9" arms to spin for hours of entertainment.
At Amazon and Plow and Hearth where you can use code: LNKPH199 to pay only $1.99 standard shipping on orders $75 or more.
June 1, 2012
Here's a look back at the super cool gear we dug up this past May for our super cool pets and the people they love.
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