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April 30, 2012

PetScoop: Assess If You Can Afford It, Before You Adopt a Pet

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We love our pets and regard them as family members. But many of us were raised in an era when pets were exclusively animals, and they were cheap to live with.

It's heartwarming that we value our pets so highly these days, but it can cost us big-time, as this cat-lover discovered in Regrets of a Cat Owner | The Billfold:

What I'm trying to say is, before you get a pet, it's worth it to genuinely assess whether you can really, actually afford it. Think about it: $5,500 in three years. That averages out to about $150/month. More than a cable/HBO/high-speed Internet bundle!

...As I said, this all adds up to about $4,550 in vet- and health-related bills in just under three years. The remaining grand was spent on travel to and from the vet and/or general cat things, like kitty litter, generic dry cat food, cat bed, scratching post, things like that. Fun fact: $1,000 over 36 months actually comes out to $27/month, which is pretty much what I initially guessed, way back in 2009, when I was predicting how much owning a cat would cost me. Sigh.

via Consumerist

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March 29, 2012

Angel Dear Brown Puppy Blankie

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All babies need a blankie for warmth and snuggling. This Angel Dear Brown Puppy Blankie is great for naptime and travel. At approximately 14" square, it's perfect for the stroller, carseat or for baby cuddles anywhere.

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The Blankie is cashmere-soft, made of 100% poly microfiber and is machine washable. Available in over 30 other animal styles in many different colors. Sweet newborn gift.

via Super Cool Baby

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February 17, 2012

Kinderkitchen Dog Knife with Teeth for Kids in the Kitchen

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It's fun for children to help out in the kitchen, and both sexes need to learn cooking skills these days. However, they can seriously hurt themselves using some of the utensils.

The Kinderkitchen Dog Knife has serrated "teeth" sharp enough to cut sandwiches and fruit peels, but not little fingers. It's safe and easy for children to use. The ears are designed to serve as a hand guard, and the tail is made of soft plastic. Dishwasher-safe.

via Book of Joe

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February 1, 2012

December 8, 2011

Doggie Duffel Travel Bag

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If you are traveling with a pet this holiday season or anytime for that matter, you need keep life as stress-free as possible. This durable canvas Doggie Duffel holds all your dog's food, bowls, toys, and grooming necessities organized and readily accessible. Here's the breakdown:

It has six exterior pockets--three with closures that keep treats, a brush, or bones secure, two that hold the included stainless steel food and water bowls, and a mesh pocket that keeps a water bottle close at hand. The roomy interior accommodates larger toys with a zippered compartment to store waste bags, a leash, and a flashlight for walks after dark. The duffel has two vinyl handholds and an adjustable shoulder strap so you can carry the bag easily.

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September 16, 2011

Plush Cat Bag Collection

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This Plush Cat Bag Collection is purrfect for school, sports, play group, car travel, lessons--anywhere your young kitty cat lover goes.

Choose from the convenient Sling Backpack, self-closing Messenger Bag, roomy Backpack, rolling Pilot Case and match with the Pencil Case for compact security for school supplies and personal items.

The entire collection is made of resilient, wipe-clean polyester with PVC backing and durable nylon zippers. Until 9.30.11. save 15% off your $40 order or 20% off your $50 order.

LillianVernon.com
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August 15, 2011

PetScoop -- Annual and Monthly Costs of Pet Care

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It's probably gotten to be a cliche now to say that pets are part of our families. They are, at least for most of us, and along with the love comes the bills. ASPCA | Pet Care Costs has calculated that first year costs for pet food and supplies run between $1,300 and $1850 for a dog, depending upon size, and around $1,000 for a cat. Fish are by far the most economical, coming in at $35/year.

These figures include pet health insurance, an investment which relatively few pet owners actually make. Considering Pet Ownership? Here's How Much to Budget | MintLife Blog has taken their numbers and created a nifty graphic, breaking the annual and Mint-user monthly costs down by category. They don't include the initial capital investment such as cage, cage, carrier, leash, aquarium.

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May 23, 2011

Navy SEAL Dogs in the Osama Bin Laden Raid wore High-Tech K9 Storm Vests

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The dog that accompanied the 24-member Navy SEAL Team 6 who entered Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan was a specially-trained Belgian Shepherd (Malinois) named Cairo. Belgian Shepherd dogs have a history as working dogs, in this case assisting the military. These tough, intimidating dogs are not your run-of-the-mill family pets and are trained much like police and homeland security dogs.

There are many products that help military working dogs (MWDs). Likely Cairo wore a tactical stab-resistant K9 Storm vest loaded with high-tech gadgetry costing $20,000 - $30,000. The gear included high-def night vision cams, bulletproof vests with parachute-ready harness and a two-way radio (see image below).

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Super cool find via DVICE

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January 13, 2011

Dog News All Breed Dog Show 2011 Calendar

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Many dog lovers enjoy watching dog shows on TV, and the fortunate ones attend and participate. Don't miss another show--you can keep a year's worth of dog show dates and information at your fingertips with this gorgeous 2011 Dog News Calendaricon. Dog News is America's oldest and only weekly newspaper dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs.

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December 15, 2010

Crypton Super Throver Pet Blanket -- Proven Protection for Your Home and Vehicles

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This durable Crypton Super Throver Pet Blanket guarantees protection for your home, automobile--wherever you and your pets may go. It looks like a blanket and works like a tarp.

Use it anywhere you need instant protection from stains, pet hair, dirt that could mar your furniture, vehicles, bedspreads--you name it. This eco-friendly rectangular Throver Pet Blanket is proven to resist stains, odors, moisture, and bacteria. It's easy to spot-clean and machine-wash.

Thumbnail image for waitingsanta.jpgFor holiday gift ideas, browse our Super Cool Pets 2010 Holiday Gift Guide!

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