October 8, 2007

petFINDER™ Pet ID Tag -- Review


We are back visiting the rather stressful but important topic of recovering a lost pet. This post is relatively long, but someday the read may pay off for you. The importance of planning ahead to ID your pet cannot be stressed enough. If you have ever searched for a missing pet, you know what we mean. Our pup Jessie, frightened by an early morning hot air balloon visit overhead, broke through our electric fence and was missing all day. Having searched far and wide, a neighbor called late afternoon having found us through her embedded microchip.

In a previous post, Super Cool Pets covered the possible cancer connection with the micro-chip. We decided to leave the micro-chips embedded in our own Golden Retrievers' necks, weighing the misery of a lost pet against the relatively small cancer threat.

We have found a product that can be paired with the micro-chip, or simply used alone if you have not yet embedded your pet with a chip. Those engraved metal tag IDs available in your neighborhood pet mart have very limited space for all the necessary contact info. With petFINDER™ the pet owner calls a toll free-number and programs in pertinent pet information: pet's name, up to 3 phone numbers so owner will be reachable 24/7, and any vital concerns. Tag is secured to pet's collar. When the pet is found, the Good Samaritan simply pulls out their cell-phone and calls the toll-free number on the petFINDER™ tag, enters the ID on the tag, and voila--owners pick up on the first ring and pet returned home. No computer access is required. Of course, the collar must be secured, because lost collar = lost tag, a reason to strongly consider pairing the ID tag with the embedded micro-chip.

We tested this product ourselves at Super Cool Pets. Setting up was a breeze, very similar to programming your voice mail. After set-up, we played the role of pet-finder and called the number on the pet's tag. We listened to our message and discovered the service would automatically dial the owners' phone numbers, simply by pressing #1, #2 or #3. User-friendly.

According to FINDER™ Products president Barry Steifel, the collar tag is made from a high tensile strength material called Teslin, a higher density version of the same material as used in credit cards. They are fade-resistant so that the info remains readable at all times, waterproof/weatherproof and light-weight. The company is also about to launch a metal tag program in the next couple of months.

The very affordable Teslin tags sell for between $10 to $15. The metal tag package will retail for around $19.99 and includes one designer tag, a set of 4 metallic covered system label tags in 4 different colors. Tag $20, returned pet priceless.

Good customer service can be hard to come by these days, as we all know only too well. In this department FINDER™ Products excelled. In researching the petFINDER™ tags, Mr Steifel was unfailingly courteous, professional and informative. We received rapid response to our emails which reflects very positively on the company.

Features and benefits from petFINDER™:

Why It's a Better Solution
Built-in flexibility to meet the owners' needs
Unlike traditional pet tags, petFINDER™ allows an owner to make unlimited changes to their numbers and message at no additional charge.

• Moving or Change In Numbers: When phone numbers change there is no need to buy a new tag; just dial into the system and enter the new numbers.

• Traveling: When traveling with a pet the owner can simply reprogram the numbers where they are staying (relative, friend or hotel) and change back the numbers when they return.

• Pet Sitters: When leaving the pet with a sitter it's easy to enter the sitter's number, and then change back the number when the owner returns.

• Emergencies: petFINDER™ is an "everyday" ID tag that is indispensable when owner and pet are separated during emergencies because the owner can make instant changes to update contact information from anywhere.

* No Call Centers
No operators acting as a go-between between the owner and pet's finder. The caller is connected directly to the pet’s owner.

* Secure
No personal information is given to callers. No addresses or personal phone numbers are ever given out without the owners' permission.

Pet Finder is unlike any other solution – Other toll-free tag "systems" lack petFINDER™'s built-in simplicity and security.

* Privacy
petFINDER™ automatically connects the caller directly to the preprogrammed numbers without revealing the owners’ personal contact numbers to the caller (and vice versa).

petFINDER™ is the only tag approved and endorsed by The American Humane Association.

petFINDER™ is currently available throughout the US (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, Mexico, US Virgin Islands, British Islands, Central and South America. The system is now operational in Europe--starting in January 08, versions for each country are scheduled to be gradually rolled out.

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October 5, 2007

Pink Ribbon Pet Products for the Cure


Yes, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it doesn't have to be October to promote this worthy cause. There is not a family out there who has not been affected by this disease which continues to confound humanity's greatest minds. With the purchase of pink ribbon products at Feline Fido, 15% of the net proceeds from each pink ribbon collar or leash purchase are donated to Susan G. Komen For the Cure and/or select local breast cancer charities. Pick from an array of collars, leashes,harnesses, ID tags, and key fobs.

Products are available in pink or black with pink ribbon if your pet has testosterone issues.

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October 2, 2007

Fun Pet Signs


One of these Pet Signs will make a fun decoration for your backyard fence, garage or dog house.


Dimensions: 12" wide x 18" tall white aluminum and vinyl. Choose your colors at checkout.

At Graffitiworx.

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October 1, 2007

LED Armband


Now that the nights are getting longer here in the norther hemisphere, we are more likely to find ourselves outside in the dark with our pets. This convenient LED-Lit Armband can be seen over a mile away, so it could be another way to make yourself visible to passing vehicles, while walking, jogging or playing with your pets after 4 or 5 pm. The LED lights flash or glow red at the push of the power switch.

LED lights have a life of about 100,000 hours. Includes 150-hour replaceable batteries. Elastic strap adjusts from 11-18". Quick-release buckle. Could even be used as a dog collar or clipped to a belt or backpack.

At Amazon. [via Book of Joe]

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Kooga Pet Flash Drive


Apropos the recent cancer concerns over the implanted micro-chip, there is another flash drive ID to consider as an alternative offered over at KoogaPet.com.

How It Works:

  1. The KoogaPet slides security into any USB port on any computer.
  2. Just click the link stored in the KoogaPet tag to start filling in your information.
  3. Remove USB Tag
  4. Clip Your Pet's Collar

How KoogaPet helps Veterinarians:

  • Gives any veterinarian important information at anytime
  • Avoids potentially fatal medication errors
  • Keeps medical information with your pet 24/7
  • Avoids vaccination expirations and missed appointments by automatically emailing reminders
  • If a pet runs off and is injured Koogatag will allow veterinarians to treat your pet more effectively and safely

For more info, FAQ.

Courtesy NYTimes.

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September 24, 2007

Heated Bird Perch


Are your birds in a cold room? Do they insist on going out on the screened porch, even though it's chilly? They can fluff up their feathers, but their feet still get cold. The Thermo-Perch will warm them up. Cold temps from drafty areas and air conditioning can contribute to stress and illness in your bird. Put a thermal perch in their cage to help them regulate their body temp.

Made of scratch and bite resistant plastic. Protected steel wire cord included to position away from the bird's cage. Perch is molded to reduce foot cramping.

Perch Sizes:
Small 1/2" to 1" diameter x 101/2" long
Small birds: Finches, Cockatiels, Parakeets, Canaries.

Medium 5/8" to 11/4" diameter x 13" long
Medium birds: Amazons, African Greys, Pionus Parrot.

Large 11/4" to 2" diameter x 141/2" long
Large birds: Macaws, large Cockatoos, Toucan.

At Amazon and PetSmart.

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September 13, 2007

Doggles Ergonomic Backpacks


Labor Day got us to thinking about working dogs at Super Cool Pets. Most of our couch potatoes dogs are descended from ancestors originally bred to perform a certain task to help their human companions--retrieving land or water fowl, search and rescue, herding, pulling sleds and transporting supplies. Dogs are actually bred to keep moving, and most will cheerfully walk along with you outside.

Next time you go hiking, to the store or just out for a stroll, why not let them help out carrying your supplies with their own Backpack for Dogs. Great features include inner compartments, reflective trim, D ring, quick-assist handle. Water- and stain-resistant in two attractive color combos, Black & Grey or Red & Blue.

Backpack for Dogs

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September 7, 2007

Catnip-Treated Carpeted Ramp for Cats


As our cats get older a good household accessory is a ramp to enable access to furniture, window sills and cat trees. This Carpeted Ramp features no-slip lambswool "rungs". You can attach it to the furniture via a self-fastening strip at the end. Extra special kitty treat--these ramps are catnip-treated.

Carpeted Ramp in Forest Green, Oatmeal, Dusty Blue, Merlot, Soft Sage, Heather Gray, or Cocoa. Dimensions: 37" long x 7" wide.

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August 24, 2007

Cubicaller--The Cubicle Doorbell


This isn't strictly a pet gadget, or perhaps not even remotely. It is an office gadget that makes pet sounds. Instead of having a co-worker clear their throat, cough, knock, sneeze and so on to get your attention at work, just install this fun Cubicle Doorbell, the Cubicaller. You choose your bell from 12 different sounds (listen to them here), among them "cat meowing", chirping birds", or even "quack-quack". Or, if you prefer, more conservative: "doorbell", "knocking", "chimes" or more eccentric: "fog horn", "big band", "fading laser".

The Cubicaller would also be effective in the home office. Instead of spouses and children barging in, or banging on the door, require them to press the Cubicaller. Great for your marriage too--if you want to talk to your sweetie while they are otherwise absorbed, well, just press the Cubicaller--no more annoying interruptions! Children's doors--uses are virtually endless.

The Cubicaller has 3 settings for volume control. Attaches via double-sided self-adhesive velcro. At quitting time, simply detach from your cubicle entrance and hide it!

Dimensions: 2.75" x 2.75" x 0.75" (fits in your hand).


Very affordable at Cubicaller. Via Coolest Gadgets.

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July 17, 2007

Pet Master--PDA for Pets


Little gizmo to store all pet related info, rather than leafing through your files or phone book. Pet Master stores phone numbers--vet, pet sitters, groomers, supply stores. You can record medications schedule and pet vet or groomer appointments. Also includes an alarm and built-in shopping list. A PDA for your pet!

Pet Master

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