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September 24, 2012

My dog: the paradox -- Cartoons and Poster

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Anyone who lives with a dog they love can relate to this funny and poignant My dog: the paradox, a series of cartoons dedicated to its creator's dog Rambo. See the enlarged version over at The Oatmeal.

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Get the 18" x 24" poster at The Oatmeal Shop.

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September 13, 2012

Amazon Hot New Pet Book -- I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats

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Laughter is the best medicine. So if you need a pick-me-up, pick up a copy of I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano, the author of the family comic strip Sally Forth that appears in almost 800 newspapers world-wide.

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This is a funny and delightful collection of tongue-in-cheek poetry written by cats, explaining their behavior to clueless humans. Good gift idea for the cat lover!

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August 30, 2012

Are Outdoor Cats a Threat to the Environment?

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Are outdoor cats cold-blooded murderers or threats to the environment? This blog post Outdoor Cats and the Environment | Daily Vet | petMD discusses cat outdoor behavior as revealed by the cat camera (see Eye View Camera to determine whether or not cats are a hazard to themselves and other wildlife as they roam the countryside.

If you are leery of allowing your cats outside for safety reasons, but do want them to get some fresh air and sunshine, try an outdoor cat enclosure.

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August 24, 2012

Comfort Your Anxious Pet with a Terry Covered Duck Hot Water Bottle

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We share our SCP headquarters with an over-anxious Golden Retriever. It's awful hard to comfort her without the luxury of speech. She just doesn't understand that we won't let thunder hurt her. This Terry Covered Duck Hot Water Bottle is the perfect companion for any time your pet needs warmth and comforting.

Just the thing for new puppies and kittens, road trips, boarding at the kennel, or even a visit to that scary vet's office. For added comfort, place a T-shirt or any item with your scent on it inside the pouch too. Works for children of all ages, too!

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July 27, 2012

Survey Says: Golden Retrievers Attract Both Men and Women to Possible Mates -- Does Your Pet Affect Your Social Life?

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In the fantastic Disney movie 101 Dalmatians the dogs actually brought the couple together. Roger Radcliffe's enterprising dalmatian Pongo decided to find a wife for Roger and a mate for himself and arranged a meeting in the park with a woman named Anita and her female dalmatian, Perdita.

If you are single and have issues with your social life, your dog's breed may be a factor. The pet social network Klooff surveyed 1,000 people to find out the top 5 breeds that make single men and women more desirable to date. Check out the gallery at Dog breeds that will get you a date (or not) | Boston.com to find out which breeds can help (and hurt) you on the dating scene.



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July 20, 2012

On Mysterious Cat Behavior -- 5 Ways Cats Show Affection and More

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Dogs express their love and affection very openly through tail-wagging, nuzzling, pawing and kisses. Cats are a lot more subtle, no surprise there.

Here are some common signs of cat affection from Decoding How Cats Show Affection | Petside:


  • Eye blinks: When a cat meets a stranger for the first time, they give them an unblinking stare. They are wary. Cats that feel trust and affection for a human often blink at them.

  • Grooming: When your cat allows you to groom him, this is another sure sign that he trusts you and feels cat affection for you.

  • Head rubbing: When a cat rubs her face on a human, she is using scent glands on her cheeks to mark her territory. this can both mean affection, and that she is claiming the human in question as her "property."

  • Belly display: This sign of cat affection is one of the most profound acts of trust a cat can bestow on a human.

  • Kneading: A cat kneading against your body is an act of sheer contentment, trust and true adoration


beckercatownermanual.jpgInterested in learning more about cat behavior? Your Cat: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat is an enjoyable and informative resource.

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July 12, 2012

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know

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Do dogs dream? Sure seems like they do, asleep on the floor, whimpering, paws twitching. Can they recognize themselves in the mirror or understand what they're seeing on the TV? Are they more intelligent than cats? We all wonder about how dogs think and perceive the world.

In Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know dog researcher and psychology professor Stanley Coren answers the most commonly asked questions about how dogs think and act in a conversational Q&A format with illustrations. Sounds intriguing!

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May 6, 2012

Golden Retriever Guards Owner's Bicycle

This man in China doesn't need a bike lock. He has his dog, Li Li, guard his bike while he's away!

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April 26, 2012

PetScoop: Dog Breeds Reflect the Owner's Personality

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Researchers have established links between owners' personality traits and the breed of dogs they preferred. The Press Association reports that the Kennel Club assisted the research conducted by scientists at Bath Spa University. Their findings:

Breeds were split into seven groups: gundogs (eg golden retriever), hound dogs (eg greyhound; beagle), pastoral (eg German shepherd; border collie), terrier (eg Staffordshire bull), toy (eg Chihuahua), utility (eg bulldog) and working (eg Doberman).

In particular, owners of pastoral and utility breeds were more extroverted, gundog and toy dog owners were more agreeable, and owners of utility, toy and gundogs were more conscientious. Owners of hound dogs turned out to be more emotionally stable, while owners of toy dogs were more open to new experiences.

To find out what kind of dog matches your lifestyle and personality, read more at Dog Breeds

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April 10, 2012

PetScoop: Lifehacker's Tips on Becoming a Pet Owner

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If you are reading this, you may already be a pet owner and you know that owning a pet is not something to do on impulse. It is a huge responsibility and time commitment.

But if you are on the fence about bringing home a pet, or know someone considering the commitment, check out 7 Factors to Consider Before Becoming a Pet Owner | Lifehacker. There are also many affordable books on pet care available.

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