August 4, 2009

If Pets Could Talk -- New Online Guide to Dog and Cat Behavior at PetSmart.com


Want a better understanding of your pet? PetSmart.com has launched an interesting online guide to dog and cat behavior, "If Your Pets Could Talk"icon developed by animal behaviorist Dr. Suzanne Hetts and Dr. Robyn Jaynes, PetSmart's veterinary and pet care expert.

You will find variety of tools--quizzes, videos and exercises--to test and enhance your knowledge of typical animal behaviors. You may be surprised.

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July 28, 2009

New Simon's Cat Animation -- "Fly Guy"

Are you a fan of the Simon's Cat animations by Simon Tofield? A new clip was released over the weekend.

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July 24, 2009

Raising a New Puppy?


Yesterday, we wished our fabulous Golden Retrievers "Happy Birthday". The first night we brought them home, we must admit asking ourselves (in between the cuteness): "What on earth have we done to our lives??"

The New York Times has begun a weekly series, The Puppy Diaries, about "the challenges and satisfactions of raising a puppy through its first year of life". A snippet from author and new puppy owner Jill Abramson:

Somehow I had forgotten how much having a new puppy is like having a new baby. It's not only the made-up games, the hide-and-seek and stuffed animals. There is the special puppy smell, much like the distinctive scent, better than perfume, of a new baby's head. There is the reflexive urge to smother with kisses. There is the getting up in the middle of the night. There is the singing of lullabies to sleep, lying next to Scout's crate as if it were a cradle. There is the arrangement of play dates for socialization....There are the books written by experts (our puppy manual is by the Monks of New Skete, The Art of Raising a Puppy). There is the feeling of total relief in seeing tired eyes close for a nap.
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Have a new puppy or know someone who does? Sign up for Drs. Foster and Smith's email series: Puppy Care Today -- Everything you need to know about a new puppy through each stage.

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July 23, 2009

Bowlingual Voice -- Translates Your Dog's Emotions into Human Words


Who amongst us have not wondered what our dog is saying when s/he barks?

A Japanese toy company has invented Bowlingual Voice, a device that purportedly interprets the emotions expressed in a dog's bark then translates them into human words.

This gadget "detects" sadness, joy, alertness to danger, neediness, happiness and frustration, plus has a recorded repertoire of spoken phrases such as "play with me", "leave me alone", and "feel sad". And for the dog owner who doesn't want to miss a thing, an answering machine function can also record your pet's feelings when you are not around.

Or maybe, as is often the case in relationships, the less said, the better.

via DVICE / Daily Mail Online

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June 3, 2009

Thunderstorms, Fireworks, Vet Visits -- 3 Remedies to Reduce Anxiety and Calm Your Pet

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Does your pet suffer from anxiety? Thunderstorm season is here and the July 4th fireworks marathon approaches, not to mention those terrifying vet visits. Our dogs tremble, pant, pace and even become destructive. Our cats shake, meow strangely, and become skittish.

Pet anxiety is serious, especially for those who suffer continually. Your pet may flee the scene in terror and be hit by a car, get lost or stolen. S/he may jump through a glass window, scratch the walls or rip apart your furniture.

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So, how to help your pet lose the terror?

Distraction -- Calming music, "white noise" such as fans or A/C, TV, radio to drown out the scary sounds.

Synthetic Pheromones -- These reduce or even prevent stress-related behavior if your pet's anxiety is mild to moderate.

For your cat, Feliway Plug-In Diffuser is recommended or spritz some Feliway Spray on his/her bedding and favorite hangouts. Likewise, for your dog, apply some D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Spray liberally in the cage and if in an enclosed area plug in a D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Electric Diffuser.

We are following up after trying D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone, which worked well with our storm-phobic Golden as long as she stays put in one spot. Since she paces, the DAP Collar is the best choice as it goes where she goes.

Anti-Anxiety Meds -- Where a lot of pets live, thunderstorms or scary sounds can happen daily. If your pet experiences the misery of anxiety on a constant or extreme basis, your vet may prescribe Anxiety Relief medications.


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April 27, 2009

National Association of Professional Pet Sitters Preparedness Guide For Pet Owners


Each year, two to three million of us suffer as the result of disasters, and as was painfully apparent during Katrina, our pets do too. After a natural disaster everyone is pretty much on their own, at least for the first few days, as we have discussed in a prior disaster preparation post.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) has created NAPPS Disaster Preparedness Guide For Pet Owners to read and download, so animal owners can be prepared for man-made or natural catastrophes.

The operative word here is prepared. Preparation is key to surviving a disaster, as well as succeeding in any endeavor, as Amanda Ripley so aptly explains in her must-read guide The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why.


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April 24, 2009

D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Electric Diffuser and Spray


The Super Cool Pets staff has received samples of the D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Electric Diffuser and D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Spray for review.


D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone reduces or even prevents stress-related behavior, say during thunderstorms, fireworks, visits to the vet, puppy anxiety or moving to a new home.

Female dogs secrete pheromones that comfort and reassure their nursing puppies. These "appeasement" pheromones have the same calming effect on adult dogs. D.A.P. mimics these appeasement pheromones to reduce or eliminate stress in dogs of all ages.

We personally have a storm-phobic Golden Retriever who lives in the lightning capital of the world, Florida, so we will try the diffuser and spray out on her as soon as the rainy season begins. She is not too comfortable with grooming either, so we shall have plenty of opportunity. D.A.P apparently takes a few weeks to be effective, so we hope to provide a report in May.

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April 14, 2009

Understand Yourself by Understanding Your Pet


If you love dogs, you have undoubtedly wondered if they think about anything other than food. Our nation's finest minds over at Harvard University have made it their business to find out. They claim that understanding dogs will help us to understand ourselves better.

If you are lucky enough to live in the Boston area, home to our parent Blogpire Productions, those Harvard researchers want to study your dog:

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March 27, 2009

Attract, Identify, and Enjoy Hummingbirds

Attracting hummingbirds to your yard is a fun and rewarding hobby. Here are a few ideas to get you started this spring.


This gorgeous Brushed Copper Ruby Glass Hummingbird Feedericon is sure to catch the eye of passing hummingbirds. It has a ruby red glass nectar container with a brushed copper finish that shines in the sunlight. A wrap-around perch encourages the hummers to rest. Keep your binoculars handy to take a peek at them when they are sitting quietly.


This beautiful hand blown glass Dew Drop Hummingbird Feedericon is an eco-friendly work of art. The feeder is decorated with swirls of red and blue recycled glass with a drip-free gondola-style stopper to deter sticky nectar messes and ants.

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March 20, 2009

PETMD Lists the World's 10 Smartest Dog Breeds


PetMD is a free online resource for pet health and wellness management. Find their list of The World's Ten Smartest Dogs with photos and breed info on the site Divine Caroline. Our girls came in at #4 and we're not surprised.

  1. Border Collie
  2. Poodle
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Shetland Sheepdog
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. Papillon
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Australian Cattle Dog
Do you agree?

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