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August 24, 2007

Cubicaller--The Cubicle Doorbell

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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).

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Very affordable at Cubicaller. Via Coolest Gadgets.

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August 17, 2007

E-Z Tilt Heated Birdbath

Birds are always looking for a water source. In these summer months of hot, dry weather, we attract the birds with our bird feeders, so it is important to provide water for drinking and baths, just as we do for our indoor pets and ourselves. During the freezing winter months, birds especially are in need of a source of open water to drink. Have you gotten your backyard birdbath?

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If you have a deck, you might like this EZ - Tilt Heated Birdbath It has a mounting bracket so water changes are easy. You undo the catch and tilt birdbath to drain. Simply lift straight up to remove birdbath completely for storage. Place a Water Wiggler in the bath to attract birds with moving water.

Plastic unit attaches to 2" x 4" or 2" x 6" deck rails. Mounting hardware included. Holds 6 quarts. Measures 20" dia x 2" deep.

EZ - Tilt Heated Birdbath at Drs Foster and Smith.

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August 11, 2007

Role-Playing: When Your Child Wants a Pet

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When your child begs for a dog or cat and promises to take care of it, Baby Toolkit has a great suggestion:

If your child wants a dog, BEGS for a dog, and you don't want to shoulder the entire responsibility for a pet, test the child's promises to "take care of the dog." Make an agreement. If your child will wake at a specified earlier time and then "walk" the imaginary dog (10 to 20 minutes) every day for 21 days that you will then begin seriously considering getting a pet. I'd make it a month of walking because that's how long it takes to establish a habit.

The same role-playing can go for feeding the pet, changing the litterbox or bird cage liner, freshening their water--any responsibilities you want your child to assume.

Via Baby Toolkit.

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August 10, 2007

Butterfly Teacup Hanging Bird Feeder

Butterfly Teacup Hanging Bird Feeder

Update: This item is no longer available. Shop Bird Feeders.

Functional art bird feeder for your yard or porch. This Butterfly Teacup Hanging Bird Feeder is made of cold cast porcelain and hand-painted. Simple to hang from the hook and three chains provided . Drainage holes included. 21"L.

Butterfly Teacup Hanging Bird Feeder arrives gift boxed from Wrapables for a lovely house-warming or hostess present. Limited time promotion $5.99 shipping on all orders, except $15 for AK/HI orders. Select *ground shipping* at checkout.

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August 4, 2007

Pets Improve Our Health

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According to Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts, pets improve our mental and physical health. "Dogs and cats, even a tankful of fish, calm frazzled nerves and ease anxiety and depression, according to research."

Why?

One reason is that pets alter our behavior. When they are near, we tend to calm down and speak more slowly and softly. All types of pets offer distractions from the worries of the day, because we naturally shift our attention to them when they are around. Pets also provide an opportunity to touch and stroke another living thing, which has been shown to be of value to our mental and physical health.

Read entire article.

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August 2, 2007

Daphne's Pet Headcovers for Golfers

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Super Cool Pets' home state has the (dubious?) distinction of sporting more golf courses than anywhere in the world. If you are a golfer and a pet lover, these Pet Headcovers will put some bite into your game. They come in a variety of animal shapes for all types of clubs from putters to oversized drivers, including many breeds of dogs, cats, birds, forest, sea, garden and other categories. Headcovers are fully lined and elasticized to protect your clubs and are guaranteed for life.

Great gift idea for the golfer of your choice. Pet Headcovers

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August 1, 2007

Take Away Feeder by Eva Solo

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Beautiful and functional outdoor bird feeder made of hand-blown glass. 2007 award-winning design by Eva Solo. This would make a lovely hostess gift or house-warming present.

At Amazon, Greener Grass Design via Uncrate.

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July 25, 2007

Beam Central Vacuum--Review

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At Super Cool Pets we love our central vacuum. It is lightweight, a breeze to use and keeps a house clean which would otherwise be filled with pet hair, dirt, grass, crumbs, dander, feathers, dust, and numerous crawly things. A central vac system consists of:
  • a canister located in central area of the structure (garage)
  • wall outlets strategically placed in building (we have 2 on far ends of house)
  • tubing running from outlets to central canister (up walls into attic and down)
  • 25 ft hose (with attachments) that plugs into wall outlets
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A central vac has 1 or 2 motors, depending, which provide stronger suction than uprights, since they would be too heavy to cart around. Also unlike other systems, there is no dirt being recirculated throughout the room since it is all going into the canister. It is often quieter since the motors and fan are not running inside the house.

Speaking of central vac motors, ours just went kaput. Burning smell in garage. We had a 2-year warranty on the system which is 3 1/2 years old. Well-known brand-name company which Super Cool Pets won't name (don't want to deprive anyone of the ability to make a living), but we will recommend highly the Beam 3500 sq ft system we bought online at Mid America Vacuum Centers.

Why?

  • Fabulous customer service. The system we ordered was back-ordered (what else is new). Instead of making us wait, they sent us the next model up--an $80 upgrade--for the same price. Plus they honored a promotional coupon for $50. That may not sound so fantastic, but we couldn't read the online coupon code, had to call and the CSR honored it verbally. So we received a $536.95 central vac system for a $402.95 on our credit card. Plus, a ten- year warranty--did I mention the first system only had a 2-year warranty?
  • Fabulous performance. We can't stand too close to the hose, or we may find ourselves outside in the canister. And quiet.

At Mid America Vacuum Centers. If you are handy, this system is easy to install yourself. Otherwise factor in an installation charge. Central vacuum is well worth it.

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July 21, 2007

Home Marketing for Pet Owners

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As much as we all love our pets, we know they take a toll on the condition of our home. Their presence unfortunately can actually lower the sales price or even quash a deal. When your home is for sale on the market, you want to set the stage to create buyer interest within a reasonable time period and generate a good offer. How our pets affect the showings is a factor that must be taken into account. Here a some possible issues to confront ahead of time:

Allergies--A home rife with animal hair and dander can spell misery for an allergic buyer or their real estate agent. An affected person will have no choice but to turn on their heel and leave. Don't expect an offer.

Odors and Stains--Pet urine, especially cat, and stains on walls, carpeting, furniture, under floorboards can put off a potential buyer. There are numerous products to deal with these smells and stains. Even if you aren't selling your home now, best to deal immediately with any accidents. In the event of an offer, which could easily be lowball, it most likely will be a seller expense to remedy the pet odor problem prior to closing.

We have featured some helpful products in prior posts (here and here). A tool such as the Spot Spotter Ultraviolet Urine Detector by Simple Solution will help you to detect the source of pet odors.

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Features:

* Battery-operated urine detector helps identify the source of pet odors
* Works on carpeting, wood flooring, concrete, tile, upholstery, and other surfaces
* Black light bulb lasts up to 5,000 hours on average
* Runs on 8 AA batteries or a 12v DC adapter (not included)
* Measures approximately 3 by 1 by 12 inches

Showings--If at all possible, be prepeared to leave the home with your pet during all showings. If you cannot remove the pet, try to constrain them in the cage or perhaps in an enclosed area such as a screened porch. Some people shut their pet in a bedroom or study during a showing, but then of course the buyer is prevented from seeing part of the home and may wonder what's up. Chance of offer reduced.

"The way you live in your home, and the way you market and sell your house are two different things." For more information, visit Home Stagers.

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July 20, 2007

Wordy Birdy Speech Training for Birds

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If you have no one to talk to, our Super Cool Pets suggestion is to talk to your bird. We talk to our doggies all the time but they just stare back. Wouldn't it be fun to have a bird that talks? Our cockatiels wolf-whistle, but how long can you fall for that?

With the Wordy Birdy Speech Trainer you can teach your bird to talk. Then if family members are ignoring you, or you live alone, you can have meaningful conversations anyway.

Record in your own voice the words you want your bird to learn to say. Then press the button and the speech trainer will play back your words over and over. You can adjust the time intervals from 30 seconds to 30 minutes until you want some peace and quiet and turn it off. Uses a microchip, no tape or parts to break.

For Canaries, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Parrots and Macaws. Requires four "AA" batteries, not included. Wordy Birdy Speech Trainer

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