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November 3, 2014

The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat

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As we inch closer to the holiday season, ever find yourself a bit overwhelmed and...well, grumpy? If so, then celebrate your "inner grouch" like Grumpy Cat does in The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat.

This is the recently released follow up to Grumpy Cat's initial hilarious Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book. It makes a fun, inexpensive gift for all ages at The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat.

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September 17, 2014

Hot New Pet Photography Book Release -- Underwater Puppies by Seth Casteel

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Seth Casteel is an award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist. As the constant companions of water dogs, we were captivated by the photography in his popular 2012 Underwater Dogs.

Now we can feast our eyes on insanely adorable shots of underwater puppies in Seth Casteel's just-released follow-up Underwater Puppies showcasing more than 80 previously unpublished color portraits. Terrific gift!

Get in the spirit -- shop super cool Pet Halloween Costumes!

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July 30, 2014

Hot New Pet Book -- A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans

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It is generally thought that dogs are descended from domesticated Grey Wolves many moons ago. So it stands to reason that those of us who love our dogs also tend to take a fancy to wolves, albeit from a distance.

But not always so distant! This new A Wolf Called Romeo by author and photographer Nick Jans is the true story of a six-year friendship between a wild, but sociable black wolf and the community of people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska.

The author had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years when a friendly encounter with a black wolf while walking his lab at twilight changes his and many other lives in this modern suburb on the edge of Alaskan wilderness.

More at A Wolf Called Romeo.

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July 19, 2014

Hot New Bird Book Release -- The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow

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Here at Super Cool Pets we were surprised to hear the other day that pet birds such as parakeets, cockatiels, parrots are considered "exotic pets".

We understand that category for reptiles such as snakes and lizards, along with other normally wild animals such as rabbits, ferrets, mice, but birds and even fish?

So how about choosing an owl for a companion?

In The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl British military historian Martin Windrow tells the tale of his 15 year live-in relationship with a tawny owl he named "Mumble" who became his closest companion. Fascinating!

Read a good review here A Rare Bond | NYTimes.com, marred by spoiler at the very end.

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July 15, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman

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We all are expected to put on a happy face here in America, but the reality is that life is fraught with suffering. Suffering and fear thereof can lead to depression, anxiety and mental illness.

If you live with an animal and are an observant sort, you likely know that non-humans suffer mentally as well as physically. Laurel Braitman noticed this in her anxiety-prone Bernese Mountain Dog. Extensive subsequent research brought her to the conclusion that animals can lose their minds just like we humans.

That's the premise of her Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves -- that nonhuman animals can suffer from mental illnesses that mirror those that humans endure. And they can recover, just like we can.

Fascinating stuff at Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves.

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May 27, 2014

Bookjiggs Purr-fection Bookmark for Cat Lovers

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A Bookjig is a perfect gift for an avid reader. Simply clip a Bookjig to a book's spine or cover and use the ribbon between pages to guide you back to your stopping point. This handmade Purr-fection Bookmark features a metal cat clip with colored ribbon. They come in many styles and make a great stocking stuffer or party favor.

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May 8, 2014

PetScoop -- Surprising Facts About Our Super Cool Pets

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Those of us who have lived with pets all our lives may think we have seen it all, but this article 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cats and Dogs | Huffington Post could surprise you.

David Grimm is an award-winning journalist and the Online News Editor of Science Magazine, the world's leading journal of science news and scientific research. He is also the author of the new book, Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs which we posted about here.

He has some interesting tidbits about our best buddies in his post 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cats and Dogs | Huffington Post. For example:

Most owners would be willing to risk their lives to save their pets. Although we make think we're the craziest cat or dog person out there, most Americans have very intense relationships with their pets. According to recent surveys, more than 90 percent of owners consider their pet a family member, more than half would be "very likely" to risk their lives to save their pet, and -- if trapped on a desert island -- half of all owners say they would rather live out their days with a cat or dog than with a human companion.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Cats and Dogs | Huffington Post is a fun read and ditto for the book.

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April 23, 2014

New Pet Book Release -- Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs

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Do you consider your pet to be a "person"? The status of our dogs and cats is indeed rising in our society. It goes without saying they are family members and even surrogate children to some. Soon they may even have their very own legal rights, a stark contrast to their ancestors throughout history.

How did this happen? Award-winning journalist David Grimm explores the changing social attitudes in his new book Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs. Formerly wild animals in the middle ages, our dogs and cats are now "quasi citizens". It's a new age for pets!

At Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs.

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April 2, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel

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The fun summer travel season is getting closer! And many of us will load our dog into the car along with the rest of the family. But let's face it--when we are out and about, especially far from home, our dogs present a unique challenge.

To help you meet your pet's needs on the road, National Geographic's The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel: Best Destinations, Hotels, Events, and Advice to Please Your Pet and You by New York Times bestselling author and pet parent Kelly E. Carter is a terrific resource, whether road tripping or flying cross-country, during Easter, summer vacation, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel features pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, beaches, parks, and dog runs. You can research hundreds of dog-friendly places and events, from doggie daycare to canine cruises, along with walks you can take with your dog and insider tips from locals on how to get the most out of their area with your pet.

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March 15, 2014

New Bird Book Release -- The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

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Birding is a popular American hobby. More than 46 million of us are bird watchers who spend nearly $5 billion annually, according to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bird expert David Allen Sibley has just released a highly anticipated update to his best seller, the The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition. This new edition builds on the author and illustrator's original awesome guide, offering "massively expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new, elegant design."

See an excellent review at Bird-World Star David Allen Sibley Releases New Guide | WSJ.

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March 7, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release--DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show

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Our dogs love to look beautiful--it's just that their idea of beauty (covered in mud) and ours can be miles apart. Grooming a dog regularly helps keep him/her in good health. Their family can keep an eye out potential physical issues and stop the spread of dirt, fleas, and germs that crop up all too often.

However, professional grooming is one more household expense. So how about DIY? If you want to try doggy grooming in the privacy of your own home, Jorge Bendersky, a celebrity dog groomer in New York City, has just released a how-to DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show: Everything You Need to Know, Step by Step. He grooms Manhattan area dogs and consults on dog grooming, having appeared on Animal Planet, The Today Show, ABC Nightline, CW11, and E! News, and in the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, and more.

DIY Dog Grooming has practical step-by-step tips and photos to teach you how to bathe and trim your dog, plus care for his/her nails, ears, teeth, and more. Included are solutions to common problems like fleas and ticks, dirt and mud. Dog too tense for grooming? You can learn how to train your dog to relax and enjoy grooming.

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March 3, 2014

PetScoop: Iditarod 2014 -- Long-Distance Husky Sled Race

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The mushers have just kicked off the 2014 42nd Iditarod. The Iditarod is a 1,000-mile race run in Alaska by the world's top sled dogs. The Race kicks off from Willow and ends up in Nome. There are 69 mushers with teams of 16 sled dogs each.

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This race is grueling, to put it mildly, and these husky dogs are bred for the job. To get insights into the life of a musher and his dogs, check out Iditarod Alaska: Life of a Long Distance Sled Dog Musher recently published by Burt Bomhoff. Among his other credentials, the author finished seven Iditarod Trail Sled Dog races and is known for his outstanding dog care. This is an enjoyable and informative read.

More for adults and children at Iditarod.

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February 25, 2014

Downton Tabby by Author Chris Kelly for Cat Lovers

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Now that Downton Abbey is over here in the States, cat lovers can still get their fix with the new release Downton Tabby by Chris Kelly, a parody that substitutes cats for human aristocrats.

Here, the aristocrats of the animal kingdom dwell in stately splendor, sleeping, grooming, sleeping some more, and being fed by their downstairs cats, unaware that their way of life--providing work for others--is about to be swept away by the tides of history . . . and runaway cars.

The fur will fly.

Makes a great gift! In Hardcover and Kindle at Downton Tabby


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January 15, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound by Pat Miller

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Fostering dogs involves welcoming into your home a dog who needs a family and shelter while waiting for a home of his/her own. While this is a loving act, given that it is only on a temporary basis, it is also a challenging one, especially if there are dogs already living there. How does one prepare and train for foster care-giving? And steel oneself for the inevitable parting of ways?

Pat Miller, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, dog trainer and author of six books on dog training and behavior recently published a manual How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound. Read an informative quick review here, by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

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