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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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December 31, 2013

A Dog's Purpose -- Everyone Who Lives with a Pet Should Read This Book

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Read this. Whether you have lived with dogs your whole life, are about to get a puppy, or are considering co-habitation with a dog, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is required reading, or listening, as the case may be. It will change you forever. In a good way.

To quote, if we may, from the beautiful review by John C. McDonnell:

In a word? Magnificent. OK, two words. Brilliant. Actually three. Soul. Bruce Cameron has brought forth a magnificent, touching piece of a soul's journey through life in search of purpose and meaning. At times hilarious and yet other times heart breaking, Bruce brilliantly weaves a story of a dog and its quest that is told with such heart and humanity that anyone who has ever had a dog (or any pet, for that matter) feels that this truly is how they see us and the world in which they live.

The humor is real and effortless. You will find yourself laughing out loud. You will also cry. Real tears born out of your life's memories of pets past and the essential intertwining of souls that exists in no other relationship.

After reading this book, you will never look at your dog, or any other pet, the same way again.

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November 21, 2013

Coffee Table Book -- Kittenhood: Life-size Portraits of Kittens in Their First 12 Weeks

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We came across photographer Sarah Earnhart on Orvis News. She photographs final farewells with dogs called "Joy Sessions" just before owners say goodbye to their dog forever. Painful. But...life is a never-ending cycle of endings and beginnings.

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So on a cheerier note, Sarah Earnhart turns author showcasing photos irresistible baby kittens. Her coffee-table book Kittenhood: Life-size Portraits of Kittens in Their First 12 Weeks features adorable shots of the most popular breeds, including Siamese, tabby, tuxedo, RagaMuffin, Persian, American shorthair, and Oriental shorthair, among others.

Need gift ideas? Browse at Gifts Ideas for Pets.

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November 20, 2013

Star Wars Dog Collars, Leashes and Star Wars Cat Bow Tie

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These nylon Star Wars Dog Collars are strong durable collars with stunning Star Wars designs. Available in various designs and 10-inch to 16-inch neck size.

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Matching Star Wars Dog Leashes are also available.

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And for the cats, this Star Wars Cat Bow Tie has a velcro band that fits comfortably around your cat's neck.

Need gift ideas? Browse at Gifts Ideas for Pets.

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November 11, 2013

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love by Danielle Steel

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Daniellle Steel is one of the world's most popular authors, having sold over 600 million copies of her novels. If you are a fan and like to read about dogs, her new memoir Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love is a good read for you.

This book is an appreciation of "the beloved pets who have brought joy, and sometimes chaos, to her home through the years, Steel also shares her thoughts on the trials and tribulations of bringing a new dog into a household, the challenges of housebreaking and compatibility, the losses we feel forever." More at Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love.


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November 7, 2013

New Yorker Dog Puzzle -- Baby, It's Cold Outside

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Many times around here at Super Cool Pets HQ we have kept a jigsaw puzzle going for days and weeks on end, stopping to work on it whenever we have a few minutes.

This cute Baby It's Cold Outside 1000-piece dog puzzle would be a good personal project and also would provide a fun group activity anytime the weather outside is frightful.

This winter illustration of adorable and funny dogs appeared on the February 8, 2010 cover of The New Yorker Magazine. Makes a thoughtful holiday gift gift for yourself and other dog lovers!

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November 5, 2013

Dog Songs -- Poetry by Mary Oliver

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If you have ever loved a dog, Dog Songs by best selling poet Mary Oliver will resonate with you. The book is is a collection of the best-selling author's 35 poems and one essay about the dogs in her life.

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It's "a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader", according to this NYTimes review.


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October 7, 2013

Hot New Pet Book Release -- What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

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Working dogs include drug- and bomb-detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs, cadaver dogs. There are dogs out there who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims hundreds of feet down.

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs by Cat Warren, a university professor and former journalist who works with her German shepherd, Solo, is filled with fascinating stories about these dogs and their companions.

In the book Warren interviews cognitive psychologists, historians, medical examiners, epidemiologists, and forensic anthropologists, as well as the breeders, trainers, and handlers who work with these remarkable and adaptable dogs.

Her working dog Solo is a cadaver dog. "What started as a way to harness Solo's unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced Warren to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers." More at What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs.

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October 4, 2013

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

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This is the type of coffee table book that is fun to have around, one you can just pick up and browse for a bit whenever you have a few minutes. The Big New Yorker Book of Cats by the The New Yorker Magazine is a beautifully illustrated collection in full color celebrating cats.

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The book is a treasure trove from the magazine's archives, featuring articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings. Makes a terrific holiday gift for the cat lover in your life.

Photo: Mike Stilkey's LIbrary


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