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April 27, 2016

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

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Nowadays most of us live with pets because we love animals. We assume we need to "take care of them" since their intelligence is inferior to ours.

But perhaps they are just different, very very different. In the newly-released Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? zoologist Frans de Waal reveals how intelligent animals actually are, and how we as human beings have generally underestimated their abilities.

People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? Would you presume yourself dumber than a squirrel because you're less adept at recalling the locations of hundreds of buried acorns? Or would you judge your perception of your surroundings as more sophisticated than that of a echolocating bat? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal's landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal―and human―intelligence.

His research was based on crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and the usual chimpanzees and bonobos. At Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

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April 22, 2016

Hot New Pet Book Release -- What is a Dog?

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Think you know a lot about dogs, or want to know more? This new book What is a Dog? by Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger will likely change how you look at your pet dog. It provides a fascinating look at what "being a dog" actually entails, both genetically and behaviorally.

Of the world's dogs, less than two hundred million are pets, living with humans who provide food, shelter, squeaky toys, and fashionable sweaters. But roaming the planet are five times as many dogs who are their own masters--neighborhood dogs, dump dogs, mountain dogs.

They are dogs, not companions, and these dogs, like pigeons or squirrels, are highly adapted scavengers who have evolved to fit particular niches in the vicinity of humans.

In What Is a Dog? experts on dog behavior Raymond and Lorna Coppinger present an eye-opening analysis of the evolution and adaptations of these unleashed dogs and what they can reveal about the species as a whole.

At What is a Dog?

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December 23, 2015

Hot New Pet Book -- The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman

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It's fun to have good coffee table type books to entertain company or to casually browse when lounging around. The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs will give every dog lover something to pore over.

The book is a heartwarming collection of over 1,000 photos by photographer Elias Weiss Friedman. It is grouped according to type with themed sections including Puppies, Cones of Shame, Working Dogs, and Dogs in Fancy Outfits.

Makes a thoughtful gift at The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs.

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December 21, 2015

Hot New Pet Book-- Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home

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Scratching your head for a quick last-minute gift? This Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home by Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's hit show My Cat from Hell, and Kate Benjamin, an expert in cat design is purrfect for the cat household.

Problem cat? This book will "show cat guardians everywhere how to use home design tricks to address everyday cat care issues." Should makes our cats and ourselves happy!

At Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home

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December 16, 2015

Hot New Pet Book -- Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then & Now by Amanda Jones

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As our faithful friends grow older and sadly even pass on, we realize the truth to the saying, "The days are long, but the years are short." Way too short when it comes to our pets.

Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then & Now by photographer Amanda Jones is a heartwarming and heart-wrenching peek into the lives and stories of 30 dogs, from Golden Retrievers, Great Danes to Pugs and Bulldogs.

The author displays portraits of each dog as a puppy and then later as an older dog, along with reflections from loved ones on the lives they share with their furry friends.

Awesome gift for yourself or another dog lover at Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then & Now.

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December 10, 2015

Pet Calendars 2016

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Here at SCP HQ it's time to think about choosing Pet Calendars for 2016! Whether it's Grumpy Cat, Puppies, or great photography such as this Dogma 2016 Wall Calendar, there is something for everybody!

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Makes a thoughtful gift at Pet Calendars! For more styles and types go to Calendars and Organizers.

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November 25, 2015

Hot New Pet Book--The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog by W. Bruce Cameron

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It's always fun to hunker down with a good book, especially when the weather is frightful. For those looking for something inspiring to read or gift for the holidays, look no further than The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog.

Written by W. Bruce Cameron, the New York Times bestselling author of the fabulous A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey and The Dogs of Christmas, this book provides "an evocative glimpse of prehistory, an emotional coming of age saga, a thrilling tale of survival against all odds, and the exciting, imaginative story of the first dog."

Thirty thousand years ago, ice was storming the planet. Among the species forced out of the trees and onto the steppes by the advancing cold was modern man, who was both predator and prey.

No stranger to the experiences that make us human-a mother's love and a father's betrayal, tribal war and increasing famine, political intrigue and forbidden love, joy and hope and devastating loss-our ancestors competed for scant resources in a brutal landscape.

Mankind stood on the cold brink of extinction...but they had a unique advantage over other species, a new technology-domesticated wolves.

Only a set of extraordinary circumstances could have transformed one of these fierce creatures into a hunting companion, a bodyguard, a soldier, and a friend.

Wow! At The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog.

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October 19, 2015

Hot Pet Book -- Kinship with All Life by J. Allen Boone

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Problems are often caused by a lack of communication, although here at SCP HQ they are sometimes caused by too much communication.

But that is amongst those of us who use speech. Wouldn't it be great to communicate better with our pets and other animal friends, though, rather than trying to decipher their body language and voice tone?

J. Allen Boone's Kinship with All Life is all about how animals communicate with each other and the people who understand them. You will never look at animals the same way again!

Open up new horizons at Kinship with All Life.

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August 31, 2015

Hot New Pet Book -- All Dogs Go to Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn't Learn in Veterinary School)

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Ever wonder what it's like to be a vet? In All Dogs Go to Kevin: Everything Three Dogs Taught Me (That I Didn't Learn in Veterinary School), San Diego veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang tells the tale of her life as a veterinarian, dog owner, mother, wife, and friend.

Look no further for the perfect gift for your pet-loving friends and relatives. All Dogs Go to Kevin is a humorous and touching memoir of her experiences that will have the reader laughing and crying.

At All Dogs Go to Kevin.

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August 26, 2015

Hot New Pet Book -- Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then & Now

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If you have been around dogs awhile you know how quickly that crazy pup turns into a beautiful strapping adult and then into a more cautious, sedate elder with a graying muzzle.

In the new Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then & Now photographer Amanda Jones portrays thirty such dogs first as a puppy and again as an older dog.

Dog Years contains the heartwarming stories of breeds ranging from Golden Retrievers and Great Danes to Pugs and French Bulldogs. Their moving images are accompanied by reflections from their humans on the lives they share together.

Makes a great gift at Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then & Now.

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July 29, 2015

Hot New Pet Book Release: What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss

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Only those living in the proverbial cave have not heard that there is a new book out by Dr. Seuss, one of the most beloved children's book authors ever.

The just-released What Pet Should I Get? is about one of the most exciting experiences in a pet lover's life, especially a child's.

This "never-ever-before-seen" picture book by Dr. Seuss tells the tale of a brother and sister visiting a pet store to pick a pet. So hard to choose just one--so, why not both?

Told in Dr. Seuss's signature rhyming style at What Pet Should I Get?.

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July 10, 2015

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Dogtology: Live. Bark. Believe by Jeff Lazarus

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Are you devoted to your dog? Here at Super Cool Pets HQ, the answer is definitely yes.

A new book by Jeff Lazurus suggests some humans are pretty crazy about their dogs, to the point of reverence.

Dogtology: Live. Bark. Believe. is a "humorous exploration of man's fanatical devotion to Dog":

Man's devotion to Dog has come to rival the great -isms and -ologies of the world. This has gone way beyond a hobby. We may not literally worship Dogs, but we come pawfully close. This rabid reverence for Rover has a name: It's called Dogtology.

Yup, that could be us. At Dogtology: Live. Bark. Believe.

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April 15, 2015

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Ellie's Story: A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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Thoughtful books about animals teach children to love and cherish them. Ellie's Story by author W. Bruce Cameron, who also wrote the fabulous A Dog's Purpose, is a heartwarming illustrated novel for young readers.

Ellie is the narrator of the story, a German shepherd puppy born with a special purpose. After just weeks with her family, Ellie is taken away and trained to be a search-and-rescue dog. She finds and saves people.

A discussion and activity guide at the end of the book will help promote family and classroom conversations. At Ellie's Story: A Dog's Purpose Novel.

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March 27, 2015

New Pet Book: Charlie Plays Ball (Charlie the Ranch Dog) by Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman

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Ready for spring? Time to play ball again, outdoors! Fetch with the dogs, sports with the kids and professional baseball for us all.

And everyone's favorite blogger and Food Network star Ree Drummond aka Pioneer Woman, has a new spring book out for children based on her basset hound Charlie the Ranch dog, who enjoys playing ball with his family.

Charlie Plays Ball is a hilarious picture book with "expressive illustrations by Diane deGroat, a new delicious recipe from Ree, and of course the antics of Charlie."

Makes a cute spring/Easter present at Ree Drummond | Pioneer Woman.

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