July 24, 2011

Sleepy Doggies

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July 18, 2011

Amazon Hot New Children's Picture Books: For Children Who Want Pets and Parents Who Don't

Is your little one clamoring for a pet to cuddle this summer, and you just aren't quite there? This article Picture Books for Children Who Want Pets and Parents Who Don't | NYTImes.com featured some adorable books pertinent to such a situation, aimed at the 4 to 8 age group. We know the NYTimes hides behind a pay wall, so we will list the books below.

A Pet for Petunia written and illustrated by Paul Schmid is aimed at ages 3 to 7. Petunia knows she can take care of a pet, but what happens when the pet she most desires is a skunk?

Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Stephen Michael King for ages 4 to 8. Prudence is determined. She finds her own pet. It is a...branch. But Branch isn't exactly the pet of her dreams, and neither are Twig, Mr. Round (a car tire), or her baby brother Milo.

Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Bob Shea. Gilbert has almost everything his fishy heart could desire: a castle, a chest filled with treasure, and food that falls from the sky. But there's one BIG thing missing from his life: a pet. And so begins Gilbert's harrowing search for the perfect fishbowl companion.

Melvin and the Boy written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. When a little boy sees a turtle basking in the sun at the park, he thinks he's found the perfect pet. But when they get home, the boy soon discovers that the only time the turtle comes out of his shell is at bath time. Is it possible that the turtle would be happiest back in the pond? After all, it's always bath time there!

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July 12, 2011

Senior Pets -- Strategies for Coping with This Challenging Stage of Life


Watching our dear pets age is bittersweet. Life with them has become comfortable -- we understand each other. All parties cherish the loving companionship. But getting older brings problems--arthritis makes our walks together shorter and more laborious, vision problems make strange situations more threatening, vet bills add up.

Unfortunately many of the physical changes in aging pets go undetected by the average owner. Most pets decline quite quickly, seemingly almost overnight, making it hard for the owner to assimilate the change.

The result is that animals and owners often end up in combat as the owner feels their once agreeable dog is now challenging them.

Dog trainer Lisa Hartman, author of Dial a Dynamite Dog and quoted above, has written a helpful and sensitive piece on the subject. New Tricks for Old Dogs -- Strategies for dealing with an aging pet | Biscayne Times provides excellent strategies to help cope with this new stage and is worth the read.

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July 11, 2011

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua


Many of us wonder what it would be like to be famous. Have you ever wondered what life is like for a famous dog, such as that popular Taco Bell dog? A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua by trainer Sue Chipperton and People magazine writer Rennie Dyball tells the story of that adorable pup's life

The book also divulges Sue's successful training techniques, while she shares her fascinating stories of working with both human and animal stars, like Mooni, Gidget's Chihuahua roommate and the eventual star of Legally Blonde.

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June 25, 2011

Hummingbird Feeding Frenzy

[Super cool find via Paw Nation]

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June 24, 2011

Take Your Super Cool Dog to Work Today June 24, 2011


Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Here at Super Cool Pets, we work from a home office and therefore get to spend the day with our pets, who like us more than most people, anyway. We think there should be more of it. Sure, you have to get up every now and then to let them out to bark at whoever has the temerity to walk by their house, but it's a good excuse for a break. So if your employer is game, and that is a crucial "if", here are some tips:


dogsatwork.jpgSeems like we are not alone in supporting dog-friendly workplaces. Dog trainer Liz Palika and Jennifer Fearing, chief economist for The Humane Society of the US, have written Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces, explaining how to create a business environment where employees' dogs are welcome. The benefits are improved employee morale, staff retention, and increased human-animal bonding.

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June 2, 2011

Amazon.com Hot New Pet Book Release -- Scritch-Scratch a Perfect Match


Parents and grandparents--here's a cute new book for storytime. The question in Scritch-Scratch a Perfect Match by Kimberly Marcus and Mike Lester is how can something so tiny as a flea cause so much consternation? The book has lots of fun language and sound effects with zany, action-packed illustrations the younger set (and you) will love.

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May 18, 2011

PetScoop -- Beagle Catches Ball

Maybe not Dustin Pedroia, but there's still time:


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May 13, 2011

Amazon.com Hot New Pet Book Release: Dog Sense by John Bradshaw


We know that this will come as a surprise, but dogs are not humans. And they are not wolf clones, any more than we are chimpanzees. Sorry to say, but true. With that thought in mind, the new book Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet by renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw moves our understanding of dog behavior, evolution and psychology into the 21st century.

The author makes a case for altering our understanding of dogs in order to interact with them simply as dogs, unique unto themselves, so we can improve out lives together moving forward. The book examines our approach to domestication and breeding, along with our misconceptions and consequent stereotyping of dog behavior that have directly affected dogs' well-being.

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May 11, 2011

Amazon.com Hot New Release: Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummon, The Pioneer Woman


You may be familiar with Ree Drummond, a bright and hilarious city gal turned country wife who runs an award-winning website and blog, the super popular The Pioneer Woman. Ree lives on a working cattle ranch near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, along with her husband "Marlboro Man", her four adorable children, two basset hounds, at least one cat and other assorted animals.

She often treats her readers to hilarious stories about her beloved bassett hound named Charlie. If you love dogs you will love Charlie. Meet him in her new children's picture book Charlie the Ranch Dog. Below is an example of the book's charming illustrations.


The delightful Ree Drummond also has plenty of fun for the grown-ups. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl and The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love Story.


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