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February 2, 2010

Super Cool Pet Book -- Amazon Hot New Release -- Making Rounds with Oscar the Cat

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You may have heard the story of Oscar the cat, the somewhat aloof resident at a nursing home who only spent time with people who were close to death. This fascinating story is told by David Dosa in Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat released today.

No one knows how he does it, but Oscar somehow perceives who is dying, and stays with the patient until the patient passes. He was known to sit outside a closed door until admitted, and would refuse to leave a dying patient's bed. The author, a doctor at the nursing home, was initially skeptical and actually was not even particularly fond of cats. Interesting read.

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January 28, 2010

Puppy Tweets Dog Tag for Twitter Coming This Fall

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Love to tweet? Get your pet involved too. Mattel has plans to release a plastic dog collar tag "Puppy Tweets" with a corresponding USB receiver you connect to your computer. Create a Twitter account for your dog and receive his or her updates all day on your computer or smartphone.

Puppy Tweets is programmed with pre-recorded doggy tweets that are activated by what it senses your dog is actually doing. For instance, if your pet is relaxing, s/he may tweet "Somedays it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button!" Or if playing, perhaps you will see "YAHOOOOOOO! Somedays you just gotta get your bark on."

It would be super cool if the pet owner could also program the tweets themselves, as who knows their dog like they do? Puppy Tweets will be available at retailers in the fall with a suggested retail price of $29.99.

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January 27, 2010

New! Cute Puppies Pictures Web App for iPhone and iPod Touch

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cutepuppiespictures.jpg Puppies always lift the spirits! This new Cute Puppies Pictures iPhone and iPod touch app is just the thing when you need a mood pick-up or are bored waiting in line or for an appointment.

Click on "Get New Picture" to see a new cute puppy displayed on-screen. App available at iTunes.com.

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January 18, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- The Ultimate Bird Lover

ultbirdlover.jpg Birds are the third most popular pet in the U.S., and most of us find wild birds fascinating. The Ultimate Bird Lover: Stories and Advice on Our Feathered Friends at Home and in the Wild by Marty Becker, D.V.M., Gina Spadafori and Mikkel Becker Shannon is now available for pre-order.

The book is chock full of expert advice, backed up by entertaining stories and spectacular photos.

Download and read a free PDF, courtesy of co-author Gina Spadafori at Pet Connection.

Love to read about pets? Browse other books by Dr. Marty Becker

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January 14, 2010

2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show -- Let Your Dog Compete at ShowUsYourDogs.com

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Dogs of all breeds will compete at the 134th annual 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Monday and Tuesday, February 15th and 16th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In the meantime, you can show off your dog now by uploading photos and video of your pooch at ShowUsYourDog. While you're there, get to know the other dog lovers and owners.

Let your dog compete too. You can vote your dog up to the top. Tag your photos with POLL and including your dog's name, breed and your name and city. Click here for more details or copy and paste http://blogs.msg.com/themonitor/2010/01/12/show-us-your-dogs-upload-your-photos-now/ in your browser.

Photo: 2010 Commemorative Poster. Order info here.

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December 30, 2009

10 iPhone Apps for Dog Lovers from Mashable

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Mashable has shared their take on the Top 10 iPhone Apps for Dog Lovers. Among them are:

  • Off Leash-- locations and directions of dog parks where pets can run free
  • Cesar Says -- soundbites from the famous Dog Whisperer pack leader, and a tap or shake of the phone will generate his trademark "tsst!"
  • Dog First Aid -- advice for common emergencies until you can contact a vet
  • Pet Services Finder -- search via zip codes for dog walkers, sitters, groomers, vets and pet-friendly hotels, plus reviews from other users
  • Best of 101 Dog Tricks -- speaks for itself
  • Fail Dogs -- follows the blog of the same name, must have sense of humor

Available at iTunes.com.

via Huff Post

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December 18, 2009

Pet 2010 Calendars -- Save 10%

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All of us spend time on our computers and have calendars galore on there. But there's something easy about glancing at the wall and writing down appointments in our desk planner. Plus they are fun to look at!

2010 Dog Calendars and Cat Calendars provide adorable pet galleries for your desk or wall. Save 10%.

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December 14, 2009

New Children's Book -- Pets' Playground: Playing Safe in a Dog-and-Cat World

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Not only do we need to teach our children how to get along with each other, we need to set guidelines for their responsible interaction with their pets.

Pets' Playground: Playing Safe in a Dog-and-Cat World by author/veterinarian Amanda Chin and illustrated by Luke Feldman is aimed at children ages four to nine. The mission of the book is to teach little ones the necessary skills to stay safe around their pets, while strengthening the pet/human bond. Children will learn: How to read both dog and cat body language

  • The right ways to pet, play and hold their pet
  • How to practice good hygiene
  • The difference between their own pet and stranger pets
  • Situations to avoid and how to act when in a bad situation
  • How to be responsible pet owners.
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    December 9, 2009

    Cat Chorus and Opera Cats apps for iPhone and iPod Touch

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    Bring along delightful caroling cats to your holiday gatherings this year! The Cat Chorus and Opera Cats apps for iPhone and iPod Touch from My Musical Cats add laughs and smiles to any party - and children love it! Purr-fect for group caroling and sing-alongs with a built-in playlist of holiday and classic favorites.

    Cat Chorus and Opera Cats and all iPhone and iPod Touch applications are available at iTunes.com.

    Thumbnail image for GingerDude.jpgNeed gift ideas? Browse our Super Cool Pets 2009 Holiday Gift Guide!

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    December 5, 2009

    Super Cool Pets Five-Star Recommended Read: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

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    Looking for something good to read for yourself or another pet lover? One pet book on the Amazon bestseller list is All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. We are not surprised. This book and the others in the series were fabulously popular 30 years ago and still hold up today.

    If you haven't read these already, you have a treat ahead of you. As a young veterinarian fresh out of school, kindly Dr. Herriot, pseudonym for James Alfred Wight, joins Siegfried Farnon in his established country animal practice in rural England.

    These Herriot books tell the absorbing, touching and sometimes humorous tale of the author's hands-on experience as a large animal vet on Yorkshire farms and as a small animal vet in town. You will enjoy his compassionate insights into human nature, as well as a look into his warm and wonderful personal life, with a vivid picture of pre- and post- WWII England.

    The entire series is a treasure--we heartily recommend reading them all. At James Herriot


    Thumbnail image for GingerDude.jpgNeed gift ideas? Browse our Super Cool Pets 2009 Holiday Book Gift Guide and our Super Cool Pets 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

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