August 13, 2009

Pet Calendars App for the iPhone

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You dog and cat lovers can now get your pet fix anytime, anywhere just by picking up your iPhone. There are 23 dog and cat 2010 iPhone calendars (w/ half of 2009) available for only $0.99 apiece.

The calendars are available at iPhone Applications on iTunes.com. Calendar categories can also be viewed and ordered from iPhoneCalendars.com.

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July 28, 2009

New Simon's Cat Animation -- "Fly Guy"

Are you a fan of the Simon's Cat animations by Simon Tofield? A new clip was released over the weekend.

via BlissTree

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July 22, 2009

Assessing Pet Supplements -- How Vets Tell if They are Effective and Safe


A recent ConsumerLab.com study raises questions about the effectiveness of, or even necessity for, pet supplements.

Miami, FL small animal veterinarian Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA writes the popular blog Dolittler. Explaining a professional method to evaluate pet supplements, she cites Dr. Nancy Kay, a veterinary specialist who practices in Northern California and is the author of the popular book Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life:

"We veterinarians are taught to use the ACCLAIM system (described below) to assess nutritional supplements. You too can use this system to make educated choices about these products for yourself and your four-legged loved ones.

A = A name you recognize. Choose an established company that provides educational materials for veterinarians and other consumers. Is it a company that is well established?

C = Clinical experience. Companies that support clinical research and have their products used in clinical trials that are published in peer-reviewed journals to which veterinarians have access are more likely to have a quality product.

C = Contents. All ingredients should be clearly indicated on the product label.

L = Label claims. Label claims that sound too good to be true likely are. Choose products with realistic label claims.

A = Administration recommendations. Dosing instructions should be accurate and easy to follow. It should be easy to calculate the amount of active ingredient administered per dose per day.

I = Identification of lot. A lot identification number indicates that a surveillance system exists to ensure product quality.

M = Manufacturer information. Basic company information should be clearly stated on the label including a website (that is up and running) or some other means of contacting customer support."

Still have questions? Read Supplementing Your Pet's Dieticon by Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff.

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July 16, 2009

Rufus Rhymes -- Lullaby Book for Dogs and Dog Lovers by Animal Artist Ron Burns


Painter, animal welfare philanthropist, and all-around animal lover Ron Burns will release his new book, Rufus Rhymes, on August 15, 2009. The lyrics of popular nursery rhymes have been rewritten to be dog-centric, and are illustrated with his signature paintings.

Copies of the 24 page book ($8.99) are now available for pre-order at his website, www.RufusRhymes.com, where you will also find coloring pages, puzzles, activities, and e-cards to send to friends. All copies ordered during the "pre-order period," unitl August 15, will be autographed by Ron Burns.

"I wanted to create a book that any dog lover ­young or old ­can enjoy. For those just learning the classics, or having not heard them in decades, the lullabies in this book have a fresh twist ­ making this a first-ever book for readers and their pooches," says Burns. "Each lullaby is brought to life with my painted images that show the clownish, endearing traits we all love about dogs."

Also available only during the "pre-order period" is a copy of the book plus a signed, limited-edition Giclee print, measuring 11 x 14, of an image from the book.

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July 11, 2009

Super Cool Pet Books -- Amazon Hot New Releases 7/11/09

More and more books every day are available in Kindle edition. We love our Kindle 2 and consider it more than worth the investment. To never be without a book to read again--priceless!

Lots of summer reading! Browse some of the Amazon Hot New Pet Book Releases in our ongoing monthly series.

Don't Dump the Dog: Outrageous Stories and Simple Solutions to Your Worst Dog Behavior Problems by Randy Grim with Melinda Roth
Outrageous stories and simple solutions to your worst dog behavior problems. Takes the format of a doggie "Dear Abby".

First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends by Roy Rowan and Brooke Janis
Presidential pooches have faithfully stood by their masters through good times and bad, successfully endearing themselves to millions of people. An entertaining look at presidential history from a dog's point of view.

Spott's Canine Miscellany by Mike Darton
Perfect kennel-top or coffee-table book.The obsessive dog owner's answer to the publishing phenomenon Schott's Original Miscellany. A potpourri of canine facts, embracing the essential, the trivial, the intriguing, and the extraordinary.

Soul of a Dog: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm by John Katz
Will resonate with anyone who loves dogs, cats, or other animals and who wonders about the spirits that animate them and the deepening hold they have on our emotional lives.

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July 6, 2009

Detroit Painter Embeds Pet Remains in Portraits


People are finding novel ways to memorialize our deceased pets. As we posted in June, the Soft-Hearted Pillow can be stuffed with the cremains of beloved family pets. Now we discover Detroit painter Gretchen Kiefer turns ashes and pet photos into textured plaster portraits.

Working off the pet's photograph, this artist paints an eight-layer plaster portrait, embedding up to 4 ounces of ash cremains for a unique pet final resting place that you can hang on your wall.

via PeoplePets

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June 30, 2009

Good Dog Trixie Koontz Pet Products -- The Dog Bliss You Collection by Author Dean Koontz at PetSmart


During July and August your local PetSmart will feature the exclusive Good Dog Trixie Koontz products. The Dog Bliss You product line by Dean Koontz, worldwide best-selling author and pet parent to the late Trixie, his beloved golden retriever, is based on the book Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life

The collection celebrates Trixie's "wit and wisdom" and includes 31 unique items:

* Butterfly toys, plush bones, disks and rope tugs to play with dogs.
* Food bowls and storage canisters.
* "Bliss You" and "Laugh 'til Your Face Hurts" tanks for a carefree style.
* Specialty gifts such as coffee mugs, photo frames, key chains, journals and pens.

All royalties are donated to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).


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June 27, 2009

Dogs at Work -- Dog-Friendly Policies and Advice in the Business Environment


Yesterday, Friday June 26, was Take Your Dog to Work Day. Did you bring your dog to work? If so, how did it go?

If you think your office needs more dog-friendly policies, or you just need advice on how to prepare your dog for the office environment, get the scoop from Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces by Liz Palika and Jennifer Fearing.


And if you didn't get to take your dog to work, here is a cute slideshow of readers' photos at boston.com.

Photo: Casey, a 1½-year-old Golden Retriever, in the office conference room of David Sturm's office in Milford, N.H.

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June 25, 2009

iBird App for iPhone and iPod -- Lightweight Field Guide to Birds


iBird Explorer is a "field guide to birds" app designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. This is an interactive guide to all bird species of North America containing illustrations, photos, bird calls, and comprehensive facts to help you identify and enjoy birds.

There are several versions of iBird, so you can pick the one that suits you best. The free version, called iBird 15, has all the functionality of the full app with 15 of the most common birds of North America.

The most comprehensive versions are iBird Pro and iBird Plus which contain all the birds of North America.

There are also five less expensive regional versions of iBird, so check out this bird-lover's iPhone Application now available on iTunes.com.

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June 20, 2009

PetScoop: White House Releases Official Portrait and Baseball Card of Obama Family Dog "Bo"


Above is the official portrait of the adorable Obama family dog, "Bo", on the South Lawn of the White House. Bo is a a Portuguese Water Dog.

The White House has also created a Bo baseball card, which features Bo's bio and fun facts.

via ABC News

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