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February 23, 2009

Popular Cat Book Giveaway -- Receive a Free Copy of The Ultimate Cat Lover

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Are you crazy about cats...and books? We will be giving away an illustrated paperback copy of THE ULTIMATE CAT LOVER: The Best Experts' Advice for a Happy, Healthy Cat with Stories and Photos of Fabulous Felines, by Marty Becker, D.V.M, Gina Spadafori, Carol Kline and Mikkel Becker. This book is "a mix of expert advice about all things feline".

You will read amazing true tales of extraordinary kitties, as well as find answers to all your cat-related questions: 'How can I keep my bored kitty entertained while I'm at work?', 'What should I feed my cat if she's getting a bit too 'fluffy' around the middle?', 'How can I put the stops on her shedding--and my boyfriend's sneezing?'

To be eligible to receive this popular book, just sign up now for our FREE weekly Super Cool Pets Newsletter. If you are already on our Newsletter list, leave a comment on this post. We will pick one Super Cool Pet reader at random and notify you by email.

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February 14, 2009

Super Cool Pet Books -- Bestsellers & New Releases 2/14/09

Happy Valentine's Day! Pamper yourself and dig into a delicious pet book.

Two pet books made the New York Times ® Best Sellers this week:

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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
by Vicki Myron (Author), Bret Witter (Contributor)
An abandoned kitten transforms a small library, saves a classic American town, and becomes famous around the world. The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

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Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
by Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
Working from the premise that an animal is a conscious being that has feelings, the autistic author assesses dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, poultry, wildlife and zoo animals based on a core emotion system she believes animals and humans share.

Amazon.com Hot New Releases:

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Petfinder.com The Adopted Dog Bible
by Kim Saunders.
Your One-Stop Resource for Choosing, Training, and Caring for Your Sheltered or Rescued Dog

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Pet Projects
by Sally Muir, Joanna Osborne
Collection of 33 adorable patterns to knit. For any pet and ranges from the beginner to the expert knitter.

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Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond
by Meg Daley Olmert
Explains how the chemistry of attraction and attachment flows through--and between--all mammals to create the profound emotional bond humans and animals still feel today.

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Dirty Bow Wow
by Cheryl Katz, Jeffrey Katz
A winsome collection of 50 full-color, all-breed canine portraits, each posed with a favorite play toy and accompanied by an affectionate anecdote. The gift of the year for dog lovers.

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Cottage Cats: My Companions on the Path to Joy
by Kim Jacobs
Lyrical and exquisitely detailed four-color artwork of cats at play and at ease accompanied by the author's insightful personal observations about how they inspire her and teach her lessons about life and living in the moment. Her calendars have been very successful and Kim has a large, established following as a result.

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My Life With Rusty
by Robert W Cohen
Having grown accustomed to living alone, Bob led a rather quiet and structured life that offered him little in the way of unpredictability. That is, until he adopted Rusty, a vivacious seven-week-old kitten that changed his life forever.

Love to read? Have your favorite book delivered wirelessly to your new Amazon Kindle 2. Over 230,000 ebooks are available!

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February 11, 2009

2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show - Winner of Best in Show Trophy

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The Winner of Best in Show at the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a 10 year old Sussex spaniel named Stump!

Good write-up of Stump and of the Show at NYTimes and MSNBC.

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Fun photos! Viiew the NYTimes slideshow and MSNBC slideshow.

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February 8, 2009

2009 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Fire up your TV to catch the The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show beginning tomorrow. USA Network and CNBC cover the show live from Madison Square Garden on Monday, February 9. USA Network airs exclusive live coverage on Tuesday, February 10.

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The Dogue de Bordeaux is the only newly-recognized breed eligible for competition at Westminster in 2009 and will compete in the Working Group.

Here's the schedule, via the site:

NIGHT 1:
Monday, February 9
Hound, Terrier, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups
8-9 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network
9-11 p.m. (ET) live on CNBC

NIGHT 2:
Tuesday, February 10
Sporting, Working and Toy Groups, Best In Show
8-11 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network

Breed judging highlight videos are available throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday on the Westminster web site and will be available after the show, as well.

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February 1, 2009

Move Over Super Bowl XLIII -- Animal Planet Puppy Bowl V Premieres Today 2/01/09

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Move over Super Bowl XLIII, Animal Planet's annual puppy competition Puppy Bowl V is back with an "all-star, all-adoptable" lineup of feisty, adorable pups.

Animal Planet has some "new recruits that are ready for their chance to conquer the pigskin--or a chew toy." Every puppy featured in Puppy Bowl V is recruited from a local shelter, and these little ones are "free agents" looking for a loving home.

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"Pepper the Parrot" kicks off this year's sports extravaganza singing a unique rendition of the National Anthem. And move over Bruce Springsteen, the Puppy Bowl V has enlisted some frisky kittens for the Kitty Half-Time Show. Go online during the big game to vote for MVP -- Most Valuable Puppy. Check out the Puppy Starting Lineup.

Puppy Bowl V premieres today Sunday, February 1, from 3-5 PM (ET/PT).

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January 25, 2009

The Animal Communication Book Club -- Free Online Resource

This past December, professional animal communicator Maureen Harmonay launched The Animal Communication Book Club, a free online resource that offers regular reviews of new and noteworthy books, audio books, and DVDs. She also offers podcasts and archived interviews with noted authors of books about animal communication and the multitude of ways in which animals connect with us and change our lives. Membership is free.

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The hour-long teleconference is free and can be accessed by calling: 616-347-8100, and entering PIN #1063739. The interview will be archived on the site a few days later.

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January 24, 2009

Temple Grandin's "Animals Make Us Human" -- Book Review at NYTimes.com

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In our most recent Super Cool Pet Books -- Amazon.com New Book Releases 1/10/09, we featured Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson.

Most pet lovers have wondered from time to time how to "create the best life" for their pet, and given the author's autistic background, the topic of the book is intriguing. The NYTimes has posted a review. Here's an excerpt:

Ms. Grandin bases many of her observations in "Animals Make Us Human" on the work of a Washington State University neuroscientist named Jaak Panksepp who identified a series of core "emotion systems" in animals: seeking, play, care and lust (on the positive side) and fear, panic and rage (on the negative).

"The rule is simple," Ms. Grandin writes. "Don't stimulate rage, fear and panic if you can help it, and do stimulate seeking and also play." Ms. Grandin employs Dr. Panksepp's terms throughout "Animals Make Us Human," but they are really only a framework for her more interesting riffing and observations.

Read the review.

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January 10, 2009

Super Cool Pet Books -- Amazon.com New Book Releases 1/10/09

New super cool pet books for the New Year!

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Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
by Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
Release Date: January 6, 2009
Working from the premise that an animal is a conscious being that has feelings, the autistic author assesses dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, poultry, wildlife and zoo animals based on a core emotion system she believes animals and humans share.

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It's a Cat's World . . . You Just Live in It: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Furry Feline
Release Date: December 30, 2008
by Justine Lee
In this companion to It's a Dog's Life...but It's Your Carpet: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Four-Legged Friend, veterinary specialist Dr. Justine A. Lee answers your questions about all things feline in this entertaining and enlightening guide.

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All Pets Go To Heaven: The Spiritual Lives of the Animals We Love
by Sylvia Browne
January 6, 2009
World famous psychic, spiritual teacher, and New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Browne exercises her astonishing insight to illustrate the very special purpose our pets have on Earth -- and what animals experience after death.

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The Pill Book Guide to Medication for Your Dog and Cat
by Kate Roby, Lenny Southam
Reprint edition December 30, 2008
This one-of-a-kind guide provides you with important information about the most commonly prescribed and over-the-counter drugs for cats and dogs, plus helpful information on alternative therapies that will keep your pet healthy and happy.

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December 25, 2008

Don't Forget to Water the Tree!

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Dressed-up pets Christmas photo gallery at Boston.com. Cat photo sent by Bridgette and dogs photo sent by Brian.

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December 23, 2008

Super Bowl XLIII Going to the Dogs

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Super Bowl XLIII is going to the dogs according to Dog-Food Ad to Try a New Trick from WSJ.com. The pet food company Pedigree will be advertising on this year's Superbowl TV broadcast, promoting the good cause of pet adoption, rather than its food.

According to WSJ, Pedigree, a Mars company, is the third-largest dog-food brand in the U.S and spends one-half of its marketing budget promoting pet adoption.

Pedigree's commercial, which is being crafted by Omnicom Group's TBWA/Chiat/Day, will show what life would be like if the world didn't have dogs. A string of crazy pets is expected to appear, including an ostrich giving a mailman a hard time. Though the ad won't show dog food, it will feature the Pedigree brand name....

One branding expert thinks the Super Bowl ad will be well received by viewers. "People are looking for security and love," says Eli Portnoy, who heads the brand-strategy firm Portnoy Group. "No one has any trust left. You can't trust your investment banker, you can't trust the government. But you can trust your dog."

We don't want to even think about a world without dogs.

Photo: Thanksgiving Dog Show by krossbow flickr photostream

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