August 14, 2008

Review: City Dog by Alison Pace


Just finished City Dog by Alison Pace. This was a fun read, not heavy, but entertaining. The official blurb doesn't do it justice:

From the author of Pug Hill and If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend comes a charming and original exploration of one woman's search for happiness, and the cast of characters - real and imagined - who help her find it.

After her divorce, Amy Dodge thought she'd finally write the next Great American Novel. Instead she's now the author of a bestselling children's book series, Run, Carlie, Run! starring her adorable and spirited West Highland white terrier, Carlie, and a dashing (but fictional) Scottish explorer, Robert Maguire. Though when Carlie is offered the starring role in her own television show about activities for urban canines, and Robert Maguire begins to take on a life of his own, Amy's world takes a turn toward the surreal.

As Amy finds herself getting cropped out of Carlie's many photo opportunities and unable to get the image of Robert Maguire out of her head, the city she once loved begins to lose its appeal. But just when she starts thinking that it's a dog's life after all, she figures out a way to make everything change. And while life in New York is not always a walk in the park, it just might take Amy and Carlie to exactly where they need to be...

This is an original dog-lover's story of burn-out, loneliness, hope, honesty and love told from the vantage points of the different characters.

CITY DOG is a whimsical, fanciful story presented from the points of view of an on-the-verge-of-jaded New York City writer, one of her fictional children's storybook characters, and her dog. Pace writes with wit, confidence, a delightful and gentle voice, and a keen eye that misses nothing. - Lee Harrington, best-selling author of Rex and the City

If you like chick lit and even if you don't, Super Cool Pets recommends this book. City Dog will be released September 2.


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August 12, 2008

The Art of Racing in the Rain -- The Uplifting Story of Enzo


Author Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain is getting a lot of buzz lately. It is the uplifting story of Enzo, a lab terrier mix, narrated from the first-person. From the website:


Here is the great You Tube trailer:

Available in Hardcover, Paperback, Audio CD and Kindle.

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August 6, 2008

Combine Cats and Celts -- Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers

Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers will add some humor to your life. Everyone's favorite Irish Drinking Songs are rewritten with lyrics about cats. Track Listings:

1. Wild Kitty (parody Wild Rover)
2. A Cat Named Rover (parody Gypsy Rover)
3. The Mining Ship the Red Dwarf (parody Bonnie Ship the Diamond)
4. When Kitty Eyes Are Smiling (parody When Irish Eyes Are Smiling)
5. Lord of the Pounce (parody Lord of the Dance)
6. I'll Tell My Cat (parody I'll Tell My Ma)
7. The Cat Came Back... The Cat's Perspective
8. Black Is the Color (of My Cat's Fur)
9. Cats Chasing Butterflies
10. The Demented Cat Game (parody Patriot Game)
11. Black Kitty Paw (parody Black Velvet Band)
12. Catnipping Green (parody Fiddler's Green)
13. The Old Grey Cat
14. Furagone's Wake (parody Finnegan's Wake)
15. Jasper Tabby Kitty Cat-y (parody The Barnyards of Delgaty)

Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers. Also available as an MP3 Download.

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August 3, 2008

Amazing Duck Story


Remember the children's classic Make Way for Ducklings? From Snopes.com, here is a real life version, Amazing Duck Story:

Claim: Photographs show ducklings that jumped from a 10-ft office building in dowtown Spokane and survived.

Status: True


Read this wonderful story and view photos at Snopes.com

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August 1, 2008

Review -- Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote


Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote was released in paperback this past April and published originally in hardcover in 2007. We featured it in last year's Holiday Book Gift Guide and have had it in the review pipeline here at Super Cool Pets for awhile. This book receives a 5-star rating at Amazon through 153 reviews, easily understandable. If you haven't read this book, read it and give it as a gift to every dog lover you know. As the book ends, you may find this dog and his owner unforgettable.

Lots of us have lived with dogs for many many years. There is always room to improve our interactions with the animals who share our lives. Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog does not disappoint as to "lessons". Author Ted Kerasote's account of his conversations and life with his dog Merle reveal a loving insight into dog psychology we have never before encountered.

Mr. Kerasote regards the dog-human relationship as one between partners--he does not view his dog as a subordinate or himself as a pack leader. Let the dog be a dog.

From the Harcourt Press author interview:

Since dogs are wolves--genetically and psychologically--they, too, want some say in conducting their lives as they grow up. They want some authentic freedoms while also listening to those who are their elders, their human partners. Keeping one's dog a perpetual child and quashing this natural maturation process by not giving the dog some leeway in conducting its own affairs--especially providing it off-leash time in which to socialize with other dogs--often leads to what this heavy-handed approach does in child rearing: the dog acts out or becomes a yes-dog, obeying mindlessly and not realizing its full mental capabilities.

The narrative of Mr Kerasote's almost 14 years with Merle is sprinkled with researched information about canine genealogy and the evolution of human-dog interaction. And yes, you will need a full box of tissues, especially if your own dog is lying nearby.


After you throw away the empty tissue box, in case you just can't let go, check out Merle's Life in Photos.

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July 31, 2008

Christian the Lion the Full Story -- True Friendships Last a Lifetime

Want to make sure all our Super Cool Pets readers have seen this video which has had more than 7 million views on You Tube and was featured on the Today Show as well as its NBC affiliates.

Lest you think your pets don't notice:

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July 27, 2008

Pet Books -- Amazon Hot New Releases 7/27/08

New book releases at Amazon in the past few weeks. Mainly dogs at this time, though new cat books are in the pipeline to be released soon.

Thumbnail image for welladjusted.jpgThe Well-Adjusted Dog: Dr. Dodman's Seven Steps to Lifelong Health and Happiness for Your Best Friend
by Nicholas H. Dodman
Publication Date: July 9, 2008
From a world-renowned animal behaviorist and leading authority in the veterinary field comes this comprehensive, holistic seven-step approach to caring for your adult dog, including health, behavior, and environment. In this essential new book, Dodman draws on some twenty-five years of clinical experience to bring together the art--and science--of dog ownership.

puppysfirststeps.jpgPuppy's First Steps: A Proven Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Companion by Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Publication Date: July 24, 2008
This book offers crucial advice for the puppy's first year--the most essential twelve months of a dog's development--and throughout the dog's life, ensuring a strong, happy bond between owners and their best friends.

foodpetsdiefor.jpgFood Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food
by Ann N. Martin
Publication Date: July 23, 2008
The commercial pet food industry has a secret to hide -- and Ann Martin wants to make sure you know it. Her research reveals some startling facts: that the pet food industry conducts animal testing in order to improve their product, and includes euthanized cats and dogs in the mix to heighten protein content. In this revised and updated edition, Martin continues to explore the shocking processes by which commercial pet foods are produced. She offers alternative recipes for feeding pets, nutritional advice, and an exploration of "Pet Peeves," in which she explores several scams aimed at pet owners.

playwithyourdog.jpgPlay With Your Dog (Dogwise Training Manual)
by Pat Miller (Author)
Publication Date: July 2008
In her newest book, Pat Miller explores the role and benefits of play between you and your dog - and between dogs. Play behaviors have important learning and health benefits that help dogs become well-adjusted members of both their canine and human families. Pat includes dozens of game ideas collected from trainers all over the country you can try out with your dog(s).

dogwelcome.jpgA Dog Who's Always Welcome: Assistance and Therapy Dog Trainers Teach You How to Socialize and Train Your Companion Dog
by Lorie Long
Publication Date: July 21, 2008
If you're like most dog owners, you want a trustworthy companion you can take on family vacations, to ball games, on hikes, and to cafes and festivals. You want your dog to behave when you have guests, stay peacefully at hotels, ride calmly in elevators, and maintain proper doggie decorum in all kinds of situations.Chances are, you've watched and admired assistance and therapy dogs who are attentive to their owners' needs no matter what. This book taps into the secrets of assistance and therapy dog trainers and shows you how to use focused foundation socialization training to make sure your dog is well behaved--even in unfamiliar environments loaded with distractions and temptations.

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July 22, 2008

Is Pet Insurance the Solution to Rising Vet Costs? Compare Plans


If you are finding that you are spending a nice chunk of your hard-earned dollars on pet care, you are not alone. According to the Dallas Morning News:

...owners are expected to spend a record $43 billion on their pets this year, $2 billion more than last year, according to a survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.

About 67 percent of U.S. households own a pet, and chances are they spend half their pet costs on vet visits and over-the-counter medicine, the survey said.

Whereas a new toy for our pets may be optional, medical care is a necessity and it isn't getting any cheaper. The Dallas News article recommends pet insurance, as does WP's Taming Costly Vet Bills:

If your cat comes down with pneumonia, the bill could run $1,900. Cancer therapy for a dog averages nearly $3,600. James Busby, veterinarian and author of How to Afford Veterinary Care Without Mortgaging the Kids recommends that pet owners ask upfront about all treatment options and costs, including for routine care. For example, many vets vaccinate dogs every year. But according to an American Animal Hospital Association study, adult dogs need most shots only once every three years.

The typical insurance premium for a dog is about $40 per month -- that's $5,280 if a dog lives 11 years, the average canine life span in the United States. Policies usually cover illness and accidents, although some insurers provide only accident protection. A few policies cover preventive care, such as regular checkups and vaccines.

Payouts depend on the insurer, but it's common for companies to foot 80 percent of the bill. To compare the benefits, co-payments and deductibles of major pet insurers, go to http://www.petinsurancereview.com.

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July 6, 2008

Pet Books -- Amazon Hot New Releases -- 7/06/08

New book releases at Amazon in the past few weeks:

Thumbnail image for Katrina.jpgPawprints of Katrina: Pets Saved and Lessons Learned
by Cathy Scott
Publication Date: June 16, 2008
includes nearly 200 heroic rescues, heartwarming reunions, and stories of selfless efforts of strangers brought together by a disaster to save animals at the Best Friends Animal Society triage center because their owners were unable to. The stories and photos included in this book will bring the experience of pet victims to life for the reader.

vetconfidential.jpgVet Confidential: An Insider's Guide to Protecting Your Pet's Health
by Louise Dvm Murray
Release Date: June 24, 2008
From an experienced and highly respected authority in the veterinary world comes a comprehensive must-have guide to everything you need to know to ensure high-quality health care for your beloved animal companions.

soldbestfr.jpgA Soldier's Best Friend: Scout Dogs and Their Handlers in the Vietnam War
by John C Burnam
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Burnam is a man with a mission: to garner recognition for the 4,000 dogs and their 10,000 or so handlers who served in the Vietnam War. Burnam was one of the latter; his instructive book is a combination war memoir, a history of the use of American war dog teams in Vietnam and a plea for the construction of a National War Dog Memorial in Washington, D.C.

shaggychic.jpgShaggy Chic: Fetching Makeovers for Any Dog
by Janet Prusa, KoKo
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Great gift or coffee table book.

cupcomfort.jpgCup of Comfort for Cat Lovers: Stories that celebrate our feline friends
by Colleen Sell
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
You know much joy your furry friend adds to your life and in this stunning new collection you'll find fifty more cats that will steal your heart-one meow at a time.

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June 25, 2008

Simon's Cat in "Cat Man Do -- Remind You of Anyone?

Cat lovers will relate to this:

Simon's Cat

[via Modern Cat]

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