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February 22, 2008

Pamper Your Pooch by Sarah Whitehead--Nothing But the Best!

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If you want to do more than just provide the basics for your favorite doggy, here is a manual for you. Pamper Your Pooch by Sarah-Whitehead examines breed-specific ways to give your pet the best life you can.

You'll learn how to create a comfortable environment for your pooch, easy recipes for yummy meals, and grooming techniques to keep your pet looking great. And you can't forgo those exercise routines and relaxation techniques! You will pick up loads of general health tips. Since the Pampered Pooch must have the right accessories--the author provides style tips on how to pick collars, leashes and clothes for the most fashionable look.

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February 18, 2008

Relax Your Dogs with Doggone Songs - Travel Tunes CD

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On the road again...and with your pooch in tow. If your dog gets a little jumpy in the car, Doggone Songs Travel Tunes CD will chill you both out. Play it during thunderstorms, fireworks, parties, training sessions--anytime your dog gets a little hyper and nervous.

The secret is in the Schoenberger effect, a musical methodology shown to relax animals. Dog enrichment and therapy with Doggone Songs Travel Tunes CD.

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February 13, 2008

When a Child Loses a Pet

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Not a happy topic, but unfortunately one most of us have dealt with in our lives. It is hard enough to deal with our own or another's grief, but explaining a death of a pet to a child may be stretching our capabilities.

A book that deals sensitively with this subject is When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers, aka Mr Rogers, yes of Mr Rogers' Neighborhood. Whether you thought he was an angel or a hopeless dweeb, he did know how to deal with feelings. This books can help children understand their feelings and realize the pain of loss will lessen over time.

A moving, and apparently true (according to Snopes) tale on the subject via News for cats and dogs from Itchmo

The kindness of a stranger is simply an amazing and touching moment.

Here is an email that Debbie, an Itchmo reader, sent us about the story of a child's letter to God about her dog, Abbey, who had passed away and what happened after she sent the letter:

Our 14-year-old-dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so she dictated these words:

For the rest of the post: News for cats and dogs from Itchmo.]

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February 11, 2008

2008 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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If you love dogs, the exciting 2008 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is being held today, Monday February 11 and Tuesday Febuary 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York. 169 Breeds and Varieties will be judged in seven different groups during the day Monday and Tuesday, competing for the ultimate prize of Best in Show as well as Group and Breed Trophies.

There are four new breeds eligible for the first time at Westminster in 2008: the Plott (Hound Group), the Tibetan Mastiff (Working), the Swedish Vallhund (Herding) and the Beauceron (Herding).

Keep tabs online or check it out on TV. This show is always educational, and it is certainly fun to watch these beautiful, sweet dogs in all shapes and sizes.

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January 28, 2008

Get Mellow with Cat-a-tonic

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If your cat could choose a CD, it would be Laurel Canyon Animal Co.'s Cat-a-tonic. Mellow tunes for cats and those who love them.

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January 3, 2008

How to Lower Your Vet Bills and Save on Pet Care

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Alisa Merlin's Secrets to Lower Vet Bills is chock full of pet health care money-saving strategies. Author Alisa Merlin has over 25 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician and Pet Care Coach. Her goal is to improve the health and happiness of our pets while providing inexpensive and easy to follow pet care tips, at-home treatments and nutritional guidance. A sampling:

All animals get fleas-even the cleanest, indoor only ones.

The majority of pet owners are shortening the lives of their beloved companions by over vaccinating them.

There are seven signs of a good veterinarian. A good vet will save you money.

There are three questions to always ask your vet that will save you money and help you make any treatment decisions for your pet, even the ultimate one.

Sounds intriguing! Purchase Alisa Merlin's Secrets to Lower Vet Bills at Amazon.

In the meantime, here are some quick online suggestions from Market Watch: Five ways to save on your pets' vet bills:

  • Consider a mutt.
  • Schedule regular checkups.
  • Compare vet-care costs.
  • Opt against pet insurance.
  • Look for deals on medication.

We can help with the last item! Check out these sites for some good deals on pet meds online:


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December 18, 2007

Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations

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Charming "read" for any cat lover! Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations by comic artist Jeffrey Brown is actually a collection of cat drawings which will resonate with anyone who has shared their home with a cat. The author follows his cat Misty around as she goes about her day and successfully captures the essence of "cat-dom".

Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations at Amazon.

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December 15, 2007

9 Holiday Tips for Pack Leaders from Cesar Millan

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Useful suggestions from Cesar Millan:

1.) Tire your dog out before visiting or receiving holiday guests.

2.) Don’t forget rules, boundaries, and limitations just because it’s the holidays!

3.) Protect your dog from the cold.

4.) Let your dog check the weather.

5.) Be cautious when around the fireplace!

6.) Be aware of dangerous holiday items.

7.) Protect your presents and decorations.

8.) I don't recommend giving a puppy as a holiday gift.


And finally, the wisest tip of all. Would that we could live this way all year:

9.) Live in the moment! Be happy! Laugh! Celebrate! Want to do something special for your dog for the holidays? Be balanced. Don’t be nervous. Don’t be fearful. Don’t be tense. Don’t think about anything that makes you sad, depressed, or angry. Really live in that moment. Believe it or not, that is one of the biggest gifts we can give to our dog--and ourselves! Everyone, rich or poor, can practice this simple activity. It has more meaning than any gift you can buy. Live in the now, with your dog right next to you and your family around you. Your dog is going to get the benefit of it, particularly if you don’t have days like this on a regular basis. This special day will linger in his or her memory, and, hopefully, you can learn to practice these days more often, not just during the holiday season.
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Read article in detail. For more Cesar Millan, pick up a copy of Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life which will show you how to develop the calm-assertive energy necessary for a pack leader. Cesar helps you understand and read your dog’s energy as well as your own. All good stuff to improve the quality of your life with your pets...and other people.

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November 26, 2007

Holiday Book Gift Guide

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At Super Cool Pets we love books and we know many of you do too. Books are a great gift to give at the holidays--easy to order and ship online and always appreciated. There are many heart-warming and informative books about our pets. Super Cool Pets has been looking at new releases. Here is a sampling:

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All I Need to Know I Learned From My Cat (And Then Some): Double-Platinum Collector's Edition
by Suzy Becker
These illustrated teachings of one very wise cat were embraced by millions when first published. Now Binky is back, adding 45 new life lessons.


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Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life
by Cesar Millan
Bestselling author Cesar Millan takes his principles of dog psychology a step further, showing you how to develop the calm-assertive energy of a successful pack leader and use it to improve your dog’s life–and your own.


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101 Best Businesses for Pet Lovers
by Joseph Nigro, Nicholas Nigro
101 Best Businesses for Pet Lovers furnishes readers with a comprehensive roster of the finest and most unusual entrepreneurial, career, and moneymaking opportunities in today's colorful pet care trade.


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The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know
by Tracie Hotchner
The Cat Bible explains the mysteries of feline behavior to owners who are devoted to their cats without being able to fully understand them. It offers straightforward solutions to the problems that cause people to give up their cats, many of which are preventable, including litter box avoidance, furniture scratching.


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Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
by Debra M. Eldredge, Delbert G. Carlson, Liisa D. Carlson, James M. Giffin
Fully revised and expanded, the Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook is the most essential book any cat owner can have. Clearly written, step-by-step directions give you vital information at your fingertips: when you can treat your cat yourself and how to communicate signs and symptoms so that your veterinarian can give your pet the best care possible.


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The Dangerous Book for Dogs: A Parody by Rex and Sparky
by Joe Garden, Janet Ginsburg, Chris Pauls, Anita Serwacki, Scott Sherman
This gentle parody of the bestselling Dangerous Book for Boys-identical in look and tone to its source material-offers an often funny, surprisingly insightful take on dog behavior that's sure to resonate with the Spot set.

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Dog Days: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm
by Jon Katz
Latest collection of stories from upstate New York's Bedlam Farm, the saga of which began with A Dog Year (2002). Bedlam Farm, a cross between a working and a hobby farm, is the home of the animals that are his inspiration.


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Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
by Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, and James M. Giffin
The guide dog lovers have relied on for more than twenty-seven years, this handbook has been extensively revised to include the latest information on everything from canine healthcare to nutrition to holistic treatments. Puts vital information at your fingertips.


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Good Dog. Stay
by Anna Quindlen
Heartening and bittersweet, Good Dog. Stay. honors the life of a cherished and loyal friend and offers us a valuable lesson on our four-legged family members: Sometimes an old dog can teach us new tricks.


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kittenwar: may the cutest kitten win!
by Fraser Lewry, Tom Ryan
Kittenwar.com, the massively popular Web site that pits two photographs of adorable kittens side by side and asks the viewer to vote for a winner, has entered a new battlefield: the book.


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meowWOW!: Curiously Compelling Facts, True Tales, and Trivia Even Your Cat Won't Know
by Marty Becker D.V.M., Gina Spadafori
Whether you're a cat lover, a trivia buff, or searching for information before you adopt your first kitten or adult cat, everything you always wanted to know (and everything you didn't think of asking) is revealed!


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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
by Ted Kerasote
A Labrador mix, Merle first appeared while the author was on a camping trip. The author, an award-winning nature writer, decided to take his canine friend home to rural Wyoming. This chronicle of their 13 years together is interspersed with studies by animal behaviorists that strengthened Kerasote's desire to see Merle as a responsible individual rather than a submissive pet.


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The Natural Pet Food Cookbook: Healthful Recipes for Dogs and Cats
by Wendy Nan Rees
The unprecedented pet food recall that began in March 2007 has pet owners very concerned. Many have become mistrustful of commercial food manufacturers and instead are turning to home-cooked meals as a way to ensure that their pets remain safe.


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Planet Cat: A CAT-alog
by Sandra Choron, Harry Choron, Arden Moore
A lively, entertaining, one-of-a-kind assemblage of more than 400 lists on all things cat. Its all here, from the origins of the species to care and training to breeds and behavior to famous cats in history, art, and literature. The book even includes a list of celebrity cat people. Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and line drawings.


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Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
by Mark R. Levin
Rescuing Sprite is a stunningly intimate look at the love between a family and a dog, one that movingly shows, in Mark Levin's words, that "in the end, we humans are the lucky ones."


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Snog: A Puppy's Guide to Love
by Rachael Hale
Snog: A Puppy's Guide to Love features sixty original and captivating images of puppies by the world's most popular animal photographer. Hale uses her lens, her love of dogs, and a great deal of patience to create an enchanting perspective on how puppies see the world.


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50 Games to Play With Your Cat
by Jackie Strachan (Author)
Discover a complete compendium of games appropriate for cats of all ages and activity levels. The simple instructions make each game easy to set up and play in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. The book features activities that challenge your cat both mentally and physically, helping to satisfy her instinctive hunting skills while keeping her fit and happy.


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November 3, 2007

Saving the Lives of Shelter Animals

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The mission of the new venture Dogs in Danger is to help save the lives of shelter dogs. According to them, "over four million dogs" are killed each year in shelters. Why cats are not included in this worthy endeavor, we are not quite sure. So cat-lovers, please don't be offended--Super Cool Pets is just the messenger! According to the The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, national euthanasia statistics are elusive since animal agencies are not required to log stats. They estimate the figure is closer to 2.7 million. Either way, the guess is 71% of cats are euthanized and 56% of dogs:

Estimates on the number of dogs and cats euthanized in shelters in the United States vary greatly and data collection and analysis on a national basis are limited. Thousands of autonomous shelters in the country are diligently working to cope with the perplexing and complicated problem of animals discarded by society. Generating continued support from elected officials and the public for programs designed to address this problem requires documentation of its scale, and providing some measure of efficacy."

Dogs in Danger is a nonprofit grassroots outreach effort to raise the public's consciousness to the fact that shelter killings are ceaselessly occurring as we write and read this post. Shelters do find homes for many homeless and abandoned animals, but many more are euthanized due to lack of space and support funds.

The goal is to increase the exposure of the dogs at the shelters so that more homeless pets are adopted. Currently much of the exposure these endangered shelter pets receive is through print media. Newpaper circulation is way down and has a shelf-life of 1 day. This is a worthy web-based mission which undoubtedly will be extended to all shelter pets if successful.

From the site:

Simply put, we have chosen a path of technology as a means of connecting these scared, abandoned shelter dogs with the loving homes they deserve. As a nonprofit organization, we seek no other gain except for the happiness we see in the face of a dog as he faithfully walks out through the shelter doors, in perfect step with his loving new family.

For information how you can help change this sad situation, go to Dogs in Danger.

And to learn more, pick up a copy of the DVD SHELTER DOGS at Amazon.

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