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January 15, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound by Pat Miller

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Fostering dogs involves welcoming into your home a dog who needs a family and shelter while waiting for a home of his/her own. While this is a loving act, given that it is only on a temporary basis, it is also a challenging one, especially if there are dogs already living there. How does one prepare and train for foster care-giving? And steel oneself for the inevitable parting of ways?

Pat Miller, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, dog trainer and author of six books on dog training and behavior recently published a manual How to Foster Dogs: From Homeless to Homeward Bound. Read an informative quick review here, by Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

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December 31, 2013

A Dog's Purpose -- Everyone Who Lives with a Pet Should Read This Book

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Read this. Whether you have lived with dogs your whole life, are about to get a puppy, or are considering co-habitation with a dog, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is required reading, or listening, as the case may be. It will change you forever. In a good way.

To quote, if we may, from the beautiful review by John C. McDonnell:

In a word? Magnificent. OK, two words. Brilliant. Actually three. Soul. Bruce Cameron has brought forth a magnificent, touching piece of a soul's journey through life in search of purpose and meaning. At times hilarious and yet other times heart breaking, Bruce brilliantly weaves a story of a dog and its quest that is told with such heart and humanity that anyone who has ever had a dog (or any pet, for that matter) feels that this truly is how they see us and the world in which they live.

The humor is real and effortless. You will find yourself laughing out loud. You will also cry. Real tears born out of your life's memories of pets past and the essential intertwining of souls that exists in no other relationship.

After reading this book, you will never look at your dog, or any other pet, the same way again.

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November 21, 2013

Coffee Table Book -- Kittenhood: Life-size Portraits of Kittens in Their First 12 Weeks

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We came across photographer Sarah Earnhart on Orvis News. She photographs final farewells with dogs called "Joy Sessions" just before owners say goodbye to their dog forever. Painful. But...life is a never-ending cycle of endings and beginnings.

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So on a cheerier note, Sarah Earnhart turns author showcasing photos irresistible baby kittens. Her coffee-table book Kittenhood: Life-size Portraits of Kittens in Their First 12 Weeks features adorable shots of the most popular breeds, including Siamese, tabby, tuxedo, RagaMuffin, Persian, American shorthair, and Oriental shorthair, among others.

Need gift ideas? Browse at Gifts Ideas for Pets.

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November 20, 2013

Star Wars Dog Collars, Leashes and Star Wars Cat Bow Tie

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These nylon Star Wars Dog Collars are strong durable collars with stunning Star Wars designs. Available in various designs and 10-inch to 16-inch neck size.

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Matching Star Wars Dog Leashes are also available.

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And for the cats, this Star Wars Cat Bow Tie has a velcro band that fits comfortably around your cat's neck.

Need gift ideas? Browse at Gifts Ideas for Pets.

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November 11, 2013

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love by Danielle Steel

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Daniellle Steel is one of the world's most popular authors, having sold over 600 million copies of her novels. If you are a fan and like to read about dogs, her new memoir Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love is a good read for you.

This book is an appreciation of "the beloved pets who have brought joy, and sometimes chaos, to her home through the years, Steel also shares her thoughts on the trials and tribulations of bringing a new dog into a household, the challenges of housebreaking and compatibility, the losses we feel forever." More at Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love.


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November 7, 2013

New Yorker Dog Puzzle -- Baby, It's Cold Outside

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Many times around here at Super Cool Pets HQ we have kept a jigsaw puzzle going for days and weeks on end, stopping to work on it whenever we have a few minutes.

This cute Baby It's Cold Outside 1000-piece dog puzzle would be a good personal project and also would provide a fun group activity anytime the weather outside is frightful.

This winter illustration of adorable and funny dogs appeared on the February 8, 2010 cover of The New Yorker Magazine. Makes a thoughtful holiday gift gift for yourself and other dog lovers!

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November 5, 2013

Dog Songs -- Poetry by Mary Oliver

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If you have ever loved a dog, Dog Songs by best selling poet Mary Oliver will resonate with you. The book is is a collection of the best-selling author's 35 poems and one essay about the dogs in her life.

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It's "a sweet golden retriever of a book that curls up with the reader", according to this NYTimes review.


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October 7, 2013

Hot New Pet Book Release -- What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs

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Working dogs include drug- and bomb-detecting K9s, tracking and apprehension dogs, cadaver dogs. There are dogs out there who can locate unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers and help find drowning victims hundreds of feet down.

What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs by Cat Warren, a university professor and former journalist who works with her German shepherd, Solo, is filled with fascinating stories about these dogs and their companions.

In the book Warren interviews cognitive psychologists, historians, medical examiners, epidemiologists, and forensic anthropologists, as well as the breeders, trainers, and handlers who work with these remarkable and adaptable dogs.

Her working dog Solo is a cadaver dog. "What started as a way to harness Solo's unruly energy and enthusiasm soon became a calling that introduced Warren to the hidden and fascinating universe of working dogs, their handlers, and their trainers." More at What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs.

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October 4, 2013

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

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This is the type of coffee table book that is fun to have around, one you can just pick up and browse for a bit whenever you have a few minutes. The Big New Yorker Book of Cats by the The New Yorker Magazine is a beautifully illustrated collection in full color celebrating cats.

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The book is a treasure trove from the magazine's archives, featuring articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings. Makes a terrific holiday gift for the cat lover in your life.

Photo: Mike Stilkey's LIbrary


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September 3, 2013

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Cat Sense by John Bradshaw

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Ever wonder what your cat really wants, or needs? Our adored domestic cats are somewhat of a mystery to us, which may be part of their appeal. To help clarify things, renowned British anthrozoologist John Bradshaw delves into the history and mind of the domestic cat in his new release Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.

The new book covers feline evolution, physical, emotional and psychological characteristics, development, environment and more, with suggestions for cat lovers on how to improve the lives of the cats they love.

More at Cat Sense.

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