November 20, 2011
November 8, 2011
Sometimes the love we have for our pets makes us go a little bit overboard. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Awkward Family Photos are back with a new book poking fun at pet owners.
Awkward Family Pet Photos by screenwriter Mike Bender and TV producer Doug Chernack is a laugh-out-loud tribute to the strong, but sometimes, embarrassing bond between people and their pets.
October 27, 2011
Many of us who love our dogs are also fascinated by their relative, the wolf. What would it be like to have a dog-wolf hybrid? Part Wild: One Woman's Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs by Ceiridwen Terrill tells the tale of the author's adoption and life with a wolfdog--part husky, part gray wolf--named Inyo.
Apparently she picked a wolf-dog hybrid to protect herself from an abusive ex-boyfriend who was stalking her, but may have bit off more than she could chew. If you are romantic about the nature of wolves as many of us are, this book likely will relieve you of that fantasy.
In her quest to understand the differences between domesticated dogs and wild wolves, Terrill did spend five years interviewing genetics experts, wolf biologists, dog trainers, and wolf rescuers in the United States, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, and Russia. An informative and moving animal saga, this book is honest and straightforward and will leave you much more appreciative of your own dog.
For a fascinating review and more on wolf-dogs, read the blog entry at The Other End of the Leash | Patricia McConnell.
October 25, 2011
The Kitty Litter Cake is a fun party idea for Halloween. This recipe can be found in Gross-Out Cakes: The Kitty Litter Cake and Other Classics, a unique cookbook that contains 20 dreadfully wonderful recipes such as the Open Wound Cake and the Toenail Torte.
The popular Kitty Litter Cake is a bit different, easy to make and assemble. Your family and friends will get a kick out of it.
- 1 spice or German chocolate cake mix
- 1 white cake mix
- 2 large pkg vanilla instant pudding mix, prepared
- 1 large pkg vanilla sandwich cookies
- green food coloring
- 12 small Tootsie Rolls®
Equipment and Method after the jump....
Continue reading: "Gross Out Cakes -- Halloween Kitty Litter Cake"
October 11, 2011
Are your clothes and house covered with cat hair? If so, collect those strands and put them to good use. Crafting with Cat Hair by Kaori Tsutaya and Amy Hirschman shows you how to turn those fur balls into soft and adorable handicrafts.
You can create kitty tote bags, finger puppets, fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more. Most of the projects can be done in an hour or less and require no special equipment or training.
October 3, 2011
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by The New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean is the well-researched story of the line of related German Shepherd dogs featured in 20th century fictional stories on film, radio and television. The story spans 90 years and 11 generations of Rin Tin Tin descendants, providing a fascinating history of the rise of Hollywood, dogs in film and war, and the animal-human bond.
The true saga begins back in France near the end of World War I, when an American soldier, Lee Duncan, discovered a newborn German shepherd in the ruins of a bombed-out dog kennel. Mr Duncan brought "Rinty" back to Calfornia, taught him tricks and successfully launched him on a motion picture and radio career. Rin Tin Tin has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1623 Vine St.
Baby Boomers will remember The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, an ABC television series which ran from October 1954 to May 1959. It usually starred Rin Tin Tin's descendant, Rin Tin Tin IV, in the lead role.
For a review of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, head over to The Dog Who Never Died | npr books
September 23, 2011
Dog lovers have fallen for Boo and his adorable fluffy teddy bear look. He has almost two million Facebook fans at this writing. As you can see here, Boo is ready for Halloween.
The new book Boo: The Life of the World's Cutest Dog by author J.H. Lee and photographer Gretchen LeMaistre features exclusive new photographs of Boo doing all his favorite things--lounging around, playing with friends, exploring the whole wide world, and making his famous puppy-dog eyes.
September 8, 2011
Do you ever wonder if animals have souls? Are they nothing more than a biological accident, or do they survive the death of their body? Perhaps the strength of the human-animal bond indicates there is more to our earthly existence than meets the eye.
Guideposts writer Ptolemy Tompkins tackles this heavy-duty question in The Divine Life of Animals: One Man's Quest to Discover Whether the Souls of Animals Live On. Through researching 20,000 years of the world's history and myth, he discovers that many spiritual traditions have addressed the subject of animal spirituality arriving at conclusions you may not expect.
[via trainer Patricia B. McConnell]
August 30, 2011
As our cockatiel wanders around the floor at Super Cool Pets headquarters, we find ourselves pondering the unusual bonds that develop between humans and their animals and birds. In a similar vein, Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom tells tales of animals and birds who unexpectedly and inexplicably bond with each other.
National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland relays well-documented stories of the friendships of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten, the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee, and amazing stories of predators befriending prey--an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. We love the heartwarming tales of a lioness who mothers a baby oryx, a cat and a bird, a mare and a fawn, an elephant and a sheep, a snake and a hamster. A lesson for us all.
August 16, 2011
Dog cancer strikes one out of three dogs, and of those, one-half will die of cancer. If this happens to you and your dog, you may not know what to do or where to turn. Empower yourself! This new book, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity is a survival guide to help you help your precious friend after a cancer diagnosis. It's an evidence-based, scientific reference filled with strategies to help you optimize your dog's longevity and quality of life.
This book is a collaborative effort by two veterinarians. Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM is internationally recognized as "the dog cancer vet" and writer of the popular Dog Cancer Blog. His co-author Dr. Susan Ettinger, DVM is a veterinary oncologist and a diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine who practices in New York.