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July 20, 2012

On Mysterious Cat Behavior -- 5 Ways Cats Show Affection and More

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Dogs express their love and affection very openly through tail-wagging, nuzzling, pawing and kisses. Cats are a lot more subtle, no surprise there.

Here are some common signs of cat affection from Decoding How Cats Show Affection | Petside:


  • Eye blinks: When a cat meets a stranger for the first time, they give them an unblinking stare. They are wary. Cats that feel trust and affection for a human often blink at them.

  • Grooming: When your cat allows you to groom him, this is another sure sign that he trusts you and feels cat affection for you.

  • Head rubbing: When a cat rubs her face on a human, she is using scent glands on her cheeks to mark her territory. this can both mean affection, and that she is claiming the human in question as her "property."

  • Belly display: This sign of cat affection is one of the most profound acts of trust a cat can bestow on a human.

  • Kneading: A cat kneading against your body is an act of sheer contentment, trust and true adoration


beckercatownermanual.jpgInterested in learning more about cat behavior? Your Cat: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat is an enjoyable and informative resource.

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July 12, 2012

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know

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Do dogs dream? Sure seems like they do, asleep on the floor, whimpering, paws twitching. Can they recognize themselves in the mirror or understand what they're seeing on the TV? Are they more intelligent than cats? We all wonder about how dogs think and perceive the world.

In Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know dog researcher and psychology professor Stanley Coren answers the most commonly asked questions about how dogs think and act in a conversational Q&A format with illustrations. Sounds intriguing!

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June 29, 2012

Barkitecture -- NYTimes.com Custom Doghouses Slide Show

Does the word "doghouse" conjure up this image:

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or this:

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a $4,419.74 Victorian Cottage Kennel Dog House available at Walmart.

Now that dogs are considered members of the family, their housing has increased in stature too. According to Luxury Doghouses and the Dogs That Couldn't Care Less | NYTimes.com, custom dog houses ("barkitecture") in the $3,000 to $5,000 range are all the trend now, at least in certain circles.

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The doghouse above and other amazing ones appear in a fun slide show Custom Doghouses, Fit for a King | NYTimes.com:

The supermodel Rachel Hunter commissioned this replica of her Mediterranean-style house in the Los Angeles area from La Petite Maison, which built it more than a decade ago and charged more than $16,000. It has handmade roof tiles, a terra cotta floor, wrought-iron details and dog-themed artwork on the walls.
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June 25, 2012

Pet Books -- 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

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Trick training is a terrific way to bond with your dog and help him or her feel like one of the family. It's an activity that keeps your pet mentally and physically challenged, which we know they all need. If you are interested, trick training prepares your dog for common dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.

101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog requires no special tools (such as clickers) or knowledge of specific training methods. The author Kyra Sundance is a world-acclaimed stunt dog show performer, dog trainer, and internationally best-selling author.

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The book's step-by-step approach, difficulty rating, and prerequisites allow readers to start training immediately. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while "build-on" ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill.

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June 22, 2012

Pet Scoop -- Pets Can Help Your Health

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Dog and cat owners visit the doctor less frequently, according to an Australian national survey. And owning a pet may help children stave off colds and asthma.

Caring for a pet is a lot of work and there's no denying they "tie you down". But the benefits can be so enormous, as this 7 Ways Dogs Can Help Your Health | abc News describes, including one affliction that at one time or another affects us all:

For people with all forms of anxiety, having a dog may be an important coping mechanism. This is especially true in times of crisis. A study out of the Medical College of Virginia found that for hospitalized patients with mental health issues, therapy with animals significantly reduced anxiety levels more than conventional recreational therapy sessions.

Along with anxiety, pets help reduce loneliness, aid in rehab, improve heart health and increase our activity levels. For more on the subject, check out Dr Marty Becker's The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy.

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June 9, 2012

Reality Birding -- The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds by Richard Crossley

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Is a picture worth a thousand words? Reliance on imaging (rather than imagining) seems to be the 21st century media trend. This The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds by Richard Crossley helps make birdwatching and identification easier, more accurate, and more fun. The product description says it best:

Unlike other guides, which provide isolated individual photographs or illustrations, this is the first book to feature large, lifelike scenes for each species. These scenes--640 in all--are composed from more than 10,000 of the author's images showing birds in a wide range of views--near and far, from different angles, in various plumages and behaviors, including flight, and in the habitat in which they live.

These beautiful compositions show how a bird's appearance changes with distance, and give equal emphasis to characteristics experts use to identify birds: size, structure and shape, behavior, probability, and color. This is the first book to convey all of these features visually--in a single image--and to reinforce them with accurate, concise text.

Each scene provides a wealth of detailed visual information that invites and rewards careful study, but the most important identification features can be grasped instantly by anyone.

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May 19, 2012

Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards: 100 Common Birds of Eastern and Western North America

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Many birders are familiar with the field guides from renown ornithologist David Allen Sibley. These Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards: 100 Common Birds of Eastern and Western North America are fun for young and old alike.

The flashcards feature illustrations of the male and female birds of a species on one side and descriptions of their range, voice, and habitats on the other. Turn learning into play!

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May 6, 2012

Golden Retriever Guards Owner's Bicycle

This man in China doesn't need a bike lock. He has his dog, Li Li, guard his bike while he's away!

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May 3, 2012

Social Networking for Your Pets

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Want to involve your pet in social networking and meet other friends who have a lot in common? There are Facebook applications for your your cat or dog to join just as you have.

Create a profile for your pet, upload as many pictures as you like, create a profile, find friends. You can link your dog to other dogs of similar breeding, locate local dog parks, compare toys and connect with other owners through themed groups.

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At Dogbook, Catbook, Birdbook, Fishbook

Via A Sharp Eye

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April 23, 2012

Watch Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Movie Trailer

This will bring tears to your eyes. Watch this just-released Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Movie Trailer, the tale of a young Labrador retriever training to be guide dog in Japan. In the process he helps a lonely man discover friendship.

Release Date: May 18th, 2012

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