October 25, 2008

Pet Books -- Amazon Hot New Releases 10/25/08

Update on October newly released pet books.

Elliott Erwitt's Dogs
This is a collection in over-sized format of Elliott Erwitt's distinctive photographs of dogs. It captures the diversity of the canine kingdom from playful, perky scamp to quiet and constant companion.

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
On September 6, 2007, an African Grey parrot named Alex died prematurely at age thirty-one. His last words to his owner, Irene Pepperberg, were "You be good. I love you." Over the thirty years they had worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous. When Irene and Alex first met, birds were not believed to possess any potential for language, consciousness, or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence. Yet, over the years, Alex proved many things. He could add. He could sound out words. He understood concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none. He was capable of thought and intention.

Dogology: What Your Relationship with Your Dog Reveals about You
Authors Vicki Croke and Sarah Wilson, experts on the complex bond between dogs and their owners, uses quizzes, psychological insights, and humor to analyze why dog owners gravitate toward certain breeds as pets--and to explain what owner's choices reveal about their character and emotional makeup. Readers will themselves learn that paying attention to the words they choose to praise their dog reveals the specific approval that they crave themselves. Includes quick checklists to identify what type of dog owners readers are, tips for training, and exercises for bonding with one's dog.

How To Open & Operate a Financially Successful Pet Sitting Business: With Companion CD-ROM
This guide provides readers with an understanding of the basic concepts of starting their own service business. This new book is a comprehensive and detailed study of the business side of pet sitting, from the initial startup decisions to working with clients. If you are investigating opportunities in this type of business, you should begin by reading this book.

The Devious Book for Cats: A Parody
Offers today's discerning kitties words of wisdom and advice on everything they need to know, from in-depth guides on cardboard boxes and catnip to a brief history of the Felinism movement. It provides tips on waking a human when you want to get fed, choosing the perfect gift, staring like a pro, and making the most of superstitions. It also explains the undeniable allure of the Window, the terrifying specter of the Vacuum, and how you can groom properly in just the scant twenty-four hours allotted each day.

Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life
Dedicated veterinarian Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq. raises the alarm regarding the dry food we feed our cats and the nutritional diseases that result. Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life turns today's conventional wisdom of cat care on its head with completely new, yet remarkably easy-to-follow guidelines for every cat owner. From kitten-rearing to the adult cat's middle years to caring for the geriatric cat, Dr. Hodgkins explores the full spectrum of proper cat care, as well as the many deadly feline diseases that are rampant.

The Good Cat Spell Book
An interactive guide to working with your cat to cast spells that promote health, wealth, and romance.

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October 24, 2008

Halloween Kitty Litter Cake (and Other Gross-Out Cakes)


The Kitty Litter Cake is a fun party idea for Halloween, an update of the post we did last year. 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®


  • 1 new kitty litter pan
  • 1 new plastic kitty litter pan liner
  • 1 new pooper scooper


  • Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans).
  • Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.
  • Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix until completely colored.
  • When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Important: mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it. You don't want it too soggy. Combine gently.
  • Line a new, clean kitty litter box. Put the cake/pudding/cookie mixture into the litter box.
  • Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls bury them in the mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly on top of everything -- this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.
  • Heat 3 Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around for a truly disgusting effect!
  • Optional: Skip or alternate the green cookie crumbs and drip a few drops of yellow food coloring onto one spot of the cookie "litter" to make it look like the litter box had been used recently.

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K&H Thermo Kitty Fashion Splash -- Keep Your Super Cool Cat Warm


Create a splash under the tree this year! The K&H Thermo-Kitty Fashion Splash is a heated bed for your kitty cat. It is wrapped in a soft and colorful fabric with an energy-efficient 4-watt heater.

Washable. Available in 4 colors: red, blue, pink, and purple. K&H Thermo-Kitty Fashion Splash

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October 23, 2008

Buckle Up Your Pet -- Auto Cruiser Pet Car Seat Doubles as Pet Carrier


Does your pet 'buckle up"? From Bark Buckle UP -- Why Buckle? :

In an accident, an unrestrained animal is dangerous to the human passengers as well. Even in an accident of only 30 mph, a 15-pound child can cause an impact of more than 675 pounds. A 60-pound dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, a windshield, or another passenger. Even if the animal survives, it can impede the progress of rescue workers for whom every moment is precious.

Unrestrained pets can also distract the driver, and cause an accident. Even pets that are normally well behaved could be frightened by something unusual and dive for the driver's feet or lap. Following a car accident, an unrestrained pet could escape and be hit by another vehicle or cause another collision. A frightened dog may attack strangers who are trying to help.

Here's a combo pet carrier/car seat for the active pet on-the-go. The Auto Cruiser Pet Car Seat is a fully enclosed car seat designed to keep your pet comfortable and secure. It can also be used as a handy pet carrier. A wheel kit converts your Pet Cruiser to a rolling portable carrier for the airport, mall or anywhere you and your pet wish to go.



* Safe, comfortable, durable padded construction
* Three sided screening allows cross ventilation
* Secures to seat by Velcro® seat belt snugger
* Two zippered side doors for easy access from each end
* Quick snap pet safety belt attaches to your pet's harness or collar
* Roomy exterior cargo pocket for leashes, collars, treats etc.
* Removable and washable comfy fleece liner pad
* Over-sized self repairing zippers & locking pulls for security


Auto Cruiser Pet Car Seat in Gray, Pink, Swiss Red, Silver, Two-Tone

via Pet Sugar

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October 22, 2008

Pupperweights -- Pet Breed Paperweights or Doorstops


These adorable new Pupperweightsicon can be used as a paperweight or doorstop. Artist Leslie Anderson's illustration is silkscreen printed on 100% cotton, stuffed with non-allergic fiberfill and weighted with plastic pellets. They make great gifts for pet lovers!


Choose from:

* Chihuahua
* Bulldog
* Bichon Frise
* Dachshund
* German Shepherd
* Yellow Lab
* Pug
* Shih Tzu
* Yorkshire Terrier
* Tabby Kitten
* Black & white cat
* Orange tabby cat

At PETsMARTicon and Amazon

via Nerd Approved

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Doodle Dog Pet Bed -- Eco-Friendly, Stain-Resistant Dog and Cat Bed

This adorable Crypton Super Fabrics Doodle Dog Pet Bed is a William Wegman design made with eco-friendly materials produced using renewable energy sources: solar, wind and hydro.

This fabric is easy to spot clean and is machine washable. It is stain, moisture and odor resistant. In hot colors!

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October 21, 2008

PetScoop -- CFA/IAMS Cat Championship Winners


Congratulations to CFA-Iams Cat Championship Winners! Eighteen-month-old Grand Champion Platina Luna Blade Runner, a Russian Blue cat from Greensboro, North Carolina, was named Best-in-Show at the CFA-Iams Cat Championship held at Madison Square Garden on October 18-19.

First runner-up was Deydream High Hopes, a 3 ½-year-old Manx Grand Premier from Easthampton, New Jersey and second runner-up Tigerboy Keymaster of Wishes, a 6-month-old Exotic kitten from Hong Kong.

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October 17, 2008

Buddhabag -- Versatile Pet Bed for Cats and Dogs

The stylish Buddhabag is made from plush, high-quality, faux fur inside and out. The Buddhabag is versatile--shape it into a custom sleep sack tailored to your pet's favorite napping position. It folds into a bowl shape, flattens for a comfy paw-stretch position, molds into a cave for a napping hideaway.

The creator of the Buddhabag, inspired by his cat's Zen-like qualities of peace, love and self-relaxation, has adorned each Buddhabag with a pet-themed Haiku called a buddHaiku.

With its versatility and travel-friendly design, the Buddhabag is the perfect gift for pet lovers this holiday season.

Buddhabag is available in six colors including Ball (red), Catnip (green), Peanut Butter, Plum, Snowshoe Tabby (white & gray stripes), and Spot (black). Machine washable.

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October 16, 2008

Halloween Clearance Sale at Pet Supplier Drs Foster & Smith

Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.

Save up to 38% during the Halloween Clearance at Drs. Foster & Smith. Save on dog and cat costumes, hats, toys, treats and more! Sale begins Thursday, October 16th!


If you don't see anything there, PetSmart.com has a special section dedicated to "HOWL-O-WEEN" -- Dog Halloween and Cat Halloween

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Personal Development for Smart Pet Lovers -- Become the Person Your Pet Thinks You Are

The sentiment expressed in the Cafe Press Plaque above, "Lord, Please help me to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am", resonates with many pet owners.

At Super Cool Pets this is our mission--to connect to our pets as the beings they are, not the beings we may want them to be; to fulfill their needs as animals as much as to have them fill our needs as people; and to help improve their lot in the world.

Consciously working on our own personal development is one, if not the only, path to becoming the person our pets think we are. We can buy all the pet products in the world and read all the pet articles on the web, but our relationship with our pets depends on our actual interaction with them.


We step away from the pet books aisle for a moment and wander over to the personal growth section to recommend a fascinating book released this October, Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth, by author Steve Pavlina. Steve is well-known to many blog readers as the author of the [arguably] most successful personal development blog on the web with over 700 free, easy-to-read articles.

You can improve your relationships with your pets, and all your relationships for that matter, by internalizing and applying the three primary principles established in this book that underly successful growth: truth, love and power, along with the secondary principles of oneness [truth + love], authority [truth + power], courage [love + power] and and finally intelligence [love + truth + power].

The principles are universal and can be applied to any and every area of our life. How do they apply to our relationships with our pets?

Truth --Seeing our pets as they are. "You can't take shortcuts through the land of make-believe". Our pets are members of our family, yes, but they are indisputably animals, not surrogate human toddlers--a dog is a dog, a cat, a cat--a fact often overlooked by the best of us. We are talking fundamentals here, such as healthy pet-appropriate food, plenty of clean water, breed-appropriate exercise, calm, assertive discipline and plenty of affection, not matters of personal taste such as pet apparel, style of dog bed or pet carrier.

Love--Connect with our animal companions. Learn their body language and communicate with them so we understand them and they understand us. Aside from a few words, they don't understand our remarks in English, Spanish, etc. Educate ourselves in their needs and wants. What are they trying to tell us? Are we listening to them, or just want them to listen to us?

Power--Empower ourselves and our pets, not overpower. Is our relationship about "control" or "training/behavior modification"? We all want our pets to "behave"--cut down on the yipping, the nipping, the incessant barking, chewing, to calm down, stop jumping up, and so on. We can empower ourselves to take responsibility for our pets: focus on the behavior we want, determine how we will train our pets and then put in the effort this will require.

Steve Palina's Personal Development for Smart People offers in-depth information on the seven fundamental principles of development as well as their practical application in our lives. After reading this genuinely ground-breaking book, you will be on the path to becoming "the person your pet thinks you are."

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