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July 25, 2007

Beam Central Vacuum--Review

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At Super Cool Pets we love our central vacuum. It is lightweight, a breeze to use and keeps a house clean which would otherwise be filled with pet hair, dirt, grass, crumbs, dander, feathers, dust, and numerous crawly things. A central vac system consists of:
  • a canister located in central area of the structure (garage)
  • wall outlets strategically placed in building (we have 2 on far ends of house)
  • tubing running from outlets to central canister (up walls into attic and down)
  • 25 ft hose (with attachments) that plugs into wall outlets
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A central vac has 1 or 2 motors, depending, which provide stronger suction than uprights, since they would be too heavy to cart around. Also unlike other systems, there is no dirt being recirculated throughout the room since it is all going into the canister. It is often quieter since the motors and fan are not running inside the house.

Speaking of central vac motors, ours just went kaput. Burning smell in garage. We had a 2-year warranty on the system which is 3 1/2 years old. Well-known brand-name company which Super Cool Pets won't name (don't want to deprive anyone of the ability to make a living), but we will recommend highly the Beam 3500 sq ft system we bought online at Mid America Vacuum Centers.

Why?

  • Fabulous customer service. The system we ordered was back-ordered (what else is new). Instead of making us wait, they sent us the next model up--an $80 upgrade--for the same price. Plus they honored a promotional coupon for $50. That may not sound so fantastic, but we couldn't read the online coupon code, had to call and the CSR honored it verbally. So we received a $536.95 central vac system for a $402.95 on our credit card. Plus, a ten- year warranty--did I mention the first system only had a 2-year warranty?
  • Fabulous performance. We can't stand too close to the hose, or we may find ourselves outside in the canister. And quiet.

At Mid America Vacuum Centers. If you are handy, this system is easy to install yourself. Otherwise factor in an installation charge. Central vacuum is well worth it.

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July 23, 2007

Maine-Theme Dog and Cat Beds

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Being from New England, Super Cool Pets loves this site we have found with a "taste of Maine-- Companion One Comfort. The themed pet beds are hand-crafted with 100% polyester fiberfill cushions, making them hypoallergenic and environmentally conscious. Sides are soft foam sponge-framed covered in soft fleece for warmth. Both cat and dog beds are the same size.

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July 21, 2007

Home Marketing for Pet Owners

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As much as we all love our pets, we know they take a toll on the condition of our home. Their presence unfortunately can actually lower the sales price or even quash a deal. When your home is for sale on the market, you want to set the stage to create buyer interest within a reasonable time period and generate a good offer. How our pets affect the showings is a factor that must be taken into account. Here a some possible issues to confront ahead of time:

Allergies--A home rife with animal hair and dander can spell misery for an allergic buyer or their real estate agent. An affected person will have no choice but to turn on their heel and leave. Don't expect an offer.

Odors and Stains--Pet urine, especially cat, and stains on walls, carpeting, furniture, under floorboards can put off a potential buyer. There are numerous products to deal with these smells and stains. Even if you aren't selling your home now, best to deal immediately with any accidents. In the event of an offer, which could easily be lowball, it most likely will be a seller expense to remedy the pet odor problem prior to closing.

We have featured some helpful products in prior posts (here and here). A tool such as the Spot Spotter Ultraviolet Urine Detector by Simple Solution will help you to detect the source of pet odors.

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Features:

* Battery-operated urine detector helps identify the source of pet odors
* Works on carpeting, wood flooring, concrete, tile, upholstery, and other surfaces
* Black light bulb lasts up to 5,000 hours on average
* Runs on 8 AA batteries or a 12v DC adapter (not included)
* Measures approximately 3 by 1 by 12 inches

Showings--If at all possible, be prepeared to leave the home with your pet during all showings. If you cannot remove the pet, try to constrain them in the cage or perhaps in an enclosed area such as a screened porch. Some people shut their pet in a bedroom or study during a showing, but then of course the buyer is prevented from seeing part of the home and may wonder what's up. Chance of offer reduced.

"The way you live in your home, and the way you market and sell your house are two different things." For more information, visit Home Stagers.

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July 20, 2007

Bubble Mouse Cat Toy

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Bubble Mouse is two toys in one. Your cat can stalk and chase the catnip-scented motorized mouse as it scampers across the floor. Or place the mouse inside the 4 1/2" bubble to keep the ball rolling all around. Bubble just deflects off walls and furniture and keeps on moving. Definitely something to pique your cat's curiosity. Adorable!

Bubble Mouse ships from and sold by Little River Pet Shop.

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July 19, 2007

Kittywalk Closet Sleeper for Cats

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If your kitty loves to explore your closet, then curls up on your shoes and clothes, the Kittywalk Closet Sleeper is perfect. It hangs from the clothes rod and doesn't take up any usable space. Lightweight, with a washable faux fur lining, for cats up to 15 lbs. Kind of cute!

Dimensions: 18" wide, 18" long, 12" high (sleeper part). Kittywalk Closet Sleeper

At CatsPlay

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July 18, 2007

Paw Print Cushion

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Here something for your kitty or teacup to curl up on! Paw Print Cushion will add a whimsical touch to your decor. Made of cozy polyester plush fabric. Machine wash, tumble dry.

Dimensions: 25 3/4"L x 20 1/4"W. Paw Print Cushion at Collections Etc.

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July 17, 2007

Pet Master--PDA for Pets

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Little gizmo to store all pet related info, rather than leafing through your files or phone book. Pet Master stores phone numbers--vet, pet sitters, groomers, supply stores. You can record medications schedule and pet vet or groomer appointments. Also includes an alarm and built-in shopping list. A PDA for your pet!

Pet Master

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July 13, 2007

Pet Allergy Control with Sebo Canister Vacuums

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If you love pets, but have allergies,one way to keep cat allergy under control is to vacuum carpets, drapes and furniture regularly (constantly?). The Sebo Canister Vacuums - airbelt C2.1 have anti-allergy and hospital grade S-class filtration.

The SEBO S-Class Filtration System guarantees that dirt is picked up and filtered through a 3-layer filter bag, electrostatic microfilter, and exhaust filter inside the vacuum cleaner. Any vacuum cleaners meeting the S-Class standards are equivalent to meeting HEPA requirements to filter out 99.97% of pollens, household dust, dust mites and other allergens as small as 0.3 micrometers in size. For particles 1 micrometer and larger, the filtration rate is 100%. The C2.1 is a mid-size plus vacuum a air-driven turbo head that copes well with a variety of thin to medium pile carpets, and the bare floor brush softly and effectively cleans even the most highly polished hardwood floors or tiling. Fat, pliant bumpers for dragging around corners protect your paintwork.

Further information on the 3-step filtraton system and attachments at Sebo.

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July 12, 2007

Road Hound™ Motorcycle Pet Carrier

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Road trip! At Super Cool Pets we have covered lots of products for transporting your pets in cars, but how about bringing your pet along on your motorcycle? You can with the Road Hound™ Motorcycle Pet Carrier.

This dog carrier is also designed for ATV's, scooters and bicycles.

At Road Hound.

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July 11, 2007

3-D Cat Cards

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Surprise your friends at your next card game. Whip out a deck of 3-D Cat Cards. As you move the cards, see 3-D depth and motion by lenticular imaging.

Cards are plastic and poker-sized. 2 dog jokers! 3-D Cat Cards

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