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August 5, 2008

Should You Entrust Your Pet to Professional Groomers? DIY Dog and Cat Grooming

The title of a recent Today show spot , says it all: Dog's death is a warning about groomers, expert says: Tragic story of a pet left in a drying device shows that owners must be wary. How often are we trusting our vulnerable children and pets to a low standard of care at paid facilities? From the write-up, which is a must read for anyone who sends their pet to a professional groomer, or any servicing industry:


The horrifying story of a dog that died after being left in a kennel drying machine is a tragic warning about an unregulated industry, an expert said Friday -- and a wake-up call to pet owners who need to do their homework about the facilities they trust with their beloved animals.

If this story leaves you a bit queasy, why not groom your pet yourself? It isn't difficult and can increase interaction time with your dog or cat. Plus you can save $$$.

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Dogs Dog Grooming Brushesicon keep your pet healthy, beautiful and help prevent uncomfortable pet hair mats. Pets with short or medium haircoats or long, unmatted coats will all benefit from the added attention.

There are a variety of brushes suitable for every pet haircoat style. Here is a link to Grooming Tools Comparison Charticon and a Dog Brush Selection Guideicon.

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Cats Your cat grooms and massages herself anytime she wants with this Arch Groomer Deluxeicon The Arch's brush-like sides catch hair and dander and a catnip-treated carpeted base lets cats scratch to their heart's delight.

If you live with a kitty cat, you may wonder When to Groom Your Caticon.

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August 4, 2008

Manage Your Pet Care Online with mypetsoft.com

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ORGIT Software Corporation has launched its brand new pet care software site, mypetsoft.com for users to consolidate, organize and manage all of their pets' important information online. Unlike a lot of contact management software, this site can be accessed from a browser, rather than your desktop, meaning it can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime. Those familiar with the award-winning Petcare® Software CD version that was released to the market in early 2004 will find it very similar in look and functionality.

This site is user friendly for family or business use, with the capability of maintaining individual files for each animal. The software allows the site manager to grant access to other trusted parties. Perfect for use by veterinarians, groomers, pet sitters, pet hotels, kennels, shelters. A pet owner can allow access to any of the prior mentioned pet businesses, as well as friends, family, and even grant them editing privileges. Information is easily exchanged and updated.

The mypetsoft.com software provides 11 categories which include pet health records, pet identity data, missing pet alerts, a pet contact manager and over fifty sub-categories. mypetsoft.com is secured by a password.

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Illusion Collar and Leash Set By Cesar Millan -- Control Your Dog on Walks

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Tired of being yanked along on walks? Cesar Millan feels your pain. The Illusion Collar and Leash Set By Cesar Millan was developed by the Pack Leader himself and his wife Ilusion to provide owners with a tool to achieve maximum control their dogs during walks.

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The The Illusion Collar and Leash Set By Cesar Millan is now available internationally. WARNING: if your dog's neck measures less than 13 inches or more than 24 inches around the base of the neck, this collar should not be used.

For more of Cesar's new line of products, visit Dog Whisperer™ Products

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August 1, 2008

Review -- Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote

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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote was released in paperback this past April and published originally in hardcover in 2007. We featured it in last year's Holiday Book Gift Guide and have had it in the review pipeline here at Super Cool Pets for awhile. This book receives a 5-star rating at Amazon through 153 reviews, easily understandable. If you haven't read this book, read it and give it as a gift to every dog lover you know. As the book ends, you may find this dog and his owner unforgettable.

Lots of us have lived with dogs for many many years. There is always room to improve our interactions with the animals who share our lives. Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog does not disappoint as to "lessons". Author Ted Kerasote's account of his conversations and life with his dog Merle reveal a loving insight into dog psychology we have never before encountered.

Mr. Kerasote regards the dog-human relationship as one between partners--he does not view his dog as a subordinate or himself as a pack leader. Let the dog be a dog.

From the Harcourt Press author interview:

Since dogs are wolves--genetically and psychologically--they, too, want some say in conducting their lives as they grow up. They want some authentic freedoms while also listening to those who are their elders, their human partners. Keeping one's dog a perpetual child and quashing this natural maturation process by not giving the dog some leeway in conducting its own affairs--especially providing it off-leash time in which to socialize with other dogs--often leads to what this heavy-handed approach does in child rearing: the dog acts out or becomes a yes-dog, obeying mindlessly and not realizing its full mental capabilities.

The narrative of Mr Kerasote's almost 14 years with Merle is sprinkled with researched information about canine genealogy and the evolution of human-dog interaction. And yes, you will need a full box of tissues, especially if your own dog is lying nearby.

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After you throw away the empty tissue box, in case you just can't let go, check out Merle's Life in Photos.

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July 30, 2008

Dog Poo Bags for Cosmopolitan Dog Lovers

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Here's an innovative way to make one job more tolerable for all you dog lovers out there. No more carrying around messy plastic bags through an entire dog walk. Nothing worse than running into someone you know, stopping to talk with a gross poop bag on your arm.

Dog Poo Bags are much more hygienic and more fun, since they come in 8 different colorful design styles with humorous sayings. Each Poo Bag has its own scoop--once it is used just plop the mess and scoop in the bag, seal it up and dispose. Need it again on the walk? The one-size-fits-all Dog Poo Bags come in packs of 16, so bring a few along. Poo happens, so be prepared!

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Rachael Ray Nutrish: New Line of Super Cool Dog Food & Treats to Benefit Dogs in Need

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Not only are dogs pack animals, we humans are as well. TV personalities are jumping on the pet food and products bandwagon this summer. Earlier this month we wrote about Cesar Millan's Dog Whisperer™ new line of pet products (available at Amazon), and now Rachel Ray has joined the pack. Rachael's proceeds from the sales of Nutrish for Pets will go to organizations such as those listed on her Rachel's Rescue site @ http://www.rachaelsrescue.org

From Market Watch, Rachael Ray Launches Line of Super Premium Dog Food & Treats:

Rachael Ray Nutrish includes two varieties of all natural dog food featuring real meat as the first ingredient -- Real Chicken and Veggies and Real Beef and Brown Rice. There are no by-products, fillers, artificial flavors or preservatives; and each recipe contains:

-- Antioxidant nutrients like vitamin E and selenium to support a healthy
immune system
-- A healthy fiber blend including oatmeal for easy digestion
-- Omega Fatty Acids, with a dash of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to
support healthy skin and a shiny coat
-- High quality proteins to support healthy organs and lean muscle mass
-- Calcium for strong bones and healthy teeth

Where To Buy: Rachael Ray Nutrish is carried almost everywhere you shop for the rest of your family's meals. For more info, visit http://www.nutrishforpets.com

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Modern Design Pet Bowls

Super Cool Pets recently stumbled over these sharp-looking raised feeders and waterers for cats and dogs. Raised feeders are more comfortable for most pets, so why not max out the enjoyment? Features:

  • Stainless bowls are removable for easy cleaning
  • Rubber feet on the underside to prevent slippage
  • Available in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large


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July 28, 2008

Pet Scoop -- Dogs of Summer 2008 Slideshow Album 3

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Album 3 of Dogs of Summer 2008 is here courtesy Boston.com

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2 More Ways to Keep Your Dog Super Cool -- Cool 'N Dry Towel and Chillybuddy

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On steamy days, we can't help but wonder if our pets are cool enough.

When your dog is hot, it cools and when your dog is wet, it dries.
-- We love versatile products and these Cool N DryTowels fit the bill. The Cool N Dry Towel is a lightweight sponge towel that can be used in your pet's crate or even draped over your dog to help keep him/her cool.

To use--soak the towel in cool water, wring it out, and place the dimpled side for cooling over your dog. You can also use it to dry your dog off after romps in the morning dew, baths, and swims. Follow the same procedure--wet the towel, wring out the excess water, and then use the smooth side to dry off your dog.

Machine washable. Cool N Dry Towel

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"The coolest dogs use Chillybuddy" -- Another way to keep your buddy super cool is the field-tested, light-weight mesh Chillybuddy Dog Cooling Jacket. It is designed to lower coat temperature and provide protection from direct sunlight, particularly beneficial for light-skinned dogs. The Chillybuddy Dog Cooling Jacket may reduce sunburn and prevent sun bleaching.

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July 27, 2008

Pet Books -- Amazon Hot New Releases 7/27/08

New book releases at Amazon in the past few weeks. Mainly dogs at this time, though new cat books are in the pipeline to be released soon.

Thumbnail image for welladjusted.jpgThe Well-Adjusted Dog: Dr. Dodman's Seven Steps to Lifelong Health and Happiness for Your Best Friend
by Nicholas H. Dodman
Publication Date: July 9, 2008
From a world-renowned animal behaviorist and leading authority in the veterinary field comes this comprehensive, holistic seven-step approach to caring for your adult dog, including health, behavior, and environment. In this essential new book, Dodman draws on some twenty-five years of clinical experience to bring together the art--and science--of dog ownership.

puppysfirststeps.jpgPuppy's First Steps: A Proven Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, Well-Behaved Companion by Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Publication Date: July 24, 2008
This book offers crucial advice for the puppy's first year--the most essential twelve months of a dog's development--and throughout the dog's life, ensuring a strong, happy bond between owners and their best friends.


foodpetsdiefor.jpgFood Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food
by Ann N. Martin
Publication Date: July 23, 2008
The commercial pet food industry has a secret to hide -- and Ann Martin wants to make sure you know it. Her research reveals some startling facts: that the pet food industry conducts animal testing in order to improve their product, and includes euthanized cats and dogs in the mix to heighten protein content. In this revised and updated edition, Martin continues to explore the shocking processes by which commercial pet foods are produced. She offers alternative recipes for feeding pets, nutritional advice, and an exploration of "Pet Peeves," in which she explores several scams aimed at pet owners.

playwithyourdog.jpgPlay With Your Dog (Dogwise Training Manual)
by Pat Miller (Author)
Publication Date: July 2008
In her newest book, Pat Miller explores the role and benefits of play between you and your dog - and between dogs. Play behaviors have important learning and health benefits that help dogs become well-adjusted members of both their canine and human families. Pat includes dozens of game ideas collected from trainers all over the country you can try out with your dog(s).

dogwelcome.jpgA Dog Who's Always Welcome: Assistance and Therapy Dog Trainers Teach You How to Socialize and Train Your Companion Dog
by Lorie Long
Publication Date: July 21, 2008
If you're like most dog owners, you want a trustworthy companion you can take on family vacations, to ball games, on hikes, and to cafes and festivals. You want your dog to behave when you have guests, stay peacefully at hotels, ride calmly in elevators, and maintain proper doggie decorum in all kinds of situations.Chances are, you've watched and admired assistance and therapy dogs who are attentive to their owners' needs no matter what. This book taps into the secrets of assistance and therapy dog trainers and shows you how to use focused foundation socialization training to make sure your dog is well behaved--even in unfamiliar environments loaded with distractions and temptations.

kindle.jpg Some of these books are available in Kindle Edition--download in less than a minute to your wireless reader.

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