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South Korean Dog Cloner Reports Success

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Dog cloning is all over the news these days. Super Cool Pets has posted about Best Friends Again, who are holding a pet-cloning auction. Now from today's NY Times, Disgraced Cloner Reports Success With Tibetan Dog Breed:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean team led by a disgraced cloning expert said Thursday that it had created 17 clones of an endangered dog breed popular in China.

The team, from the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, said the cloned Tibetan mastiff dogs were born in April, two months after being requested by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The team that cloned the dogs was led by Hwang Woo-suk, who in 2005 successfully created the world's first known dog clone, but was found the same year to have fabricated research on cloning human stem cells.

Read Disgraced Cloner Reports Success With Tibetan Dog Breed.

Apparently rampant dog cloning is not imminent, but is an intriguing new field to keep watching. There is a August 3, 2005 write-up on dog cloning in National Geographic News which explains:

Cloning man's best friend, though, has proven more difficult than cloning farm animals. The researchers said canine eggs are hard to work with, because they are released from the ovary earlier than in other mammal species.

The researchers purportedly transferred 123 Afghan embryos, which resulted in only three pregnancies, one of which miscarried.

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Federal Marshalls Seize Pet Food Products at PETCO Warehouse

Rodent and bird droppings have allegedly been found throughout a PETCO warehouse, according to MSNBC: Pet food seized at PETCO warehouse


CHICAGO - Federal marshals carrying a search warrant visited the Joliet distribution center of PETCO Animal Supplies Inc. on Thursday, seizing animal food products that were allegedly contaminated.

The seizure came one day after the government filed a lawsuit and obtained the warrant to seize products at the warehouse operated by the San Diego-based animal food and supply company.

There were no known public health risks posed by the pet food and no incidents of human or animal illness have been traced to the products, U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and other officials said in a statement issued by his office.

The center distributes pet food to Illinois, Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

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June 19, 2008

Wave of the Future -- 'Best Friends Again' Auctions Dog Cloning

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One of the few downsides to falling in love with your pet is their relatively short life span. In an effort to attain the unattainable, people are looking to clone their pets and keep them "alive".

Best Friends Again is holding cloning auctions this July for 5 cloning spots. Registration took place in May and cloning spots start @ $100, 000 and work up in increments.

The Best Friends Again program, sponsored by BioArts International, is a limited commercial dog cloning program. BioArts is the only entity in the world with both the know-how and the legal right to practice commercial dog and cat cloning. We are auctioning off 5 dog cloning service slots to the general public. We may or may not perform any additional commercial dog cloning services after this auction.

As many people are aware, dogs are arguably the most difficult mammal to clone. Due to the challenges unique to dog cloning, we can only offer a limited number of dog cloning service slots. With a very limited supply and a very large demand for this service, we have decided that an online auction is the fairest way to offer this special opportunity to the public.

Very controversial topic, needless to say. Especially with shelters overflowing with unwanted pets.

Cloning is the process of creating a new animal that is a genetic duplicate of a pre-existing animal. One way of thinking of a clone is that it is a later-born identical twin. Clones tend to resemble the originals (also called donors) to a great physical degree. Strong behavioral similarities between clones and donors have also been reported in some species, including both cat and dog.

For more information: Best Friends Again

via gizmag

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3 Ways to Protect Your Super Cool Pets from the Hot Sun

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Why protect your pets from the sun? Reasons:

  • To prevent sunburn and the associated pain
  • Protect against the development of malignant skin tumors
  • Prevent skin inflammation that can lead to dermatitis and aggravate pre-existing skin disease

Sun protection is recommended for the following pets:

  • Short and thin haired pets
  • White and light haired pets
  • White and pink skinned pets
  • Hairless dog breeds
  • Breeds predisposed to skin tumors (i.e. boxers, dobermans, bull dogs, pit bull terriers, bull terriers, bichons, poodles, schnauzers and others)
  • Outside living pets
  • Shaved down pets
  • Pets with allergic and inflamed skin
  • Working dogs
  • All pets subjected to excessive sun exposure as during activities such as boating, hiking, visits to the dog park, walking and visits to the beach.

For the outdoor pet, 3 ways to protect:

1- Shade and Cool Water

Available all day long. Seems obvious, but must be said.

2- Sunscreen

Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray for Pets is the only pet sunscreen that meets the FDA guidelines for ingredient stability. Features:

  • Waterproof
  • Quick Dry Formulation
  • Non-Greasy, it doesn't leave an oily film like human sunscreens
  • Includes sunscreen ingredients that rate equivalent to 30-40 SPF in human sunscreens
  • Effective in blocking both UVA and UVB sun rays
  • Spray can is environmentally friendly and it provides a constant spray from all angles
  • Contains vitamin E and other ingredients that act as antioxidants and enrich skin
  • Leaves a pleasant vanilla fragrance

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At Super Cool Pets we also like Doggles Sunscreen, available at Amazon along with Uvet Sunscreen Spray

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Another method of pet sun protection is the UV Protective Rashguard for Dogs. Features:

  • UPF 50+ Rated/UV protective shirt
  • High Quality UV protective fabric and construction
  • Fast drying and keeps the coat nice and clean

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UV Protective Rashguard for Dogs is available in sizes Small to XX Large at Muttropolis -- $5 flat rate shipping for a limited time!

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Quality Patriotic Themed Collars and Leads for July 4th Dog and Cat Celebrations

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Quality Patriotic Themed Collars for Dogs to celebrate the upcoming July 4th festivities.

Small: 1/2" width, fits 7" - 11" neck
Medium: 3/4" width, fits 11" - 15" neck
Large: 1" width, fits 15" - 22" neck
X-Large: 1" width, fits 19" - 29" neck

The themed fabric collars encase durable nylon webbing and are fully adjustable with welded metal D-rings on the collars. Pair it with a Patriotic Themed Lead. The leads have heavy-duty swivel snap locks to ensure a secure collar-lead connection.

Available dog sizes:
4' x 1/2"
4' x 3/4"
4' x 1"
6' x 1/2"
6' x 3/4"
6' x 1"

Patriotic Collars for Cats come in one size: 3/8" width, fits 7" - 11" neck. The break-away buckles on the cat collars pull apart at about five pounds.

All collars and leads are hand- or machine wash and dry. Handcrafted in the USA.

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June 18, 2008

Eucalyptus Solid Wood Pet Ramp -- Makes Getting Up or Down Easy

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This lightweight, manageable Wooden Ramp makes getting up or down easy for cats and dogs. The ramp enables your pet to enter and exit vehicles or climb stairways as high as three steps.

  • Constructed of solid eucalyptus wood
  • Covers a 60" span
  • Folds in half to form two 30" sections
  • Weighs just 12 lbs making it easy to transport
  • 80 lb. capacity

The Wooden Ramp is an attractive, lightweight ramp not suitable for heavy, larger dogs above 80 lbs. Eucalyptus wood rivals teak in terms of durability and will remain beautiful and functional for years to come.

For heavier dogs -- Telescoping Pet Ramp.

If you need a pool ramp, very affordable Skamper Ramp.

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June 16, 2008

Throw Away the Shampoo and Wash Your Pet in a High-Tech Bubble Bath

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Wouldn't it be great to throw away the pet shampoo and wash your pet with jets of water only? IDEC Corp will release a micro-bubble generator for a dog bath this Friday June 20. The system washes dogs with streams of bubble-filled water instead of shampoo. No more suds!

Called "Wan love yu" which means "Dogs love warm water", the jaccuzzi's tiny bubbles apparently can remove dirt from between the fur and on the skin. It works through a special shower head that discharges water containing approximately 600,000 tiny air bubbles per cubic centimeter.

Just pick one up for around $6,000 to $7,000 and use with your standard pet bath. Or wait for the price to drop!

via Crunch Gear

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Safety Turtle Swimming Pool Alarm System - Alerts You If Your Pet Falls in the Water

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This Safety Turtle Pet Immersion Alarm alerts you if your pet falls in the water, say into the pool or off the boat. Your dog or cat may be able to swim, but can drown in no time if not trained to how get out of the pool or floundering in the pond or ocean. The Safety Turtle can be used in all fresh water as well as salt. The Safety Turtle Alarm system consists of:



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The Safety Turtle Swimming Pool Alarm Base Station is placed inside the house, boat or anywhere within 100 feet of the pool or body of water. The Safety Turtle Wireless Pet Adaptor is attached to your pet's collar or Life Vest.

If your pet enters into the water, a loud alarm will sound at the Base Station (when the Turtle is immersed in water). The alarm continues to sound until it is reset. Rain, light spray or ground moisture won't trigger the alarm. The Turtle is small and light enough to be worn by the tiniest dog or cat.

Also available are Turtle Wristbands sold separately for children. Any number of Turtle Wristbands of the same color can be used with one Base Station.

As an extra precaution, Safety Turtle Wireless Gate Alarm can be installed on any wood or metal gate. It never needs to be disabled--it has an adult bypass feature, so pets and children will set the alarm off while adults will not. The Safety Turtle Gate Alarm is sold separately and must be used in conjunction with the Safety Turtle Swimming Pool Alarm Base Station.

Visit the website for detailed information.

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LED Lighted Dog Cap - Celebrate the 4th of July

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Your pooch can celebrate the 4th of July wearing an LED Lighted Dog Cap. Caps are the most popular type of small dog clothes on the market today. Your patriotic pet will be the talk of the neighborhood!

  • Dog cap with blinking LED Lights
  • One size fits most dogs
  • Cap has an elastic chin strap with Velcro tabs for adjustments from 5 to 6 1/2"

LED Lighted Dog Cap


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June 13, 2008

5 Tips to Keep Pets Cool in Summer

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This is probably *preaching to the choir* ....

From Sit Stay Speak some tips to keep our pets safe from the summer's scorching heat. The rule of thumb: if you would be uncomfortable in the environment, same (or worse) for animals.

Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. Parked cars are potential death traps for pets during the warm months. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a car can quickly climb to more than 120°.

Provide adequate shelter for protection from the heat if your pet lives outdoors. Outdoor kennels should be well ventilated and in a shaded area. There should always be an area where your pet can go to get out of the sun.

Make sure that there is plenty of fresh drinking water available. The bowl should ideally be placed in a shaded area. Utilize a spill proof dish or provide a few bowls in case your pet tips one over.

Avoid excessive exercise during hot days.
Exercise is important, but over-exertion during hot weather can result in heat stress.

Keep your pet well groomed. Overgrown and matted hair prevents good air circulation with your pet's skin, making it more difficult to maintain a comfortable body temperature.

Be aware of symptoms of heatstroke. Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that results when pets cannot maintain a normal body temperature. The warning signs of heatstroke include panting, staring or anxious expressions, a refusal to obey commands, warm and dry skin, high body temperature, rapid heartbeat and possibly vomiting. Call your veterinarian immediately if your pet exhibits any of these signs.


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