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Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- October 2010

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As we say goodbye to October, here's a look back at the super cool pet stuff we dug up. We have lots of fun pet gear lined up for the busy holiday season in November and December, so check back often! Need a gift for the holidays? We will be posting gift ideas for pets and the people they love every day, as well as our Super Cool Pets 2010 Holiday Gift Guide soon this month.

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October 31, 2010

Halloween Costumes for Pets -- Is it a Good Thing?

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Halloween is no longer just a child's holiday in America--these days adults and even our pets are putting on costumes and celebrating. But not everyone sees this as a good thing, particularly where our pets are concerned.

The New Yorker enters the pet costume debate in On Dressing Up Your Pets by Alexandra Horowitz, the author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know:

What might a dog (or cat or hamster or parrot) think of being costumed and festooned, or forced to don a hat and fake mustache in our celebration of Halloween? Inasmuch as I can speak to the experience of any animal (including members of my own species), my answer is "The dog, he does not like it".

But she sees both sides and writes an interesting article.

The Houston Chronicle also examines the issue in Experts differ on whether Halloween costumes embarrass dogs. Sonya Fitzpatrick, author of Sonya Fitzpatrick, the Pet Psychic: What the Animals Tell Me testifies:

I talk to thousands of animals, and even if people laugh at them if they have been cut too short, it really hurts their feelings," she said. She has seven dogs and uses only bandannas for their accessories.

And Tamar Geller, author of 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method claims that "dogs don't like to stand out."

In any event, considering life's vicissitudes, pet costumes are relatively minor. These are the most-searched Halloween costumes for dogs in 2010, according to Yahoo!

1. Batman
2. Ewok
3. Slinky dog
4. Yoda
5. Taco

What's your opinion? Do you like to dress up your pets and do you think they enjoy it?

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October 28, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness

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If you are contemplating adding a dog to your household, this book should help make the decision. Or maybe you have a pet and want to savour a humorous and poignant account of the experience. In You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness author Julie Klan "was surprised and delighted to find that her dogs had more wisdom to convey to her than she had ever dreamed. And caring for them has made her a better person-and completely and utterly opened her heart."

This book is available in Kindle edition. Don't have one? Check out Kindle Wireless Reading Devices today.

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October 27, 2010

Walk the Dog -- Americans Walking Less Than Those in Other Countries

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Apparently Americans are more sedentary than adults in other countries. Are we surprised? According to a study named in a recent NY Times health column Well, men and women living in the United States took fewer steps per day than those living in Switzerland, Australia, and Japan:

The fitness gap detected by the pedometer studies is equal to about 30 to 40 minutes of walking each day. One mile of walking covers about 2,000 steps, researchers say. The health community typically urges people to take at least 10,000 steps a day to maintain good health, which is equal to about five miles of walking.

Another reason to keep on keeping on with the dog walks or starting a new regimen. Our dogs love the stimulation, and the fresh air is good for everyone.

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If you want to measure your daily steps, simple pedometers are affordable. The article recommends the ACCUSPLIT AE120XL Pedometer and the Fit Solutions SW-200 Yamax Digiwalker Pedometer, both widely used in pedometer research and tested for reliability.
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October 24, 2010

Dogs Notice Our Every Move -- Tell Me Who's Watching by Lisa Hartman

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Have you ever noticed that your dogs are always watching you? They notice details many humans overlook -- small things mean a lot. They know your routine and when you change your behavior. An engrossing article by trainer Lisa Hartman on dogs' obsession with their humans, Tell Me Who's Watching, will strike a chord with all of us who live with dogs.

"Every breath you take, every move you make, I'll be watching you." While this line from a popular song written by Sting was about obsessive love, the lyrics could equally be applied to your dog. Did you know you are training your dog even when you are not trying to train him? Every move you make sends a message to your dog and unofficially trains him to behave a certain way.

dialdynamitedog.jpgLisa Hartman is a well known and respected New York and Miami dog trainer and author of DIAL A DYNAMITE DOG, a dog training book that "cuts to the chase" and speaks to the pet owner in "plain english".

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October 23, 2010

Beaded-Board Bird Mirror and Cabinet

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This earth-toned Beaded-Board Bird Mirroricon makes a convenient hook for your purses, hats, jackets, leashes. It has, as its name suggests, a black beaded-board finish with two metal bird inserts. It's sharp-looking enough for an entry or foyer and practical for the mudroom as well.

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The mirror is designed to complement this handsome black Birds and Pinecone Cabineticon perfectly sized for a hallway, entry, family room, kitchen or bedroom. This lightly-distressed hardwood beaded-board cabinet is decorative with its six metal panels in a copper finish. It's practical too--store books, movies, cd's, pantry items, magazines, hats and mittens, cutlery, pet gear, and more.

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October 21, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption

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This book is on the top of pet lovers' most gifted and most requested lists. The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant tells the before and after story of Michael Vick's dog fighting operation, a truly gripping tale of good and evil. Readers go behind the headlines to meet the dogs as individuals while learning about the suffering these pets endured and the persistence of the animal lovers who gave them a second chance.

Available on the Kindle Wireless Reading Device - Latest Generation

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October 20, 2010

Manage Canine Intestinal Distress -- Iams Veterinary Formula Prostora

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We feel so badly for our dogs when they have intestinal distress...and also for ourselves if they don't make it to the door! No one wants to go off to work and leave their sick pet indoors all day. A solution -- keep some Iams Veterinary Formula Prostora Max handy for sudden illness and accidents.

Prostora is administered as a convenient, tasty treat that will go down the hatch easily. It is made with Bifidalis, a clinically-proven strain of a live and active culture, to help maintain your dog's digestive balance. Apparently, it also helps reduce cosmetic tear stains, preferred by one vet over the ever-popular Angels' Eyes.

From Patty Khuly, VMD, blogging at Fully Vetted:

These vanilla-flavored chews are easily tolerated by dogs. I use Iams' Prostora to keep diarrhea episodes to a minimum of days, but did you know they also help with reducing tear stains in dogs? Please don't use those antibiotic-based Angel Eyes! If you must use something to reduce the [purely cosmetic] tear stains, use this!
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October 19, 2010

PetScoop: Adorable Sleeping Puppy Making Adorable Sleeping Puppy Noises

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Create a Pet Portrait -- Order Now for the Holidays

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Easily create a Pet Portrait of your favorite pet for a unique work of art and sentimental memento. Artist Diane Morrow, who has completed more than 2,000 portraits for discerning Orvis pet owners over the past 20 years, will create a lifelike pet portrait, hand drawn in Conté crayon--a French technique dating back to the 1700's.

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The artist simply requires a photograph or an e-mailed image to create your one-of-a-kind memento. Due to the hand-crafted nature of this gift, it is best to order well in advance of November 15, 2010 to ensure Christmas delivery. Click here for details of this thoughtful gift.

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