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August 11, 2007

Role-Playing: When Your Child Wants a Pet

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When your child begs for a dog or cat and promises to take care of it, Baby Toolkit has a great suggestion:

If your child wants a dog, BEGS for a dog, and you don't want to shoulder the entire responsibility for a pet, test the child's promises to "take care of the dog." Make an agreement. If your child will wake at a specified earlier time and then "walk" the imaginary dog (10 to 20 minutes) every day for 21 days that you will then begin seriously considering getting a pet. I'd make it a month of walking because that's how long it takes to establish a habit.

The same role-playing can go for feeding the pet, changing the litterbox or bird cage liner, freshening their water--any responsibilities you want your child to assume.

Via Baby Toolkit.

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August 4, 2007

Pets Improve Our Health

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According to Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Alerts, pets improve our mental and physical health. "Dogs and cats, even a tankful of fish, calm frazzled nerves and ease anxiety and depression, according to research."

Why?

One reason is that pets alter our behavior. When they are near, we tend to calm down and speak more slowly and softly. All types of pets offer distractions from the worries of the day, because we naturally shift our attention to them when they are around. Pets also provide an opportunity to touch and stroke another living thing, which has been shown to be of value to our mental and physical health.

Read entire article.

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August 3, 2007

Fish Bowl Bookends

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Love these glass Fish Bowl Bookends. Can be used as decorative pieces as well as actually housing your fish. Be sure to change water frequently or use for betta which thrive in low-oxygen environments. Fill with seashells, sand, sea glass. Great gift!

Dimensions: 8" w x 6.75"h ; 10"w x 9"h. Fish Bowl Bookends at Wrapables.

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July 23, 2007

My Pet Fish Soap-- Goldfish in a Bag

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Love this! Goldfish in a Bag Soap looks like a goldfish swimming in water. Actually this is a plastic fish embedded in clear, vegetable based glycerin soap shaped like "water in a bag". Fun for parties, guest room, and kids of all ages (except those under 3). After enough washings, a toy pet fish is the reward.

Goldfish in a Bag Soap

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May 23, 2007

BiOrb Aquarium

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This is beautiful.

A great beginners aquarium. The biOrb is easy to setup and has a very stylish, globe-shaped design to embellish any decor. The globe is manufactured form Plexiglas acrylic, stronger than glass. Because of its large water capacity, biOrb provides fish with approximately 10 times more space than a traditional fish bowl.

All you have to do is add water and fish. Everything you need is in one box: biOrb tank, halogen light, bio-media (gravel), filter, air pump, water chemicals, instruction booklet and fish food. Low voltage, so aquarium is safe for children.

Comes with a patented 5-stage filtration system with easy to change filter cartridges. The filter design utilizes a unique systemized five-stage method combining biological, mechanical and chemical filtration.

Available in Black and Silver. Suitable for goldfish, the Mega biOrb can also be converted to a tropical aquarium. The aquarium has a 16 gallon capacity and utilizes the same filtration system and service kit as the Baby biOrb, 8 gallon biOrb, and biUbe.

Available from Amazon.

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May 1, 2007

Komfort Pets Climate Controlled Pet Carrier

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Pets are a lot like babies in that (among other things) they communicate by body language and loud, largely incomprehensible, vocalizing. Sometimes you just don't know whether they are too hot or too cold.

Regulate the temperature of your small pet's environment with the Komfort Pets Climate Controlled Pet Carrier, a climate-controlled carrier.

This customizable Komfort Pets Climate Controlled Pet Carrier can be taken and used almost anywhere--homes, garage, SUV, R/V, boat, plane for your dog, cat, rabbit. It is powered by utilizing a 110-volt electrical outlet with a 12-volt DC converter or by the 12-volt power outlet in a car, SUV, RV, private plane or boat. All cords and adapters are included with every Komfort Pets Carrier.

* Carrier senses the ambient temperature and activates either the combination cooling or heating mode * The thermo-regulation system is built right into the floor of the carrier which heats or cools the floor plate as needed

Komfort Pets Climate Controlled Pet Carrier for pets up to 15 lbs. Also available in Red.

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April 30, 2007

Frame-A-Fish Wall Aquarium

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If you enjoy fish tanks, now you can hang live fish up on your wall just like the hotels and restaurants do. Creates a nice atmosphere and is a little bit different. Frame-A-Fish Wall Aquariums are designed to save space and are (supposedly) easy to set up and maintain. For fresh fish only. Kit includes 2 backgrounds, but original art work may be substituted.

Kit Includes:

High Grade Acrylic Tank
Interchangeable Black Frame
Top grade internal filtering system
Custom Designed Fluorescent Light
Two Picture Backgrounds to get you started
Wall support bracket with safety features
Hardware-includes easy anchors
Easy Set-up Instructions

Size: 24 3/8"W x 19 1/4"H x 3 3/8"D
Capacity: 3.25 Gallons, Black Frame

Ships with black frame--optional frame colors green, red, white, blue are also available. Frame-A-Fish Wall Aquarium

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April 16, 2007

Days Ago Digital Day Counter--Never Guess Again!

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Great idea! Days Ago Digital Day Counter is a digital day counter that attaches to a variety of surfaces with a magnetic or suction backing and counts up to 99 days to track the age of the item. This has almost an infinite amount of uses in our daily routines, but as applies to pet care: for medications such as heartworm, earmites & flea; litter box changes, cage cleaning, grooming and so on. Your imagination is the limit. I know this will be on my gift list!

Days Ago Digital Day Counter

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March 22, 2007

Fish Bubble--Aquatic Gardens Hanging Betta Bowl

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Fish tanks require a moderate upfront investment and a maintenance schedule. If you are thinking of fish, but aren't sure, maybe this cute Fish Bubble is a good way to "test the waters". It can be hung anywhere. Requires no pump or filtration (although a water change daily is required to maintain water quality for the health of your fish). You can decorate it with any aquarium accessories and watch bettas (low oxygen requirement) swimming on your wall! Great for home or office.

Fish Bubble includes a predrilled aquarium ready to hang, 1 pound of glass gems, colorful realistic plant and a pre-cut marine-life background. Available in 3.6 and 6.7 liter sizes. There are accessories available for purchase as well.

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March 2, 2007

Decorate with Critter Walls

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Animal art from Critterwalls. If you have always wanted to have a giraffe or dolphin or any wild pet, here's the next best thing. Cover your walls with them! Decorate your office, your children's room, family room, the nursery--the only limits are your imagination!

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