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March 1, 2012

Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- February 2012

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Here's a look back at the super cool gear we dug up this past February for our pets and the people they love. Follow us daily this spring on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to our RSS feed. To receive our weekly email, sign up for our Newsletter.

Accessories and Supplies

Bedding

Birds

Books & Media

Fish

Food, Feeders and Waterers

Gadgets

Gifts and Home Decor

Health and Safety

Holidays

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February 10, 2012

Dogs, Cats, Fish and Birds -- How Much Do They Cost Every Year?

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As you know cats can live 15 to 20 years and dogs 10 to 15 years. We love them dearly, but the cost does add up. According to How Much Does Owning A Pet Cost In A Year? | Bankrate.com here are the annual stats:

  • Average yearly cost for a dog: $580 to $875.
  • Average yearly cost for a cat: $670.
  • Average yearly cost for a bird: up to $200.
  • Average yearly cost for fish: $35.

So if you want a pet but are all about costs, fish are the best bet. But possibly not the most rewarding. And even though those vet visits are not cheap, preventive medicine is the way to go. Check-ups can catch problems early when they are likely less expensive and good care can ward off many illnesses.


Jeff Blyskal, senior editor of Consumer Reports magazine, says pet owners should think twice before buying health insurance for their pets. "They scare you with the worst-case scenario, and the worst-case scenario is very unlikely," he says.

He says it's better to "self-insure" by socking away money on your own for any medical costs and unexpected emergencies.

And no matter how much pet food companies market fancy ingredients and additives, Blyskal also recommends no-frills pet foods, which still have to meet industry standards. "Those extra things have not been proven to have any benefit," he says.

Also, avoid overfeeding pets or slipping them table scraps. "They'll get diseases like humans," such as diabetes and heart disease, he says.

Oh sure, just look at those big brown eyes. Maybe just a smidgin.

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January 1, 2012

Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up December 2011

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Happy New Year! Here's a look back at the super cool gear we dug up this past December for our pets and the people they love. Follow us daily in 2012 on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to our RSS feed. To receive our weekly email, sign up for our Newsletter.

Accessories and Supplies

Apparel for Pets

Bedding

Birds

Books & Media

Crates, Gates & Carriers

Customize Have It Your Way

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November 17, 2011

Holiday Gift Pick -- Fluval Chi Aquarium Kit

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Radiate positive energy throughout your home or office. Combine the soothing sound and motion of bubbling water with ambient illumination. The Fluval Chi Aquarium Kit comes equipped with the supplies you need to get your calming aquatic environment going.

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The Kit includes a center filter/light cube with switch, a foam and filter pad, a transparent pebble holder and pebbles, an in-tank decorative plant basket, along with one ounce of Aqua Plus, one ounce of Cycle and an instruction manual.

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October 8, 2011

Bubble Tank by Psalt Design

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We love the contemporary design of this Bubble Fish Tank from Psalt Design.

[via Book of Joe]

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August 1, 2011

Great Whale Conservancy -- Heartwarming Ocean Rescue of Humpback Whale

This beautiful video isn't so much about pets but is a lot about love. The animal's joy at the end is quite touching.

This reminds us of the fabulous and revolutionary CD Songs of the Humpback Whale by Various Whales.

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July 18, 2011

Amazon Hot New Children's Picture Books: For Children Who Want Pets and Parents Who Don't

Is your little one clamoring for a pet to cuddle this summer, and you just aren't quite there? This article Picture Books for Children Who Want Pets and Parents Who Don't | NYTImes.com featured some adorable books pertinent to such a situation, aimed at the 4 to 8 age group. We know the NYTimes hides behind a pay wall, so we will list the books below.


A Pet for Petunia written and illustrated by Paul Schmid is aimed at ages 3 to 7. Petunia knows she can take care of a pet, but what happens when the pet she most desires is a skunk?


Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Stephen Michael King for ages 4 to 8. Prudence is determined. She finds her own pet. It is a...branch. But Branch isn't exactly the pet of her dreams, and neither are Twig, Mr. Round (a car tire), or her baby brother Milo.


Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Bob Shea. Gilbert has almost everything his fishy heart could desire: a castle, a chest filled with treasure, and food that falls from the sky. But there's one BIG thing missing from his life: a pet. And so begins Gilbert's harrowing search for the perfect fishbowl companion.


Melvin and the Boy written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. When a little boy sees a turtle basking in the sun at the park, he thinks he's found the perfect pet. But when they get home, the boy soon discovers that the only time the turtle comes out of his shell is at bath time. Is it possible that the turtle would be happiest back in the pond? After all, it's always bath time there!

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July 8, 2011

Super Cool New Online Pet Supplies Retailer -- Wag.com

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Quidsi has opened a new a site for pet supplies, Wag.com. Quidsi, the word meaning "what if" in Latin, is also the owner of Diapers.com and is owned by Amazon, itself of course a huge retailer of Pet Supplies. In a ground-breaking corporate development, this 21st century e-store will pride itself on customer service.

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When our hard-earned dinero is involved, we tend to go with the tried-and-true so we don't get burned, but anything owned by Amazon is worth checking out. The store carries supplies for our dogs, cats, fish, birds, small reptiles, with Dog and Cat Boutiques as well.

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June 20, 2011

Fish Wind Chimes

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If you love fish, it's fun to decorate with them too. Add serenity to your patio or backyard garden with this glass Fish Wind Chime. It's hand painted in cool, deep colors that appear to fade as if underwater. Hand cut and hand assembled by artisans in Bali, Indonesia.

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June 4, 2011

Swimming Fish In The Garden

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Swimming fish aren't just for aquariums anymore. These high-fire stoneware outdoor Fish In The Garden can be set up to curve around shrubs and garden features, creating a stream-like scene. Impressive!

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The Fish were designed by a Maine artist to be used with a landscape stake and can be left outside all year long without cracking or fading.

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The included freestanding base also allows each fish to be displayed indoors on a table or bookshelf. At Orvis, Uncommon Goodsicon and Amazon.

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