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