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September 3, 2011

Wire Mesh Maple Leaf Hanging Bird Feeder

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This weather-resistant Wire Mesh Maple Leaf Hanging Bird Feeder adds a decorative touch of fall to your yard. It holds a quart of birdseed which should keep your backyard birds happy for awhile. A latch opens near the top for filling and cleaning. Simply hang it from a hook, branch or bracket using the attached chain.

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August 25, 2011

Catnip Is Not Just for Kitties Anymore -- Relieve Stress and Insomnia with Catnip Tea --

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Many of our kitties swear by their catnip, but did you know it Is also a natural sedative and digestive aid for us? According to the tea lover site The Right Tea, catnip can help relieve your stress and anxiety as well as your cat's. It can help treat your insomnia and soothe those migraines--a natural antacid that can address colic, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and flatulence. Catnip tea contains vitamins A, B, and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and sodium. To brew up a cup of catnip tea:

Place 1-2 tsp of dried catnip flowers and leaves in a teacup and pour a cup of hot, not boiling water, and cover. Wait 10-15 minutes and sweeten with honey and lemon to mitigate the slightly-woodsy taste. If you use fresh catnip leaves, double the amount used. You can also also mix catnip leaves with chamomile or mint.

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Or get Catnip Tea Bags here.

[via Lifehacker]

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August 17, 2011

PetScoop -- Ten Tips To Help Pick the Best Dog Food

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What is the best dog food for your dog? That depends, as each animal is an individual. You have to pay attention to your dog's fur, skin and overall health and experiment with different foods and ingredients to find out what works best.

We like these tips from Dog Food Factoids: Ten You Need To Know! | The Millionaire Nurse Blog:

  • Dry dog food is the most economical.
  • Dogs have food allergies, pay attention and adjust as necessary.
  • The ingredient list on food bags matters-learn what to look for.< Click above graphic for common pet food ingredients. /li>
  • Not one commercial dog food on the local Wal-Mart shelves is on any 'best dry dog food list'.
  • Just because your dog will eat it, doesn't mean it's good for him.
  • There are more dog foods available than paparazzi following Prince William and the new bride.
  • Dogs are often over fed by their loving owners.
  • The FDA is responsible for dog food safety.
  • There are quite a few common people foods dogs should never eat.
  • Price does not always mean it's a better food.

simplydivine.jpgSimply Divine: Discovering How to Create Perfect Nutritional Meals for Your Dog by Jeremy Nogal will educate you about to how to create healthy meals for your companion dogs.


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August 13, 2011

Rain Girl Birdfeeder Keeps Your Bird Seed Dry

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Rain in the forecast? This little weather girl holds her wide-top umbrella high over a deep basin to keep your bird seed nice and dry. The Rain Girl Birdfeeder is made of metal with a bright, hand painted finish.

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August 12, 2011

Risk of Salmonella Contamination from Dog and Cat Food and Treats

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Canned and dried dog and cat food can become contaminated either during production or storage. Pig ears and similar treats that involve dried animal parts can cause salmonella infection in people. Salmonella Lurks in Pet Foods Too | NYTimes explains:

Dried pet food typically is heated to high temperatures that kill bacteria before it is shaped into different shapes of kibble. But dry food is not necessarily produced under sterile conditions, and contamination can occur at various stages in the production process, veterinarians say. Canned food, by contrast, is vacuum-sealed and sterilized but can be contaminated after it is opened if improperly stored or handled.

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Pig ears, which are frozen, cleaned and flavored but not cooked, may become contaminated from the original animal carcass. One study in Canada found that 51 percent of pig ears purchased at stores contained salmonella; another study also found high rates of contamination, 41 percent, in pig ears sold in the United States.

Moral of the story -- everyone who lives or works with pets should thoroughly wash their hands before and after handling pet food.

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August 10, 2011

Cat Face Bowl

Time for a new food dish! This adorable Cat Face Bowl is made using non toxic glazes that are dishwasher safe. Handmade of weatherproof stoneware by Jo-Ann and Gerald Warren in Canada.



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August 2, 2011

PetScoop: Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food Recall

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Nestle Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) has issued a press release that they are voluntarily recalling a limited number of their 3.5- and 7-pound bags of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food from a single production run and shipped to customers in 12 states in December 2010. Some bags of the product have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella. Only Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food with both the "Best By" date and the production code shown are included in this voluntary recall:

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No additional Purina cat or dog products are involved in this voluntary recall and no other Purina ONE brand products are involved.

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July 25, 2011

Sleepypod Introduces Yummy Travel Bowls

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Sleepypod, the Pasadena-based company recognized for their fabulous Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed and Sleepypod Air Pet Carrier, has introduced their new Yummy Travel Bowls, a three-in-one pet product. Yummy Travel Bowls allow a pet owner to store, transport, and serve pet food and water all at the same time, without any mixing or spilling.

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You can serve your dry food, wet food, and water in three separate bowls.The spill-resistant water bowl acts as the base. A food bowl nests in the water bowl making the water bowl leak-free. A lid seals Yummy Travel Bowls to make it spill-proof. The lid also becomes an extra bowl when flipped over.

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To keep ants out of food, use the lid as a food bowl, and fill the saucer portion with water. Yummy Travel Bowls are made from baby-safe, FDA food grade BPA silicone that is freezer, dishwasher, and microwave safe. In four colors: Very Berry, Sea Breeze, Mango Tango, and Key Lime. The Yummy Travel Bowls as well as Sleepypod Atom will be available for consumer purchase in late August.


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July 22, 2011

Freezy Pups -- Super Cool Frozen Treats for Dogs

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During these dog days of summer, our super cool pets are super hot, even inside with the air conditioner running full blast. Time for a treat! Freezy Pups are organic, make-at-home refreshing dog snacks perfect for this sweltering weather.

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This Freezy Pups Kit for Dogs includes one bone-shaped ice cube tray and a sample packet of four organic gourmet recipes your dog will lap right up. Each packet makes 14 tasty bone-shaped treats. Flavors: White Cheddar Cheese, Juicy Apple, Sweet Potato 'n Maple, and Chicken Soup.

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July 9, 2011

J Schatz Hummingbird Feeder Collection

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These brightly colored J Schatz Hummingbird Feeders will add a modern touch to your back yard. They are finely handcrafted in durable stoneware and contain a stamen in a complementary color to attract hummers to the food source. Each holds 1-1/2 cups of nectar made by dissolving 1 part sugar in 4 parts water. In six gorgeous colors.

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