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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 7, 2010

PetZen Woof-Ah Bath Caddy

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Washing the dog can be stressful for pets and pet owners, so it's easy to procrastinate. But a clean dog is a healthy dog. A while back we featured this super cool PetZen Woof-Ah Bath Mitt which hooks right up to your shower or hose, making bath time easy for you. It has more than a dozen water jets that clean and soothe your pet at the same time. The soft, flexible mitt gets to all those hard to reach spots.

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This PetZen Woof-Ah Bath Caddy kicks it up a notch. This is an all-in-one bath time accessory that has everything you need to bathe your dog and carry it around easily. The set includes the nylon bath caddy with mesh bottom, the bath mitt along with indoor/outdoor faucet adapters and 7' hose, plus an interlocking bath mat and a super-absorbent towel.

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October 6, 2010

Crush Pet Pills Up in an Automatic Pill Grinder

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Giving our pets a pill is often a challenge. We have known a dog who meticulously eats around the pill and leaves it in the bowl. Even submerging in peanut butter sometimes doesn't work. And don't even think about giving a pill to the cat.

This handheld Automatic Pill Grinder is just the ticket if you live with a pet (or human) who can't or won't swallow pills. Just grind their tablet-type pills straight in to their food or beverage--problem solved!

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September 17, 2010

Multi-Gadget USB Desktop Aquarium Holds Real Fish

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Electronic fake-fish USB Desktop Aquariums have been around awhile, but this new multi-gadget aquarium coming out in October kicks it up a notch. Instead of fake fish, this new USB Desktop Aquarium holds real fish and organizes your desktop accessories too.

This multi-gadget features an LCD calendar with time, date and week information, the temperature, plus an alarm clock with snooze feature and countdown timer, a pen holder, and nature sounds to soothe away all your stress.

The tank holds 1.5 quarts of water with space for two small fresh water goldfish, not included. It has an overhead light plus gravel filtration, necessary to keep your fish happy and healthy.

Available mid-October at Fascinations individually for around $40 or bulk wholesale for $20.

Super cool find via ChipChick.

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August 24, 2010

Animal Sandwich Cutters

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Make lunchtime more fun for the little ones, especially those going off to day-care, pre-school and kindergarten. These creative plastic Animal Sandwich Cutters remove the bread crust while creating cute animal shapes. They are specifically designed to capture the most amount of bread. Each package contains four cutters: Dog & Doghouse, Mother & Baby Elephants, Butterfly, and Dolphin Pair.

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August 12, 2010

Pooch Power Waste Removal System -- No More Bending and Scooping

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This Pooch Power System is a sharp pooper scooper tool for the pet-loving elderly crowd out there or anyone else who has trouble bending down, due to stiff knees, injury, back pain.

The cordless, rechargeable Pooch Power System weighs just 4ΒΌ lbs and works like a vacuum to make yard cleanup fast and easy, how we like it. Waste is sent directly into a biodegradable plastic bag.

At Amazon and Orvis

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July 20, 2010

ThermoPet Non-Contact Dog Thermometer

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It's such a helpless feeling to wonder if your dog is sick and not know whether you should rearrange your schedule and spring for a vet visit. Did you know a fever is often considered the first indicator for most diseases affecting dogs? And that you can find out all by yourself.

This ThermoPet Dog Thermometer is an incredibly easy and non-invasive way to take take your dog's temperature--without laying a hand on your pet. No struggling with invasive rectal thermometers!

It's a reliable and quick way to assess your dog's health. And if it saves just one vet visit, it's more than paid for!

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July 8, 2010

Consumer Reports Tests Mosquito and Tick repellents

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Every silver lining has a cloud and in summer it's mosquitoes and ticks. Not only are they annoying, but they can be hazardous to human and pet health. They definitely can interfere with the fun of playing with our pets outdoors and taking them for walks.

A recent Consumer Reports test found "six repellents protected against deer ticks and two common types of mosquitoes for 7 hours or more. Four of those contain deet in varying levels. The Environmental Protection Agency judges deet safe when used as directed."

The effective products include two types of "Off" and two deet-free:

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Another possibility is the battery-powered Off! Clip On Mosquito Protection with the claim of "head to toe protection up to 12 hours" on the package. Disappointingly, the folks at Consumer Reports abandoned testing their beleaguered subjects after two hours because of bites.

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June 12, 2010

iFlyer Bird Song Wand

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Ever wonder what species bird is singing that song you hear? Learn more about the birds that share your yard or garden with this iFlyer Bird Song Wandicon.

Scan the barcode next to the name and picture of any bird in the included 54-page songbook to hear its unique song. More than 200 birds and 10 frogs from North America are included in the book. A handy holster is included. Great gift for bird lovers and a great teaching tool for children.

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April 7, 2010

PetSafe Healthy Pet Water Station with Removable Bowl

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Automatic pet waterers help you make sure your pet has plenty of clean water to drink 24/7 and can save you from having to adjust your schedule to match your pet's watering habits.

The PetSafe Healthy Pet Water Station provides fresh, clean water on demand for your cats and dogs, with the added benefit of a removable, dishwasher-safe stainless steel bowl.

The Healthy Pet Water Station has a sleek, modern look and is for indoor use only. It's perfect for your kitchen, garage, laundry room, or pantry. Holds 1 gallon of water.

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