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Super Cool Pets Holiday Gift Guide -- 2007

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The holiday season is upon us once more! Our pets are members of the family, and we want to include them on our gift list. Super Cool Pets has some ideas for our well-loved pets and pet-lovers. It's that time of year when we can splurge and indulge ourselves a little bit.

We will be adding to this list as we sniff out fun products and deals. Check back often and have a fun holiday!

Bedding
The Dolce Vita DuoTemp Pet Bed and the Fauna Sauna Pet Heater will provide a toasty place for your pet to sleep. Your cat can be entertained and cozy for hours on this Heated Kitty Window Sill. Choose your own style, shape, size and cover at the fabulous Orvis Dog Bed Selector. For your stylish kitty, the sleek and ecological Marmalade Pet Cheeky Chaise Cat Bed or Marmalade Pet Sweet Lounge Cat Bed.

Birds
For daytime privacy or nighttime quiet, a Cockatiel.jpgPersonalized Cage Cover. comes in handy. Your bird will love this cozy birds nest in a cage, a Snuggle Sack. Birds need drinking water during those cold winter days. Keep the ice away with this Tilt-to-Clean Heated Birdbath. A Birdbath Water Wiggler Agitator will aerate the water and help keep it from freezing. Have fun all year long birdwatching from the comfort of your own home with this In-House Panoramic Bird-Feeder.

Books and Media
Behavior: Cat Body, Cat Mind: Exploring Your Cat's Consciousness and Total Well-Being, The Cat Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Feline Questions and The Dog Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Canine Questions.
Coffee Table Books: Enjoy beautiful reproductions of cat painting and sculpture in The Cat in Art. For dog devotees: Dog Spelled Backwards: Soulful Writing by Literary Dog Lovers. And who doesn't love dogs and wine--Wine Dogs USA Edition features sensational photography of vineyards and their resident dogs.
CD's & DVD's: The Cat Sitter Fun Pack are DVD's that will help keep your kitty entertained, organic catnip is included. The ever-delightful Cesar Millan provides his time-worthy dog training techniques in People Training for Dogs: The Dog Whisperer, definitely worth viewing. And to perk up the spirits of your pooch this dreary winter (and your own!), listen to Songs to Make Dogs Happy.

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This lifetime, ever-versatile Life Stages Folding Cage would be a good investment. For flexible use around the home and visiting, a Stowable Pet Gate. These Pet Steps with Brown Paws might come in handy too. Bring your pets along and hold them close in a Jeep Front Pack Carrier.

Collars and Leashes
Deck out your cats and dogs for the holidays! Attractive and festive Holiday Collar Collection and Holiday Leash Collection for either Christmas or Hanukah. Or make your own with this adorable do-it-yourself Collar ID Pet Collar Collection. Fun indoor activity for the yourself and the kids! For those after-hours walks, stay safe with a Light-Up Pet Leash.

Dog Apparel
On those raw and chilly outdoor excursions, keep your pet cozy and in style with an On the Go Hoodie. Your pet may prefer a Sweatshirt for more rough and tumble wear. The handsome Fleece Dog Sweater is a great choice for those bone-chilling days or the older dog and can be personalized. Nothing could be cuter than these holiday outfits-for him:St. Nick Suit and Cap and for her: Mrs. Claus Sweater Dress.

Fish
Super Cool Pets loves this striking biOrb Aquarium that will embellish any decor. Available in fresh- or saltwater, the Eclipse System 12 Aquarium Kit is a small, easy-to-maintain aquarium perfect for your home, office, classroom.

Food and Feeders
The automatic feeder and waterer, Chatterbowl can play a recorded message to keep your pets company while you are gone. Place it on a Personalized Feeder Rug. For a handsome and modern look Contemporary Bent Wood Pet Feeder is for you. Drinkwell Pet Fountain Deluxe is a popular item that provides fresh drinking water for you pet.

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Affordable and always necessary Gripsoft Grooming Tools, so our pets stay beautiful too. Invest in a Cat Genie-Self Washing, Self Flushing Cat Box to simplify your life and rid yourself of unpleasant litter box chores. Two attractive solutions to hide away the ugly litter box are the Wicker Litter Box Cover or the Kitty Washroom. Anyone who owns the iRobot Roomba Pet Hair Vac raves about it. Great gift for yourself or a pet lover.

Pet Lovers
Deck out your tree with Dog and Cat Ornaments. Don't forget to stock up on your 2008 Pet Calendars: Bird 2008 Calendars, Cat 2008 Calendars and Dog 2008 Calendars. The Cat & Dog Chess Sets sound like fun for snowy days, or Dog-opoly and Cat-opoly. Wipe your feet your dog's and keep the holidays cheery with this Humorous Door Mat. Women love Laurel Burch Cat Handbags & Apparel. And for the guys a couple pairs of Dog Breed Pajama Pants.

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Who doesn't love toys at Christmas? For your dog, a Huge Woolly "Bone" Dog Toy, a Buster Cube or two, and some Tough Chew Toys. Give your pooch a good workout and your arm a break with this HyperDog Tennis Ball Launcher. Your cat will love this Modular Cat Playground and the Star Chaser Lighted Cat Toy and Scratcher or a Holiday Boogie Mats loaded with catnip. Pamper him or her with a pleasing sensory experience from their very own Hagen Living World Cat Spa. And when day is done, pile up all those pet toys and hide them away in this attractive Wooden Toy Bin that will look great anywhere in your home.

Pet Stockings and Stuffers
Get a Personalized Dog Stocking or a Good Pet Stocking for your Dog and Cat. Don't forget the Stocking Hangers. Stuff them with Gourmet Dog Cookies in Peanut Butter, Cheese & Bacon Molasses, and Mint, Merrick Flossies Dog Treats (50 Count). or a pack of Cat Toys. For safety on outings after dark a Collar Blinkericon Then wash your pet up with this convenient Doggie Soap-on-a-Rope. Or just relax, curl up with a nice cup of warm herbal tea and go for some Amazon Gift Certificates and Pet Lover Gift Certificates at Chimpfeet.

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On the road with your pet, keep them safely out of the front seat by using a convenient Portable Pet Barrier. Holiday traffic is stressful enough without your pet trying to take over the wheel! They can be snuggled comfortably in the back seat with a Furniture and Vehicle Throw. Bring their dinner and refreshments along with this insulated carry bag, storage and feeder all in one, the Store-N-Feed To Go travel cooler. And don't forget their own Fold Up Dog Bed so they feel at home away from home. Two new must-have items on the travel scene this season: Abogear Pet Digs a lightweight, portable crate for pets up to 100 lbs and the combo car seat and pet carrier in one, the Click N Go Car Seat Carrier.

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November 2, 2007

Birdseed Ornaments

Great gift for the bird lover in your family! These adorable hanging Birdseed Ornaments are handcrafted from all-natural mixed seed. Each five-pack contains three natural and two black-seed min-ornaments. Gift boxed. Approx 4" high.

Choose from Star, Wreath or Tree at Plow & Hearth.

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Christmas Advent Calendars and Puzzles

At Super Cool Pets we love advent calendars and have ever since we were little pups. We found some pet-themed ones for Christmas. You build up the anticipation for Christmas by opening a window each day from December 1 on to reveal a special picture. If you hang the calendar over a lampshade, the light shines through the picture--as little children we used to get a big charge out of it. A red envelope is included for mailing if you would like to send it as a Christmas gift. Easy to hang or display anywhere! Measures 10"x8"

Puzzles are a good way to keep the children and house-guests occupied over the holidays. These puzzles include 550 pieces. Allow space on a flat surface to accommodate an 18"x24" puzzle when completed.

At Strictly Christmas.

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October 27, 2007

10 Halloween Safety Tips

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruely to Animals (ASPCA) is suggesting 10 common sense cautions to help keep your pets safe and happy this upcoming Halloween.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are ingested.

3. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not obstruct her vision in any way. Even the sweetest animals can get snappy when they can't see.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and become lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

Courtesy of ASPCA.

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October 20, 2007

Halloween Safety for Your Pet

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We all want Halloween to be a safe time for our family. It is easy to forget about the pets, or assume they will be "all right". Here are two sources of tips to think about to prepare your pet for the busy and perhaps scary holiday.

From: Steve Dale's Pet World - Halloween and Pets: How to Be Safe


Dog trainer Peggy Moran of Lemont, IL says, “I realize that some dogs and cats are very social and enjoy people coming to the door. It’s a calculated risk, what if that kid in the Freddie Krueger mask sneezes, scares the dog and the dog lunges at the boy in the costume? Or if the cat bolts outside? Personally, I don’t like taking risks. You can minimize the risk by keeping your dog on a leash and the cat on a harness.”

Of course, you can further minimize any risk by keeping the pets off in another room all together. But don’t keep the dog in the yard on Halloween. It’s a no win situation. Moran says. “If the dog loves kids, the dog will bark and bark. If the dog is anxious because of the kids, the dog will bark and bark.”

Indoors/outdoor cats should absolutely never be allowed to roam outdoors in the days leading up to Halloween, or especially on the holiday itself. “It seems some cats are used for satanic purposes or just pranks,” says Kari Winters, an author and dog and cat rescuer from Los Angeles. Some shelters and humane societies don’t adopt black cats from mid-October through Halloween.

Veterinarians offer some more great tips here for Halloween safety. Things you may not have thought about. Don't let your pet be the victim of any Halloween pranks!

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October 18, 2007

Halloween Cat Earrings and Pin

Halloween Cat Earrings

It's always fun to wear Halloween jewelry. Zarah Sterling Silver Halloween Cat Earrings are a great gift for any cat lover. The artist paints the jewelry by hand using solutions containing colored granules of glass, before being fired in a kiln.

Size: 1 5/8"h x 1/2"w

Halloween Themed Cat Pin

Pair them with this cute Halloween Themed Cat Pin with its devilish Jack-o-Lantern!

Size: 1 5/8"h x 1 3/4"w

At Chimpfeet.

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October 16, 2007

Dog Pumpkin Carving Patterns

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Be a little different this Halloween! Over at SpookMaster animal pumpkin carving patterns are available for download, including the one above.

Via Pet Connection

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October 13, 2007

Kitty Litter Cake for Halloween

Fun party idea for Halloween, a Kitty Litter Cake. Unique, but easy to make and assemble!

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1 spice or German chocolate cake mix
1 white cake mix
2 large pkg vanilla instant pudding mix, prepared (I like Bird's® dessert mix)
1 large pkg vanilla sandwich cookies
green food coloring
12 small Tootsie Rolls®

1 new kitty litter pan
1 new plastic kitty litter pan liner
1 new pooper scooper

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans).

Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.

Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix until completely colored.

When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. Important: mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it. You don't want it too soggy. Combine gently.

Line a new, clean kitty litter box. Put the cake/pudding/cookie mixture into the litter box.

Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls bury them in the mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly on top of everything -- this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.

Heat 3 Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around for a truly disgusting effect!

Courtesy of Halloween Fabulous Foods.

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October 9, 2007

Halloween Candy Corn Tie

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If your pet isn't into Halloween costumes, maybe he or she will wear a Candy Corn Tie. These ties have a blue oxford collar with easy to wear velcro closure. Yum!

Dimensions:
Small fits neck sizes 7"-14", length is 6"
Medium fits neck sizes 9"-18", length is 9";
Large fits neck sizes 15"-26", length is 11"

At Designer Paws.

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October 4, 2007

Black Cat Shower Curtain and Bath Mat/Throw Rug

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Don't forget to decorate your bathroom for Halloween! Hang this vinyl Retro Black Cat Shower Curtain to create some atmosphere. This is another good Halloween prop that also works year-round for the cat-lover.

Measures: 70H x 72W inches

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Pair it with this adorable nylon Retro Black Cat Throw Rug/Bath Mat. Has a no-slide gripping bottom for safety.

Measures: 22.5H x 30W inches

At Amazon.

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