May 16, 2013
Hot summer weather is upon us. Today while out and about, we met a beautiful young Golden Retriever who, but for an expensive trip to the emergency vet, almost died of heat stroke over the weekend. Bob had collapsed at the beach after 10 minutes.
Turns out Bob the Golden does not eat or drink when home alone--dogs can be so sensitive. That day, he was then whisked off for a romp on the beach apparently without refreshments.
His near-miss is a welcome reminder to be more tuned in to our pets, their body language and their needs, especially in hot humid summer conditions. A pet who seems happy on the surface may upon closer inspection actually be a bit frenzied.
The solution is to remember to bring along water for pets on outings, no matter how close by. There are travel water dispensers to carry your own water supply and dog travel bowls if you do have a source of water at your destination. A gadget such as this Handi-Drink Dog Water Bottle could make the difference between life and death at worst, not to mention the 3 or 4 figure vet bill.
May 9, 2013
Keep your pet super cool this summer when you are out and about. The Pet Cooler Carrier provides a temperate and controllable environment to cool animals and provide fresh, cool water while being transported.
Just fill the chest with ice, and the cold air will descend into the Carrier. The water from the ice melt runs to the drain/water valve, providing water to your pets that they can drink the through the valve. The chest can also be filled with water, not ice. It is available in four sizes: small, medium, large and x-large.
March 8, 2013
Road trip! Your pet should ride in comfort in his/her very own cozy seat when you are out and about. This attractive Travelin' Dog and Cat Pet Seat is an automobile safety system for both dogs and cats.
It has a comfortable fleece-covered foam riding pad and soft-side padding. A heavy-duty three-way strapping system secures your pet, and you can adjust the seat height. An attachable travel food/water bowl is included.
November 29, 2012
A common gift for our pets around the holidays is a toy or two. This Machine Washable Canvas Pet Toy Storage Bucket is perfect for storing your dog's toys or toting your dog's favorites along to the park, on camping and car trips.
Or use it to store his/her toys out of the way at home. When not in use, fold it up for easy storage. Easy to clean--just toss it in the washing machine. Made of 100% cotton canvas in Chocolate, Navy or Red. Use code LKPHS199 to receive $1.99 flat rate shipping on orders $75 or more.
September 6, 2012
Does your dog hang out the window when you drive? Ride in the back of your truck? Or even curl up in your lap? Our Goldens clearly think we drive way too slowly and often consider climbing up front and taking over the wheel.
According to the Doggie Distractions Fact Sheet | AAA/Kurgo survey, nearly six in ten (56%) of those responding have driven with their dog in a vehicle at least once a month over the past year. Three in ten respondents (29%) admit to being distracted by their dog while driving. Many of us don't use pet restraints.
This graphic shows the reasons:
Continue reading: "Road Trips with Your Pet -- Do You Use Vehicle Restraints?"
August 7, 2012
Many of us bring our pets along on our road trips--overnights, camping trips, vacations-- because after all, they ARE our best friends. So we want them to feel comfy, cozy and right at home wherever they curl up for a nap or the night.
This convenient, easy care Canine Hardware Travel Dog Bed is ideal for most dog sizes. It is machine washable and "breathable" for a quick dry-out on the line. A must-have for car, RV, camping, and home use.
June 12, 2012
The sun has almost reached its zenith and is about as strong as it's going to get. Our dogs are panting more and draining their water bowls quicker than ever. They're fine at home, but on the go, we must guarantee they are hydrated and super cool.
These portable, stainless-steel H2O4K9 Water Bottles enable you to provide your thirsty pets with clean safe water everywhere you go--the lid is the bowl. Perfect for walks, day hikes, bike rides, the park, beaches, training, search and rescue, vacations, road trips, etc.
June 8, 2012
Bring along food for your pets wherever you go. This insulated Kurgo Wander Pail consists of 2 convenient bowls packed into one. The top bowl holds approx. 13.5 oz and the bottom bowl holds approx. 30.5 oz.
The pail itself acts as the carrying case, with an inset removable bowl. The screw on lid and handle make for easy toting. This set is stain-, corrosion- and rust-resistant, as well as dishwasher-safe.
April 11, 2012
Any cat lover would appreciate beautiful photos of charismatic cats in picturesque settings. Throw in pithy quotes from famous French cat lovers and authors and you have The French Cat by Rachael McKenna, one of the most successful animal photographers in the field.
This coffee table photo book is populated with all sorts of cats within lovely French rural landscapes as well as its charming urban scenes. The author, originally from New Zealand, also provides heartwarming narrative of her life in France with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter, Charlize.
March 19, 2012
All this balmy weather has got us planning road trips. And since we go nowhere without our best buddies, we need a pet crate that has it all. This pop-up Midwest Canine Camper Day Tripper is a portable soft-sided dog crate in a trendy style for all pets.
This durable carrier is water-resistant with a flat-top design, a carrying handle and lock strap. Its mesh windows on all four sides allow good visibility and ventilation for our pets.
It sets up in seconds with no poles, bars, straps or tools required.
December 8, 2011
If you are traveling with a pet this holiday season or anytime for that matter, you need keep life as stress-free as possible. This durable canvas Doggie Duffel holds all your dog's food, bowls, toys, and grooming necessities organized and readily accessible. Here's the breakdown:
It has six exterior pockets--three with closures that keep treats, a brush, or bones secure, two that hold the included stainless steel food and water bowls, and a mesh pocket that keeps a water bottle close at hand. The roomy interior accommodates larger toys with a zippered compartment to store waste bags, a leash, and a flashlight for walks after dark. The duffel has two vinyl handholds and an adjustable shoulder strap so you can carry the bag easily.
October 14, 2011
Do you know what a brachycephalic breed is? If you live with a Pit Bull Terrier, Pug, Shih Tzu, Bulldog or Boxer, among others, chances are you do. Brachycephalic literally means "short-face" or "short-head" and refers to dog breeds with facial features that include a compressed upper jaw and a short muzzle.
As reported recently in Banned by Many Airlines, These Bulldogs Fly Private - NYTimes.com, snub-nosed dogs are showing up on some airlines' do-not-fly lists, along with Persian and Himalayan cats, due to innate respiratory difficulties which can be magnified by air travel.
According to the federal Agriculture Department, 189 animals died on commercial flights from June 2005 to June 2011; of those animals, 98 -- more than half -- were brachycephalic breeds.
If conditions are such that you must fly your pet, you do have options. Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Sun Country apparently still allow brachycephalic breeds to fly in cargo. Pet Airways and Pet Jets offer chartered service.
August 26, 2011
Turn your vehicle's cargo area into a cozy travel space for your dog. This Car Travel Bed is designed specifically for use as a pet bed in a vehicle. It fits between the wheel wells of most SUVs.
The bed has an attachable fabric flap to protect the back of the rear seat from hair and dirt. Four integrated pockets on the flap hold water bottles, toys, leads, and any other items that are importnt to you. A plush, reversible foam-filled sleeping pad attaches to the rear flap. The water-resistant sleeping pad conveniently zips off for use as a dog bed at your destination. Two polyester-filled bolsters add comfort and support from the sides. In sage and slate.
July 25, 2011
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.
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.
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.