May 25, 2013
Time to kick off summer! When you are taking a break from the sun and fun this long weekend and browsing on the internet, save up to 50% at the PetSmart.com Memorial Day Sale. Offer valid May 23 thru 28.
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May 24, 2013
Add delight and tranquility to your patio or garden. This Meditating Cat Garden Sculpture is a purrfect symbol for those who appreciate the spirit of Zen or who just love cats and their self-reliant nature.
The cat is meditating with prayer beads with the Chinese characters for independence etched on the back of the robe. The sculpture is cast in strong, high-quality solid concrete, appropriate for outdoor use in any climate.
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May 23, 2013
May 22, 2013
Our brains release oxytocin, "the feel-good" hormone in the brain, when we pet our dogs and cats, according to Pets are good for you. Our pets can have a wonderful effect on our mood, even possibly our goldfish. A study showed that having a fish tank at a nursing home improved appetites. Whether that was due to the fish or the water, the jury is still out. Read the full article at over at Psychology Today.
For more on this subject read Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond by Meg Daley Olmert who explains why the brain chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other has such a profound effect on our mental and physical well being.
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May 21, 2013
According to Americans spend more on pets than beer or movies | Quartz, here in the U.S. we spend an average of about $500 annually on our pets, equating to 1% of their annual budget.
Overall Americans spent $61.4 billion on their charges, almost twice as much as global spending on movie tickets last year, with heavier outlay in our rural areas.
The most pampered American pets live with Baby Boomers and childless couples, and single pet owners and single parents are more likely to skimp on kitty and doggy spending.
Owners most likely to buy for dogs (say, little booties on Buddy) are ages 55 to 64, and couples without children, a new analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. They spend hundreds of dollars more than those in their 20s and 30s.
At Pet Supplies
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May 20, 2013
Many moons ago away from home at a summer evening party, we received a panicked call from our baby sitter that our English Setter had bitten our toddler on the face. (It ended well.)
Roughly half of all children are at some point bitten by a dog, since they don't read the danger signals. Misconceptions abound when it comes to doggy body language even among adults.
This graphic How Not to Greet a Dog shows common body language mistakes people make around dogs, as well as showing the "correct" way to greet an animal.
For more on this fascinating subject, check out How to Greet a Dog and What to Avoid by veterinarian/animal behaviorist Sophia A Yin.
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May 18, 2013
This handmade, recycled Metal Frog And Lotus Hanging Bird Feeder or Bath is dished in the center to hold seeds or water, attaching to a copper-colored metal chain and hook. Crafted by artisans in Bali, this all-weather, painted metal bird bath/feeder makes a unique gift.
The lotus is a symbol of rebirth and an object of meditation. This Bird Feeder/Bath is decorated with a pretty green lotus leaf with pink flowers and a little frog peeking over the side.
Read More in: Birds | Food, Feeders and Waterers | Outdoors and Garden | Summer
May 17, 2013
Now that warmer weather has arrived and the breezes are balmy, many of us like to hang a garden flag outside. Super cute styles for cat lovers are available, such as this Cat Nap Garden Flag.
See more at Cat Garden Flags.
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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.
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May 15, 2013
Have a puppy? If you do, or plan to down the road, stock up on food targeted for puppies, especially if you choose a large or giant breed puppy. Pet lovers tend to have strong opinions on pet care so it's easy for us to reflexively pooh-pooh feeding advice, especially when we are counting our pennies and have lived with many dogs.
However, new guidelines help us avoid debilitating bone diseases that cause suffering and even cut precious years off our pets' lives. Large and giant breed puppies should be fed a quality puppy formula until the end of their growth period when you transition to adult formula.
Get the scoop at Feeding the Large and Giant Breed Puppy | Dr. Ken Tudor | PetMD and as always, check with your vet.
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May 14, 2013
Treat yourself or the cat lady in your life to a new pair of shoes this spring! These Kitty Cat Ballet Flats have cute cat-face detailing with embroidery stitching and an almond toe.
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May 13, 2013
Summer is a favorite time of year for weddings. If you have a wedding coming up, don't forget the pets! Dress them in lovely wedding attire to include them in the festivities.
Formal accessories would be appropriate such as these Adjustable Dog Bow Tie Pet Collars, this lovely Doggie of the Bride Collar, even a Tuxedo Coat or a Wedding Dress. Enjoy the happy day!
Read More in: Apparel for Pets | Dogs | Holidays
May 11, 2013
Place a work of art in your yard and feed the hummers at the same time. This hanging Hobnail Blue Glass Hummingbird Feeder was first popular in Victorian times with its distinctive, raised hobnail patterning in translucent, cerulean blue glass.
What a delight to see out your window each day! Makes a lovely gift for the bird-lover. At Hobnail Blue Glass Hummingbird Feeder.
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May 10, 2013
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.
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