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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Extreme Pet Gear, and Fashion

More adorable dogs!These three are Jennifer's (JDT) Abby, Annabelle and Zander in their polo shirts. Don't they look ready for Easter in their pretty pastels? Like a basket of colorful Easter eggs ready for the spring fashion season! What good little models they are!

Today on the front of the classified section in the top briefs was a picture and short article on a new pet item: the BreezeGuard Dog Car Window. You know how some dogs love to hang their heads out of the window, which can be unsafe? Well, this product, which costs $250, is a safety cage that fits in the window, bumped out a bit, sort of liked the screened enclosures you can put in a house window for a cat. The product allows the dog to stick his head out and catch a breeze, but keeps him safe. What will they think of next?

If any of you get the pet catalogs like Dr. Foster's, you'll see all kind of ingenious (or over-the-top silly) products extreme pet parents will buy. Do you have any such products?

What I would like to find, but never see, is a SINGLE raised dinner bowl holder. You always see them for food AND water, as if someone would have only one dog and could leave it in a corner! Zoe seems to have a bit of a problem eating if the bowl is on the floor. She'll sit instead of stand and crink her neck down, so I've been using an overturned big pot as her bowl stand, which works okay, but sometimes she pushes the bowl off the edge.

Speaking of the classified section and the best comic strip EVER, The Pooch Cafe. I can't believe Stacy actually called the paper to inquire why it wasn't in the other day! Today they put in yesterday's and today's. Poncho has been sprayed by a skunk and is trying to avid a bath. He's taken his hated master's wife's cat as hostage, threatening to HUG it and stink it up. Carmen is willing to give Poncho what he wants (doesn't want) to save her precious kitty, as cat baths aren't fun (not that I ever gave a cat a bath!). Tune in tomorrow!

Once in a while the Pooch Cafe comic strip is missing, but they always put it in the next day with the current one if that happens. I, too, miss it when this happens, but I can tell you that as a page designer you often run out of space and HAVE to cut something to make room. So calm down Poncho lovers! And if any of you don't get the printed paper, I suggest you do, just for the comic strip! It's the BEST!

posted by Sandy at 3/22/2007 09:00:00 AM


Blogger jdt said...

Thanks for putting my dogs picture on the blog! It is exciting to see them. I hate that they aren't smiling in this picture, and now I can't remember what happened that put them in a bad mood that day. I feel bad Jake isn't in the picture, but we didn't have him yet. His birthday (we just picked a day since we found him and don't know his real bday) was last Saturday and we got him a polo shirt, along with plenty of other things. Now we have a little collared shirt family. I think my husband and I should get a family picture of us and the dogs all in our polos. I wonder if my hubby will go for that? I think I will ask him tonight...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Jdt, how adorable your babies are!!!!! So So cute! They do look ready for the Easter Parade.

Sandy, I was going to mention that car window protector that was in the paper this morning so glad you already did. I thought that it looked like the neatest thing for anyone who has a dog that likes to stick it's head out the window. I always worry when I see that for fear they will get something in thier eye or that they might even fall out. That is a great product and well worth the money. I agree with you that if anyone on here doesn't take the paper they should start. We start our mornings off with coffe and the paper, it's our routine. The Pooch Cafe is the firs thing I read. Sometimes Poncho goes a bit far but it is just funny! I love them when they are planning the "Cat-A Pult" that they want to use to catapult all the cats to the sun! LOL! It will crack you up. Another cute comic is Mutts so if you haven't already then check it out. I love it when the cat play with his "little pink sock"!

Thursday, March 22, 2007 11:08:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Jdt, I think it would as cute as can be to get a family photo with your babies! And you probably can get a good one since you have dogs. Unfortunately our cats wouldn't think of being still in a picture with us. I can't pose them together and have them stay long enough to get a picture of the three of them. It was work to get the one of them all on thier kitty gym. I say go for it and try to get you hubby to agree to getting one taken.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Hmmm... Things we buy for our pets. Well lets see. Stella had a toddler bed until she rolled out of it, we have boots so she won't cut her feet on the ice, she had a 4 inch thick piece of memory foam bed until Oscar chewed it up. Mattie and Oscar have matching christmas coats and a whole slu of other clothing. We have a pair of Doggles for Oscar. They are really cute! Hubby is designing a cat tree for Jazzy for the new house since it has tall ceilings and he loves to be up high. There isn't much that I wouldn't buy my children. I wanted to cart that you can attach to your bike but Hubby made me wait and I still haven't gotten it. I want to find an outdoor play pen for Jazzy since the HOA won't let us put up cat fence. Maybe I can get Hubby to build me that too!

JDT- I love that your little guys pose for picture. They are very cute!

Thursday, March 22, 2007 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

The Poms are adorable in their Spring attire! All they need is some baskets to collect bunny eggs! Jennifer, I am amazed at how you can get them to pose for pictures! They must love to have their pictures taken…

Gee, after reading about all the neat things your pets have, I felt a bit like a bad mommy thinking that my girls did not have a lot of stuff. Then I started looking around the house. They have a toy wagon that holds toys in the living room. They have a basket filled with toys in the sunroom. They have a scratch post, Cat tree which we call the monkey tree, Cube hideaway, Round hideaway and currently a box laying in the middle of the floor for Sheba. I count 6 toy mice scattered on the floor throughout the house and two long strings which we call their snakes on the floor also. I did not think we spent much money on luxuries for our girls but after taking inventory, I guess I was wrong to think that…

Thursday, March 22, 2007 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I DID NOT CALL THE PAPER!!! I just sent an email. So sue me! I pay for my subscription just like every other subscriber. I can complain if something is wrong, can't I? Geez. Just cause the publisher emailed me himself.......

Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

When we traveled to Tennessee from California, we had Doggles for Aimee who likes to "fly." We also had seat belt attachments for each of the dogs so that, just in case, God forbid, there was a collision, they wouldn't become missles and get thrown out of the car. We drove about 8 hours each day and stopped every couple of hours to let the dogs stretch. The cats were in carriers. It took us 5 days to get cross-country. Hubby drove the U-Haul and I drove the car. We had walkie-talkies to communicate with each other since I don't like cell phones and since I am home all the time the landline is fine. Aimee had the front seat with me, and Max had his Ewok in the back seat with the cats in their carriers. Charlie drove in the truck with Hubby.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 5:13:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Sandy, I just did a quick Google search for "single raised dog food bowls" and I found two at the website, They are a bit pricey at $39.00. I just looked at the one so there may be more. Our dogs are smaller so we don't have that kind of problem.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 5:17:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Stacy, calm down! I misunderstood your previous post. I thought you said you called Gene Washer! I got a chuckle thinking that! "Hey, were's PONCHO? Why do you think I GET the paper?" LOLOLOL. Believe me, he and the editor do have people call them all the time over similar things! Mess up a crossword puzzle? Sukado missing? The phones burn! But I am like you. I LOVE Poncho and if they ever try to get rid of it I'll start a riot here!

Alice, thanks for the tip on the bowl stand, but that is a bit costly. It's funny they don't make cheaper ones. I guess the pot will have to do, or maybe I'll get The Boss to make one. Maybe a short plant stand would work.

Lets see, what do my pets have as far as accessories. Well, Little Man has his four-poster bed. All his balls (about 15 of them) live in a basket in the living room (and all over the floor and yard) I have two regular pet beds on the living room floor. A water bowl on deck (I use a plug in in winter so it doesn't freeze), one in the bedrrom, one in the living room and one in the kitchen. They have Christmas hats, but only wear them for photos. Two canvas dog beds on back deck, three dog houses, one for each, though I've never seen Scooter go in one.

Cats have carpeted cat tree, two teppes, two cuddle beds and plenty of toys. Litter box in the aparment and outside. Oh, two short circular carpted thing with two holes in to hide next to the windows in the apartment living room. Cat fenced in front yard, Dog bed on porch (the frame kind with canvas)

Yes, we are all crazy Pet People!

Thursday, March 22, 2007 7:42:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh, Pam, you sound just like my mother would about the dogs heads out windows. I got a chuckle about you worrying about them getting something in their eye.

I also hate to see dogs loose in the back of pickup trucks!

Thursday, March 22, 2007 7:44:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, I was going to suggest that you get The Boss to make a bowl holder. I bout two of the cutest holders at uesday Morning a few years back/ They each hold two bowls and they look like litte tables with painted checkered tablecloths on them. I only paid $20.00 each for them. Before we got them Brittany always ate lying down on the floor, yes I said lying down the lazy girl and she isn't even the overweight one! Samantha was getting older so it was nice that she didn't have to strain her neck bending over to eat too. I know I sound like your Mom again,ha. Hey I just read a article on one of the pet sites about dogs getting serious injuries to thier eyes by hanging out the windows so now I don't feel bad about worrying!
Ok, now for more stuff my girls have. Well they too have a tee pee, a round bed, a hooded bed, a Garfield bed, two wicker double decker condo seat/beds, a window bed upstairs,2 scratching boxes upstairs, downstairs another scratching box, thier kitty gym, countless mice, balls and other toys, and thier new square thing with all the holes in it and it's filled with mice and other toys, plus thier laser pointer and a couple of fishing poles. Thier tall cat condo/climbing tree is in the basment now becoming new again since they got tired of it. Also in the basment is a Garfield automatic fishing pole toy ( they started ignoring that too ) and several other things they tired of. With all of that what ahve they played with most lately? A piece of paper that Penelope pushed off the island and onto the floor! Oh my poor toy deprived babies, whatever can they do with hardly anything to play with? I am such a bad Mommy not to buy them more!

I have that same issue with dogs riding in the back of trucks,I hate that!

Friday, March 23, 2007 8:55:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

It's not good for a dogs digestion to eat on the floor. Our vet told us it was like trying to swallow food while you were laying down and that especially large dogs should eat up off the floor. Stella's bowl is on top of a 5 gallon bucket. I found a big bowl that's large enough to sit over the top and acts like a lid.

I don't like to let dogs ride in the back of trucks either, but Stella loves it. When we had our truck, she would crawl through the back window in to the bed. We only let her do it if we were on a county road and not on the highway or in town. We would slow down in case something were to happen. I have never had another dog that liked to ride in the back.

Friday, March 23, 2007 1:24:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I worry about dogs in boats also, especially the small ones. What if they fall out? We see dogs on boats all the time at the lake. My brother has a life vest for his little Shitzu-mix (Spelling???). It even has a handle on top for quick easy lifting in the event she should fall over board. The dogs we see on boats seem to love the wind blowing on them. We see water dogs on the front playing out the famous scene on Titanic…

Friday, March 23, 2007 8:54:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

This picture is still putting a smile on my face today!

Friday, March 23, 2007 9:20:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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