A new invention for fat pets is coming on the market. Remember those lifts used to carry people up their home stairs? Now there is one for pets.
Creative designers have modified the technology so it can be used by dogs, replacing the chair with a comfortable basket.
And a paw-activated button raises the dog to basket-level on a moving platform, before sending them up the stairs.
That means that there are loads of pets who are too fat to climb stairs without stressing their hearts. TV vet Joe Inglis said: “The stair lift for dogs is an innovative product but ultimately it’s a sad state of affairs that we’re even talking about it.
"Fat dogs might look cute and cuddly but obesity is a serious issue with very serious consequences – besides restricted movement, heart disease and arthritis, it can result in liver damage and diabetes too”.
Just in time for Hannukah (or Channuah) is the perfect doggie gift for the dog who already has everything - a crocheted dog hat for the Festival of Lights.
I picked this up on Esty.Celebrating Hanukkah? Your four legged best friend wants to join in with the festivities. Eight nights of lights let your buddy feel like a part of the celebrations. The front of the hat is crocheted with white bulky yarn which gives the effect of fur. We followed behind with a royal blue 4 ply yarn for the back of the hat. The Star of David is crocheted in a silver metallic cotton thread and then sewn to the top of the hat.
This book is simply wonderful. It is called Underwater Dogs and features photos of dogs underwater. It is not only fun to own, it also makes a great gift.
Read the blurb and check the book out.
The exuberant, exhilarating photographs of dogs underwater that have become a sensation
From the water's surface, it's a simple exercise: a dog's leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant.
But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From leaping lab to diving dachshund, the water is where a dog's distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.
In more than eighty portraits by award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel capture new sides of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that makes it impossible to look away. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most loveable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.
Pinterest is a great resource for pet lovers as evidenced by this wonderful Petaholic Pinterest page. And it is all for a good cause. Curator Maryann Rizzo says:
Why did I name this board "Petaholic"? Well ...to begin with I love animals. I have saved, spayed, neutered and found homes for 30 outdoor cats. I kept 8 of those angels...4 live in my home, and 4 live in my studio. I am big into Rescue Organizations, and a proponant of spay and neuter programs to stop the prolific reproduction that only causes suffering to innocent animals. Please support your local SPCA and Rescue Organizations ~ they need all the help they can get.
Please visit Petaholic and support Maryann's great effort.
Here is an easy to make, do it yourself cat bed. All instructions are graciously supplied by Eva of the Netherlands:
Materials: MYSA GRÄS, GOSA SLÅN, polarvide
Description: Cut MYSA GRÄS in half. You now have a piece of 100*150 cm. Fold it twice and stitch the ends together. This forms a ring of 25*150 cm.
Cut a piece of Polarvide to fit the ring. I have used a second piece of fabric as a contrast. You need about 50*150 cm fabric to cover the ring.
Stitch the short ends of the fabric together (inside out, so the seam is on the inside) and fold the fabric over the ring. Stitch the long ends of the fabric together (right side out). The seam on the long sides is on the outside, this is ok, since it will be covered when you attach the bottom.
When stitching the fleece of a smooth fabric like the one I used, the fleece will stretch. I put paper on top of the fleece and stitched on top of that. This way the fleece does not stretch. You can easily tear the paper of along the stitching line.
Cut a bottom for the ring from a non-stretching fabric. It should measure approximately 35 cm in diameter.
Turn the ring inside out en thread the bottom to the ring. Then stitch it using the sowing machine. When you turn the ring back the seam will be on the inside.
Cut two circles of fabric for the pillow which goes into the cat bed. Diameter approximately 35 cm. Stitch the circles together (inside out) and leave a small opening. Turn it right side out en stuff it with about 1/3 of the GOSA SLÅN filling. Close the small opening so the filling cannot get out. Put the pillow in the cat bed.
The end result is shown in the main photo. Your cat will enjoy it!
Do you read your kitty bedtime stories, drop your dog off at daycare when you go to work, arrange play dates for your pet? Is your pet's wardrobe more stylish than your own? If so, perhaps you have a furkid. A furkid (also fur-kid or fur kid) is a pet treated as though it were one's child.
While lavishing all your parenting impulses on a pet can get expensive, it has its advantages. Human children need braces, violin lessons, private schools, weddings, down payments for their first home, etc. -- that's a lot more money and your financial commitment never ends. Let's face it, little Fluffy just doesn't have as many years to live. Your friends may prefer your furkids, too -- when you set up the home movies of Fido they won't feel so guilty bolting for the door.
If you realize that you are the parent of a furkid and you're ready to proclaim your status, you can find interesting products at CafePress. For example: "My rescue cat is nicer than your honor student" or "My childern have fur."