Pet Food Hideaway Storage Unit with Bowls

Your precious pup is a member of your family, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. His toys and treats and grooming products, on the other hand… those are starting to clutter your home. If you’re on the verge of pitching some of the pet paraphernalia, take heart: there’s a solution that will satisfy your need for an uncluttered home, and it won’t compromise your tasteful decor.

The Pet Food Hideaway Storage Unit has a classic cherry finish and a modest appearance that mimics traditional decor; when it’s closed, you’d never guess that its purpose is to house your pet’s accessories! This wooden pet food storage unit has two functional drawers that pull out; the hinged top lifts to reveal additional storage space, 5.5″H. The bottom drawer includes two removable, stainless steel bowls for your pet’s food and water. The 5″H drawer above is ideal for stashing away grooming products and toys (but not your pup’s favorite, of course). The top compartment is a great place for small bags of food and treats.

This sophisticated pet food storage unit requires no assembly, and its overall size (16″Wx13″Dx20″H) makes it compact enough to fit in a variety of spaces. Not sure if your dog is large enough to reach the pet bowls? The measurement from the floor to the top of the bottom drawer is 7″.

Pet Food Storage Unit Classic Cherry Pet Food Storage Unit Classic Cherry

Summer Heat Pet Safety Tips

As the blistering sun beats down, your clothing clings to your body, your sunglasses aren’t quite adequate, and you long for a cool blast of A/C. Sound familiar? Those boiling, sticky days of summer can be tough on us – and equally challenging for pets. Your favorite furry pal will be relying on you to keep him comfortable as the temperature climbs, so keep these summer pet safety tips in mind.

Parking Restrictions

You know the dangers of leaving children in parked cars, especially on hot days – the same goes for pets. Resist the temptation to leave your pet inside, no matter how quick you think that errand might be. According to the Humane Society, on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes, even with the windows opened slightly.

Exercise Care

Though exercise is undoubtedly important for your pet, it can do more harm than good on hot days. Limit your pet’s exercise on sweltering days, and consider spending that quality time together in the early morning or later in the evening, when temperatures aren’t extreme. The Humane Society recommends adjusting the intensity and duration of the exercise according to the temperature. Remember that asphalt will be scorching on summer days, so have some sympathy for your pet’s paws, and let your buddy romp on the grass when possible. Keep plenty of water on hand as well to prevent dehydration.

Invitation to Party?

You might want your loyal pal to be your “plus one” at pool parties and summer gatherings, but be ready to keep an eye on him. Never leave your pet unsupervised around water, and try to keep him from drinking the water. The ASPCA warns that pool water contains chlorine and other chemicals that can upset your pet’s stomach. And speaking of your pet’s tummy, remember that “people food” may give him digestive trouble. The ASPCA recommends keeping alcohol, raisins, grapes, onions, and chocolate away from your pet.

Window to the World

Ahhh… You and your pet are safely inside. Maybe you’ve opened a window if there’s a break in the heat – but don’t relax quite yet. Your curious pets, especially cats, can be seriously injured if they fall out of an open window. The ASPCA recommends a common-sense approach: Keep unscreened windows closed, and make sure screened windows are properly secured.

Summer Pet Travel Products

Have you been dreaming about that upcoming weekend trip or summer getaway? You might have packed some tiny toiletries, mini packages of tissues, or spill-proof beverage mugs… all items intended to make your life easier when you travel. But what about your pet?

The four-legged member of your family deserves special consideration when it comes to travel, so leave a little room on your packing list for his necessities. These summer pet travel products will keep both of you happy on those warm-weather jaunts.

When it’s time to hit the road, let Fido ride shotgun (even if he doesn’t “call it”) safely with the Snoozer Pet Lookout Car Booster Seat. This comfy seat has a quilted exterior and a Sherpa interior. The booster seat straps in with your existing seatbelt and also has a safety strap for use with your pet’s harness. The small size can hold up to an 18 lb. dog, and the medium size can hold up to a 25 lb. dog.

Snoozer Pet Lookout Booster Car Seat Snoozer Pet Lookout Booster Car Seat

The Snoozer 4-in-1 Collapsible Rolling Pet Carrier is another innovative option for summer travel. This versatile pet accessory has four functions: a wheeled pet carrier with telescoping handle, a traveling pet bed, a backpack carrier with padded shoulder straps, and a pet car seat. This durable pet carrier is quilted microfiber with mesh panels. When not in use, this pet carrier can be collapsed and easily stored. The small size can hold up to a 7 lb. dog, the medium size can hold up to a 15 lb. dog, and the large size can hold up to a 30 lb. dog.

Snoozer(TM) Rolling Pet Carrier

Your furry friend needs to stay hydrated, and a portable pet water bowl will be a welcome sight on hot days. The Presto Collapsible Bucket is made of watertight, lightweight nylon and folds flat when not in use, making it ideal for travel. This durable, convenient accessory also includes a zippered nylon carrying bag. (Product is shown here as a wash bucket.)

Presto Collapsible Bucket

Pet Treat Canister Sets for Cats and Dogs

Kibble bags and treat boxes, while handy at snagging even the most inattentive pet’s attention, are not attractive additions to the home. (Here’s looking at you, fifteen-pound dog food sack slouched in the corner.) For the new year, why not harmonize your living space with your pet’s? These pet treat jars store your pet food in fluted canisters with species-centric lids.

The Kitty Treats Canister Set features cat finials that seem to hail from Ancient Egypt, with high heads and angular faces. Finished in antique silver with paw print accents, these vessels can display cat nip treats, dry food, or any one of kitty’s snacks.

The Doggy Treats Canister Set exhibits old-fashioned charm with its antique bronze finish, calling to mind faithful hounds of yore. Tail curled neatly over their feet, the dog finials pose above a ring of bone accents.

These pet treat canisters have airtight lids, assuring food inside stays fresh. Small, medium, and large sizes provide a variety of arrangement opportunities. Easy-to-access and attractive, these pet treat jars could bring you and your pet one step closer to domestic harmony!

Patterned and Animal Print Pet Furniture Covers

Pet furniture protectors prevent everyday mishaps: claw snags in your antique loveseat, pet hair on that priceless sofa. But printed pet furniture covers can break up solid surfaces in a room or even provide the final touch on a decor theme. These pet furniture protectors are utilitarian and stylish, with patterns to enliven your room. Each is available in a sofa cover, loveseat cover, or chair cover.

The Lodge Pet Furniture Cover, with its country “patchwork” appeal, unites forest animals, a checker print, and zigzags on its diamond-quilted face. Use it to draw attention to a monochrome piece or to promote your lodge theme.

In the same way, the Zebra Print Pet Furniture Cover exhibits light cream and chocolate stripes for a safari flavor.

Both the Zebra Print Pet Furniture Protector and the Lodge Pet Furniture Protector are sewn with longer back flaps to keep the cover in place.

Finally, the Paw Print Pet Furniture Cover, black with white paws on polyester fleece, is a darling addition to other pet-related decorations. Straps secure this protector to furniture, assuring it does not slide when pets hop aboard.

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Pet Owner: Clothtique Santa Figurines

Santa is an unabashed animal lover. His main mode of transportation, after all, is drawn by reindeer! And how else would you explain his strange adamance to live among polar bears and killer whales? Santa’s affinity for the animal kingdom is well-documented in the latest batch of Possible Dreams(R) figurines from Ann Dezendorf. Immaculate detail and handcrafted costumes make these Clothtique(TM) figurines critically-acclaimed in the collectible world. Charming scenes make them the perfect holiday gifts for the pet owners on your list!

In the first set, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their trio of adorable hounds are Going for a Walk. The Mrs. is bundled snugly in her husband’s coat, a small Maltese pup hitching a ride in the carrier under her arm. Santa, a few paces ahead, holds a leash in one hand. In one other, he holds a tasty treat, no doubt as incentive for the rambunctious “pack leaders” to behave. A black Labrador pup bounds onward while the beagle pauses to drink in his surroundings.

The Micestro Clothtique(TM) Figurine Set illustrates a decidedly “indoorsy” Santa in house shoes and suspenders. His rosy cheeks curving under a smile, Santa dangles a toy mouse. The three kittens at his feet, bearing sparkly Santa hats, stand suddenly at attention. They mew their astonishment! Small bells fastened to their collars and tails fill Santa’s workshop with the merriment of their play.

The Man’s Best Friend Clothtique(TM) Figurine Set casts Mr. Claus back out into the cold, but he hardly seems to mind. A yellow Labrador puppy, lightly panting, is ample company in the snowy wilderness. A small tree—the perfect size to mount outside a dog house—is slung over Santa’s shoulder. Worn-out but smiling, the two head for home. Light flakes of snow fall, dusting Santa’s boots and the needles of the tree.

In the next set, Old St. Nick does not appear to have been expecting morning mail. “I’ve Been Good,” claims the sheet of paper a white puppy extends hopefully from the mailbox. Patriotic stripes accent Santa’s attire and the mailbox. Packages, a candy cane, and a “good” list fill his arms. Santa reaches out to accept the letter, face crinkled in an amused chuckle.

Finally, perhaps most heartwarming of all, is the Lab Results Clothtique(TM) Figurine Set. Santa and his longtime companion—perhaps one of the “pack leaders” from before—hover over a red box, anxious to take a peek. Nestled inside are three sleeping puppies, all wearing Santa hats. Shocked, Santa’s own hat shoots straight into the air. But the gentle pride belies his surprise. A bone and a few head-scratches tell this new mother everything his overwhelmed mouth cannot.

Animal lovers everywhere will find their parallels in these Clothtique(TM) figurine sets. Possible Dreams sidesteps the “traditional” Santa sculpture and throws in a touch of the everyday life of the pet owner.

Tips and Tricks for Walking Your Dog

The first day of autumn is bearing down on us like a teething puppy after your designer leather shoes, so get those late summer walks in while you can—preferably, with a leash in hand! Just imagine it: the bleary blink of lightning bugs, the nostalgic croon of a turtledove, the rhythmic panting of your canine companion as he paces contentedly at your side. Of course, for many people, walking the dog is a much more, shall we say, involved activity. If you’re spending your dwindling summer getting dragged down the street and clotheslining random passersby with a leash, you might want to read these handy tips, courtesy of the ASPCA:

1. Compile a Survival Kit: Okay, so you’re not venturing that far outside of your home. Even so, you and your pet will need water, some treats to encourage good behavior, and, the most important items of all, some plastic bags and a scooper. Pack some mosquito repellent for yourself, but don’t use it on your dog. A toxic ingredient called DEET could damage your dog’s nervous system; there are pet-friendly alternatives out there!

2. Wear Him Down: This one may seem counterintuitive, but your dog is far less likely to chase squirrels and bound at breakneck speeds ahead of you if you spend some of his energy first. Play some fetch, soak up the sun, then cap off the day with a relaxing walk.

3. Hop to It: Yes, appreciate the scenery, but don’t by any means drag your feet. Your dog will lose interest—quickly—and this is how you get to that point where you’re disentangling his leash from a mailbox. So step lively!

4. Protect the Public: Your dog is so excited to see this random jogger neither of you have ever met before, he could just knock her over and kiss her repeatedly. And probably, he will do just that, if you allow him. The ASPCA suggests teaching your dog the “sit” command beforehand, requiring him to sit before he can interact with a person. You—or the relieved jogger—can then lavish him with treats, of course.

The main thing to remember is that your dog is just being a dog. The desire to chase, to investigate everything from that discarded piece of gum to a total stranger’s tennis shoe, is all perfectly natural. Don’t get frustrated, and don’t let up on your training. If you remain consistent, you and your dog might soon be strolling side by side down the promenade, admiring the changing leaves.

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