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In the last 5 years, pet furnishings and toy products have increased exponentially.  It’s perfectly understandable.  There are more house pets than ever round the world.  And we have come ever so far from the days when aristocrats of the middle ages kept pets as much for companionship as to attract fleas away from themselves.  As for the popularity of modern pets, we have all read cliché statements like: “Pets are starter children.”  “Cats are the new dog.”  “Large dogs are the new pony.”  

Of course none of this is really true.  Pets are more cooperative than children.  Cats and dogs are radically different.  Your 5 year old should never ride the Malamute. 

I think pet products have increased as a reflection of the fact that the world is getting to be a kinder and more playful place in the lucky pockets here and there on the globe where people have basic needs met so they can be generous to pets.  This is good.  Let’s hope these pockets of calm and prosperity spread all over the earth. 

Back to product.  Some catalogs approach pets as accessories.  If you like minimalist décor, buy biomorphic, but not species specific, plush toys.  If you are eco conscious, buy pet beds from recycled soft drink bottles.  Urban East Coast dogs, LA dogs, Francophile dogs, Country dogs and Japanese kawaii-so dogs are styled differently.  Hunting dogs like decoys printed on things.  The dog and the décor and the cultural orientation should all match, according to what I’m seeing.  Since that is the case, Beanie Babies with chewed faces represent the style icon of this house.  

No cynicism here.  Pets need soft beds and clean, safe, toys to chase or chew or roll about.  They need fitting, comfortable, sturdy harnesses and leashes that will restrain them from wandering into traffic.  And these things need replacing, because they will wear out.  Beds sprouting stuffing or plush with loose eyes and split seams have to be repaired and washed in non-toxic soap, or discarded and replaced.  Whatever’s safer.  Raja and I recommend repair whenever possible.  It’s eco-best.  Plus, as we’ve all discovered, dogs get used to things and don’t prefer change.   

There is indeed a lot of dog product out there.  None of it stylistically really fits what I’d call my décor, but that’s OK.  He’s got what he likes and I’ve got what I like, somewhere underneath all the stuff he likes. 

We invite readers to send us a jpeg you’d like posted in this segment of your dog with his or her favorite old toy or bed or mystery item.  Write to us at helenfazio@traveldogbooks.com. 

Next week, we’re interviewing a dedicated rescuer of Shih Tzus, responsible for homing hundreds of great dogs nationally.  Some people think dog rescue is a business, but our interview reveals the ways that many people give so much in time, services and medical care to save and re-home abandoned and hopelessly lost pets. 

Buttercup
8/4/2009 08:44:49 pm

I luv getting new toys .. as quick as the excitement is at getting them .. is as fast as i am over them * sigh* but i do have five favorite comfy beds !! A gal can never have to many for all those sweet dreams .

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Connie and Enzo
8/4/2009 10:43:08 pm

The picture of Raja reminds me of the ET Movie where ET is hiding in the closet among all the stuffed animals and you can't tell if it is ET or one of the stuffed toys. So Cute!!

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Rufus Puppy
8/5/2009 09:06:47 am

I prefer to play with all the two legged critters I can..... much prefer them to the stuffed stuff.

Ask my mommy if I don't think everyone that rings our doorbell is my play toy!!!

I also have a catnip toy and a huge toy tub just overflowing with those stuffed things, but again, I prefer the breathing, two legged toys myself.

Rufus & those other things...

Sugar Kitty, Sapphire Kitty and that brat Sadie Lady Kitty.

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The McLane Cats
8/6/2009 01:50:54 am

This is a little off-topic, but we were just looking at the recipe page and noted that you used Quinoa in your most recent recipe. It is apparently high in fibre; would this be good to add to Mr. Pickles' food (he has IBD)? If anyone has any other tips about easing IBD in cats (or dogs) we would be delighted to hear about them.

As for toys - we think they are fabulous! We especially like little furry mice toys and plastic balls with holes in so you can fling them as well as chase them. Sometimes we chase Raja...sorry!

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Sheryl
8/6/2009 02:44:58 pm

The fashionable models are all adorable.

I would love to find an easy way to put on, and keep on, booties. It's a struggle when it's way below zero and 8 little feet don't really want anything on.

Great articles and sense of humour:))

xoxo
Veronica loves squeaky toys and Piccadilly could play ball all day long - too bad she doesn't bring them all the way back though:)

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8/7/2009 12:31:22 am

Dear Mr. Pickles, I don't think quinoa will help with irritable bowel syndrome since it tends to... um... regulate, rather than slow down the system. It has 7% fiber per serving. Quinoa, however, is slickery and certainly is not harsh moving through the system. Suggest potatoes mashed with salmon in your case.
Ooops... must run...... some of your clan are rushing me offsides........>>>

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8/7/2009 12:34:45 am

Sheryl, To PUT them on, seat your dog on your lap, back to you ,and slide the booties on as you would put boots on a toddler. To keep them on, ah here's the rub. Pawz Brand booties do stay on. (And if they get sticky from being wet, just rub them with a little talcum powder.) As for the rest, it's a matter of fit, good ankle closure and compliance on the part of Veronica and Piccadilly. Perhaps Raja can speak to them?

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Sheryl
8/7/2009 01:44:32 am

Thanks Helen.. yes, pawleasse... have Raja speak to the girls before winter;)

xox

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8/12/2009 12:01:33 pm

Love all the Models' pictured with the article! Even though we a three tzu household and the Girls~ are content to use each other as toys (LOL) they still LOVE their fuzzy squeakies! Their Mom, on the other hand, has an addiction to dog beds... is there a 12 step program for this? They love beds and are in & out of all of them. We have at least one, and usually multiples, in every room except our dining room. ;) I would love to get Molly, Grace & Bells in some sort of breathable booties, so they wouldn't lick their paws, due to allergies, give us a hollah if Raja can recommend anything like that. (so far, Bella can get out of ANY bootie ;)

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8/12/2009 12:14:31 pm

My paw suggestion:

Get some bitter apple spray (not tasty) and put a little on the paws.

And for booties, after applying the bitter apple, try inexpensive, small size baby socks... the mini mini tube kind from the drugstore. Then put a little of the bitter apple on the outside of the booties.

Bitter apple is harmless, but not tasty, so it will make it hard for them to manipulate the socks with their teeth.

Poor babies! Allergies are no fun!

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    Helen  feels most comfortable in places where she doesn't speak the language; she  likes to do almost everything, except hunt and watch TV sports. 
     Raja is a Shih Tzu.  Directly descended from the Mongolian wolf, Raja is hardy and loves to roam with his pack.  Tamed in the monasteries of Tibet, he takes the long view.  Finished in the palaces of 16th century China, he is elegant.  Rescued from China by the artistocrats of Europe, he is a ham.

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