Secret Restaurant Menus for Dogs + More Pet Stories from Around the Web

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Stuck indoors this weekend, or just looking for some quick and easy reads? Catch up on the latest animal news, pet advice and fun dog facts with these great stories from around the web.

ICYMI, news broke just before the holidays that Ikea launched a new Pet Furniture Collection, and we want it ALL! The collection is currently being rolled out in stores across the US, Canada, France and Japan.

Dogs can’t speak human. Here’s the tech that could change that. Scientists are finally working on something we’ve always dreamed about but could never imagine becoming a reality — the ability to have a chat with our fur kids. Yes it’s true, scientists are working on a pet translator, and it could mean that you might finally be able to actually understand what your dog is trying to say.

If your dog could talk, they would tell you that Starbucks has a Puppuccino for dogs (this is one of Daisy’s favorite things), but did you know that some of your other favorite spots offer yummy, unpublicized treats just for four-legged patrons? Check out these Restaurants with Secret Menus for Dogs compiled by Modern Dog Magazine, and an even bigger list of businesses that cater to pets put together by our friends over at BarkPost.

Recent weather has been pretty crazy. Many pet owners are aware of the dangers to dogs and cats in extreme heat, but the risks can be even greater during a cold spell. The folks over at NPR ask pet experts How Cold Is Too Cold For Pets? According to Daisy, anything below 50 degrees fahrenheit is too cold for a Florida dog like her!

Weird animal question of the week: Why Dogs Pee in Their Bowls and and other odd pet behaviors explained by the animal experts over at National Geographic.

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This is the Top Seller in Pet Supplies on Amazon Right Now

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No surprise that Amazon has some great prices on pet products but I’m often amazed at their selection and at the huge number of customer reviews pet parents are posting. Just take a look at the Amazon Top 100 In Pet Supplies list and you’ll see what I mean!

The #1 best selling item in all of pet supplies is this Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter with 11,868 customer reviews and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Cat people sure are passionate about their kitty litter!

“A clay litter uniquely formulated combining heavy non tracking granules with medium grain. The result is an excellent clumping litter that prevents moisture from reaching the bottom of the litter box, while providing a clump that will not break apart. Ultra is perfect for multi-cat families and cat owners with sifting or mechanical litter boxes and it controls odor naturally without perfume, deodorants or chemicals.”

Got questions? There are 341 Customer Questions and Answers to give you “the scoop” on anything you want to know about this cat litter. Go HERE to read customer reviews, see customer photos and read answers.

Wondering what else made the Top 100? Visit the bestsellers pet supplies list here to see the most popular pet products updated hourly.

Tired of Adulting? No Prob-LLAMA! Instant Happy Notes + More Fun Stuff to Beat the Winter Blues

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Being a grownup got you down? You’re never too old for a new lunchbox or a great set of colored pencils! In fact, when I spotted this Llama Lunchbox, I knew it would be perfect for holding all of my coloring and drawing supplies. It got me inspired, and since I figure I’m not alone in needing a little pick-me-up to help cure the winter blues, I put together a little list of fun and random stuff to make you smile.

Feeling happy can start with making other people smile, too! This book of 101 Instant Sticky Happy Notes can be used in your kiddos lunchbox, your spouses laptop bag, your co-workers cubicle or anywhere you and yours need a mini message of happiness. I got these in my January PopSugar Must Have Box and have been sticking them all over the place!

Winter is cold and flu season and that means lots of hand-washing to keep the germs away! Add some cuteness to your bathroom or kitchen counter with this adorable Bunny Ring Holder. It’s got a padded base and comes in other animal shapes and colors, too.

Feel like hybernating or catching an extra cat nap? This Cat Eye Sleep Mask is both fun AND functional. It’s purr-fect for helping you get more zzz’s and has gel inserts that can be chilled or warmed for added relaxation and rejuvenation anytime.

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Movers and Shakers: What Pet Parents Are Buying On Amazon Right Now

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Pet Parents Amazon Movers Shakers

I sometimes get asked how I find out about which pet products are trending or gaining in popularity. One way is to check the Amazon Movers and Shakers list, which is updated hourly and shows which items are rising in popularity and sales ranking. This can be useful for pet parents to discover new pet products, find some pet gift ideas, and also to find newly discounted pet items since rising sales rank can often mean a price reduction which triggers a buying frenzy…and also frequently indicated an increase in positive customer reviews as well!

Now that you know WHY to check the list, here are some of the top pet supplies people are buying on Amazon right now for their dogs, cats and other pets!

  • Starter pack of Earth Rated Green Poop Bag Dispenser with Bags. This is our favorite brand of poop bags so I’m not surprised to see how popular it is with dog lovers. The dispenser is adjustable to fit any leash, carrier handle or tote bag and comes with lavender scented bags…because picking up poop stinks! Love the handy hook on the back for hands-free carrying of your used poop bag til you can find a proper place to dispose of it. Dispenser fits all standard size rolls and is super easy to refill. Current Price: $3.99

top poop bags

  • A 2-Pack of Thermal Self-Heating Mat Pads for Cats, Dogs, Puppies and other Small Pets. It may seem like summer will never end, but it will turn cold sooner than you think. Now is a great time to snag a deal on these self-heating pet beds to keep the fur kids cozy all winter long! Absorbs, holds, and reflects your pet’s body heat, and insulates them from cold floors. Current Price: $18.97

self heating pet beds

  • Zoo Med Reptile Basking Spot Lamp – 2 Bulb Value Pack. This is the #1 Reptile Basking Spot Lamp on the market, according to the manufacturer. These lights provide the heat and UVA light that reptiles enjoy and need to help them thermo-regulate. Designed for use 10-12 hours a day, because you reptile deserves their time basking in the spotlight! Current Price: $9.31

reptile spot lights

  • Marvin the Moose KONG Cozie Dog Squeaky Toy. KONG makes some of the most popular and well-made dog toys around. This Cozie Squeaky Toy comes in 10 cute characters and is made with minimal filling for less mess. Extra tough, yet soft and cuddly…these are super sweet! Current Price: $4.99

KONG Cozie Dog Toy

  • 1 Gallon of Nature’s Miracle Advanced Formula Pet Stain & Odor Remover. As pet parents, we know that accidents can happen, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared with the proper cleaning supplies to tackle the job. Nature’s Miracle is the best pet stain cleaner we’ve found and we always keep a spray bottle handy, just in case. This advance oxygen infused, bio-enzymatic formula deeply penetrates, cleans and removes pet pheromones and destroys odors on contact to prevent re-soiling in the area after cleaning. A little goes a long way. Dries quickly, too. Current Price: $19.57

natures miracle pet stain remover

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