It all started as a joke idea from the whacky, yet creative mind of TMS member James Horecka, while enjoying lunch on a Friday afternoon. James thought it would be funny to make a PRT, or Puppy Rapid Transit vehicle, and send a picture to TMS headquarters for a laugh. Quickly the concept grew beyond a single car PRT vehicle into a monorail train full of puppies! By 3 PM that afternoon, parts were being purchased for the project.
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Last night I flipped on the tv and quickly stumble upon a dog show. My husband, who is not as keen on pampering puppies as one would hope, grumbled at a commercial that came on advertising a potable stair step for dogs who can't get on the furniture by themselves. This started a long conversation between us about our levels of tolerance for people who allow their pets the privilege of running their owners lives. He draws the line at allowing them on the furniture. He feels that dogs are still animals and they should have a job, to protect us. Plan and simple and for that we reward them with food and shelter. Plan and simple. Not with jewelry and lavish dog houses. And i do agree with him. I believe that dogs want a job. Just like us they need a purpose, to make them feel as part of the pack. My level of tolerance is much higher than his. I used to let my pup on the sofa but not the bed. And I fed him a bit more than I should have. I love buying cool collars and squeaky toys. and he does have a pretty sweet bed. I do draw the line at people treating their pets as accoutrement's. In my 16 years of working with animals I have never ever thought just once that I needed to carry a dog around like a purse! Or dress them up in frilly costumes to show off! I see people here in Southern California with sweaters on their Chihuahua's in the middle of summer when it is unbearably hot. I mean come on- we live in a desert. Thats Chihuahua's native land! Their not shaking because their cold, their shaking because they feel ridiculous and are afraid of some Rottweiler laughing at them.
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There are quite a lot of level-headed people around the country who go totally crazy for this little breed of waddling wiener dogs. If you know any of these people, they will love this gift, and they will love you, because they love dachshunds so much! This accurately-rendered and adorable dog-shaped soap is scented with a crisp cottage linen fragrance. Presented in a sophisticated chocolate and ivory houndstooth-patterned box and topped off with a burnt orange ribbon, it's the perfect mixture of classy and offbeat.
Laura Mirsch wrote this artical for NPR All Things Considered-A dog may be man's best friend. But one dog, Lady, decided she needed more friends -- and she found plenty in the knot of toads living at the local pond. A suburban family's secret struggle with an uncommon addiction comes to light in this personal essay by NPR's Laura Mirsch.
Lady "was really perky, and happy, and generally excited to see you when you came in the door every day," recalls Andrew Mirsch.
But that was before the Mirsch family moved into a new house.
"We noticed Lady spending an awful lot of time down by the pond in our backyard," Laura Mirsch recalls.
Lady would wander the area, disoriented and withdrawn, soporific and glassy-eyed.
"Then, late one night after I'd put the dogs out, Lady wouldn't come in," Laura Mirsch says. "She finally staggered over to me from the cattails. She looked up at me, leaned her head over and opened her mouth like she was going to throw up, and out plopped this disgusting toad."
It turned out the toads were toxic -- and, if licked, the fluids on their skin provided a hallucinogenic effect.
What followed was the Mirsch family's quest to stop their cocker spaniel from indulging herself. But it wasn't easy. Lady was persistent, and resourceful.
The situation seemed to resolve itself when the toads went into hibernation for the winter.
But when they returned, so did Lady -- and with a vengeance.
"We couldn't keep our dog's addiction a secret any longer," Laura Mirsch says. "The neighbors all knew that Lady was a drug addict, and soon the other dogs weren't allowed to play with her."
In the end, Lady seems to have found a way to manage her problem.
"She seems to have outgrown the wild toad-obsessed years of her youth," Mirsch says, "and now only sucks on weekends."
This whimsical set will certainly bring a smile to any dog-lover's face! Each shaker is individually handblown using high-quality glass and hand-mixed colors. Topped with corrosion-resistant metal screw-caps, this delicate dog-and-hydrant shaker set provides the perfect touch of functional art in any kitchen!
Best Friends Set
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Nautical Chic for the truly pampered pet! Fisherman's Braid Collars and Leads are made from braided SUNBRELLA chording; color safe and fade resistant. Solid brass hardware is plated in muted nickel. Colors: aqua, white, and brown.
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The Ultimate Puppy Toolkit provides virtually everything puppy owners need to get started - right out of the box. If you are getting a puppy, this is a fantastic resource that can help your puppy's development. Puppies have a golden window for learning. Sadly, most new puppy owners don't have the information they need to make the most of this important time. Without a pro-active, early education, puppies often form bad habits, sometimes become fearful, and can even develop behavior problems that finally wind up landing them in the local shelter. The Ultimate Puppy Toolkit is designed to help you prevent these problems before they start, and enjoy a long lifetime of love together with your dog.
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The Anxiety Wrap is a wonderful tool that helps animals to cope & overcome their past and present fear issues. The Anxiety Wrap is a management device that uses a technique called maintained pressure which helps to reduce stress so your dog can become calmer. Maintained pressure affects the sensory receptors that communicate with the brain and the central nervous system. While wearing the Anxiety Wrap, your dog receives input that is even, rhythmic, and repetitive, producing a calming of the mind and body.
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If dogs could read the list of chemicals and additives in their usual treats and cleaning products, their fur would probably stand on end. Daylesford Natural has prepared additive free, entirely natural honey flavoured treats and savoury dog biscuits which, as dogs will tell you, are rather moreish... This canine hamper also contains a dog and puppy shampoo with walnut and nettle, and a coat conditioner with nettle and calendula - sensitive, sensible pampering.
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This unique European design offers a great comfy place your Cat or small do on their next trip. Great for taking your pets to the vet, car rides or just out and about. Made from reinforced heavy-duty plastic your carrier is lightweight (only 3.2lbs) but very durable and strong. Carrier can be opened either in front or back and is well-ventilated to keep your pet cool and comfortable. One of the top two panel allows you for easy access to your pet without the risk of them getting out while the other panel opens a storage area where you can keep leashes, treats or medicines. Molded carrying handle is balanced for stable traveling with your pet.
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In spring of 2000, cute and little funny looking pals made their debut in a series of handy picture booklets, classifying into each breed as "THE DOG". Their lovely and unique portraits such as the highly expressive close-range images (using a wide-angle photographical lens), round eyes, and protruding muzzle hit the streets and began to attract people. This is how "THE DOG" started.
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You may never feel bad again for leaving Fido in a cage all day while your working with The Pet Haven."Introducing Elite Pet-Havens, custom designed state-of-the-art
health and luxury havens for your cherished pet. We provide a
unique private environment in your home of apartment designed
to enhance the life experience of the urban pet, and pet owner."
Elite Pet Havens
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"Our floor barrel is not just a cozy hiding place,
It's also a great cover for getting the drop on
toys in a game of hide and chase! Upholstered
in durable, cottons, corduroys and designer
faux furs. Floor stand available in brushed or
blackened steel. Perfect for naps!"
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Almost as eager to be fed as your own pets, these pet feeders patiently await dinnertime. Made in Kentucky from salvaged and recycled car, machinery and bicycle parts, the clever sculptures hold two stainless steel bowls for food and water. The terrier, with his steel flooring ears, and kitty, with her whiskers of nails, add a bit of whimsy to your pet’s dining spot and - if kept outdoors - gain an attractive rust patina as they age.
Come & Get It feeders
Bulldog Wine Caddy
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