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12. 23. 2006

Popgadget Holiday Gift Guide 2006: Pets

Last but not least, gift ideas for the furriest member of your family:

What's your dog wearing this holiday May we suggest the Twinkling Star Sweater from Pretentious Pets? Made of soft and comfortable acrylic, each red turtleneck sweater features a Christmas tree appliqué with sequined ornaments, bones, and a brightly blinking star. Battery provides up to 72 hours of blinking. Just twist the Star to activate it. Ribbed neck and cuffs provide a comfortable fit, and rear leg loops keep sweater in place. . Twinkling Star Holiday Sweaters are available in these sizes X-Small to X-Large for $14.95. (Evan)

Show important pets that you care this season with the Illuminated Dog Safety Coat. The wires flex to form fit a pet's contours and their glow can be seen from 1,000 feet away. Available at petgadgets.com for $59.95. (Ray)

Hear Now makes a two-way pet communication system. The collar has a speaker which works up to 12 miles, and comes with a GPS unit as well. Various models can be found at thehearnow.com and run from $199.99 to $259.99. (Ray)

Like most pups, my dog Henry likes to hang out the window while I drive. So when Bamboo Pets came up with the Quick Control™ Leash + Seat belt latch, both Henry and I were relieved. Besides eliminating driver distraction -- Henry prefers to drive -- I don't have to worry about Henry catapulting himself out the window. As you can see from the photo, the velcro pouch hides the metal universal seat belt connector, with a convenient zippered pocket to hold keys, money, waste bags. Visit Bamboo Pets for a store directory and list of online retailers. Approx $20. (Evan)

Here is a great gift for a pet who is smaller in stature. The Super Pet Critter Operated Chopper is an exercise toy for hamsters and gerbils. Place the "drivers" inside the front wheel and watch them go. Petco.com features this gift for $16.97. (Ray)

For the ultimate in pet luxury- customize your bathroom with the Jentle Pet whirlpool spa from MTI whirlpools. The Jentle Pet is ergonomically designed to keep your dog comfy as they soak in massaging swirls of water. A hand shower is included for easy shampooing, and the tub is self-cleaning- so the excess pet hair washes away with the bubbles after the bath. Starts at $1200 from MTI Whirlpools. (Mia)

Who ever thought this up is a GENIUS. Instead of having your Golden run you ragged, use the "Dog Fisher." With a true-to-life casting reel featuring a rubber bone “lure” and rubber fish “lure,” the DogFisher Rod & Reel lets you cast your reels up to 20 feet from the comfort of your own sofa. The rod is collapsible for easy storage and contains a mini “tackle box” in the handle to store the second “lure.” The version for kitty cats is called the CatFisher Rod & Reel and comes with two catnip-scented mouse “lures." Yum. (Evan)

Pets can travel with style in the Cotton Ripstop Carrier from Wagwear.com. The carrier comes in khaki and chocolate (shown) as well as orange and chocolate, and camouflage and chocolate, with a list price of $208. (Ray)

Made of stacked corrugated cardboard, the Cat Cocoon functions as a scratching post/toy/hiding place for felines. I love how it isn't too cute or cheesy as many pet toys tend to look. Petgadgets.com offers it for $279.00. (Ray)

The Swoop makes the most unpleasant part of dog walks a bit more bearable by keeping your hands further away from the prize. The Swoop grabs the poop and auto-bags it in one fell, well, swoop. About $25 from Swoop. (Mia)

This gift will surely warm your pet's heart and also the rest of it. This cozy bed for cats and small dogs is gently heated as a therapeutic means of soothing older pets and those with physical discomforts such as arthritis. However given that it is maintained at a temperature suitable for most pets, even the young and healthy ones will find great comfort in it. It is made of faux suede with a faux lambskin lining, all of which is removable and machine washable. Available at Hammacher Schlemmer for $60. (Kanchana)

Most cats like to drink from running water instead of just a water dish. The Deluxe Fresh Flow Pet Fountain can help you in satisfying this natural instinct of your precious felines. This fountain supplies clean flowing water via a quiet pump and a carbon filter. All that your cat has to do is to approach the fountain and drink from the base reservoir or better still from the flowing stream directly. An easy and enjoyable way to keep your cat hydrated. Available in different sizes with prices ranging from $29.99 to $49.99. (Kanchana)

The doggie golf driver is a must for any retriever with a buddy who has a golf fetish, I mean hobby. The doggie driver drives a regular tennis ball up to 100 yards. Special bonus: the driver has a gripper that picks up the drool-covered tennis balls. $39.50 from Frontgate.

Posted by Hoyun    Category: gift guide 2006
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