Creature comforts fun for your pet, fun for you!
A dog bowl that keeps water chilled all day long, a video camera for your pet to wear and cat houses funny and functional.
Pacific NW associate editor
Today it's all about pets, our creatures great and small who live with us, play with us, counsel us, comfort us, exercise us and just plain love us, all without a bill at the end of the month. Fuzzy, furry, hairbally, licky, messy, loud, goofy and always our bffs.
Critters, here's for you.
Ready for your close-up?
OK, this first one is really for us owners: Eyenimal. "The first (video) camera in the world specially designed to be worn by animals." This is already chock o' block full of fun and adventure! (Just where does the cat go, anyway, and who does he see there?)
The little video camera fits standard cat and dog collars. Camera has a 4GB built-in flash memory. Runs on a battery for up to 2 ½ hours. Transfer videos to computer with USB cable provided. But, wait, there's more: autofocus with automatic light adjustment, built-in microphone, 640 x 480 image resolution and image capture at 29 frames per second. Camera weighs about 1.2 ounces. Can be used in wet or humid conditions.
Frosty beverage anyone?
Plunking a couple of ice cubes in the water bowl is nice while it lasts. Then what?
FrostyBowlz. Chills your critter's water/food for 14-plus hours, even when it's 90 degrees. The trick is in the trademarked FrostyCore, a nontoxic gel pack that fits between the stainless-steel bowl and tray with nonskid grip.
Lots of R&D on this one. Involving the "Warm Weather Simulator" (could that be the oven? Goddess didn't ask) and chilled-water-preferring black miniature poodle Jäger, belonging to inventor Jeffrey Brown.
Company motto? "FrostyBowlz, refreshing pets one lick at a time!" Sizes, combinations, options (need a spare FrostyCore?) start at $19.99. Guaranteed to make you happy, Mr. Brown assures Goddess: 100 percent money-back guarantee; shipping, too. "I'm modeling this company based on the type of service Nordstrom provides," says he. Find at www.frostybowlz.com, www.amazon.com. Check website for independent retailers.
Here kitty, kitty, kitty! How's this for entertainment value in the form of cat housing, gentle reader? Cardboard Cat Teepee, Airplane Cat House or the simple but always in-style Cardboard Cat Chalet.
What more can one ask of one's recycled cardboard feline housing than a cozy napping place for the cat and a conversation starter for the human?
"Beautiful, tough and aggressive all rolled into one beast of a fighter." That's a description of the P-47 Thunderbolt World War II fighter-bomber that is the Airplane Cat House, not your cat. Spinning propeller, checkerboard cowl, D-Day stripes, beat-up armor plating, feline-themed nose art and "taped photo" of bikini'd kitties in cockpit. "Honors predatory instincts."
Meanwhile, over at Cardboard Cat Chalet, the lodge has holes in back for "added interactive fun." Hang included cardboard moosehead, bird or fish as a hunting trophy over front door.
Corrugated interior "carpet" good for sharpening claws on something besides your furniture. No tools to assemble; $35 each. www.uncommongoods.com,www.amazon.com.