Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween Pet Costume Contest + 10% Off Everything!

Hello Boys and Ghouls! 

In the spirit of the spooky season, is having our first-ever Halloween Pet Costume Contest! To enter, post a photograph of your pet on our Facebook page before Halloween. The photo with the most “likes” by October 31 will receive a $100 Gift Certificate! The picture with the second most likes will be rewarded with a not-too-shabby $50 gift certificate.

All pet entries are welcome! Be sure to post your cute dog, cat, ferret or bird costume photo before All Hallows' Eve! Don't forget to ask friends and family to "like" your pet's photo. Read Official Rules.

We're also have our first sitewide sale this month. Just enter coupon code HALLOWEEN during checkout to save 10% on any item we have in stock (excludes EcoTech Marine products). Enjoy $5.99 flat rate shipping, too, or spend over $75 and we'll ship your order for free!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers to Provide Troops with Free Calls Home

Benji, a stray adopted by a staff member from the North Central Los Angeles City Shelter, lounges with a Cell Phones for Soldiers envelope.

Online pet supply store and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking pet owners to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, pet owners can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.

“The iPhone 5 was released just five days ago, so there are a ton of people looking to upgrade to a new mobile phone,” said Ben Ros, Director of Operations for “ will include pre-paid Cell Phones for Soldiers envelopes inside the packages we ship to pet owners during the month of October. We hope folks will seize this opportunity to help our soldiers abroad stay in touch with their families, pets included.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 168 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.

“The Military Benefits Deployment Center lists staying in touch with loved ones as a top-five ‘How to Survive Deployment’ strategy,” said Ros. “There are only so many videos you can watch online of soldiers reuniting with their families and pets after tours of duty before you feel compelled to do something for these brave volunteers.”

Some quick facts about the Cell Phones for Soldiers program:
  • In 2011, Cell Phones for Soldiers shared 690,000 communication tools with military families, providing more than 41 million minutes of talk time. 
  • The program collected and recycled 1.5 million phones in 2011. 
  • Since 2004, more than 10.5 million cell phones have been recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. 
  • A $5 donation warrants 2.5 hours of talk time; a $100.00 donation gives 50 hours or 3,000 minutes of talk time 
  • There are approximately 15,000 collection points across the nation, including headquarters in Garden Grove, CA. 
  • In 2012, Cell Phones for Soldiers launched their newest program, Helping Heroes Home. Helping Heroes Home provides emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships
“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “We want to continue to mend the communication gap between our armed forces and their loved ones as troops continue to serve our county.”

Donated phones are sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.
Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:
  • Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards 
  • Copper wiring from phone chargers 
  • Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs 
  • Plastic from phone cases and accessories
“The United States Military will always play an important role in peacekeeping missions worldwide,” said co-founder Robbie Bergquist. Therefore connecting our troops with their loved ones is the least that we can do for their daily sacrifices for us.”

For more information about Cell Phones for Soldiers, please visit To shop thousands of pet supplies and have a Cell Phones for Soldiers envelope delivered to you for free with your order, visit


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pet Store Coupons: May 2012

Use Coupon at checkout: PETSUITES
Valid From 5/1/2012 - 5/31/2012

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Valid From 5/1/2012 - 5/31/2012

Use Coupon at checkout: PETPLAYPEN
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Use Coupon at checkout: OUTDOORCAT
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Backpacking with Basho

If you’re anything like my husband and I, you love being outdoors. Hiking, camping... heck, maybe even a little backpacking.

When we brought a puppy home from the rescue shelter, we knew we wanted him to be a part of our outdoor adventures.

Our mix breed Basho (Baw-show) was only 5-months-old when we brought him home which is a bit too young to take on any serious backpacking trip. Knowing that we wanted him to hike with us, we started working with him right away to help him get his trail legs.

We started with short hikes in a nearby canyon. Later came his first camping trip, where he learned how to forge water crossings. He also learned to be carried comfortably across our shoulders, a literal lifesaver should he ever get injured in the deep woods.

Within a few month
s, Basho could hike longer and further than both of us. He has become a great addition to our hiking/camping/backpacking trips. We’re often getting stopped by people on trails who remark on how well-behaved Basho is.

If you’re ready to take your pooch on a trip with the family, you need to be prepared.
Here are 7 things you need to know:
  1. Long leash training is a must to get your dog used to off-leash trail walking. I would suggest that you take many day hikes using a long training lead (15-30ft) before just letting him go. It is very important that your dog knows to stay on trail, if you're hiking along a ledge, the last thing you want him to do, is chase a bird off the side.
  2. A backpack is a must. Whether just going on a day hike, a weekend camping trip, or more, an Outward Hound backpack is a must have. If you have to carry your own water and snacks, why shouldn’t your dog? A well fitted backpack provides the space for your dog to carry it’s gear and will still provide the mobility for jumping over fallen trees, running though meadows, and wading through water crossings. One thing I love about the Outward Hound backpack is that it has a place to hold your dogs leash while it is still attached the collar.
  3. Keep those paws cool. If you are hiking with little tree cover and hot sun, that dirt can get toasty. Come 2pm in the afternoon the trail can easily begin to burn your dogs feet. If you notice your dog is trying to walk in the bushes or standing in little shade patches, chances are he’s trying to tell you that his feet are burned. The best solution for this is doggie hiking boots. If you know that there is a chance for burned paws, put the boots on at the start of the hike, then you won’t have to worry about burned paws at all. Dog boots are also handy in extreme cold weather.
  4. Hydration. Have you ever tried to share your water bottle with your dog only to end up with doggie backwash? The Lixit is what you need. The Lixit fits in the Outward Hound backpack. It’s a water bottle and bowl all in one. Easy to use and you can pour water as your dog is drinking, which eliminates wasted water. In the event of strenuous hiking/backpacking I would recommend picking up doggie electrolyte tablets from your local outdoor supplies retailer. They will help keep your pooch hydrated in hot weather.
  5. Pest control. Depending on where you live, you may have a problem with ticks. If you’re not sure, ask your veterinarian, they will know. Ticks can carry disease like Lyme. So if your area is prone to ticks, you need to make sure that you are using a tick preventative such as Frontline. Frontline is hands down that best tick preventive on the market. It’s no good with fleas though. The same goes for heartworm, if your area is known for cases of heartworm, be sure to get your pet on a heartworm preventative.
  6. Keep track of your pet. When out camping with the family, the wilderness can get very dark come night fall. We quickly learned that we can’t see Basho at all once the sun sets. I would recommend picking up a LED night light for your dog. These lights are great even for an evening walk around the block.
  7. Keep them comfortable. If you have a pampered pooch, make sure to bring a blanket for him to sleep on. I know from experience that when fighting a dog for space on the sleeping mat, the dog always wins.
You know your dog better than anyone and like people not all dogs are cut out for the outdoor life. Know your dog's limits and don't try to make him into something he's not. If you're going to do some strenuous hiking, consult your veterinarian to ensure that your dog is healthy enough for the trek.

Overall, enjoy the family time together. And don't forget to send us some pics of your next family adventure with your pets.