Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

Set in city that never sleeps, over a weekend in late August, this annual highlight of the pet world was a never ending affair that showcased the usual dog couture, accessories and grooming products, all hyping to be the next big thing. However, there were a few new offerings that made this year’s unusual category. Here are some of them.

Pez for Pets is a fun new brand featuring the classic candy dispenser – now for your pet. Treat time just got a whole lot more fun for pooch. The classic candy dispenser has been enlarged and is available in two styles of Beagle and Mutt Head. It also comes with 6 tasty and easy to digest flavored treats including cheese, bacon, and beef. These are available in pet stores across the country as well as at

You’ve sent gift boxes to family and friends before, and you’re getting a little tired of the cookie, wine, cheese, fruit or whatever boring assortment there seems to be in catalogs. Why not send a Sporty Gift Box instead from just in time for fall and football season. Having the best collection of toys, yummy treats, a conditioning spray for after play and a great team jersey or jacket to show fan loyalty all add up to a great day in the park. The Sporty Gift Box can be customized to feature a football, baseball or basketball.

While you’re getting the Sporty Gift Box, pick up the Sleepover Suitcase from Arf Dog for your own pooch, perfect for visiting at the holidays. Make taking your dog along for an overnight stay easy and so much fun. Packed with the perfect bowl for dining, the tastiest treats to nibble; plush toys to show the world what a world traveler your pooch is, and the comfiest monogrammed bathrobe for after its bath. The robe is available in sizes Teacup to XXL, and you can choose either the Taxicab, Bark Street Journal or Passport plush toy. Added to these, the kit also has a wonderful washable throw to snuggle in and your dog will love lying on it.

RUFF lets you know when the water dish is low. Ever get the feeling your pet is trying to talk to you and tell you when the water dish is empty – well now he can. Attach RUFF to the side of most standard water dishes. When the water level falls below the 2 sensors, this device will activate and talk for 10 seconds: “Hey my bowl is empty” and “I’m thirsty”. If no water is added during that time RUFF will go into “stand-by” mode for 10 minutes, and will continue with that sequence until water is added. There is even a cat version called KITTY. Both available at

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