Your Pet in a Book

As we come into present-buying season, books are always a favourite for Librarians to recommend. While we haven’t read this book, it sure does seem like a fun idea for those who might have a special pet at home.

I See Me’s fun site allows you to choose your dog’s style, include your dog’s name, and the names of up to four people who love him/her, and they’ll create the book. Sounds fun, right?  Genius. What child–or dog lover in general–wouldn’t want to get a book like this?

Let us know if you’ve purchased one of these books in the comments. We’d love to hear how it turned out!


This seems like a fishy idea!

And now…for a frivolous Friday post!

Sometimes, our head librarian Janet  drops her little bundle of fluff off at a doggy hotel when she goes away on vacation. Great idea!  Saves having to find a friend to take in a pet and all the worry can be taken out of your holiday! But a Dutch travel company has gone one step further……it now offers a special hotel for FISH! D-reizen just opened the  Goudvissenhotel at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.  You just have to drop off your fish on your way by and they can enjoy a luxurious holiday…for free!

Yes, there’s a swimming pool with a waterslide, a beach, a tennis court and a restaurant. And you don’t have to worry about losing your fish to a bigger breed.  Each fish gets its own room and you’ll get your own fish back when you come to collect it.  The fish that you see on display actually belong to the hotel and aren’t visiting fish.



I thought I’d heard everything until I came across this idea of a new way for your pets to travel.  Many of my co-workers have pets, although I don’t think any of them would go so far as to use this form of travel, but there must be a need for it.  On regular airlines, if you are traveling with a pet, they must be checked in with your baggage and they end up making the trip with the rest of the cargo while you worry about them up in your comfort class seat.

A new airline called PetAirways does it very differently.  You check in with your pet at the airport at their special booth and the pet is loaded onto a plane with other animals.  The best part is that they all sit up in the passenger area, not down below, and they are taken for regular bathroom breaks so that they are comfortable.  The plane then takes off and meets you at your destination, where your pet will be walked and then will meet you at the gate.  You can even track the progress of the flight or make arrangements for your pet to have accommodation overnight if you cannot pick him up right away.  Luxury.

Of course, if you are just thinking of getting a pet, we have a huge assortment of books on the subject from ferrets to dogs to salamanders.  We also have a wonderful travel section that is sure to spark your imagination.  So, if you have the wanderlust and you just can’t bear to leave Fluffy at home, take a look at PetAirways as an alternative.

It does make me wonder, in this world of excessive air quality problems and the fact that we are all trying to be a little more environmentally friendly, how anyone could justify an entire plane…..just for animals.  What do you think?

A bookshelf and a dog house?

petcaveWe are always looking to doiuble task, and this is the ultimate idea.  How about a space for your books AND you pet! This little bookshelf called a Pet Cave has enough room for a small dog or your cat and even comes with a little cushion for them to sit on.  Just stack your books around it and voila!  All from designer Sakura Adachi and you can see the whole collection here. (There’s also a people cave, so you might want to take a look at that as well.)