Tweets for dogs help US pets defy the recession

Sales of pet products soared in 2010 according to the American Pet Products Association, from a modest $28.5bn in 2009 to an estimated $47.7bn in 2010.

And a growing taste among canines (or their owners maybe) for social media is leading the way.

Top pet product of the year was the Canine Twitterer, a sensor cum microphone that interprets doggy behaviour and chooses one of 500 pre-selected Tweets to share with Fido’s followers on Twitter.

Here’s the full list.

Canine Twitterer: Dogs can tweet, too. This tag from Hammacher Schlemmer lets a canine share its thoughts with followers on Twitter via a motion sensor and microphone in the tag that interprets activity and sends one of 500 pre-loaded Tweets.

Pet Bandana: “Doo” rags. Pet bandanas with Velcro fastener from Marathon Mfg./Prestige Line come in 17 color choices to match any fur coat.

Leash: On a tight leash. Keep that dog safe and secure with this durable 5-foot leash from Rhode Island Textile Co.

Bird Feeder: A little bird told me. Keep feathered backyard visitors happy with this tall, clear bird feeder with multiple perches from S & K Manufacturing.

Pad Balm: Give me your paw. Moisturize and protect puppy’s paws with this thick, natural pad balm from Solar Advertising.

Pet Umbrella: It’s raining cats and dogs. Hammacher Schlemmer has an inverted bumbershoot umbrella that forms a waterproof cocoon around a small dog.

Gravy Mix: Ride the gravy train. Humans shouldn’t be the only ones eating fabulous food this holiday season. Furry friends will appreciate this beef or white gravy mix from Ingredients Corp. of America.

Scoop N’ Clip: What’s the scoop? This paw-shaped food scooper from the WOV-IN Group has a 1-cup capacity and doubles as a food-bag sealer.

Waste Bags: Look out behind you! This dog-shaped container from Handy Products Line feeds 20 poly waste bags out its backside.

Canine Shower Stall: Rubber ducky. The groomer comes to the home with this canine shower stall from Hammacher Schlemmer that features 16 water-jet nozzles and a showerhead to wash and rinse a pet in an enclosed space.

This Christmas 31 per cent of pet owners plan to buy their pets a special gift. Let’s hope they keep up their heroic spending and don’t scrimp by settling for a packet of waste bags.

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