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By Kathy Kearns Thinking about getting a new pet for the holidays? Consider saving an animal’s life at the same time and adopt a rescue. Not only will you safe a life, but you’ll also end up saving yourself a lot of money. You could spend upwards of $1,000 on a pet from a pet store or breeder, but you can spend as…

PetSmart.com Whether you plan to trick-or-treat with you dog or just want to hand out candy with your cat, a new costume for your pet is likely on your Halloween shopping list. Because what's cuter than canines and kitties in costume? Not much! Our friends at PetSmart have an excellent array of pet Halloween costumes. If you're looking for something adorable, hysterical, or even a little spooky for your cat or dog, you're sure to find just the right costume, and one lucky Paw Nation reader will win a free costume of his or her choice, plus a Halloween-themed dog toy or cat toy. Go with a fabulous, funny costume like the Fluffy Lobster, or keep it simple with a cute little collar, like the...

Hollie takes her job as a tester quite seriously. Kristen Seymour If we were taking a quick poll of favorite childhood toys, it's likely that a number of Fisher-Price classics would make the list. Who among us doesn't have fond memories of pushing around a Corn Popper or making up songs on a Classic Xylophone? Now, your playful pooch can have the same experience. Sort of. Fisher-Price has just entered the world of dog toys, reinventing favorites to be more pet-friendly -- including adding a peanut butter scent!. The brightly colored toys are just hitting shelves at PetSmart this month. We checked out the large Ruff-A-Stack and Xylobone ($11.99), as well as a small Chatter Pup Telebone ($7...

Vampire costume: Martha Stewart PETS Collection at PetSmart. Dinosaur costume: PetSmart.com Think your pet has what it takes to be a star? Find out for sure with PetSmart's newest contest: Scare Your Way Into a PetSmart Commercial! If you've got a frightening feline or bone-chilling boxer -- or a pet that can fake it with a little artful costuming -- head over to the PetSmart Facebook page and click on the Contests tab. Then you'll just need to upload a photo of your pet in his or her best Halloween costume for a chance at the grand prize: your pet getting a cameo in a 2011 PetSmart commercial and $1,000 cash. More cash and gift card prizes will be awarded for runners up, random daily winn...

Martha Stewart Pets Is all your pet stuff -- chewies, brushes, etc. -- junking up your otherwise attractive home? Never fear! Martha is here! The domestic diva and Petsmart are launching Martha Stewart Pets, a collection of pet essentials featuring Martha's classic style and classy colors. Grooming and bathing supplies, toys, collars, leashes and the delicately-described "waste management tools" are a few of the items that will be included. Martha Stewart Pets Standouts include crochet chew toys ($9.99) and a grooming/bathing tote ($19.99), which can be stuffed chock full of the accessories (sold separately) you need to keep your pet looking good. The collection will be available at Pe...

LaiLa. Anne Galasso For three weeks this December, two female black Labrador retrievers named Bella and LaiLa spent the holidays with strangers when a kennel returned them to the wrong families, reports the Seattle Times. "It was very upsetting," Bella's owner, Stacey Peterson tells Paw Nation. "When we found out the dog we had was not our dog, we were worried because we didn't know where our dog was." "I was totally shocked," LaiLa's owner, Anne Galasso, tells Paw Nation. "It's like picking up the wrong kid from day care." But neither Peterson nor Galasso personally picked up their dogs from PetSmart PetsHotel in Issaqua, Wash., where Bella had been boarded and LaiLa had spent one day i...