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Last week, our editors trekked to Las Vegas for SuperZoo, one of the nation's largest pet goods trade shows. We saw thousands of items, ranging from dog treats to cat condos. We plan to bring you a lot of the great stuff we scouted in the weeks and months to come, but here are five must-haves we couldn't wait to share.
Safemade Pet Flexibowl: As the name implies, Safemade puts its products through a rigorous inspection process before they hit the market: Each item is tested against guidelines for children's toys to ensure it's safe. Our top pick is the Pet Flexibowl, which you can pop in the freezer, dishwasher, even the oven, allowing you to bake biscuits directly in the bowl. The Flexibowl comes in cheery colors (from $4.99).
Sprong Toys: It's not surprising that newbie Sprong took home a first-place ribbon at SuperZoo. These toys have all the makings of best-sellers — bold colors, funky shapes and durable yet velvety-soft construction. Sprong debuts soon at national retailers like PETCO and Winn Dixie (from $5.99- $9.99).
PurrTreesort: Another ribbon winner at the show was PurrTreesort, a kitty condo that looks just like a real tree. The 4-foot-tall, leafy sapling is a cinch to assemble: It comes in just four parts — and you don't need nails, screws or tools to put it together. The company will soon offer online ordering; in the meantime, you can call or email to purchase a small, medium or large tree (from $142).
P.L.A.Y. Dog Beds: Company mascot Momo the Pug isn't the only reason we adore the cushy dog beds from P.L.A.Y., whichare stuffed with recycled soda bottle material. These loungers are planet friendly andvery stylish, with modern motifs in a variety of colors (duvets start at $55; beds plus duvets range from $85 to $189).
Dura Doggie Toys: When it comes to companies that look good while doing good, we can't leave out Dura Doggie Design. A trio of college buddies brainstormed the idea behind the philanthropic "Chews Your Cause" toys, each of which represents a different initiative — green toys support the planet, pink ones help battle breast cancer, and blue toys benefit animal causes, to name a few. The company donates 20 percent of each toy's proceeds to the paired charity. Look for Dura Doggie Design's latest releases, the Beba ($13.99) and the Nebo Ball (from $6.99), treat-dispensing toys proudly made in the United States.
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