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Five Pet Place scratching post.

Most pet lovers are easy to buy for -- at least for the first couple of years. Then they get tired of the figurines and signs that proclaim their love for a certain breed. Freshen up your gift list with these five ideas that will have your favorite pet lover purring or licking your hand -- figuratively speaking, of course.

  • Major League Baseball leash: Maybe your team didn't win the World Series, but spring, when all things seem possible, is just around the corner. So show your spirit as well as your expectations with a leash in your team's colors and logo. ($17.95, www.fanatics.com)

  • The Original Dog Tarot -- Divine the Canine Mind: What dog owner hasn't looked at their pet, covered in mud and your prized petunias, and wondered what the heck goes on in that animal's mind. The smarts behind these cards and helpful guide book, Heidi Schulman for Potter Style, thinks she knows. Ask a question, draw a card and consult the booklet. Pretty soon, you may understand your dog's love for smelly socks. ($14.95, www.thedogtarot.com).

  • Portion Right food dispenser: Humans aren't the only ones who need to watch their weight. Portion control is key to any successful diet, and this device not only stores the food, it ensures the right amount is dispensed with a simple twist of a knob. It doesn't look bad in the kitchen, either. ($44.99, www.petmate.com).

  • Five Pet Place scratching post: If you're looking for pet furniture that doesn't look out of place with your carefully designed decor, Five Pet Place has it, including this scratching post with a walnut finish and black quartz base. This model was a gift to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for his cat, Callie. The scratching post comes in 16 different finishes and with some maintenance will never need be hidden behind the couch. (Starts at $375, www.fivepetplace.com).

  • Expert Companion Bird Care DVD series: Dr. M. Scott Echols, of Salt Lake City and Dr. Brian L. Speer, of Oakley, are renown bird veterinarians who have teamed up to produce three DVDs on how to raise healthy, happy birds. Volume 1 ($24.95) covers a wide range of topics, including household dangers and how to identify common parrots. Volume 2 ($19.95) is on the history of keeping birds, selecting the right bird for you and aviculture. Volume 3 ($19.95) goes into getting birds from specialty and corporate pet stores, grooming and DNA sexing. (www.avianstudios.com).