Dolittler’s holiday gift guide for healthy pets and happy animal-loving humans
Posted Dec 12 2008 1:17pm
It’s time for the inevitable: shopping! Because I refuse to frequent traditional retail establishments during Thanksgiving and New Year’s (for years now), I always either shop online or make my own gifts. (The supermarket and the craft store are as far as I’ll get to a mall.)
This year I’m treating my family, friends and staff to my used books (they always appreciate this, despite their previous use), home-made marshmallows (with chocolate and instructions for the BEST hot cocoa ever) and, for the pet people, handmade dog and cat toys.
But there’s always someone who deserves a little extra. That’s when I shop online. The Daily Kibble helps by cluing me in to the coolest, newest pet products and services, as does The Woof Report (though on a less frequent basis).
I also shop for charities. This year I’m sticking to three recommendations:
1- Heifer International: My love of goats makes this a personal gift and one I’ve never had anyone fail to deliver a beaming smile for receiving it. Donate cash and your giftee gets the pleasure of having “bought” a goat for a family in Guatemala. How can you resist that?
2- The International Fund for Animal Welfare: Thanks goes to Embrace Pet Insurance’s blog for raising awareness for this one. From saving elephants to paying for shelter animal care, you can dedicate your dollars to a variety of animal welfare imperatives.
For home-made pet toys, I got my best idea this year from Great Green Pets. Old sweaters, tightly braided into a spiral. Instructions and ready-mades are on their site at the above link. Check it out for a very green idea.
We play the CDs at work and I have one for the car and another at home. These CDs of simple piano music devised for maximum pet friendliness by a veterinary neurologist and audiologist team are serene, wonderful and potentially pet-soothing. Here’s a post on its benefits.