Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

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It’s the season of mistletoe,‭ ‬gingerbread,‭ ‬candy canes‭ … ‬and endless hours gift-wrapping‭! ‬No matter what I get for my dear friends and family during the holidays,‭ ‬my favorite part is wrapping the actual gift.‭ ‬I’m no Martha Stewart,‭ ‬but I do like to put a different spin on the packaging.

Helping me in my endeavor is‭ ‬Printed Puppy‭ (‬ http://www.printedpuppy.com ‭)‬ which has doggie bags that are definitely not for the dogs.‭ ‬With playful puppies asking‭ “‬Let’s Play‭”‬,‭ ‬or‭ ‬bossily ordering to‭ “‬Fetch the Car‭”‬,‭ ‬these gift bags will definitely bring a smile to the recipient,‭ ‬even before they open their present.‭

I’ve made unusual gift tags over the years,‭ ‬using photos,‭ ‬ornaments,‭ ‬even twigs.‭ ‬This year,‭ ‬I’m going simple by picking up some luggage tags from the‭ ‬ASPCA‭ ( ‬www.aspca.org ‭) ‬Instead of‭ ‬filling‭ ‬the‭ ‬address info‭ ‬section‭;‬ I’ll use the blank area for a holiday message instead.‭ ‬And it’s also a gift in itself that can be used on‭ ‬the next trip.‭ ‬Available in‭ ‬31‭ ‬breeds,‭ ‬from the sad-looking Basset Hound to the happy Yorkie.

For cat lovers,‭ ‬the Happy Holiday Catnip Cookies are a perfect present.‭ ‬Two handmade fabric Fortune Cookies are stuffed with fiberfill‭ ‬and‭ ‬certified organic catnip,‭ ‬kitties will think these are the cat’s meow‭! ‬And they come with fortunes too,‭ ‬complete in their own take-out box.‭ ‬No need to gift wrap,‭ ‬it’s complete.‭ ‬Available from‭ ‬Jake and Micah‭ (‬ http://www.jakeandmicah.com ‭)

For those last minute holiday visits with friends,‭ ‬just tie a ribbon around the‭ ‬Candle with a Cause,‭ ‬created by‭ ‬Jax and Bones to help‭ ‬Rescue Train‭ ‬a nonprofit‭ ‬dog and cat rescue. 100%‭ ‬of the proceeds,‭ ‬when purchased on‭ ‬www.jaxandbones.com‭ ‬ go to benefit‭ ‬www.therescuetrain.org‭ ‬ to save a life of a homeless dog or cat.

It’s the thought that counts,‭ ‬so put some thought into not only the gift but the wrapping too.‭ ‬Happy Shopping‭!

Originally published December 2008

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