Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

Some of my earliest childhood memories were walks around my neighborhood with my dad and our German Shepherd mix named Fangs (he was a sweetie and not at all like his name suggested!) My father instilled in me all the qualities of a good pet parent – responsibility, respect and love for the animals we cared for. This year I’m getting dad a pet inspired gift on his special day. And I found ideas at Paper Source, a great site for quirky presents.

Dog End Cufflinks are perfect for canine lovers and those who like a good laugh. I have a pair of these myself and I always receive compliments. These pewter cufflinks show off both the front and the back of man’s best friend. Dad will love these.

If your father is a poker or rummy player, trade in his old deck for a set of 52 fantastically cute Cat Playing Cards – way more fun than traditional playing cards. Each poker size card features a realistic 3D cat image, plus two dog joker cards. There’s also a set of Dog Playing Cards, where the joker cards are two dogs!

Does someone light up your life? Or always stumbling in the dark on the way to the fridge for a midnight snack? Then the Kitty Flashlight illuminates the way through the kitty’s bright eyes. This hand-pumped rechargeable flashlight doesn’t require batteries and uses bright LED lights. Such a great and eco-friendly idea and very handy to have around the home. Just as handy is the Owl Light Up Keychain. The eyes on this little owl keyring shine bright at the press of a button. Or bring the owl to life with a button that makes owl sounds.

Speaking of keys, make dad smile with the Kitty Key Covers or Puppy Key Covers that come in a set of 6. A little childlike but whimsical, the covers will make tracking keys a welcome adventure.

Does dad always seem to have spare change that he fall into the sofa? Get him a Pug Bank. This cute and practical Pug Bank is a fun place to stash coins. Just drop coins in the slot on his back and empty him out by detaching the body. A unique gift for any age!

For the papa bear in your life, get the Papa Bear Mug that holds a nice 16oz and features a charming bear image. Sure to bring a smile to sleepy dads in the mornings. And what better way to warp things up but with Everyday Dogs Wrapping Paper, a modern tribute to our favorite canine friends. Printed in black and white with 30% post-consumer waste and a natural khaki color. Perfect gift-wrapping for dog lovers and anyone with a sense of humor.

So this fathers day, let the day do to the dogs (or cats!)

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Originally published June 2011
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