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Give a itinerant cat or dog a gift of good cheer - pets


The holidays are a brilliant time of year, full of excitement , expectation, and celebration.

But for many it's also a challenging time. This is above all true for a person not blessed with a close, compassionate family, or those physically separated from loved ones.

Consider, among these unlucky souls, the four legged ones who have to spend their holidays--all of their days, in fact--at the local ASPCA or bodily shelter. These poor creatures have diminutive to look ahead to anyway on tenterhooks that some nice ancestors will adopt them some day.

Pets need new games, new toys, new smells and experiences, and above all, apply to be happy. Dogs and cats in shelters can get depressed, lose their appetites, and develop into more susceptible to illness.

I was contemplative this recently, when a light bulb bowed on in my head (figuratively, not literally). "Why not get all these lonely and stressed-out souls together?", I thought.

Now, I'm not implying that all and sundry who's ambiance a hardly dejected or stressed at some point in the holidays must run out and adopt a pet. Bringing home a new dog or cat is a critical dedication and be supposed to be done for the right reasons, and with adequate of forethought. But there are other ways to bring the gift of good cheer.

A lifting of the spirits is not only a gratifying gift to give, but is good medicine for animals and ancestors alike. A happier being is a in good health animal, and doubtless a more adoptable one. And a happier human is not only healthier, but more apt to enjoy the spice of giving.

What could be more educational for both dog and human than bringing some easy on the pocket "kitty or doggie gift baskets" to a local shelter, and examination the residents enjoy them? You -- or the "holiday-challenged" citizens in your life-- could fill up a basket (or two, or three!) with fit pet treats, entertaining toys, or comfy blankets. You might want to check first to see if the shelter in your area allows this, or if they have a need for exact items.

If cat or dog gift baskets aren't an option, offer to take a canine neighborhood for a walk. I in recent times erudite about a retired duo who does this on a accepted basis. They spend their total day at the local shelter, construction sure that every distinct dog has been walked. The duo does this twice a week, all year round. The dogs love it, and it's brilliant bring to bear for all concerned.

I know what you're thinking. But you don't have to do everything as time-consuming as all that. Just show up once or twice. A walk and some fresh air is a great way to alleviate celebration stress and you're sure to catch some of the light-hearted attitude that radiates from a happy dog. Tell a acquaintance about it. Maybe they'll give it a try. Some might be inspired a sufficient amount to be converted into "hometown heros", like the duo mentioned above.

You might know an older retiree who considers dog ownership too much of a burden, but wouldn't mind captivating a dog for a walk. If it's a acquaintance or category appendage who walks but no longer drives, conceivably you could volunteer to drop them off and pick them up.

Giving unreservedly of ourselves is one of best gifts we can give. But if all of this seems too time consuming, then a small fiscal donation would still go a long way. Lots of shelters have fund raisers this time of year, and odds are you won't have to look far to find one. In the end, caring is what especially matters.

2004, Carolyn Schweitzer. Constant dog-lover, power-shopper, and ex- children dentist Carolyn Schweitzer is owner and editor of Great-Dog-Gift. com . The site offers a wide range of choices for dog gift shoppers, plus shopping and gift-giving tips. (Also guidance on dog care and feeding. ) She's all the time looking for new dog gift ideas and dog stories to share with her readers. You can reach her by email at netbrainer@verizon. net.


Pets of the Week for Nov. 21  Chico Enterprise-Record

Pets of The Week Shelter List  Times Herald-Record

Pets for adoption | Entertainment  Arizona Daily Star

Pets of the Week  Johnson City Press (subscription)

Holiday Gift Guide: Pets  Lavender Magazine

Pet of the Week - Lamda - WKBT

Pet photos with Santa  Chicago Tribune

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