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Gifts for pets

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin December 20, 2012 12:14 PM

Every year it seems that lists of presents that need to be bought grows longer. New boyfriend. Roommates. Nieces and nephews. And don't forget those "surprise" gifts last year from people who you didn't know you were exchanging gifts with (really, for me? Here's...ummm).

But what about this conundrum: Your friends have bought your children presents each year for Christmas. You don't exchange gifts with each other, so your kids are reaping the benefits of the relationship. Your friends don't have kids yet, but they do have a pet. Do you buy their "child" a present too?

This issue actually faces more families and friendships than people realize. According to the APPA, about sixty-two percent of all households in the United States have a pet. And, the U.S. birth rate is the lowest it's been since 1920. Pets are considered family members (grandpuppies and grandkitties) so can you really snub the "kids" by coming to the house empty-handed?

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Traveling with pets during the holidays

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin December 14, 2012 08:48 AM

Tis the season -- of travel.

Whether going on a plane, train or automobile, adding your pet as your passenger doesn't make things any easier. The roads are busier, airports are crowded and flights are packed. The holiday spirit seems to leave faster than we can dash through the snow.

If your family is planning to invite your furry friend to bon voyage, you need to be prepared. Before you go to the airport, make sure you and your pet are ready for travel. Check with the airline. It's so important to know what is allowed and what isn't so you aren't surprised when you arrive.

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Pet shaming: It's all in the family

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin December 3, 2012 09:46 AM

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(c) Craig Garcia


Sometimes those precious pets we own aren't so precious.

Consider yourself warned: endless time sucks often take place when visiting these sites. Work productivity goes down. Giggles will be coming from your cubicle. And maybe a slight feeling of "Oh man, that's awful."

Check out the hilarity on these sites:
Dog Shaming.com
Pet Shaming via Tumblr
PetShaming.net
ShameYourPet.com

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