5 reasons not to give a pet as a Christmas gift (and one idea how to do it, if you insist)

Too cute!

There's nothing cuter than the image of a fluffy little puppy under the Christmas tree, big red bow tied around is neck, surrounded by brightly wrapped packages, just waiting for your children to pad downstairs in the their little jammies as they cry out with delight. Oooh! Aaaah!! A puppy!That, my friends, is one dangerous image.Christmas is not the time to introduce a new puppy to the family, especially if it's a surprise gift. Unlike the ugly sweater Aunt Edith sent from Peoria or the … [Read more...]

Patheo blogger Rev. Carl Gregg and his Christmas pups! (photo)

Rev. Carl Gregg and hi Christmas pups!

I love writing at Patheos and I love meeting my fellow bloggers. What better way for all of us to get to know each other than through our pets!This is Patheos blogger Carl Gregg with his two dogs, both rescues: the black and white, 20 lb. terrier mix named Dobby Templeton ("She's our house elf", says Carl) and the 15-week-old, (already!) 19 lb. hound/boxer with a brindle coat named Scout "Boo Radley" ("Think To Kill a Mockingbird", he says).Carl's blog is "Pluralism, Progressivism, … [Read more...]

My pup waiting for Santa (photo)

My dog Scout, waiting for Santa!

Since I asked readers to share photos of their pets I thought I'd share one, too!This is my dog, Scout. Back in May, when he was just five years old, he was diagnosed with canine lymphona. It was in his spleen, his lymph nodes and likely his digestive tract. Without chemo, the doctors gave him 30 days to live.Knowing my pup and how much he hates going to the vet, plus the grim prognosis that even with three months of weekly treatements he would have possibly three months remission, we op … [Read more...]

Pet sales banned at malls nationwide; rescue stores begin to replace pet shops

Boycott Barkworks protesters from Sept. 2010 protest (Boycott Barkworks Facebook)

Even though the story broke in October, it's still making the rounds on Facebook -  just in time for Christmas: retail developer Macerich announced that it will no longer allow pet stores that sell animals in more than 70 malls nationwide. According to a story from October at GlobalAnimal.org, "This new humane policy designed to break the puppy mill business chain is taking effect nationwide within 30 days. Macerich confirmed that they will not renew the leases of existing pet stores that sell an … [Read more...]

Coke’s white can campaign to help polar bears backfires

White holiday can on the left, Diet Coke can on the right.

White holiday can on the left, Diet Coke can on the right. When Coca Cola rolled out its new campaign last month to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the company had a noble goal: celebrate the polar bear and commit up to $3 million to WWF's polar bear conservation efforts.The plan was for Coke to make an initial donation of $2 million to WWF and then invite others to join the effort by texting to donate $1 to WWF. Coca-Cola would match all donations made with a package code by March 15 … [Read more...]

Share your pet’s Christmas pictures: Simon and Lexi’s Christmas card

Simon and Lexi Simms

Simon and Lexi haven't unveiled their 2011 card yet, but here's their Christmas greeting from last year. Pretty clever, you beautiful Goldens!Thanks to Ada Simms for sharing Simon and Lexi's photo! You can share your pet's holiday photos - let's see the pets with Santa, too! Just "like" the Heavenly Creatures Facebook page and upload your photo. Or send it to animals@joannebrokaw.com. … [Read more...]

Share your pet’s picture with Santa!

Bandit and Santa; Bandit ate some biscuits and knocked over the lights and Santa still filled his stocking!

Christmas is almost here and if you're like most pet owner/parents, you've had your dog or cat sit on Santa's lap for a photo, so I thought it would be fun to have readers share their pictures. Head over to the Heavenly Creatures Facebook page, "like" us, and then upload your photo - then I'll pick some to share here on the blog from now until Christmas!I'll start - these pics are Scout and Bandit, from 2009.How we even ended up seeing Santa was an adventure. Bandit had e … [Read more...]

Books for the animal-loving reader on your Christmas list

animalsbehavingbadly

If you've got an animal lover on your Christmas list who also happens to love books, then here are a few great gift ideas they're sure to love!1) "A Dog's Purpose" and "Emory's Gift", by W. Bruce Cameron. "A Dog's Purpose" is narrated by Toby, a dog who is born, lives, dies, and then finds himself reborn again and again, eventually understanding that he has learned something from each life that helps him find his ultimate purpose. It’s a very funny and inspiring must-read for anyone who has e … [Read more...]


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