Dogs and Cats, but only dogs here because I don’t know anything about cats on Day 10 of our 12 Days of Shopping

Dogs and Cats, but only dogs here because I don’t know anything about cats on Day 10 of our 12 Days of Shopping.

True. I have baby-sat (pet-sat? cat-sat? sounds just all sorts of wrong) cat or two in my time but never owned one so I can only imagine what a good cat gift would be, check Pragmatic Mom for that.

So I scoured the web and some local places, too, and here are some of my favorites!

From Varsity Pets (I found this through It’s supposed to exercise your dog for you – (and dogs love it ) and I’m all for that!

Varsity Pets from



Crate Escape

The because I am lucky enough to know awesome bloggers, I was reading Oysters and Pearls (written by someone I need to go shopping with) and Leah is sharing on her gift guide some sweet sweaters and lovely leashes. I am not about to put my 50 plus pound dog in a sweater (she is mocked enough when she wears her fleece) but love them both. Here is her guide–  she is also the consummate foodie, and if she goes out to eat one more time without me, I may weep. I may!

Newton has Laudromutt(sister to BYOD in Cambridge) and I like to stop in there for the lastest in treats for our dog. They have a pretty counter top filled with treats that will make any dog well-behaved (at least for the second they get the treat) – no guarantees on long term behavior!


Go see what cat stuff you need to know with Pragmatic Mom’s great homemade gifts for cats.

The 12 Days of Shopping

Saturday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.

Sunday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Mod Podge.

Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.

Tuesday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Wednesday, December 5:  Tutors/Teachers

Thursday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Friday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good

Saturday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail CarriersHairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sunday, December 9:  Husband, Me /Spouse’s List

Monday, December 10:  Cats/Dogs

Tuesday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods versus Gourmet Food Store

Wednesday, December 12:  ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts

How to Train Your Dog – A Review and Giveaway

Labrador Retrievers: Guide to Being a Better Master – A Review

by Lorie Huston

Labrador Retrievers: How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend on Capability MomIt’s true, when we got a dog, I was clueless about how to train her – my family always had a dog but a) I wasn’t in charge of it, and b) the dogs (we had more than one but not at the same time) weren’t trained unless you count jumping up on people, begging for food and only coming when you throw roast beef from the end of the driveway, trained. My daughter began asking for a dog at age three, I told her she could have one when she was nine. We got one when she was ten. I never stood a chance of angling out of this promise. Not that I would, except maybe on some rainy or freezing cold days when all dog walking tasks fall to me.

My expectations were slightly higher for our family dog so I bought many books (even Golden Doodles for Dummies which I took perverse pleasure in reading anywhere I went – sometimes I held it upside down for fun…kidding, but I wanted to). I also read the Monks of New Skete book (usually in doctor’s office waiting rooms) among others – some better, some tougher, some crazy.

So to find a book like this that is clear and comprehensive and offers such great resources would have been a dream. Not just for prospective owners of Labrador Retrievers, this book has clear, considered instructions, and a great list of resources. This is just the first in the pet series Pets 101: The Guide to Being a Better Master. Upcoming books will be about German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers and Doberman Pinschers.

Here is an excerpt from the book that is applicable to other breeds as well.

Chapter 5: Socializing Your New Pet

Labs are generally very tolerant of children. Given their rambunctious spirit, though, they often become too exuberant and may accidentally become too rough or even knock over a child while playing. If this happens, teach children to stand perfectly still, with heads down, feet planted firmly and hands clasped in front of them. They should remain in this stance and ignore the dog until it calms. This technique is called “Be a Tree.” Dogs love to chase moving objects, but they quickly become bored with a stationary item, such as a child acting like a tree. Labs are smart and will soon learn that when they become too rowdy, the play stops. They will then adjust behavior accordingly and learn to settle down.

It’s still good practice to supervise very young children around a pet. Leaving a young child alone with any pet can lead to accidents and injuries. Though Labs are generally tolerant and are known for their gentle disposition, it is possible for an individual dog to react by snapping and/or biting if its tail, ears or hair are pulled roughly or if it gets stepped on, hit or kicked.


Lorie Huston, DVM is a small animal veterinarian with over 20 years experience with dogs and cats. She is also a free-lance writer and blogger. Lorie attended the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1986 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, she attended the University of Nebraska, where she received a Bachelor of Science. Lorie currently practices veterinary medicine in Rhode Island. She cares for both dogs and cats and enjoys interacting with pet owners and their pets. Surgery is her favorite part of the business day.

Lorie shares her home with six beautiful cats, all of which were rescued, or had been abandoned at the hospital where she works: Lilly, Midge, Rusty, Dillon, Rhette, and Merlin. Though Lorie loves dogs as well, she feels that bringing a dog into the household would be unfair to Lilly. Lilly lost a leg, part of her tail, and several toes after being mauled by a dog when she was a kitten. She has lived with Lorie since that time and is currently happy, healthy, and not at all bothered by the fact that she has only three legs. As a result, as long as Lilly is with Lorie, her family will remain entirely feline.

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