Planning For Black Friday?
The only way you’ll get me into a store on Black Friday is at gunpoint. And to persuade me - you’re going need a really big gun. But for those of you whose tolerance for violations of personal space (both bodily and vehicular) and unbridled materialism exceeds mine - we’d like to offer a few suggestions to help you shop responsibly.
First the important not-dos.
- DO NOT BUY A PET FOR ANYONE ELSE. Much like choosing a spouse, acquiring a pet is an intensely personal matter. If it isn’t the right one at the right time - the relationship can easily turn into an exceptionally painful and prolonged patch of ugliness that neither of them will survive without hating you.
- DO NOT BUY A PET FROM A PET STORE. Both Gina and Heather have recently written exceptional posts on why there is no good reason to purchase on those adorable kittens and puppies displayed in glass cases. Don’t support the vile creatures whose cheif product is misery by buying one – whether you do it on impulse or in a fit of Munchausen’s by Purchase.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are a few socially responsible ideas for pet-related holiday giving.
Looking for something to give one of the men in your life? Perhaps one who’s a bit of a dawg himself? Get him some eye candy while supporting a good cause with the Pinups for Pitbulls Calendar.
How about a gift for someone who’s fancy in nekkid people with dogs runs more toward the ironic than the exotic? Try CaRPOC’s Naked Truth Calendar.
Interested in a bit of vaguely SmartDogs-related bling? Order a copy of this year’s calendar from the English Shepherd Club. Proceeds help support National English Shepherd Rescue and… a photo of Audie and Zip is one of the highlights!
Looking for something other than calendars? How about t-shirts? The Tees for Troops program prints shirts with the logos of military unit for overseas troops at no cost. The company sells shirts on their website to help offset the cost. Shirts with the logos of military K9 units are available here, here, here, here and here.
Looking for something with a little more cachet? How about wine? Cru Vin Dogs Wine Group donates 10% of the proceeds from the sale of their wines to Canine Companions For Independence and the Morris Animal Foundation’s Cure Canine Cancer Campaign. I’m thinking that that Yogi Cab-Syrah sounds like something we might need to try.
As for us – we plan to spend the day eating leftovers and hanging out with the dogs. No cars. No shopping. No big guns required.