Cute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Still need gifts ideas for valentine’s day for your human companions? Or perhaps for your dog? I compiled a few interesting and different gift ideas for both below.

Human gift ideas:

1. Build a Bear stuffed animals
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You can now record a personalized message into those voice boxes they put into their stuffed animals. So your stuffed toy can say “I love you!” in your voice every time you squeeze its paw. A personalized message is $8.00. Along with this they offer lots of pink, heart motif, and other animals (and outfits) to choose from. You can find their Valentine’s shop here, where you can buy a premade animal with clothes or purchase any of the items separately.

Love You Huggable Hearts Puppy – $44.50
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(Build A Bear)

Not only does this Dalmatian have heart shaped spots but choosing this offer gets you the clothes and shoes as well. Just look at its I *paw shaped heart* you pillow…

Wild About You Bananas Monkey – $47.00
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While this is their basic monkey, and you can get a Valentine’s one, it comes in an adorable tux with shoes and a stuffed rose bouquet.

2. A Custom Pillow of your Pet from Broderpress

You submit a photo of your pet to be placed onto a pillow in black and white, which is shaped just like your pet. See a couple examples below for a better representation:
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Your photos are submitted through their Etsy store here, and the cost is $80. I like the whimsical effect, especially with pets in odd perspective like this:
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Checking out the Broderpress Etsy store offers lots of other pillow options as well.

3. Gloves

Gloves may not usually be that interesting but on Etsy you can buy unique gloves that have different dog or animal silhouettes on them. Talkingloves features lambswool blend gloves with handcrafted images added to suit your tastes.

Sitting dog silhouette with bone – $36

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Dachshund gloves – $36

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4. Miximals
Repurposing old magazines and junk mail into custom designs of your pets Kimberly Thompson Panay will create a pet portrait just for you for $120. You can also see more of her whimsical artwork here.

Here are a couple examples:
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5. Custom Pet Necklace

Of course you could buy any dog or animal necklace out there, but the following two options are very unique!

Custom painted rock pet necklace pendant
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For $60 Rock Artiste will paint a rock pendant from a photo of your dog, cat, hamster, guinea pig, horse, or alpaca. These may be all the animals they have done, or the only ones they are good painting, but it is a fairly inclusive list. Pendants come on a leather cord with claw clasp closure.

Custom nose print necklace
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Cannot get enough of your dog or cats adorable nose? Then get a necklace made of your pet’s nose so you always have it with you! This would be a very unique and personal piece of jewelry. To make the pendant a nontoxic molding kit with instructions is mailed to your home so you can take a mold of your pet’s nose. Then you ship that back to the artist Kaleen Wolfe who creates a pendant for you from that mold. Each one is different and unique to your pet! Your pet’s name is also engraved on the back. Given the nature of the service, this costs $210.

Dog gift ideas:

1. Night camp at Petsmart with a special Valentine’s Day price:
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If your dog cannot stay home alone, or you want them to have a special day too you can utilize this option from Petsmart locations with pet sitting and/or boarding options. Please see the fine print about the requirements for your pet’s health, click here for more info.

You also get this cookie for your dog, which can be purchased this month for $3 as an extra treat for your dog during day or night stays at Petsmart.
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2. Pet Expressions grooming from Petsmart
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For a little extra you can get your pet groomed with some color or fur designs! This is completely safe for your dog, but can only be done after 12 weeks of age. In some areas, especially in CA this is not allowed so make sure it is available in your area first. Colors (and talent) will vary by location. Find out more here. Chalking adds color to fur starting at $2, stenciling adds chalk color in a specific design starting at $4, and feathering adds a little extra feather to the coat starting at $10.

A few more examples:

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3. A cute outfit:
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Is the idea of grooming your pet for the occasion a bit much? How about just sporting an outfit then? There are many options out there varying from heart prints to more subdued items which are simply pink or red. Above is the Wag-a-Tude red ruffle dress currently on sale for $13.45 at Petco.

Or what about this sweet lady dog sweater from Puplife?
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If that is a bit too much Puplife has an amazing selection of collars, leashes, and harnesses in Valentine’s colors (and many that are not if that is more your style).

Don’t let your masucline dog feel left out! This Full of Heart’s hoodie is available from Poochieheaven:

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($27.99)

4. Treats!
What dog would not be excited for treats? There are probably heart shaped treats at your local big pet store. You could also just give a favorite treat instead, because really the shape is only special to you.

If you want a little something more exciting for your dog try these cake pops from Poochieheaven:
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($32.99 for a box of 4)

Or this heart shaped box of dog treats:
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($27.99)

5. Toys
Once again, like treats, dogs love toys. The shape also doesn’t matter, but if you are looking for something special take a look at these:

Plush Valentine’s hearts in a heart shaped box from pampered dog gifts:
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($29.99)

Stuffed mock credit card toys in 4 different varieties from Calling All Dogs:
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($11.50 each)

Kong toys are amazing! Hide some peanut butter or other paste inside and your dog is instantly interested. They also hold up well to chewing and are easy to find at your local pet store. Online at Petsmart from $6.99 on up depending on size/design.
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Has your dog ever played with a Jolly Egg? This egg shaped toy comes in 2 sizes and three colors. This hard toy is built to allow lots of chewing and chasing. The shape makes the toy hard to pin down and roll erratically. Dogs love trying to chase it down! Find it on Amazon for around $15.
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Good luck finding any gifts you may yet need!

-Fizz

Baby Clydesdale

This is Arizona, the newest baby Clydesdale born to the famous Budweiser Clydesdales:
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Why is Arizona extra special? She was born on February 1, just a few minutes before Budweiser’s newest Clydesdale and puppy starring commercial aired for the Super Bowl! Maybe she is destined to be a future commercial star?

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Warm Springs Ranch is home to many Clydesdales, some of whom starred in other Budweiser commercials.

This is Hope, star of the 2013 Budweiser Super Bowl commercial “Brotherhood” –
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Here is the ad:

Warm Springs Ranch is closed for the winter, but come spring you can take a tour and see these famous horses for yourself! The Ranch opens in March, tours are by reservation only. They run from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Sunday.

This is Memory, born September 11 2014 and her mother Monica.
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(Jimmy Bernhard/KSDK-TV)

Lined up to see you:
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Interested in booking a tour? Take a look at Warm Springs Ranch’s website here. Or check out their facebook page here.

– Fizz

Salsa Dancing Dog

Are you a good dancer? This dog may have you beat!

This is an impressive display of training! The dog has to stay on its hind legs for a long time, and is always paying attention to their owner’s cues for the next move. Even so, just look at that wagging tail! The dog really seems to enjoy the attention. The end is even impressive!

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I hope that you find this video inspiring, you never know what your dog may enjoy learning!

-Fizz

Happy Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day is here, and in this area we are covered in a ridiculous amount of snow. It is no surprise that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That means six more weeks of winter.

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Where Phil lives there was a mix of snow and rain this morning. Last year Phil also saw his shadow, and it was a long and brutal winter. However, you cannot really base your weather predictions on a rodent. Since the tradition began in 1887 Phil has seen his shadow 101 times, not 17 times, and there are 9 years for which there is no data. Overall he has an 80% rate of accuracy.

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Hope you are not too sad by Phil’s prediction!

-Fizz

Cutest Super Bowl Commercials 2015

The big game has come and gone, did your team win? If you are like The Human you care more about the commercials than the actual game. It kind of ruins that experience when the big players release their commercials early online. In any event, The Human did not watch any spoilers so all the commercials were new. Still, there were not many cute commercials this year.

Here are The Human’s picks for cutest commercials:

“Fable” – Mercedes-Benz

Cute woodland creatures in a retelling of the tortoise and the hare? Cute, slightly inappropriate, but fun none the less.

“First Draft Ever” – Avocados from Mexico

It has animals in it, that is about all I can really say for it.

“When Pigs Fly” – Doritos

Inventive and cute, I am glad this pig could help his boy get some Doritos.

The winner of cutest commercial:
“Lost Dog” – Budweiser

Glad that Budweiser did not disappoint again this year! A freindship between a puppy and Clydesdales? The horses even save the puppy, this one was well put together!

Honorable mention:
I don’t know if this is actually made for game day, but The Human first saw it then:

K9 – Xfinity

Again, it has a dog in it and it is funny so it had to be included.

And today during the Puppy Bowl Animal Planet aired the Subaru “Dog Tested. Dog Approved.” commercials again so here is a compilation of those:

Hope you enjoyed your big game experience!

-Fizz

Puppy Bowl and UBER Team Up

This year Puppy Bowl XI did something incredibly special and awesome! Animal Planet teamed up with UBER to bring puppies to your office! That is right, you could order a car full of puppies to play with for 15 minutes!

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UBER is a company which allows you to use a cell phone app to order a taxi, private car, or rideshare. They are prominent in the news because the company employs any qualified driver and car for use as a taxi in the face of existing taxi medallion systems and companies, and has been rapidly expanding to new areas.

Unfortunately, The Human only heard about this after the time you could try to order this service which was Wednesday February 28 from 11am to 3pm. It was also very limited due to the demand for such a service and the difficulties of moving puppies around to many play dates. Maybe, just maybe if this works out this year they will offer the same type of service in the future. It was also extremely geographically limited, available in only 10 major cities so many were out of luck to begin with.

Where, How, Why, and How Much?

Where:  Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, DC, Denver, Indianapolis, LA, Phoenix, and Seattle.

How: You had to use the UBER app and request the PUPPIES option, which could only be viewed by those using the app in the above cities.

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This is what was displayed if all the puppies were busy:

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It was stated that puppies only be delivered to office buildings, and you had to make sure ahead of time that your office manager/building manger/boss was okay with this. You needed a room available for the puppies to go in and/or an enclosure to keep them safe and contained.

How does UBER even have puppies to drive around? They partnered with local shelters in each city. Many of the puppies that were involved were adoptable.

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Why: This event draws attention to puppies in need of a home. It also brings exposure to the shelters who participated. In most cities the puppies in the car were adoptable and the representative who traveled with the car of puppies could help. Plus, who wouldn’t want to play with a bunch of puppies while at their office?!

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Here are the participating shelters:
Phoenix – Arizona Humane Society
Atlanta – Atlanta Humane Society
Baltimore – BARCS Baltimore
Cleveland – Cleveland Animal Protective League
Dallas – Dallas Animal Services
Denver – Dumb Friends League
Indianapolis – Humane Society of Indianapolis
LA – Wags and Walks
Seattle – PAWS
DC – Washington Animal Rescue League

How Much: $30 for 15 minutes of puppy play time. All the money went to the shelter that participated in the event.

Puppies from the UBER promotion in Dallas:
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You can read the rules here and find out more.

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The puppies also went to schools and children’s hospitals to brighten their day!

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The Human is very sad to have missed this, but the opportunity was amazing!

– Fizz

 

Weirdest Mix Breed Ever?

Have you ever seen a mix between a pit bull and a dachshund?

This is Rami:
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(Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society)

You can clearly see the influence of both of his parents, with the distinctly pit bull face and long short dachshund body. Such a large head for such a small frame! It is hard to decide whether he is cute or ugly, or so ugly he is cute. Yet, Rami is up for adoption in Georgia.

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(Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society)

Rami is now famous online, as a dog of his unusual appearance is apt to be. Many did not even think he was real! After the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society posted him for adoption on Facebook they received so much interest they are setting up a special adoption and interview process to place him in the best home possible.

You can watch a news story about Rami due to all the attention over this odd appearance:

Never forget that you can find a gem at your local animal shelter too! So many dogs need forever homes, just make sure that you are ready for the task by spending a little time assessing any dog’s needs and whether you can fulfill them.

-Fizz