Top Pet-Themed Gifts For The Holidays In Connecticut

December 14, 2012 8:00 AM

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Connecticut is a place where people love their pets. With the holidays fast approaching, pamper the pet lover on your shopping list with a special item that shows you understand how important pets are. Whether you choose a gift with sentimental value, one that recognizes the bond between pet and person or something that gives back to homeless animals, the following suggestions will make any yuletide bright.

Furever Rescued Calendar

No matter how much we have come to rely on electronic gadgets to remind us of our appointments, for many there is still nothing like having an actual calendar hanging on the wall. The Furever Rescued Calendar for 2013 is sure to delight the animal lover on your shopping list. Never has a calendar been able to do so much for so many with such style. Each month is represented by a beautiful photograph of a rescued animal and its story. Every dog in the calendar was voted by the public into the top 12 and two of the featured dogs are from the same Connecticut shelter.  Also included are heartwarming and inspirational profiles of people who have positively impacted this world through their love of animals. The calendar’s selling price is shared evenly between the sponsor, Paws of Grace, and a rescue group of the purchaser’s choice which is designated upon checkout. There are organizations participating from almost every state in the country. Expedited shipping is available upon request to ensure your calendar arrives in time for Christmas.

The Cheshire Cat and Dog, Too
1320 Waterbury Road
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 439-0707

There is nothing quite like an outing shared between a dog and its owner. Sometimes outings are meant for one-on-one time and then there are occasions when new friends are more than welcome. Dogs, like people, have their own way of reacting to others. It is difficult to tell whether another dog wants to play. If the answer is no, you can already be too close to keep dogs and people out of harm’s way. The Cheshire Cat and Dog, Too now carries leashes, collars and harnesses that are color coded and labeled in bold lettering that tell all who approach whether your companion is “friendly,” requires “caution,” prefers “no dogs,” is “deaf,” “nervous” or perhaps even “adoptable.” Just as much for the pet person as the dog involved, boundaries can be maintained, friends can be made and homes will be found by observing the message from enough of a distance to keep everyone comfortable during each outing.

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Whether the pet lover you are shopping for is a child or someone who is young at heart, with so many designs to choose from, Luv-A-Bulls is sure to be a gift that is proudly played with or displayed for a long time. Each whimsical piece is lovingly handmade here in Connecticut from patterns that range from cute to colorful, plain to peppy and everything in between. More choices include sports teams, holiday themes and even one made to collect autographs to remember special occasions. Orders can also be placed to memorialize a beloved pet. All have a signature heart-shaped nose that makes the Luv-A-Bulls irresistible and so difficult to own just one. This is a must-have item that also gives back to the animal rescue community. Every month, a different organization is selected to receive a portion of the proceeds from each Luv-A-Bull sold. All pre-made Luv-A-Bulls can be shipped for Christmas delivery.

Thomaston Feed
141 Watertown Road
Thomaston, CT 06787
(860) 283-9661

One of the biggest challenges any pet owner faces is what to feed a cherished family member for optimum health and well being. With many available choices and recent recalls of so many food items, where to turn for the best advice may prove to be elusive. Whether experienced or novice, “To Your Dog’s Health” is a worthwhile read and perfect holiday gift for one and all. Written by Mark Poveromo, owner of Thomaston Feed and a man who has spent a lifetime learning and teaching, his book provides a solid foundation for a well-informed decision as to which types of food are most beneficial as well as the types of foods and processing to avoid. Also discussed in “To Your Dog’s Health” are holistic and raw diets to combat certain common illnesses that afflict so many animals and leave a devoted caretaker searching for answers.

Related: The Perfect Day For Your Dog In Connecticut

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Theodora DeBarbieri is an animal advocate, columnist and local TV show host residing in Connecticut. She is owned by a number of dogs, cats and birds. Her work can be found at

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