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Was Your Dog Naughty Or Nice?

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Did your dog get a special gift for Christmas? My husband and I tend to spoil our four dogs all year long (that's our pit bull mix, Shelby, at left), so for Christmas, we stick to simple stocking stuffers like treats, tennis balls and a toy. According to the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Americans spent $48.7 billion on their pets in 2007. To put that into perspective, IRMA spokesman Peter Gill said, "That exceeds the gross domestic product of 120 nations."

If you went overboard with buying gifts for your dogs, please consider donating a few items to your local shelter. Many homeless dogs would enjoy treats, toys or just some attention. At this time of year, it seems like everyone is rushing around trying to do one more thing. If you have a few minutes, grab that extra carrier or package of treats and stop by the shelter. I promise it'll feel better than crossing every single item off your to-do list. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Julia Kamysz Lane

December 25, 2007 in Current Affairs, Donations , Food | Permalink

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Nice post. Sometimes we get caught up in things and forget about donating.

Posted by: Hungrydog | Sep 11, 2008 12:33:48 PM

I have a 15 year old Black Standard Poodle her name is Zuse and she is in exelent health and since moving to France with her little friend Scruffy my other black and white heinz 57 who is now 13 years old they have slowed down in the aging process and act much younger in them selves, its great.
They keep each other happy play together and share there life's, I love them to bits, bless them.

Posted by: Karen Fnk | Jan 19, 2008 10:28:15 AM

As many of us do over the holidays, we spoil our loved ones with gifts and treats - including our DOGS. It is a great idea to donate to items to a local shelter to put a wag in someone else's tail!

Posted by: National Canine Weight Check | Jan 16, 2008 7:45:37 AM

Louise, my little Brussels Griffon, was nice. And I was, too, for not making her wear real antlers:

http://flickr.com/photos/mzfaustus/2183380331/

Posted by: Natalie Hope McDonald | Jan 10, 2008 2:27:46 PM

Hi!
Wonderful post. Especially this time of year there are so many animals in need.

Posted by: Nancy | Jan 2, 2008 6:06:34 PM

It's so true. With all the abundance in the world, some times it's very easy to overlook the unfortunate.

Posted by: David Johnson | Dec 29, 2007 8:37:06 AM

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