Gift Guide for the Pampered Pooch ….

I am a proud pet owner.  If you follow me on Instagram you will probably know that it is littered with snapshots of my pup, Scruffy….

Scruffy Collage

I love that little mutt like he is member of the family, so it makes sense that as Christmas approaches, I am searching for the perfect little something to stuff into his stocking (and yes he has a stocking).  If I was a betting man, I think that there is a strong possibility that one (ok two..) of these items may find their way into Scruffy’s life come Christmas morn …

pampered pooch gift guideClockwise: Petite Doggie Rope “Cigars” // Ralph Lauren Fair Isle Dog Sweater // Porcelain Geo Bone Dog Bowl // Union Made Hand Dyed Ombre Dog Leash // Jax & Bones, Jerry the Giraffe Dog Toy // TheArtfulPet Custom Pet Portrait // Collapsible Water Bowl

Typically I am against dressing up animals as little humans but I think I may break my rule for that Ralph Lauren doggy sweater.  ACK!  I can justify it by stating that is has been unseasonably cold this year in California.  But honestly, while the sweater may help fight the chill for Scruffy, it 100% warms my heart!

Don’t miss our other gift guides:  Stylish Finds for the Stylish Lass and the Non-Girly Gift Guide for Guys…..

Now if you excuse me, it’s time for Scruffy’s walk and I don’t want to be late!

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Wonder Dog Rescue….

Almost two years ago, 13 pounds of furry love found his way in my home and heart…..

Scruffy

I love my dog Scruffy more than I thought I ever could.  Yes, he annoys me, occasionally opts to use my antique rugs as his personal porta-potty and is a total bed hog but I couldn’t imagine a more wonderful pet.

Scruffy’s presence our lives is due to a fantastic San Francsico-based organization  called Wonder Dog Rescue.  Headed by the wonderfully kind Linda Beenau, Wonder Dog Rescue is dedicated to saving small to mid-sized dogs in all stages of life from kill shelters.    Linda and her team tirelessly travel throughout Northern and Central California saving dogs, nursing them back to health in some instances and finding foster & permanent homes for those adorable canines…..

Wonder Dog Collage

We were introduced to Linda through word of mouth and could not have been more pleased with the experience.  Linda personally interviews each foster parent and potential adoptee, explaining the unique nuances of your potential pet and what special needs they may have.  As I said, Wonder Dog is dedicated to rescuing dogs in all stages of life, so there are some dogs that may have emotional or physical needs that may exceed the normal standard of care but Linda provides counseling and support for those of you seeking the challenge and reward.

However, all of this hands-on support comes at a price.  All the dogs are fed and housed by Wonder Dog until a suitable foster home is found.  In addition, no dog is put up for foster or adoption without having been given it’s shots and a clear bill of health.  Last, Wonder Dog is committed to ensuring all of their rescues have happy and fulfilling lives so they state that any time during the dog’s life you are unable to care for it, simply call the team and they will make accommodations  to keep the dog until another suitable home is found.  Dedication like this takes money….money that Wonder Dog is tight on now.

Donations are appreciated and needed to ensure a no-kill shelter like this can continue to do it’s amazing work.  Aside from money, you an donate food, pet supplies or your time as a volunteer at the shelter.  Or you can follow the route that The Partner and I took and foster a dog until a suitable home can be found.  Just be careful because you may end up with another member of your family….

*All the dogs pictured above are available for adoption or fostering.  Inquire at 415.621.DOGS for more details.

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Sometimes I Just Can’t Stand It…..

Not to gloat or anything, but at times I honestly think my dog Scruffy is the cutest thing ever to walk on four legs……

Honestly, the cock of the head, the floppy ears and scruffy coat (ergo his name). I am suffering a diabetic cute coma. It’s cute overload! I look at him and my mind races to dark places.

When I get in this hyper state, I sometimes do things that I should not do. Like buy my dog a full rain suit on sale from Lands End. I never thought of myself as the type of dude who would dress his dog, but in my defense, the Bay Area has rainy winters. A rain coat for my dog would make my life easier or that is how I am justifying it…..

I just can’t stand it! How adorable does Scruffy look in that hat. I literally am having seizures on the floor from the shot. However, I am positive that behind those puppy dog eyes, there is something sinister a brewing.

Why do you ask? I am pretty sure that when Scruffy came home with us from the pound he never envisioned being dressed up like a gay weather man and having his picture plastered all across the internet. For this atrocity alone, I am sure that Scruffy is plotting to kill me in my sleep.

Without a doubt, I am sure he is just waiting for his moment……

So if you don’t see a posting from me on Monday, you know that Scruffy snapped and took me out ala Chuck Norris style because he truly couldn’t stand it.

Now that I have painted my dog as a vicious killer with a knack for wearing aborable hats, have a GREAT weekend! I will be watching my back and doing homework.

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