Archive of ‘Pets’ category

Happy take your dog to work day!

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It’s not only the first day of summer, it’s also the 15th annual Take your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWDay).  Pet Sitters International created this day in 1999 to celebrate our furry companions and to encourage pet adoption.  On this day, companies are encouraged to open their workplace to employees’ dogs on this special day.

Photo shared with us from @summeraby of her two "helpful" office assistants!

Photo shared with us from @summeraby of her two “helpful” office assistants!

Several studies, including the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, reported having canines in the corporate world shows significant benefits in everything from increased productivity, to a boost in employee moral and increased sales.
Sounds like some great benefits for the whole workplace!

Find a gift from Things Engraved for your Furry Friend to celebrate their special day.

Does your company celebrate Take your Dog to Work Day?

Do Pets Make Good Gifts?

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PuppyTo the millions of pet owners across the globe, pets are more than just furry friends around the house. Pets put many people in a good mood and can also make for a valuable addition to families with children, instilling a sense of responsibility in kids they might otherwise never learn.

But pets are also a very personal choice. Such a reality makes giving a pet as a present during the holiday season a difficult proposition — one that requires careful consideration of the pros and cons before making a final decision.

Some things to consider for your Pro and Con list:

The Pros

* Companionship: Pets make fine companions, and many people think giving a pet as a present during the holiday season is a great way to put a smile on a lonely friend or relative’s face. However, when giving a pet in the hopes it will provide companionship, be sure to find a pet that’s known for liking attention, such as a golden retriever, and not a pet that doesn’t require much care or appreciate the attention.

* The surprise element: Oftentimes, when a family pet dies it takes awhile before the family is ready to get a new pet. However, if sufficient time has elapsed, the surprise element of a new pet at the holidays can make it one of the more memorable holidays ever.

The same can be said when giving a child their first pet. For moms and dads who have decided the kids are ready for their first pet, the holidays make a great time to surprise them with a Fido or Morris of their own.

* Cost: Particularly in the current economy, not all families can afford to adopt or buy a new pet. While they might be able to afford to feed and care for a pet, the initial costs (some adoptions can cost several hundred dollars) might be well beyond their budget. For gift givers who can afford the costs of adoption or the purchase price from a breeder, giving a pet can be a gift the family will greatly appreciate.

The  Cons

* Personal choice: Pets don’t take long to become a member of the family. And that’s often because pets are a deeply personal choice made by the pet owner and his or her family. Giving a pet as a gift might be a nice gesture, but many people would prefer to pick their own pets.

Kitten* Timing: Not all families are ready for a pet. Even parents who want to add a pet to their home should consider if the timing is right. Are kids ready for the responsibility of a pet? Is the family ready to add another member?

Timing should also be a consideration for those thinking of giving a pet to someone they don’t live with. It might be a nice gesture to give newlywed friends a pet, but they might also be trying to have a baby and might not have the time to care for a pet.

* Allergies and additional health considerations: Not everyone can have a pet in their home. Many people are allergic to animals. It could prove a disaster to give a kitten to someone who is highly allergic to cats. Shoppers who are unsure if a friend or loved one has a pet allergy should avoid giving a pet as a present.

In addition to pet allergies, another medical concern is some people might not be physically capable of caring for a pet. Dogs, for instance, need to be taken on daily walks or, at the very least, taken outside to relieve themselves. What’s more, training a puppy is no small task. If a friend or family member does not appear capable of caring for a pet, consider a different gift.

So what do you think? Do pets make a good gift?

Pet giving – Half of pet owners will buy for Fifi and Ruffus this holiday season

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I read somewhere in my internet travels last week that over 50% of pet owners will buy their beloved pet a Christmas gift this year.  I found this number quite large but the more I think about it, the more sense it makes.  People love love love their pets. This is evident in the number of cat videos that go viral in a short time and the sheer number of gifts available for pets. And Fifi and Ruffus are part of the family, are they not? They certainly deserve a little something under the tree too.

If you’re buying for your furry feline finalist or your best-in-show perfect pooch, may we suggest some gifts for your beloved pets this Christmas.

Dog Tag

Engrave your pooch's name on this sylish dog tag. Click pic to buy.

Cat Tag

Kitties need tags too! Totally engravable. click pic to buy.

Dog Frame

Frame featuring YOUR DOG. Engrave the frame with a personalized message. Click pic to buy.

Dog Tag

What's your princess' name? Engrave it on this special tag. Click pic to buy.

We have many more dog tag designs, please visit our website.

Stocking

Don't forget Ruffus needs a Christmas stocking too. We can make you one! Click pic to buy.

                     
Cat Stocking

Don't forget FiFi needs a Christmas stocking too. We can make you one! Click pic to buy.

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