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Gifts For The Dog Lover

Need a gift idea for the dog lover in your life? Here are some great personalized gift ideas from Pretty Personal Gifts

This custom made sterling silver hand stamped dog paw charm bracelet is nothing short of fabulous! Prices start at $30.

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This personalized dog breed canvas tote is available in 5 colors (pink, green, orange, navy & brown) and can be personalized with a variety of dog breeds or with paw prints. Prices start at just $24

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Red Dingo Dog Tags are always a hit. These high quality fully custom tags allow you to pick not only the size and color, but also the design. Engraving and shipping are always free on Red Dingo Dog tags when you purchase them at Pretty Personal Gifts. With prices starting at $11.50 including shipping and engraving, you can't go wrong!

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Happy shopping!



New designs from Red Dingo! By popular demand the skull & crossbones pet tag is now available in all colors. Rumour has it that more new designs are coming soon!
Red Dingo Dog & Cat Tags

Pretty Personal Gifts sells personalized Red Ding Dog tags & cat tags. New designs include a shamrock, red cross, snow flake, soccer ball, peace sign and many others. Also, brown has been added as a color option. As always when you order Red Dingo Tags from Pretty Personal Gifts, engraving and shipping are free!

Click here to view Red Dingo Dog Tags in custom colors

Click here to view the Designer Series

Click here to view the Cat Tags

Pretty Personal Gifts offers free shipping and free engraving on Red Dingo Tags with prices starting at $11.50.

What a great deal! Go to to view order a Red Dingo Dog or Cat tag with free shipping.


Personalized Canvas Dog Tote Bags

Personalized Canvas Dog Tote Bags

Whether you're traveling on vacation or just to the dog park, take your dog's essentials with you in this stylish Personalized Dog Paw Tote Bag available for $24 at Pretty Personal Gifts

Pretty Personal Gifts also makes custom Dog Breed Tote bags. They offer over 50 breeds and can usually accommodate special breed requests not shown on their order form. Just ask! Colors can be changed to resemble your dog. Personalization is available. Prices start at $24.


More Tough Times

Singer Rob Thomas and wife Marisol have had a few tough years. The Grammy-winning singer and his wife have been battling Marisol's autoimmune disorder. During this time they adopted their dog Tyler, an abused 5-year-old terrier mutt. The couple adopted Tyler from Pets Alive, a no-kill shelter in upstate New York.

Sidewalk Angels Foundation established by Rob and Marisol Thomas, is a New York-based non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with charities in and around America's big cities helping animals.

Sadly, Thomas recently posted this message on Atlantic Records website regarding his dog Tyler's declining health. Tyler has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and has only months to live.

Thomas and his wife request that donations be made in honor of Tyler to PETS ALIVE , the no kill shelter where they adopted Tyler.

Our hearts go out the Thomas family.


How BDL hurts everyone

How BDL hurts everyone... click here to read this story about breed discrimination legislation that seems to have backfired on a certain Sioux City, IA councilman. Can you say Karma? A dog is an individual with its own personality. It should be judged on its temperament and not it's appearance.
Stock photo by Clay Myers, Best Friends’ photographer


Reminder - Don't leave your pooch in the car

With summer in full swing and temperatures rising, we wanted to remind everyone not to leave a pooch or any animal in the car. Give them plenty of water and watch for overheating. Have you ever heard of giving a dog a frozen meatball to cool them off in the summer? I haven't tried that. At any rate, cars get hot very quickly in the heat. Here is a heartbreaking story about dogs who perished recently after being left in a car. There is no excuse for this...

ARNOLD, Mo. -- An investigation continues following the deaths of seven St. Louis-area show dogs. Jefferson County authorities were called Tuesday to a home in Arnold. Sheriff Glenn Boyer says the 24-year-old custodian of the dogs had returned home from a show in Iowa and planned to put the dogs in kennels in the garage.

But because of the heat, she decided to leave the dogs in portable kennels in a van. She says she placed six electric fans in the van, left a door open, and left windows partially open.

The custodian says she checked on the dogs at 4:05 a.m. and they appeared fine. But when she checked again at 6:30 a.m. they were in distress. She drove the dogs to a veterinarian.
The cause of death has not been determined. The dogs had different owners. An eighth dog survived.


Dog beds have come a long way

Check out these fashionable dog beds at All Pet Furniture. Talk about doggie style!

Bessie & Barnie Dog Sofa in Versailles Fabric $189.99 with free shipping
(this one is my favorite!)

Bessie & Barnie Wild Animal Dog Bed $189.99 with free shipping

Bessie & Barnie Toile Dog Bed $189.99 with free shipping

Bowsers - Moderno Dog Bed, this one is custom made, you get to choose from over 20 available fabrics. Tres chic! This one runs $779.99 plus shipping.


Thanks Mable Cakes!

Mable Cakes blog brought this adorable toy to our attention recently! It's available at

Recently her sweet dog Mable choked on a bone. She describes the procedure for the doggie Heimlich maneuver for dogs here on her blog.

We love the Mable Cakes blog and hope she doesn't mind that we are sharing her post with our followers and readers. I had never heard of this until she shared her frightening experience. We're really glad Mable is OK!
Thanks Mable Cakes!

Martha's Dogs are Blogging!

Did you know Martha Stewart's French Bulldogs have their own blog? It's true! The Daily Wag adventures with Francesca and Sharkey.

It's a fun lighthearted blog that gives you updates about what's going on in the world of Franny and Sharkey, as well as Martha and some of her other pets. You can also see Martha's pet resources which include everything from adoption to grooming and nutrition.


Ralph Lauren for the Pup

Designer dog gear! Ralph Lauren has a line just for pups...and there's a sale going on.

this pretty pink Polo and the one above both retail for $45 and are currently marked down to$27

this rugby hoodie retails for $60 and is currently $36

solid mesh polo shirt $35.00 marked down to $21

For these and other designer duds visit Ralph Lauren .com


3 Cheers for 3 Heros

Our last post talked about two dogs that helped find missing MO toddler, Joshua Childers. It turns out that not only did these two dogs help find the missing boy, but his own dog may have also been involved in keeping him alive by keeping him warm through part of the 52 hour ordeal.

“One of our initial concerns was how could a 35-pound child could stay alive in forty degree weather in the rain for two nights and three days,” said Steven Crawford, Childer’s doctor.

Reports are that Joshua has talked about being with a dog at night during the time that he was lost. The Childer's family dog, a Great Pyrenees, allegedly disappeared about the same time that Joshua talked about being with the dog.

If this is true, that would make not 2, but 3 dogs that helped to keep this little boy alive. This story just keeps getting better!


Rescue dogs help rescue missing MO boy

7 yr old "Bear" shown here with missing toddlers grandmother is the hero of the day!

Two dogs are being credited for helping to find missing 3 year old Missouri toddler, Joshua Childers. The toddler was found 52 hours after he wandered away from his family's home.

Searcher Donnie Halpin heard two dogs barking and noticed that the two dogs were sniffing around the ground. He decided to investigate. "I think the boy was laying there asleep," Halpin said. "I said, 'Hey, buddy,' and he just sat up. I said, 'You want to go home?' And he said, 'Yeah.' And I just reached down and picked him up and just put his arms around me and we hiked on down the mountain." Halpin said if he hadn't heard the dogs he would not have found the boy.

Debbie Graham later told reporters that her dogs Bear and Little Bill, are both shelter dogs who were rescued themselves. She noticed that her dogs had been missing from her property for a longer than usual period of time. She speculates that Bear and Little Bill may have been staying with the toddler in the woods to keep him warm. The weather conditions were cold and rainy and the boy was found wearing only a T-shirt and diaper but was said to be found in good condition.

Little Bill getting hugs from thankful Grandma after rescuing finding her missing grandson.

Kudos to Bear and Little Bill. We think they should get lots of biscuits and belly rubs for their good work!


Please don't feed the dogs!

photo of an overweight dog courtesy of ESPCA

Our vet informed us that our dogs are both 5 lbs. overweight. They get plenty of exercise, they eat the recommended portion of their low fat dog food and we give only low fat treats sparingly. So what gives? Why are our fur babies so chubby?

We did a little investigating and here's what we found.

Case 1 - the floor guys : we recently had hardwood floors installed in our home. We found out that the floor guys bought 2 boxes of treats (low quality, high fat) and fed them the dogs in one or two days. It would take us a month to get through two boxes that size. We also remember seeing the pool guy, the heating get the idea. Every worker that comes here seems to have a stash of doggie treats with them.

Case 2 - UPS & FED EX delivery guys: not only do the delivery guys feed the dogs treats when they deliver packages to us (almost daily) but they also stop by even when they don't have deliveries. We've seen it. I was shocked to see that they fed our dogs 5-6 large biscuits each which would be the equivalent of half their daily food allowance.

Case 3
- The Postal Carrier: feeds dogs treats daily (except on Sunday!) She throws them from her vehicle out on to our lawn as she passes by just to be nice.

Case 4 - The Neighbors : we've seen our neighbors treating the dogs to a snack every now and again on their daily walk.

Case 5 - The Stranger : recently someone asked permission to buy treats for our dogs so that they could visit with the dogs on their lunch break from work. The answer was no, but at least the person asked.

This is only what we have been able to find out with a little investigating. I can only imagine what goes on that we don't know about. Keep in mind that the dogs are contained in our yard. They are not roaming the streets looking for people with food. Are they hypnotists? Are they magical? How do they get people to give up all this food for them?

Overweight dogs run the risk of many different health issues including diabetes, respiratory problems, heart trouble, hip dysplasia and more. We are going out of our way to make sure they don't over eat to keep them healthy but I'm not sure it's working. We're going to have to come up with a plan to gingerly tell people that they cannot feed the dogs.

What's your policy on treating a dog without permission from the owner? Do you want someone giving your dog treats without your knowledge? Does your dog have a food allergy or are they overweight? Let us know your thoughts.

I'm sure that the people who are treating our dogs do so because they love animals and they are trying to be kind. I personally have a new outlook on treating other people's pets. I won't do it without permission. I hadn't considered the unintended consequences and the potential of literally killing a dog with kindness.


Personalized Dog Collars from Orvis

Orivs has quite a selection of dog items. This distinctive collar and leash of full-grain leather is permanently personalized using laser engraving. Both items can be engraved with your dog's name and phone number. In brown. USA. Collar even sizes: 10"-24". Priced from $29-$39
The reflective material is0 3M's Scotchlite™ ensures that your dog is visible at night up to a half-mile away. Durable side-release buckles. Not recommended for tying out your dog. In silver/blue, silver/black, silver/red. Personalize small and medium collars with up to 17 characters; large and x-large collars with up to 21 characters; lead with up to 21 characters. All personalization includes spaces. USA. Personalized for free. $29

This effective, safe, and humane collar gives you added control over your dog. Safer to use than a choke chain, Martingale collars are favored by professional dog show handlers because they offer much more control than standard buckle collars. Worn loosely, they tighten only up to a certain point to get the dog's attention and then stop—never choking. Not recommended for tying out your dog. In black, blaze orange, green, red, blue, light blue. Personalize small with up to 15 characters; medium and and large with up to 24 characters. All personalization includes spaces. USA $29