I'm looking for gifts for my niece's two beagles but I really want to get something different this year.
You have to know my niece to appreciate what I'm saying so a little description is in order.
She's 23, smart, independent and her dogs are her children. Whenever anyone asks her what she wants for her birthday - she always says, "something for Ruby and Rose."
I've done the PetSmart thing ad nauseum and I'd like to do something with a little more style this year.
My niece isn't pretentious so ruffles, frills and "pampered pets" things are out.
She is very outdoorsy. She's well-traveled at her tender age, having backpacked across a good chunk of Europe, slept in huts in Tibet and traversed hidden ruins in Peru.
She loves nature. Natural fabrics. She shuns chrome and plastic. She recycles EVERYTHING and is king of an Earth Spirit.
I want to give her something for her dogs that is a cross between organic and Banana Republic. Something you'd find in a Soho loft, but something that totally respects animals and nature.
Did that make a lick of sense? Does anyone know of any pet brands that would fit these categories? I'm not wealthy, but she IS my favorite niece so I want to give her something that is just perfect.
All ideas are welcome and greatly appreciated.
It's not exactly for her dogs, but something she might like anyway - how about a drawn or painted portrait of the dogs, there are lots of artists who specialise in pet portraits from photos of the pet.
Or how about a subscription to Bark Magazine which is much more interesting than most dog mags and aimed at people who like their dogs to be a central part of their life.
Or if she's got a yard and the dogs like water then a dog paddling pool like the dog dip n sip would be fun for them.
Your niece is lucky to have such a thoughtful uncle.
This site has some interesting looking stuff, perhaps you'll find some inspiration there.
Great ideas, Hollie and Nettle.
Recently, I've been noticing how more and more people think of their pets as their kids. I love that trend. It tells me that people, in general, are growing to respect animal life more than ever.
I like the ideas!
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