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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gifts for Dogs, Gifts from Dogs

I'm wondering if any of you not only give your dog gifts on Christmas, but give gifts from them to others? If this seems like nutty anthropomorphizing, just move on to another blog.

 For the rest of you, I'm really curious.

Sometimes my dogs have had to give gifts as pay back for things that they destroyed, or other times as a thank you for dogsitting. Then there is the groomer who puts up with a little guy who hates to have his feet touched, (much less shaved), and simply another excuse to give a small and silly gift to someone in the family it's from the dog.

Arlo is a dog with a love for the frivolous, silly, and dramatic. When it comes to giving gifts, however, he selects the same practical item for everyone in the family. Last year it was chap stick, this year it will be small sewing kits. (Seriously, what are you going to do when you're on a business trip and a button pops off that white shirt just before an important presentation.)

He loves giving things like sticky rollers, flares,  and duct tape (or duck tape if you prefer). Practical and useful, these seem the unlikely choice of the boy who walks on his hind legs like a circus dog and dances in twirling circles just to entertain us. It's becoming a tradition, though, and people are starting to look forward to his useful presents.

Hannah, on the other hand, is by nature practical, sensible, and down-to-earth.

Her gifts, however, do not favor the practical, utilitarian items.

She typically gives small gifts that are special food treats, (knowing well how enjoyable these little tidbits can be.) Hannah also loves to chew (twigs, small bits of cardboard, etc.) so this year she'll be giving a variety of flavored chewing gum to everyone at our Christmas party. Her small presents will be packs of Extra Dessert Delights Sugarless Gum (the favorite of all the school-age kids we know). These gum flavors include: Lemon Square, Rainbow Sherbet, Mint Chocolate Chip, Key Lime Pie, Orange Creme Pop, Apple Pie, Strawbery Shortcake, and Root Beer Float. The appealing photographs on each package give these colorful little giftlets extra charm. Look here to see them.

So, just wondering if anyone out there knows any gift-giving dogs. I'm guessing we're probably all in that category of fools who not only talk to our dogs but find a voice that seems to suit them and occasionally answer on their behalf.

The beauty of it is that even elegant dogs like Madeline, and serious working dogs like  Toby, all put up with our silliness with patience and understanding.

The point is, to have fun and enjoy our dogs and their gifts
of companionship and unconditional love that they give so freely.
Besides, who wouldn't appreciate some chewing gum and a small sewing kit?

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