Friday, January 12, 2018

Why Gift Baskets for Pets?

The other day, a lady asked Mom what she did for work. Mom said she made gift baskets for people and for pets. The lady said “Why would anyone buy a gift basket for a pet?”

I just rolled my eyes. You would get a gift basket for a pet for the same reasons you would get a gift basket for people. Pets aren’t that different from people when it comes to getting gifts. We like getting gifts. Gifts make us feel special.

People like getting gift baskets because a gift basket is many gifts in one. Our people gift baskets have lots of different kinds of treats in them that people like. There are cookies and candies and coffee or tea. People can open a different gift every day for a lot of days.

It’s the same for pets. Our pet gift baskets have different kinds of toys and treats. It’s lots of fun to open the basket and find not one toy but two or three and not one treat but lots. We like getting a different gift every day for lots of days too.

I know that one of the companies that makes gifts for dogs sends their gifts in a plain box. That’s okay because some pets, especially cats and DixieLee, like playing in boxes. We do things a little differently at Paw PalsBoutique. We do ship our gift baskets in plain boxes so cats and dogs like DixieLee can still have a plain box to play in but we like our gift basket to be pretty as well as fun. I like pretty. Mom tells me I am pretty so pretty must be a good thing.

Some of our gift baskets are made in boxes but we use boxes that are not plain. Some of our gift baskets are made in baskets that can be used to store things like toys and we even make some gift baskets in pretty dinner bowls!

All of our gift baskets are made even prettier by wrapping them in cello and adding a super pretty bow! Super pretty bows are important because they make the people getting the gift feel extra special.

When would anyone give a pet gift basket? One of the times is when a family pet crosses over Rainbow Bridge. Pets are a big part of the family and when one crosses over, people don’t know how to say how sorry they are. A Paw Print On The Heart gift basket says what words can’t.

A gift basket is a great way to welcome a new pet to the household. A special birthday or just to let a favorite pet know how special they are. There are so many whens.

We love making gift baskets for pets so that can feel extra special. So, when you want a pet or a person who loves their pet feel extra special, give us a call and we will make an extra special gift basket for you.

Your friend,


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bomb Cyclone

From watching the TV news, I see that lots of places are having really, really cold weather this year. Dog that live in places that are cold every year know that being outside when it is really, really cold can be dangerous. It can make you sick or even died! So, for our friends who live in places where it isn’t usually this cold, here are some tips on what you need to do to be safe.

1. Be smart. Just because you are a big dog or have a furry coat does not mean you can stay outside for long times. Big dogs and dogs with thick coats need to be as careful as small dogs and dogs with short coats.

There are jackets and sweaters for all size dogs. If you are going to be outside, like going for a hike with your humans, a jacket or sweater will keep you warm.

2. Stay hydrated. This is especially true if you are hiking or playing in the snow. Even though snow is made from water, it is NOT good to eat snow. Snow, like puddles, can have buggies that can make you have a tummy ache or bad poops.

3. Salted walkways. I know I’ve said this before but it is important. Peoples use salt to make the snow melt on sidewalks and roads. It is a good thing for cars and peoples who wear shoes but a bad thing for dogs’ paws.

If you do need to walk where there is salt, make sure your human washes your feet as soon as you get home and NEVER lick the salt from your feel yourself cuz it will make you sick.

Some dogs wear boots which makes walking on salted sidewalks and roads okay.

4. Salt is not the only thing that can make your feet hurt. Snow can get caught in between your pads, especially on dogs with long hair. The snow balls up and makes walking difficult.

Boots keep snow from getting between your paws and washing your feet as soon as you get inside also helps.

5. Antifreeze. Antifreeze is something that people put in their cars to make them work when it is cold. Antifreeze smells and tastes sweet but it is POISON. If you see a puddle of antifreeze in your yard, walk away immediately.

There are lots of things we need to be careful of when it gets really, really cold so be smart and don’t over do or take chances. Stay warm and safe.

Tell your cat friends... they need to be safe from the really, really cold too.



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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Being Top Dog

I didn’t wake up one day and find myself as Chief Canine Officer of a pet gift basket company. It took years of hard work and lots of learning.

I started my life in a non-kill shelter in South Carolina. When I was just a baby, I was put in a van with my litter mates and other shelter dogs and driven to New England where my chances of being adopted were better.

My picture was put on along with thousands of other dogs looking for forever homes. I got lucky when my Mom saw my picture and called the rescue people. I was so little and kind of scared. Mom and Dad were really nice and before long we were a real family.

I had a big job to do. Being the dog of a family is a very responsible position, especially when you are adopted into a family where other dogs used to live until the crossed over to Rainbow Bridge.

I got to go to Mom’s Studio everyday with her. I watched how she worked at the gift basket business. Peoples seemed to like getting gift baskets and I knew that pets liked to get gifts too so why not start making gift baskets for pets.

Mom liked the idea and we made a special section in the Shoppe just for pet gift baskets. We would think about what kinds of things would be liked best. Toys are always fun and of course, treats,

My job can be challenging but it is also very rewarding. One of the percs is that I get to taste test the treats and play with the toys we consider using.

When DixieLee came to live with us I trained her good and now we are even more selective in what toys and treats we put in our gift baskets. Like, now we only buy treats that are made in the USA.

We have grown over the past six years and I am looking forward to helping more pets received high quality gift baskets from the peoples who love them.

To see our large selection of gift baskets for dogs and cats, just go to You’ll be glad you did.


Zeva, Chief Canine Officer

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Home for Christmas

Christmas is over and we are back in our routine. Getting ready for Christmas was lots of fun. We got to help Mom make lots of Christmas gift baskets, write out our Christmas cards and wrap all of the gifts.

On Christmas Eve DixieLee and I got to open one of OUR gifts. We each got a fun toy that has a ball to catch on one end and a tail to tug on the other. I got a blue one and she got a red one. Or did I get the red on and she get the blue one?

Christmas morning was not so much fun. We rushed breakfast so Mom and Dad could leave early to go visit Mom’s human family. It was snowing really, really hard and it was really, really dark when the left. They were gone for a very long time and DixieLee was worried they were never coming back.

I knew Mom was coming back cuz she told us she was when she left. She told us Tracie, our neighbor, was going to take care of us and when she came home, we would get to open another gift.

Tracie, came to feed us and let us outside but DixieLee cried and wanted Mom and Dad. She was not on her best behavior, barking and carrying on. She wouldn’t listen good to Tracie except when she was bribed with cookies. Then she was miss goody four paws.

It was hard waiting for Mom and Dad to come home and to see what our other gifts were. Having very bad weather made it worse since we couldn’t go outside much during the day and they had to drive very slow so it took forever for them to get home.

It was well worth the wait! We got extra treats and our big gift was a new unstuffed Zanie! Unstuffed Zanies are good fun. They have TWO squeakers! I got a chipmunk and DixieLee got a coyote. Or did I get the coyote and DixieLee get the chipmunk?

It’s good to get back into our routine but I think it would be fun to have more Christmas times. At least the present part.

Hope your Christmas was good and you got lots of toys and treats and bestest wishes for a healthy and happy 2018 from everyone at Paw Pals Boutique.

Your friend,


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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Night Before Christmas

Whoo. Christmas is almost here and we shipped our last batch of orders yesterday. (Maybe) DixieLee is happy because she says she will be able to sleep later in the morning now that things will be getting back to normal.

Mom and I like to stick to our routine, no matter what time of year it is. It’s true that getting up early when it’s still dark and cold out isn’t fun but once we are awake and moving, we take charge of our day and get lots done.

Dixie Lee and I like to sleep in the living room at night. I stretch out on the couch while she curls up in Dad’s chair. Around 2:00 a.m. we both go down to the bedroom and cuddle on the bed with Mom and Dad. That way we will be able to easier wake them up at 5:00 to feed us breakfast.

Breakfast is a complicated affair so even though DixieLee trusts that Mom will do it right and dozes on the couch until our bowls are filled, I always sit right in the kitchen so I can supervise better. As soon as we finish our kibble, we go back into the kitchen and up to the counter where the cookie jar is.

Mom doesn’t often forget our after breakfast cookie but you never know. She’s getting older and I understand forgetfulness is something that happens when humans get older.

After breakfast Mom works on the computer, taking orders and updating our Facebook pages and Dad goes out to get the newspaper and coffees. We help Mom with her computer work or nap until we get bored and want to go outside.  Sometimes we like to play doorman with Mom.  That's the game where we want to be in the house when we are outside and outside when we are in the house.  She isn't too fond of that game but we like it lots.

When Mom has to run errands we nap but as soon as she comes home and starts working in the Studio, we all help. 

Dad helps by restocking inventory or getting packages ready to mail. I supervise from the dog bed in the corner but DixieLee has a more hands on approach. One time she took a whole roll of ribbon and pulled it off of the roll. Mom was not pleased since ribbon that has been dragged around the floor and chewed on doesn’t make very good bows.

We work hard all day and are ready to call it a day when Mom takes the packages to the Post Office or does more computer work.  While she is gone we get our supper and an afternoon cookie.  After all, we worked hard all day and deserve a treat.

Now that Christmas is almost here, we want to wish all of our friends, furry and human, a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy 2018.


Zeva and everyone at Paw Pals Boutique

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sparkly, Shiny, Pretty, and Dangerous.

We love Christmas but Christmas can be dangerous for pets.  Before you start decorating and putting the gifts under the tree (remember pets love gifts too), make sure your house is pet proof.

Here are six things to look out for.

1.  Christmas trees.  The biggest part of Christmas decorating in most houses is the Christmas tree.  Lots of families like to have a real live tree and the bigger the better.  They look and smell so pretty but if you have a cat, a real tree can be very tempting to climb which could make the tree fall, break the pretty ornaments and even hurt the cat.

Dogs may not climb a Christmas tree but they still could knock it down.

2.  Chemicals.  A real tree needs to have water all the time and most peoples put chemicals in the water to keep the tree fresh longer.  A dog or cat may not know that the water bowl under the tree is not for drinking.  If you have to use a chemical, make it impossible for your pet to drink from it by covering it with something they can’t take off.

3.  Angel Hair and Tinsel.  Shiny and so pretty but so bad for pets!  The old Angel Hair was made of stuff that they can’t sell any more but some peoples have really old ornaments they like so be careful.  Tinsel makes a tree look so pretty but if a dog or cat eats it, they can get really, really sick or even died.  Best to not use any.

4.  Candles.  Candles make a house look and smell so pretty but be careful where you put them.  A kitty jump or a waggy tail can easily knock one over and make a fire start.  The best thing to remember is to not leave a room where a candle is burning, even for a minute.

5.  Candy.  Lots of childrens make Christmas ornaments out of candy and other foods.  Sugar is not good for pets but we like it so if we see ornaments made out of candy or cookies, it is hard not to try to eat them. Candy canes are pretty but are made of lots of sugar too.

6.  Plants.  There are plants that are special to Christmas.  Some of these plants like Amaryllis, Mistletoe, Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus and English Ivy to name a few, are poisonous to pets.

That’s lots of things to remember but every one is important.

In our house the big problem is the tree skirt.  DixieLee thinks the tree skirt is a blanket and blankets belong in her crate.

Time to check to see how our decorating is coming along and then maybe time for a nap.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night.


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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Good, The Bad and The Yummy

It’s snowy and cold but that’s okay because it is soon going to be Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of our very favorite holidays because it is all about food. Well, maybe not ALL about food, Mom and Dad get together with their human family and talk and laugh but for us, it’s about food.

There is soooo much food and it is one of the few times when we get to eat human foods. BUT not all of the foods that peoples eat at Thanksgiving are good for pets. Some is so bad that it can make dogs and cats died.

The bestest food at Thanksgiving is the turkey and of course the turkey has to be stuffed. Turkey is okay for pets (not too much) but the bones and the skin are really bad! Bones and fatty skin can hurt our tummy. A bone that gets caught in our throat or intestines could mean lots of pain and a trip to the Vet. Fatty stuff like skin and gravy and even the butter in smashed up potatoes can give us a belly ache.

Stuffing is bad because it probably has things like onions, garlic, scallions and some spices like sage, which are all bad for pets.

Lots of peoples like pretty salads like Waldorf salad, ambrosia or fruit salad. They look nice but grapes and raisins are toxic and can make our kidneys fail.

Sweet desserts are always part of Thanksgiving but many sweets are toxic to pets. Chocolate is super bad and the darker the chocolate the badder it is. Pumpkin pie is one of the favorite desserts and although canned pumpkin is really good for dogs, when it is cooked in a pie, it is not so good.

Apples pie is another Thanksgiving dessert. A slice or two of raw apple is a yummy treat but make sure you don’t eat any seeds because apple seeds are bad for dogs.

Alcohol is a BIG NO. Your humans know to keep their wine and beer away from you but what about rum cake or yeast dough.

There are some good Thanksgiving foods we can eat. A little turkey is okay. Sweet potatoes (not canned), carrots and green beans are super good. They have lots of good stuff in them but make sure they don’t have any added sugar, xylitol (fake sweetener), nuts or marshmallows mixed in.

I'm getting really hungry just thinking about our Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe I’ll check out the kitchen and see if I can get Dad to give us a snack.

Happy Thanksgiving All!


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