Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Gifts and a Recipe

This calendar's proceeds supports keeping pets in their own homes when their owners are having a tough financial time.  Check out the website of the Pet Assistance Network and click on their food assistance links. Great stuff for folks having trouble buying dog food in Tennessee.

Best Friends has a $100,000 matching challenge going on. Now is the best time to make a contribution to this important and impressive organization. You can double your gift's power to them!

Animal Farm Foundation has merchandise with a mission. I've mentioned their note cards and post cards before. High quality stuff. Great pics.

Here's a whole slew of books about shelter dogs. Good stuff for kids, and adults!

Pinups for Pit Bulls puts out an annual calendar that has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. This calendar is reminiscent of the old timey pin-up calendars of the 1940's and 1950's featuring pretty women in sexy outfits striking PG rated poses --and in this case, along with pit bulls. For the right person, this gift will be a real hit.

If you're not into pinups, try this.

A great children's book that teaches them not to judge a book by its cover.

Don't forget you can buy a specially priced bed for a dog at Yonkers Animal Shelter. Already 16 beds have been purchased!  I bought two of them and the shipping was reasonable, as well.

The very awesome group Mutts N Stuff also has a calendar. All proceeds support their much-needed and excellent work.

And here's a recipe for dog biscuits from Mutts N Stuff's site:
From the Kitchen of Chloe & Paco
Everyday Holiday Biscuits


2 cups whole flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a bowl. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk (microwave peanut butter to soften before adding milk if necessary.) Add peanut butter mixture to flour mixture and mix well. Put on lightly floured surface and roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out biscuits and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.