Mother’s Day is coming up (May 9th, folks! Mark your calendars!) and we’ve got some purrfect ideas for the animal loving mom. Don’t fret over expensive gifts that don’t always hit the spot (yeah, we know about the unwanted insert tacky item gathering dust in the closet!). Avoid the long lines at the mall, the frantic brainstorming, and the inevitable, empty pockets. The following gifts will not only make the queen of the house happy, but they’ll help organizations such as CAPS and ABC Basset Hound Rescue continue their much needed work with companion animals.
The Pet Guardian’s Kindred Spirits Gift Shop is a favorite amongst CAPS members. President and owner Jean B. Brudd started her business when her two dogs, Tasha and Nikki, passed away shortly after what seemed to be a normal visit to the vet (read her story).
On the wings of Tasha and Niki’s passing came the reminder of the simpler things in life that matter the most to me. I found my life’s purpose and passion for reaching out, helping people feel good inside and, as guardians, making sure our pets thrive. I transferred my sadness and creative energy into creating the Kindred Spirits Gift Shop, a heavenly place where one can give a gift of the heart to a special someone and let them know how much they are loved and cherished.
-Jean B. Brudd
Amidst the various lovable items found in the store, The Paws for Celebration gift basket will melt any dog-loving-mother’s heart. The beautifully arranged basket comes with a black and white paw print wooden photo frame, a jeweled paw collar charm by Mud Pie Pets, a handmade doggie bandana, all natural treats for Fido, a celebration cake, and Max, an adorable and huggable plush pup. If Mom is all about her pooch, not only can she pamper the furry friend, but she can help CAPS continue its fight against puppy mills; twenty-five percent of proceeds goes to our organization. Make sure you browse the website for other amazing tokens of affection, such as figurines, journals, stationery, yummy lotions, books, and pretty jewelry. Five percent of all purchases (before taxes, shipping, and handling) is donated to either Angel’s Gate, CAPS, and Meisha’s Hope AIHA/IMHA Fund (you get to choose), thus giving back to what Brudd likes to call kindred spirits.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more sophisticated, there’s always “vino.” ABC Basset Hound Rescue and Benefit Wines teamed up and introduced the must-have “Hair of the Hound” line of wines. The witty collection includes Cuddly Cabernet, Pee-No! Noir, Shhhardonnay, Sauvignon Bark, Master’s Merlot, and Slobbering White. The bottles feature rescued bassets- making any basset hound aficionado want to collect them all. Even better, $7.00 from each bottle sold is donated to ABCBHR (another reason to celebrate!). If alcohol is not what you had in mind, the organization has a gift shop featuring art, clothing, hand bags, shower curtains, wood signs (Basset Crossing, hee hee!), and mugs. The Slobber Shoppe is run strictly by volunteers, making 100% of the profits go to helping homeless basset hounds in New York State.
Need we say more?
Make this year count by surprising Mom and by giving back to our four legged pals.