There is nothing like a holiday to throw off my routine. I enjoy the time with family and friends, but now I need to get back in the swing of things! It’s not always as easy as it sounds, and I think it’s going to take me at least another week to get back into all my routines. Getting ready for Christmas throws another wrench into the plans too! Enough of my whining (I know I’m not alone here) and I’ll get down to some things I wanted to share:
I was remiss in not announcing the winner of my giveaway of the book Chaser The Dog Who Knows 1000 Words! Without further ado: Mary from Roxy the Traveling Dog! Mary has been notified and I hope the book is on its way to her now, I know she’s going to enjoy it. If you don’t know Mary and her two dogs Roxy and Torrey, visit their blog here.
We were also winners lately and I want to share the things we have received from great blogging friends.
We won these Kong treats from Gizmo’s Terrier Torrent. The dogs were very excited because they hadn’t tried this kind yet! They have loved all the other Kong treats that we’ve tried before, and they weren’t disappointed in these either. I love them because they are made in the USA with safe ingredients and no preservatives. Thank you to Gizmo and his mom Beth. You can visit their blog here.
Maggie of Oh My Dog! had a great Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway that went for the whole week before Thanksgiving. She shared many great gift ideas for our pets, as well as giving away many prizes for both cats and dogs. We won this wonderful Nina Ottosson “Dog & Cat Twister” game! You can see Cricket checking it out below. Once we have more time to play with it – both the cats and dogs – I will be sharing more about it and let you see how they all do. You can still go over to Maggie’s blog if you are looking for gift ideas. I also think she is planning another giveway for next week….so you might want to check that out!
Pet Blogger Gift Exchange
I first met Maggie last Christmas season when she and I were paired up for the Pet Blogger Gift Exchange. The idea behind this is that everyone gets paired up with another blogger and shares compliments and praise for the other blogger during the month of December. What better way to celebrate Christmas than sharing a little love and encouragement? This hop is hosted by Pamela of Something Wagging this Way Comes and Pup Fan from the blog I Still Want More Puppies. This year I am paired up with Jackie from Pooch Smooches and I am excited. I already know Jackie and I love her blog and books so I can’t wait to share more about her and her adorable dog Rita.
If you are a blogger and haven’t signed up yet, you can still sign up through December 20th. Join in the fun!
Even though I spent two days shopping with my sisters and best friend, I still do online shopping too. I like to buy gifts from other bloggers when possible, and there are some great ones out there who are very talented. I got some wonderful handmade gifts this year!
Have you been to Mollie & Alfie’s shop? They will cartoonize your own animals into great gifts and holiday decorations. Look at the things I got!
The Blogville Angel (center) is a special ornament they made this year, and I also got ornaments made of our cats Conrad and Samantha! I would have displayed them on a tree, but I don’t have one up yet! I got some other things too which I can’t share just yet because they are gifts for loved ones. Look at the bandana….that was a gift from Mollie and Alfie and their Mom, along with a lovely little Christmas card. It is going to look adorable on our new puppy Luke when he comes home! Mollie and Alfie are in the UK and since everything is handmade they need time to get your order made. I’m not sure if there’s still time to order for Christmas this year or not, but take a look anyway, a lot of the gifts are every day and would make a great gift anytime! My order came very quickly too, even for coming from overseas. You can also get some great laughs by following Mollie & Alfie’s blog!
I also ordered some jewelry from Sue over at For Love of a Dog. Sue makes the most beautiful jewelry and I ordered some gorgeous earrings for myself a while ago which I love. This time I ordered gifts so again, I can’t share them just yet! But here is a photo of the earrings I got for myself. There is a great sale going on now, and shipping is free so go take a look! Sue also has a blog where she not only shares her jewelry, but stories about her 3 beautiful dogs.
I hope you all are recovering from your holiday and getting caught up too, as well as getting ready for Christmas!