|PetSmart Plush For Charity|
Let's face it, sometimes the best things in life are free. Save your empty paper towel rolls, cereal and kleenex boxes, and create an awesome tube maze for your hamster or gerbil! Of course your snootier hamsters and gerbils could always move on up to a Habitrail kit (aren't these awesome?). For kitties, how about leaving just enough toilet paper hanging from the roll for them to spend two minutes unraveling the whole thing, while you spend ten minutes rolling it back! If you don't feel like cleaning up, just improvise with household items. No matter how many toys I bought one kitten I once had, his favourite pastime was playing a solo pick up hockey tournament with beer bottle caps and tin foil balls. If you have any great homemade toy ideas, share them with us in the comment section, and please remember all, to supervise your pets when they are enjoying any such inventions!
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For the kids who are not yet mature enough for a furry friend that walks, why not get them started with an Aquarium Starter Kit? Currently, Big Al's Canada has them starting at $14.99. Your kids will learn responsibility, and you will inevitably learn to lie to your children when you replace one floating fishy with another similar fishy that you searched for high and low for an entire afternoon!
Charity And Gift Certificates
Of course, if you are just too darned indecisive, this is the safe route. Lets start with charitable organizations. Remember that unfortunately at this time of year, many choose to "impulse buy" a new family friend, without adequately doing their homework. As a result, shelters find themselves inundated in the new year with animals who want nothing more than to love you and be loved themselves. Take this time to donate to a local, no kill shelter on behalf of an individual or dearly departed pet. Remember, the amount you donate is not important, though the fact that you are helping these wonderful volunteers tend to these pets really shows your appreciation.
Gift certificates are another great way to wrap up your shopping, and don't listen to those who call you lazy, they're on the naughty list! Most major pet food chains offer gift certificates in any amount, and below is a list of local Toronto pet suppliers and service providers who do as well.
Bunch We Lunch With Pet Photography
Cosmopawlitan Pet Boutique & Spa
Marcia Leeder Photography
Paws & Pose Pet Photography
Shechinah Studios (Pet Portraits)
Whatta Pup! Training And Behaviour Modification
If you are offer local gift certificates, let me know so I can update this list!
Feel free to share your favourite pet presents in the comment section!