Monthly Archives: December 2009


Purina has a new contest in which they ask, “What if pets ruled the holiday season?” The contest prompts you, in 100 words or less, to “describe the perfect holiday season from your pet’s point of view.” Would treats be available twenty-four hours a day? Would eating on the kitchen table be allowed? What kind of things would happen if your pet could control the holidays? You can also send along photos of your pet in that cute Santa hat he hates or eating all the decorated sugar cookies you diligently iced for the office Christmas party.

Enter the contest by January 15 and you could win one of five grand prizes, including a “Pamper Your Dog Package” which features roundtrip airfare for two, plus your pet, to New York City with pet friendly hotel accommodations for two nights and dinner for two; a “Pamper Your Cat Package” featuring “A Natural Health Weekend at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George; a pet room/area makeover and several other super prizes.

To learn more about the contest, go to: Winter-Wonderland-Contest

I have to say, that although this is supposed to be a light hearted contest, if I had to describe the holiday season from my cat, Oswald’s point of view, it would include making all shelters like the two we have here in the counties that border Plain City. Both the Union County Humane Society and the Humane Society of Madison County go out of their way to find homes for every healthy (and sometimes not so healthy) animal that comes through their doors. If more shelters did that, instead of killing the vast majority of cats and dogs that are in the facilities seeking homes, it would be a wonderful holiday season. Oswald would wish that, for this holiday, all the dogs and cats (and bunnies and other animals) would find a home filled with as much love as his holds, where they could reign supreme as spoiled kings and queens.


As a child, I used to pour over the Sears Christmas Wish Book that would come to our rural mailbox each autumn just as the wind turned chilly. I hardly ever glance at catalogues much any more, preferring to scrutinize online web sites for the perfect gift, as opposed to paper and ink volumes of goodies.

But I received a really neat “catalogue” in my email today and I wanted to share this with everyone who might not know what to get a few people on their holiday gift list.

The Humane Society of Madison County, in London, Ohio, put together their own version of a “Wish Book” for their shelter animals. From tongue twisting named clinic items such as a hemocytometer or a refractometer to surgery packs and even gas for the shelter van, the catalogue offers many, many suggestions to help the humane society animals. You can even “Adopt-A-Cage” for a dog or cat and your donation will care for the animal during their stay at the shelter until they are adopted into a forever home. 

A really great idea for the dogs on your gift list is the “Festive Fido Gift Box” which features an assortment of “Beagle Buddies Bakery” treats. These canine goodies are all natural and made with human grade ingredients (no fair cheating and serving these at your Christmas office party to avoid holiday baking), plus a toy. The boxes can be mailed anywhere in the U.S. in time for Christmas, as long as your order gets to the shelter in time to send them by December 14.

Please peruse the catalogue. There is an order form on the final page with information that you fill in to allow the shelter staff to mail a card to the person you are honoring with your donation.

To view the catalogue, click on the link below. When you click on the link, it will take you to a page that just says: “HSMC Christmas Shopping” and shows the link again. Click on the link once more to bring up the catalogue.

HSMC Christmas Shopping

You can also view the catalogue by going to the Humane Society of Madison County’s web site:

Spend lots of time looking at this very important catalogue and then order something!


Siamese lovers affectionately call their little chocolate and cream bundles of joy “Meezers.”  One of the things you can do as a volunteer for Siamese Rescue is transport cats to their new homes, sometimes in adjacent states, driving a leg of the trip and connecting up with the next transporter. The people who act as cat chauffeurs are part of the volunteer chain called The Meezer Express.

Siamese Rescue even has their own shop called “The Siamese Store: For Everything Siamese.” One of the cute things (of many) that you can buy online through their store is a magnet for the side of your car that tells everyone you are part of The Meezer Express.

The Siamese Store has tons of other cool things, too, and all of the proceeds benefit The Siamese Rescue Center. To see all the Siamese items they have for sale, visit:

You can also find out about volunteer opportunities with Siamese Rescue by visiting:

Or check out their adoptable kitties. There is always a Meezer looking for love.

Holiday Stocking featuring a Siamese kitty face for sale at The Siamese Store.

Holiday Stocking featuring a Siamese kitty face for sale at The Siamese Store.

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