First off, as we are heading into the holiday season, I wanted to make everyone aware of an easy item you can pick up at your local PetSmart or online at www.petsmart.com. Each year, PetSmart Charities promotes two plush toys, Chance the Dog and Lucky the Cat, that they sell for the holidays. The toys sell for $5 each and make great gifts for your pets, kids, or as donations to local shelters and rescues. PetSmart donates 10 percent, or 50 cents, from the sale of each toy to their charitable foundation, PetSmart Charities. PetSmart Charities then gives that money out to local rescues, shelters, and other organizations working on behalf of homeless animals. This money is currently going to help the animals struggling after Sandy’s impact on the East Coast.

Fifty cents might not seem like much, but if everyone buys a Lucky or Chance toy, that money will quickly add up to help the animals. Black and Orange has received a grant from PetSmart Charities in the past and that money all came from donations made by people like you (usually as you checked out at the register for your own pets) and from folks purchasing items like these two super toys.

Order Lucky the Cat online HERE.

Order Chance the Dog online HERE.

Secondly, I know everyone has been waiting anxiously (I know I have), but the wait is finally over and the 2013 calendars are fresh from the printer (a big thank you to Tim Wilson and Melissa Noble from Wilson Printing and Graphics in London for putting this fabulous calendar together for us).

If one of your photos was selected to be in the calendar, you’ll be receiving a calendar in the mail to thank you for your support.

If you are ready to purchase calendars for the holiday gift giving season, you can do so in one of three ways. The calendars are $20 each.

1. Stop in Plain City Druggist, 480 South Jefferson Avenue (across from Der Dutchman Restaurant) any time during open hours and buy a calendar for $20 (no tax!). No shipping fees if you come in–just the cost of gas to drive to Plain City. The drugstore is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays, 9 am to noon.

2. Order on our web site under the special PayPal button that is set up about halfway down the home page. Shipping costs will be included. Shipping is $5 for 1-5 calendars; $10 for 6-10 calendars; slightly more as you order larger quantities. Look for the photo of the calendar on the home page and follow the instructions to order. You can use a credit card or a PayPal account to order this way.

3. Download a handy order form on our web site or do it right HERE. Send that back in to us with the costs of calendars and shipping and we’ll mail the calendars back to you. This is for those people who don’t want to use a credit card, but would prefer a check or money order.

Thank you to everyone who sent photos for the calendar and to all of you who are supporting us by purchasing them!

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