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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Pets and People

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views 

Stumped for a gift for your four-legged friend? How about one for yourself? I found a few businesses that have agreed to give discounts to Pet News and Views’ readers. These are great gifts for Valentine’s Day and for any day you want to pick up your spirits or give a gift to a friend–whether that friend is two- or four-legged.

Shake A Paw’s biscuits for dogs are corn, wheat, and soy free. There are no artificial colors or preservatives.

 Shake A Paw

Treat your dog to Shake A Paw’s Greetings. These all-natural dog biscuit greeting cards, that your dog will love, benefits pet rescues. For each purchase, Shake A Paw will donate $1 to one of the following rescues of your choice:

Pilots ‘N Paws are volunteer pilots who fly animals from kill shelters to rescue groups across the USA.  Check out their Facebook fan page.

Grey Muzzle Organization funds programs for senior dogs across the USA.

Hug A Bull, a British Columbia-based rescue (yay for my Canadian readers) that does a lot of advocacy for Bully breeds.

What is a Shake A Paw Greeting?

It’s an all-natural, letter-shaped biscuit greeting card that spells out a tasty message.  They have greetings for holidays, special occasions or any time of the year. You can see the examples here.  A box costs $17.95. But wait…when you place your order you can request that the $1 donation for each box goes to one of the above rescues. And there’s more: Pet News and Views’ readers will receive a 20 percent discount off any greeting; you just have to plug in the PETNEWS20 code. This discount expires March 15, 2013.

Take Gracey Home

The Tiniest Tote is roomy, has an elegant cat or dog quilted design (your choice) and is made in the USA.

Just read The Tiniest Tiger to see why it is one of my favorite blogs.  The creator of The Tiniest Tiger blog, Joanne McGonagle, also designed a line of tote, makeup, and other cool bags with quilted outlines of cats and dogs. If you order the Hipster or Tote bag, you will get a bonus Gracey ID/Key bag.  The Gracey ID/Key pouch retails for $21. This is free to Pet News and Views’ readers through the end of the week (February 16). Just order your Tote or Hipster to get the free Gracey ID/Key. It features an ID window, a clip ring for keys, and a zip pocket for cash or other essentials. The outside has a cute kitten face microfiber pattern with diamond quilting, and the inside of the pouch is green, which matches Gracey’s eyes.



The tote and hipster bags are 100% vegan with quilted outlines of black cats or dogs–your choice. Click here to see the collection and to place your order. Mention that you are a Pet News and Views’ reader, to get your free Gracey ID/Key when you order the tote or hipster. These products are made in the USA.





PetNewsandViews’ readers get a 20% discount on this beautiful hoodie from Chappy and Bailey

  Keeping Fido Warm

I always tell my son to put his hood on in the cold. It’s a mom thing. And your dogs should be dressed warmly in the cold too. This bright red hoodie from Chappy & Bailey Canine Couture, retails for $89.99 at high end shops like Barney’s New York, but Pet News and Views’ readers are getting a 20 percent discount. The hoodie comes in sizes 6, 8, 10 and 12. To figure out what size to purchase, measure the length of your dog’s back. The hoodie has a pouch and the  leg straps keep the sweater securely in place. It is made from 100 percent Italian cashmere, made in the USA.

To order and get your 20 percent discount good through the end of this week (February 16, 2013), click here.







 Bideawee’s Name Your Price

Bideawee is celebrating Valentine’s Day for the entire month of February by inviting adopters to “Name their Price” for a new puppy or kitten, cat or dog. Additionally, Bideawee will be taking on site photos of all adoptions and putting them up for public vote to determine a Facebook Timeline image for April.  So, one new family will have their photo displayed prominently on Bideawee’s Facebook page during the month of April. And more importantly, you will have a new four-legged to love.

Unconditional Love Contest 

Celebrate your love for your pets through Iams’ Unconditional Love Tails contest. Iams is looking for real stories from pet owners about the bond they share with their cats and dogs. The winning two- and four-legged family will star in Iams next national advertisement. Log on to the Iams’ Facebook page from February 14-March 3, 2013, to enter the contest.

And to all Pet News and Views’ readers: Happy Valentine’s Day.

12 comments to Valentine’s Day Gifts for Pets and People

  • Fantastic news about Hug A Bull advocates in BC, Canada o/

  • The $1 donation is from any greeting in our shop whether it’s a birthday, St Paddy’s Day, Easter, Custom Message or whatever. We are so grateful to Michele for her post. It will be great to raise some money for these three wonderful organizations. There were so many on our list that it was hard to decide on just three!

  • Well, these are really wonderful ideas for the valentines day gift and I am sure anyone will feel good to have these pieces as valentines day gift.

  • Inez

    It’s nice to see companies doing good and giving back. I know that is your motto too Michele.

  • Rhonda

    I love the tote and I do follow Gracey! I also like the other items you have listed here.

  • Karen

    I just adopted a dog at my local pound and paid $75, which is a bargain because he came to me neutered and is in great health. Their vet checked him. I’m sure the “Name your price” will bring a lot of people in. What a great deal.

  • Valerie

    As you said, these are even great if you want to lift your spirits, and I love that these companies are giving back.

  • Amy

    My friend has the tote, and I want one too. All of these are wonderful presents for Valentine’s Day and any other special occasion.

  • Larry

    These are all great gifts, and I didn’t know about Grey Muzzle and the other nonprofits. I will share.

  • For vday I buy a bunch of gourmet doggie treats for all my pup’s friends, and mark them as gifts from her 🙂

  • Kate

    Fantastic items! I will bookmark this. I like the tote and the biscuits, I’m sure my dogs would love them.

  • Amala

    Great gifts Michele. Thanks for posting companies that do good things.