Welcome to EFA’s Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs & Dog Lovers: a Holiday Gift Guide with a difference. Not only do all the items featured make wonderful gifts for canines & their human counterparts, but by purchasing any of these products you are also supporting others who care about animals, look after animals of their own &, in many cases, also donate their time &/or money to animals in need.
Although this guide is a collaboration between EFA members Jane (thedoghouse) & Lisa (theanimalsmagicshop / thefaeriecupboard), we thought we’d let the animals do the talking. This first part is brought to you by Jane’s greyhounds, Max & Molly...
“Charitable giving carries Chilly Paws’ values by supporting causes that reflect our passions and priorities. We offer donations to various charities as each one contacts us with requests for help.
EFA channels our desire to help - we give a little each month to the chosen charity of the month. We often make items specifically to benefit a cause - this month we are making squeaker toys to benefit a lab rescue group in New York state.
Giving back is a way of life for us at Chilly Paws and Featuring Animals. We identify a pet cause that has a connection to the core of who we are and commit to help. We encourage humane animal care, call attention to unacceptable practices that harm our beloved creatures and provide care for many animals in need from domestics to exotics.
All of us have the potential to be nature's voice.”
Heather doesn’t have a dog of her own but she has a Doxie nephew, Langley, whose beautiful red coat is surely the inspiration behind these lovely cards. Here he is, sleeping in front of the fire after exhausting himself gnawing on his favourite bone (Do you think he would notice if we borrowed it ?):
“The inspiration for my artwork is centered around nature and animals for their beauty and wonder. I donate a portion of my profits to various charities, with a concentration on animal charities, such as the Audubon Society, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, Marine Mammal Center, Help Animals India, Farm Sanctuary, and Defenders of Wildlife.
I advocate for animals through written articles on the EFA blog, participation in EFA’s charity of the month, and volunteering as challenge promoter for our team. I enjoy helping out my fellow artisans and crafters as well as animals!”
As dogs with rather long necks ourselves, we think this elevated feeding station from Merlin's Bark Products would make for a most comfortable, not to mention stylish, dining experience! EFA member Sherry can makes these in lots of different heights & colours too, so you can tailor them to your dog’s anatomy and aesthetics!
“We enjoy supporting small local grassroots organizations like the Lawrenceville dog park initiative by donating feeders to charity events to help with their fundraising. It is exciting to see a how a small group of animal lovers were brought together with one simple common goal of creating an off-leash dog park so pups can run free and play together and seeing how it has grown and is close to becoming a reality.”
Perhaps EFA member Nicole was thinking of her dog, Merlin, when she made this box. Merlin is a shy boy but here he is pictured with Puppy Dreams:
“I own some 20 acres up in the mountains of no. Cal where I have planted orchards and floral gardens. This habitat attracts birds, butterflies, bees, bats, hummingbirds... and it is also a seasonal mating ground for dragonflies ! Twilight is part of a 2000 acre ranch out in the chaparral wilderness where wild animals still roam. I work to provide a safe loving home for my animal rescues; I participate in EFA's COTM program*; and volunteer as Co-Secretary & Blog Mistress for TEAM EFA.”
Wow! Aren’t Kyra’s dogs Bella and Noodles gorgeous? (Jealous? Us? Never!)
“I have been a volunteer with the Atlanta Weimaraner Club Rescue for about three years. I mainly help with transporting dogs and doing home checks for potential adopters. I also donate collars and a portion of every sale to this rescue and to other dog rescues."
We wish we had a bit more fur, like Carol’s Alaskan Malamute Arielle:
“I have been involved in Northern Breed Rescue for many years now, ever since I rescued Peter my first Siberian Husky who is close to 13yrs old.I currently donate 10% from most of my sales to the dogs at S*N*O
I like them because they have a special area for dogs deemed too old, or having too many health problems that are owner surrenders or taken from the pound and less likely to be adopted, so they can still have a forever home with lots of love and attention in the home of the lady who runs this org. You can read many interesting stories about some of the dogs who have come through their doors and been cared for and placed in a new forever loving home and are thriving today. Foley is my second rescued Sibe who came from them. He's about 7 or 8 we are guessing, since his history didn't come with him and he's been with me for 5 yrs now.
You can visit my rescues on my blog and see the pampered lives they now lead.
The other important thing that I appreciate about S*N*O is that they work with potential adoptees and do counseling and to make sure they will be a good match and what is required for owning this breed, and they are always available once they place a dog if there are adjustment issues or questions the new parents might run into. Follow up is the key to success. The dog can be returned to them if it doesn't work out, with no judgements, because they truly want what's best for everyone, especially the dog. We all know that not all breeds are suited for everyone and these folks work hard to make sure the owners will be a good match for the dogs so everyone will have a happy ending.
Please choose a shelter or rescued dog before thinking about buying one from a pet store or back yard breeder because they need you and it will help to end these practices if we don't support them. And remember an animal is a commitment not a commodity. Thanks!”
EFA member Patty who made this plushie doesn’t have a dog of her own but wants one soooo badly... We think all-round animal lover & guinea-pig Mom Patty would make a fantastic human companion & hope that a loving doggie adopts her one day when the time is right!
“My animal charity work began with my local shelter when I decided to become a cat cage sponsor. After several months of learning more about the shelter, I was encouraged to participate in the annual Woofstock Dog Walk Fundraiser. Though it was not at all profitable for me, I had a blast! So many great people and friendly dogs from Chi's to Irish Wolfhounds. I also support The Feral Cat Rescue, October's charity of the month, by making regular catnip toys for the ferals to play with and hope to continue with a financial donation on a monthly basis. Many of my cat and dogs have gone off to support various shelters as well.”
Looks like Judy’s dogs Chloe, Autumn & Lainey are all tired out after helping test those cookies. Wonder if they need a couple more helper-dogs?
“As part of my Baking I also like to give back to the babies..I donate money to many different places. Some of my favorites are http://www.curecaninecancer.org/ As I had One of my babies NOT live through her Breast Cancer and My other girl Chloe(Lab in picture) LIVE through Triple Mastectomy!
I also Donate to ASPCA, Another favorite is Tails of Hope, http://tailsofhopefoundation.org/index.html I also donate money to facebook chip-in's to help transport or vet or fostering babies! I WISH I could Spring and or heal them ALL but Can't so this is my little way of helping where I can.”