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2nd Annual Pittie Posse Secret Santa

29 Nov

Last year, as many of you will remember, we teamed up with several other pittie bloggers around the country and did a Secret Santa gift exchange. We had so much fun with it, that we not only decided to play again this year, but we expanded to include three more bloggers!

So this year, we are joining up with the following nine bloggers to bring you some fun holiday cheer:

Our Waldo Bungie

Love and a Six-Foot Leash

Two Grad Students and a Pittie

Pittieful Love

Kate With A Camera

Two Pitties in the City

A Heartbeat at My Feet

Peace, Love, & Fostering

Two Kitties One Pittie

We will share the goodies given and received on December 21st, so stay tuned!

Secret Santa Likes Everything in Twos

23 Dec

Happy Pittie Posse Secret Santa Gift Exchange Reveal Day!

Apparently, Secret Santa though it would be fun to give our gift exchange a theme…of the number Two. Our Secret Santa turned out to Two Pitties in the City, who got us an AWESOME treat jar that they had personalized just for us! How cool is this: they went on our blog, found a picture of Lucy, and turned that into a stencil, which they then painted directly onto the jar! Check it out:

They stuffed it full of Old Mother Hubbard dog treats (some of Lucy’s faves!) and sent it along with the most adorable postcard of Miss M – is that a smile I see, Miss M? What they could not have known when making this jar is that I have used the color red in my living room as an accent color – so it fits our home PERFECTLY!

So thank you Miss M, Mr B, A & E! You guys rock! The blogger that we had to get a gift for (sticking with our theme of “Two”) was Two Grad Students and a Pittie! Go check out their blog to see what we got for them! Our gift exchange did have a suggested budget, which we sort of broke, BUT we justify it because we were lucky enough that our recipient lives in the same city as us, so we didn’t have to pay for shipping! So we’re all even!

And after you check out what they got from us, go check out what everyone else got! The rest of this year’s participants are:

Love and a Six-Foot Leash

Our Waldo Bungie

Pittieful Love

Twenty-Six to Life

Two Pitties in the City

Happy Holidays everyone!

Holiday Tips from Our Vet

22 Dec

Last week, we got a beautifully informative email from Lucy’s vet about how to keep her safe during the holiday season. We loved it so much that we felt compelled to share it with you! It even reminded us of some rules that we break, and should definitely be more conscientious of! (And if you’re a New York City pet owner and need a new vet, look no further! City Vet Care is the place to take your family’s pet for medical care!)

Holiday Hazard How to Keep Your Pet Safe
Dangerous Foods The following can be toxic to pets: chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, garlic, onion, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, bread dough, and sugar-free candy and gum containing the artificial sweetener xylitol.
Regular Foods Despite tradition, bones should never be given to pets. Even beef, ham, and other “regular” foods that are not considered toxic can cause illness in pets. If your pet is a moocher, keep a saucer of his regular treats on the table to offer when he asks. He probably won’t know the difference!
New Treats and Toys Even a pet-safe treat can cause stomach upset if it is new to your pet. Offer only one of these at a time (ideally, separated by a few days). If your pet becomes ill after eating a holiday treat, it will be easier to trace the source and discontinue it. Also, check new toys for sharp edges, pieces that can be chewed off, or other potential hazards.
Plants Hazardous plants include mistletoe, some evergreens (including some types of pine), and holly bushes and berries. Try to keep these plants away from pets, or at least supervise pets when dangerous plants are nearby.
Decorations Tinsel, tree ornaments, ribbons, string, and garlands are some items that can be dangerous if eaten by pets. Keep these items away from pets — especially when pets are unattended. Don’t forget to cover any electrical cords or keep them out of reach.
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Monitor pets near fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, candles, and portable heaters. Also, don’t forget to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are functioning properly. Space heaters, furnaces, and idling cars (in a garage) can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in pets and humans.
Christmas Trees Monitor your pets when they are around your holiday tree. Pets may eat the needles (even from artificial trees) or drink water from the base of the tree, which can be toxic (especially if there are preservatives in it). Keep electrical cords and decorative lights out of reach, too.

In many cases, if your pet has eaten or drunk something toxic, warning signs will include gastrointestinal problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Other signs may include tiredness and lack of appetite, especially in cats that have eaten lilies. If your pet shows any of these signs, or if you think he or she has eaten something dangerous but is not showing any signs yet, please call your vet right away. Treating your pet as soon as possible is essential!

So enjoy your holidays, give your pet some very deserved love, and above all, be safe!

Merry Wordless Wednesday!

21 Dec

Holiday Gifts that Give Back!

16 Dec

We love compiling lists of products and we were excited to create this list of great gifts that will also help animals in need:

We adore StubbyDog and their mission, so of course, first on our list is their Superhero Calendar. If your order is placed by today, the calendar will arrive in time for Christmas!

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially bars called Peanut Butter Pit Bull and Foster-iffic Peppermint! Rescue Chocolate founder Sarah Gross donates 100% of net profits to non-profit animal rescue organizations. Proceeds from bars purchased in this month will be donated to one of our favorite groups, Animal Farm Foundation. Check out this news story about the bars and AFF.
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals might not be a shelter, but they are responsible for assisting so many of our city’s shelters and rescues with their missions of saving as many lives as possible. This holiday, they offer two ways to give presents that give back! First, SocialPakt has teamed up with local artist, Liz Haywood, and has designed a tee that features the expressive faces of eighteen unique dogs and cats. Shirts are $20 and SocialPakt will donate 30% to the Alliance.

Next up, Alex and Ani created an exclusive expandable wire paw prints bangle for $28 with 20% of proceeds going to the Alliance!
And last but not least, two wonderful books from Melissa McDaniel, DeafDogs and Pit Bull Photo Book.  10% of proceeds will be donated to animal rescue groups. I am sure most of you will recognize lots of dogs in the Pit Bull Photo Book!

Announcing the Pittie Posse Secret Santa!

12 Dec

Our friend Emily over at Our Waldo Bungie had the brilliant idea that a few of us “pittie bloggers” join forces for the holiday season and play Secret Santa!

The participants are:

Us here at That Touch of Pit

Of course, Emily at Our Waldo Bungie

Kate from Twenty-Six to Life

Aleksandra from Love and a Six-Foot Leash

Alexa at Two Grad Students and a Pittie

A from Two Pitties in the City

Jessica at Pittieful Love (to whom we owe thanks for getting us involved in this little game!)

So keep reading here and at our six friends’ blogs listed above. Anytime you see our “Pittie Posse Secret Santa” logo (created by Daniel, also from Our Waldo Bungie!) – you know we’re talking about our gift exchange. We all hope you guys like this little experiment, and if you do – maybe we can make it annual thing! Hooray!

Speaking of gifts…anyone got any ideas?! What do you think would make a great gift for a pittie lover?

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…

18 Nov

The holidays are right around the corner and although we text, email and blog, we believe this is the perfect time to grab a pen and send cards. We are happy to share some of our favorites:

StubbyDog Project Holiday Cards

Our friends at StubbyDog hooked up with Melody McFarland of Melody Pet Photography and created these fabulous pittie holiday cards! All of the dogs on the cards are available for adoption. What a great way to share adoptable dogs!

Love at First Bark Holiday CardAnd, while browsing Etsy we found this lovely card at  Love at First Bark’s Store. So delicate, yet subtly shows the breed we love so much!

And, also while browsing Etsy, which is like a maze once you log-on – you just keep looking and looking – we found this appropriate item. Like many of you, we have been keeping up with Ohio’s upcoming decision on House Bill 14. It’s not fair to deem a dog dangerous just because of its looks. Why not buy this bracelet and wear it with pride…

And, lastly, if you are looking for any art for yourself or for gifts, make sure to visit Stubby’s Art Auction. You will find everything from Pet Portrait  sessions to jewelry to collars and dog toys. Bid away because this is guilt-free shopping – all the proceeds go to help Stubby’s misson of improving the lives of pit bull type dogs.

Have a great weekend!

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