I want a dog. I really do. I say it so frequently that five years ago Mike bought me a dog for Christmas. At the time I was working and in grad-school getting my masters. Mike was working at least 14 hours a day + weekends. The dog? The dog was sleeping for about 40 minutes at a time. Max. It was like being given a newborn baby who also had multiple parasites. After a few weeks of hysterically crying in the shower (sometimes with the puppy, sometimes not) we sent her to my parents house. There, she developed cataracts, glaucoma, ear infections, acid reflux and what my mom has deemed (hand to God) a "gluten intolerance." My parents have nicely taken care of everything (including the 12+ eye drops she now receives on a daily basis) and rightfully claimed her as their own.
This my friends, is a lesson in two things. 1. Dogs are a lot of responsibility that should not be taken on lightly (or by two overworked, immature New Yorkers) and 2. People will do anything for their pets. Never was this more apparent than when I took my first trip to the no-insurance-accepted dog ophthalmologist.
I have a theory about dogs. Particularly puppies. The theory is this, when you get within 20 feet of a puppy, your IQ drops 50 points. If you actually hold said puppy, it drops another 20. This will render even the smartest people helpless. Luckily my traumatizing attempt at puppy ownership acts as a long-term antidote to this condition. So, despite the fact that I would like a dog, I am immune from actually pulling the trigger (until our lives are 100% conducive to having one, at which point I will get ten). That means I am free to peruse painfully adorable photos of dogs. Like these, which were taken by Bruce Weber for his new collaboration with Shinola. Weber, who is famous for using his own dogs in high fashion shoots, is a well-known supporter of animal shelters. If you're looking for a gift for a pet, or those who love them, I highly recommend checking out Shinola. The collaboration supports several animal based charities in Detroit including The Michigan Humane Society and Best Friends.
THE PERFECT PORTRAITS
Speaking of amazing animal gifts, there are some really talented artists out there that can do custom paintings of your pets. It's probably too late to order for this holiday season, but you should bookmark these for the future.
The Pet Shop (from the blogger behind Yellow Brick Home) sells portraits with a more modern edge. If you're still on the hunt, here are a few of my favorite things for the animals (and animal lovers) in your life.