What can you do for a dog? It's rough being a dog; man's best friends do not get appreciated as they deserve. For guarding your home, licking your face, coming every time you call, and chasing away stray cats, all they get is dog food to eat and an place to sleep in the dog house. And they don't like the dog house any better than their best friends do. But there are any number of things you can get to make your canine friends feel honored and appreciated. A little time on the internet will show you precisely how to make your dog feel like one of the family.
There are blankets, leash-hooks, mugs, magnets, paper pads, treat jars, towel holders, toys and tote bags; and calendars. You can find greeting cards, ornaments, playing cards and decals. Each one features an image, icon or photo of your favorite dog breed. Just for Yellow Labradors there are nearly 100 items, not including items for Labs in general, or Black or Chocolate. There is no longer any need to leave out the dog at Christmas, birthdays or special occasions. And dog lovers are your easiest person to regale.
Think how your Labrador feels when you wear a hat with some business logo on it, compared to how he feels when you wear a hat sporting a fine member of his breed. The business probably charges you $10 for the hat and still robs you blind every time you go there. Your Lab gives you honor and affection even when you feed him dog food! He deserves to be honored on your hat. Plus, it makes for a classy hat!
Then there is that generic doormat greeting visitors at your front door. Dogs like guarding the door but probably don't want to do it full time. You can get a very functional doormat with a picture of your dog breed on it. Then your dog can greet all visitors and not try to lick them or jump up to greet them. And if your dog likes to sleep on the door mat it will have a good friend for company.
Imagine going out with a common collar and leash hook. Upscale canines sport a leash hook and colar set decorated for their own breed. It can make all the difference in the world to your dog's confidence and turn that exercise into a pleasant stroll in the park.
Don't forget to get a calendar dog. It's an easy addition to your kennel. There are now hundreds of calendars dedicated to individual dog breeds. (If you have a mutt, get a calendar with several breeds.) If you home is wall-to-wall Chihuahuas, you should have a Chihuahuas. If your mother-in-law has a Chihuahua you already know what gift to give her next time she requires a gift: a calendar full of her favorite breed or a soft blanket to snooze under. Then she will love you at least as much as her dog, (and that could be a significant improvement.)
Calendars come in various shapes and sizes, just like dogs. Besides the traditional 11" x 17" size there are 6" x 12" mini calendars and 6" square desk or boxed calendars. These last ones feature over 360 different photographs, one a day of your favorite canine breed. They can be torn off and used to wall paper an upscale dog dwelling or to keep notes or send them. There are also engagement style calendars which have a different dog photo for every week of the year and pocket-sized planners with a picture on each page.
There are many advantages to calendar dogs. They don't bark or have fleas. They don't lick your face and they already know how to sit, roll over, and stay. You don't need a scooper if you take them to the park, and they never attack the mail person. Of course, they don't fetch very well and they can't keep you warm on a cold night. But they add a nice touch to you home or office and are a happy reminder of how great your dog friend is to have around.
Where do you find all this marvelous merchandise? Do a search on the internet including your breed and what you are looking for; get as specific as possible, and you will be surprised what you will find.
Article written by Bob Cole who loves dogs and publishes 2008 Calendar Central. This site features a section for 2008 Dog Calendars and Accessories with a Dog Calendar Index. It includes a number of with pictures and indexes of breed-specific items. His site attempts to make choosing a calendar or gift via the internet more convenient. If you can't find it on his site he will link to where you can.