Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday Gift Post and A Shout Out to Our Event with Wayne Pacelle on Wednesday, April 25, at Boswell.

We've Got William Pacelle, author of The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them coming on Wednesday, April 25, 7 pm. He's the executive director of The Humane Society of the United States. And animal lovers have been pretty excited about Pacelle's book.

"Majestic in sweep and beautifully written, The Bond is a monumental achievement. I can’t think of any other book that is so valuable. It is truly wonderful!”
-Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

“If the animals knew about this book, they would, without doubt, confer on Wayne Pacelle, their highest honor.”
-Jane Goodall

"The Bond is at once heart-breaking and heart-warming. No animal escapes Wayne Pacelle’s attention; nor should his book escape any human animal’s attention.”
-Alexandra Horowitz

"I love the book and not just because I'm in it."
-Ellen Degeneres (and you can watch her interview with Pacelle here).

And that somehow inspired me to go a little dog crazy on our gift buying, with a few cat things thrown in. And of course you always have the same issues, most notably between breed-specific canino-bilia and generic stuff. If you have generic, folks say, "What kind of dog is this?" but if you focus on the former, they say, "Why don't you have any Portugese Milk Hounds?"

And the answer is that I do not.

The magnets seem to be breed specific, and that got the approval of Sharon. The mugs and flashlights, however, are totally generic. They are simply practical(ish) and a bit cute, and you need to go from there when you make your decision on what you like best.

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