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Moving to Seattle was a huge leap of faith for me. I have lived my entire life in the same community in Michigan, on the shores of Lake Huron. Boeing brought us out here, but its the pet community that made me feel welcomed. I love that the pet community in Seattle opened its collective arms and welcomed me without question. Dog people know other dog people and the Seattle pet community saw me for who I really am, and instead of disparaging me for being the crazy dog lady, youve embraced me and supported me. For that, I am so grateful.

My hope is that I can return the love with my efforts with The Seattle Pet Collective, The Limelight Pet Project and all of those other crazy projects that are living in my head. Without the Seattle pet community, I might have given up on creating a new life in the Pacific Northwest and moved back to Michigan. But, with your support, encouragement and love, Ive found my pack and Im not looking back. < 3 I hope you enjoy my contribution to The Holiday Gift Guide 2020 edition.

What: Matching Bandana and Clip On Poop Bag Pouch

Who: The Northwest Dog

Why: Who doesnt love to look cute when out walking their dog? This clip on poop bag pouch comes in a variety of textures and colors to match your coat, while the snazzy bandana will look dapper on your dog. You can even mix and match! Walk your dog in style, feelin cute!

What: Doggie Bag

Who: Wilder Dog

How much: $22 plus shipping

What: Personalized Hand Crafted Dog Tags

Who: Himalayan Pet

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I feel super lucky Marika invited me to contribute to this years Holiday Gift Guide. We have incredible small businesses, makers, and artists here in the PNW. It was hard to find a place to start!

So I attempted to build a list of items that have brought joy and magic into my life in the hopes they do the same for you. Some of these items are personal favorites. A few are from incredible makers Ive been lucky enough to vend with at past local craft fair events. Others are from artists and heroes of mine. And one or two that helped me as the mom of a people and dog reactive pup named Gus. Dig in and learn a little bit more about these small businesses and local artists. I also hope youll be inspired to support them by giving yourself or loved ones some amazing gifts. What better time to support local than this Holiday season. Be brave and be kind out there friends.

With lots of love,

What: Seattle Walk Report, Hardcover book of illustrations of walks around 23 Seattle neighborhoods.

Who: Susanna Ryan Seattle, WA

Why: Weve all been spending more time inside these past months and now winter is here. So I had to show you this book. In fact this isnt really a book but more of a portal to adventures around our city.

What: Two Night Beach Cabin Getaway with your Dog

Who: Chevy Chase Beach Cabins Port Townsend, WA

How much: Starting at $300

What: Magical Art Prints

Who: Vivian Mineker Portland, OR

How much: Starting at $15

What: Doggies in Sweaters & Winter Kitties

Some Of Our Local Animal Rescues Have Great Gifts Available To Purchase For The Holidays

What: Womens Mispits t-shirt

Who: Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

Why: I dont think we could say it better than how Motley Zoo does on their website, so here you go:

This awesome design inspired by one of our *very favorite* bands, the Misfits, not only shows off your love of pit bulls, but also that youre cool with old school, horror punk! This design is one of our best sellers and is certainly an eye catcher and conversation starter. All proceeds from sales go directly toward Motley Zoos animals for vetting and other necessities. Your style helps save lives so shop generously!

Who: MEOW Cat Rescue

Why: Again, we couldnt say it better than MEOW does here:

Is there a MEOW fan in your life or someone who knows how important MEOW is to you? Why not give them a gift that honors your relationship with them, shows them how much you care about the animals, and benefits MEOW? Each donation level helps in a different way. Select the amount you wish to donate, include the recipients address in the notes at check out and well handle the rest. We will sign the card from you, put it in an envelope and mail it.

How much: Starting at $25

What: PAWS 2021 Calendar

Who: PAWS

Why: From the PAWS store description:

Also check out their new merch store here:

How much: $15 plus shipping

What: Seattle Area Feline Rescue 2021 Calendar

Who: Seattle Area Feline Rescue

Why: From SAFeRs store:

How much: $21.99 plus shipping

Who: Save A Forgotten Equine

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I was so excited when Marika invited me to collaborate on the 2020 holiday gift guide what a wonderful way to focus on small, local businesses and celebrate our mutual love of all things animal! It was so much fun to research and write about these gift ideas, some of which are favorites of my furry family members. Working on this guide helped me re-connect with the community I love while helping me focus on gratitude, giving, and a sense of goodness that I think we all need right now. Thank you again, Marika, for inviting me to contribute. Seattle Pet Collective is a bright light in an often stormy world!

What: Custom screens to keep your pet safe in your vehicle

Who: Breezeguard Woodinville, WA

Why: This is, by far, my all-time favorite car accessory. These car window screens are custom-made for your specific vehicle and enable you to travel with the window rolled down, allowing your pup the opportunity to experience the world in their favorite way: with their nose! When I first adopted Jack, he tried to put just a liiiittle bit too much of his body out the back window, which was more than a little bit disconcerting for me as I drove down the road. These screens provide protection for your pup and ensure that the whole family can venture out in the car!

How much: $259 plus s/h

What: Plush Cat Bed

Who: The Cat Ball Seattle, WA

What: Gorgeous custom dog collars & holiday stockings

Who: Wooldog PDX Collars- Portland, OR

How much: $34 for collars, $24 for stockings

Books Books And More Books

Yoshi was exhausted after playing at the dog park.

Every year around the holidays, I tell my husband that he can never go wrong in gifting me books. I love them so much, Im actually planning to take time off in December just to read. At the start of 2020, I had a goal to read all the books on my shelf, but even with the pandemic and stay home orders, I barely had time to read the few I was able to because I was busy pivoting my business a million ways. It seems fitting to take time off to get to some of those books, though. Making time to read a book is self care. Its purposeful, and it opens rooms in your imagination that help make you grow. After organizing this collaborative gift guide, I realized that I needed to add a section for books that feature or include dogs or cats. These are only a few of the many out there. I have not read all of these, but I am adding many of them to my shelf for 2021 reading. If youd like to check out more books, I also made a list over here:

Something Id love for you to do after youve reached the end of this guide, is to let us know of a book you love. You can leave it in the comments, or find us on social media to let us know there.

Happy Reading! Marika

Title: Oh, Dylan! The Adventures of Dylan the Dog

Why: The story is based on a real dog, and proceeds are donated to animal rescue!

Title: They All Saw A Cat

Title: The voyage of the Dogs

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