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Picture Perfect Holiday
PA - Coordinating the holiday family photo can be challenging. Find
the time, choose the place, select the outfits and call the family members.
Did you remember everyone? Curl the hair, tug on the tights, and tie the
bows. Pile in the SUV, and let’s go!
forget Fifi! No holiday family portrait would be complete without including
the family pet. Chances are good you are among the 62% of U.S. households
owning a cat, dog or bird and participating in the latest trend -- “humanization”
of pets – caring for animals according to human patterns and human
According to the American
Pet Products Manufacturers’ Association (APPMA), American’s
spent over $32 billion dollars on their pets in 2003. What can we possibly
be buying? There are treats and toys, obedience classes and doggie daycare,
scratching posts, grooming, jewelry and clothing. Clothing?
Yes. Your dog will
be the focal point of the family portrait with his reindeer suit, complete
with booties and antlers. Overstated? You can purchase the antlers for
a third of the cost and dress kitty, too. “Our reindeer and Santa
suits come in three sizes,” says pet products veteran, Jill Gizzio,
founder of DogToys.com and CatToys.com. “No one escapes the humiliation…and
the best part? The photos our customers share with us.”
“We take gift
giving for pets seriously, especially during the holidays,” said
Gizzio. It’s a great time of year to donate toys to animals waiting
in shelters to be adopted. We have resources on our web sites for shelters
to sign up to receive donations and to help customers locate an animal
shelter in their neighborhood. We provide discounts on our donation gift
packs to encourage giving at the holidays.”
There you have it
folks. If you want your pet to be picture perfect for the holidays, remember
up on the house top . . . click, click, click.