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Archive for February, 2011

Is Your Canine Sick As A Dog? Here’s How To Give Your Dog His Medicine!

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Ever heard the expression “sick as a dog”? Dogs will eat and get into just about anything, resulting in a sick pooch here and there! Just like you, your dog may feel a little blue from time to time, and if you notice a change in your pet’s behavior or appearance, such as your dog feeling sluggish or having skin irritations, a visit to the vet is certainly due. Your vet will likely prescribe your dog medication in a tablet or pill form, and well, your dog may not exactly love taking that pill! We’ve been around dogs our whole lives and were one of the first companies to debut Pet Gift Baskets filled with healthy treats to lift the spirits of sick pets, and we’re here to give you our tried and true pet medicine experience!

Step 1: It’s important to first calm your dog. We suggest working in pairs, with one person giving your dog medication, and the other calmly stroking your dog’s coat throughout the process. Be sure to have your dog sit.

Step 2: Using two fingers, hold your dog’s mouth from above his upper lip.

Step 3: Tilt your dog’s head back. Unfortunately, your dog’s lower jaw usually does not open enough to just stick the pill in your dog’s mouth at this point.

Step 4: Your dog will want to close his mouth, so take care to fold your dog’s upper lip over his teeth. This way, if he should bite down, he’ll be biting his lip, and not your fingers!

Step 5: Securely hold your dog’s lower jaw with your thumb and finger and open your dog’s mouth, using another finger to drop the pill as far back inside your dog’s mouth as possible.

Step 6: Close your dog’s mouth and gently blow on your dog’s nose to encourage him to swallow the pillow.

Step 7: Once your dog has swallowed, be sure to reward your dog for a job well done! The healthy and delectable treats in our Dog Gift Baskets are perfect for rewarding Fido for working with you to get him on the path to good health once again.

Giving your dog medication isn’t the easiest process, but it does get easier as your pooch gets more comfortable with it. Many of our dog gift baskets come with Greenies Pill Pockets Treats inside – they come in several different dog-friendly flavors, and you simply stick your dog’s tablets inside them. The Pill Pocket treat tastes delicious to your pup, so he just woofs it down like any other treat!

Have a sick pooch of your own, or have a friend, family member, or client with an under-the-weather canine?  Dogs are just like members of our families, so sending a dog gift basket, such as our Back On Your Paws Dog Gift Basket, or one of our Pet Lover Gift Baskets that includes goodies for both pet and owner, is a great way to show that you care about them and what means so much to them – their dog.

What are your tried and true tips for giving your dog his medication?

There’s A Gift Card Included In My Valentine’s Day Gift Basket?! What Do I Write?

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Doesn’t it always feel like just when you need to find the right words to say, they’re just never near the tip of your tongue? All of our gift baskets include a gift card where you can write a special, personal message to the gift recipient, and we get calls all the time from customers who simply have no idea what to write! The recipient may mean the world to them, but when it’s time to type out those words, it’s natural to just draw a blank.

Don’t feel intimidated this Valentine’s Day when you’re filling out the gift card in the charming Valentine’s Day Gift Basket you’ve chosen or when you’re writing a message inside that greeting card – here are some examples of great Valentine’s Day quotes of love and friendship to get you started. We’ll never tell that you borrowed them from us – just include a meaningful quote and an “I Love You” or an “I Love Our Friendship!”, and you’ll instantly add warmth to the recipient’s Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Love Quotes

  • “Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.”  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939
  • “Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “Trip over love, you can get up.  Fall in love and you fall forever.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.” ~Author Unknown
  • “kisses are a better fate than wisdom.” ~e.e. cummings
  • “Grow old with me!  The best is yet to be.” ~Robert Browning
  • “I’ve fallen in love many times… always with you.”  ~Author Unknown

Valentine’s Day Friendship Quotes

  • The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you’ve had.  ~Author Unknown
  • Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.  ~Author Unknown
  • “A friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you are fooling everyone else.” ~ Unknown
  • “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘ What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.’ ” ~ C.S. Lewis
  • “Those truly linked don’t need correspondence. When they meet again after many years apart, their friendship is as true as ever.” ~ Deng Ming-Dao
  • A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.  ~Arnold Glasow
  • Friends are relatives you make for yourself.  ~Eustache Deschamps

Valentine’s Day can feel like a lot of pressure, but a perfect Valentine’s Day needs only two ingredients: you and the person(s) you love! You’ve already got your Valentine’s Day Gift Basket chosen and now a message for your gift card, so just be sure you place your order in time – our Valentine’s Day shipping guidelines are:

Ground Delivery: Must be placed by noon MT on Monday, 2/7

3 Day Delivery: Must be placed by noon MT on Wednesday, 2/9

2 Day Delivery: Must be placed by noon MT on Thursday, 2/10

Next Day Delivery: Must be placed by noon MT on Friday, 2/11

Chat with your significant other or friends about what you and they would like to do on this February 14th. After all, it’s always better to be upfront about your expectations on the day and whether you’d like to go out for a fancy dinner or simply relax on the couch with a movie. From all of us at, we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!