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Valentine Gifts for the Dog Lover Who Has Everything

Valentine gifts for dog lovers

Love is in the air, it’s February, and that means time for those hard-to-by-for dog lover friends who well, have everything. You know the type (I am one of those “types”): We have the shirts that proclaim our dog love, plenty of paw print-laden photo frames, and more puppy print socks than you can be count. That’s why you have us at Fidose of Reality. You won’t find any dog leashes or squeaky toys on this list: These are Valentine (and year round) gifts for the dog lover who has everything.

Miniature Version of Your Dog

Lucy Maloney creates scale miniature dog reproductions of your dog. The miniature dogs (and cats) are constructed using the finest alpaca, cashmere, silk and leather for an absolutely realistic appearance. The miniature dogs are soft with some flexibility – never breaking and happy to get in any pose. I know because Lucy has crafted two miniature versions of my Cocker Spaniels.

Don’t let the “miniature” in her product fool you; Lucy Maloney’s craft looms larger than life. Beyond Maloney’s talent, there are tools of the trade, and like any craftsperson, these are the items that help define the outcome. “With the help of German glass eyes as well as fine alpaca, cashmere, silk, and wool, I bring miniature pets to life,” Maloney says. She knows the miniature is complete when she sees the distinct spark of life in the replica’s eye.

Here are the two replica miniature versions she made of my dogs plus a gorgeous pair of earrings she crafted for me of my dog, Dexter, seen below.

How did she do it this time? “Wire and yarn, then alpaca fiber added tiny amounts at a time.. 1mm glass eyes.. detailing and Dexter,” Maloney shares.

Miniature dog Lucy Maloney
My belated Brandy Noel
Dexter Miniature version
My loving boy, Dexter

Cocker spaniel earrings

I literally had goosebumps and still do when I look at these earrings — she even captured my Dexter’s smudge. Lucy can work with you on a miniature or pair of earrings. For a complete summary of her work, to connect and learn more, check out her website,  Lucy Francis Maloney.

Remembering a Pet Loved and Lost

If you have loved and lost a pet, just like if you have loved and lost a human being, your role in their life on earth does not change. Once a dog has entered your life, you are forever a dog parent. The passing of a loved one never robs you of that title. It is with great love that the next product on our list was designed.

BioUrn® is a biodegradable cremation urn for pets that holds the entirety of their ashes, along with soil and a seed. Once prepared and planted, BioUrn grows a memorial tree. Created by pet lover, Lisa Brambilla, for pet lovers to help them create a living tribute to their beloved companion who has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

BioUrn comes in a kit, and includes everything needed: A handmade, cotton BioUrn (size appropriate) soil, cotton drawstring cremains bag, tree seedbead®, stainless steel garden marker and planting instructions.  If you have followed this blog for any period of time, you know that my heart beats dog® so much that I trademarked it. My previous Cocker Spaniel, Brandy Noel, taught me so much about living and yet I was completely unprepared for the devastation her loss would bring to my life. The anatomy of a grieving dog mom describes my grief journey. Each BioUrn kit also comes with a “seedbead” certificate which allows a pet parent to visit online and choose their own tree from the wide variety offered in their tree gallery. Learn more about this process and how to honor your eternally loved dog at the BioUrn website.
Bio Urn Memorial
Custom Cocker Spaniel Dog Cards
Snail mail is alive and well, and there is something so special about sending or receiving a card in the regular postal mail. To this day, I still send out personalized thank you notes and holiday cards. Leslie Gauthier understands this sentiment, as the creator of handmade Cocker Spaniel note cards.
Each card measures 4″ x 5.5″. The set comes with 10 envelopes. All of the cards have a similar layout with a variety of sentiments. What Cocker lovers will treasure most about these cards is the attention to detail of this “wigglebutt” breed. No matter what your favorite dog breed is, these note cards are adorable for any dog mom or dog dad to give or receive.
Dog note cards for dog lovers
Tickets to the Ultimate Dog-Friendly Gala

If you like celebrating and doing pet-friendly things with your dog, the Wigglebutts Uncorked gala event is the place to be.Bark is the new black, and all the who’s who of the canine world will be in attendance in their finest couture for this gala benefit to raise funds for NYC Second Chance Rescue. For one low price, you can paw-tay the night away, celebrate, give back, feel good, AND bear witness to Dexter the Wigglebutt Warrior escorting his parents down the aisle for the formal celebration of their marriage!

Dancing, prizes, swag bags, silent auction, and of course, the Second Annual Wiggy Awards: Who will win the coveted Wiggy of the Year? Savvy canines in attendance are eligible! Stay for the after party on Sunday, April 17th at a nearby location.

This is no ordinary fundraiser: This is Wigglebutts Uncorked at America’s Oldest Winery: Brotherhood Winery, in Washingtonville, New York on Saturday evening, April 16th, 2016.

Learn more about Wigglebutts Uncorked here.

Wigglebutts Uncorked

My Heart Beats Dog® Swag

If you or someone you know is a tried and true dog lover, don’t miss the t-shirts, unique dog lover jewelry, home accents, and more in the Fidose of Reality dog lovers’ store. A new line of cat lovers’ merchandise has arrived, so be sure to treat the feline mom or dad in your life.
Dog lover merchandise
What are you getting the special dog lover in your life for Valentine’s Day? Maybe gifting yourself? Your dog? Do tell in the comments below.

About Carol Bryant

A dog lover of the highest order is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant, when she appeared with her Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. Carol created and owns the trademark, My Heart Beats Dog® and lives that mantra. A 30-year veteran of the Cocker Spaniel world, she is President of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and a frequently sought-after media contributor with over 15 years’ experience writing and blogging about Cocker Spaniels, dog trends, dogs, and the pet industry. She co-authored Pet Blogging for Love & Money and is the 2020 DWAA winner for Best Dog Blog.

Comments

    • Carol Bryant says

      I am so sorry to hear that. I know all too well the loss and the sadness of losing a beloved pet. Yes, Lucy does incredible miniatures of cats, too.

  1. Kari says

    Last year, Rob got me a wine bottle holder shaped like a German shepherd lying on its back, so the wine bottle is tipped into its mouth. And two wine glasses with German shepherds etched into them. I said, What? Did you google “Romantic gifts for the German shepherd enthusiast?”

  2. Sherri Telenko says

    OMG. I love those earrings and I don’t even wear earrings. I will check out her jewllery line and see if she does cats too. I noticed the hotels were booked for your Wiggle Butts event… must be selling out soon!

  3. dawn says

    The card is beautiful! I love beautiful cards but then I can’t bring myself to send them. I just want to keep them to myself and enjoy.

    This Valentine’s will be mellow and the critters and I will enjoy a quiet day at home.

  4. MattieDog says

    Everything here looks pawesome – and my favorite: the earrings! We’re going to check these out – and maybe at the gala you’ll see momma with Shih Tzu earrings! Thanks for sharing these finds!

  5. Jessica Harlow says

    I’m so impressed with the quality and artistic flair of the earrings! They really would make a great gift for the dog-lovers in my family (who, like you, seem to have accumulated everything doggy)! lol

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