ALL ABOUT US!
My love of dogs and puppies began in my early childhood. My Mother was a champion of rescuing, feeding, and housing stray dogs until she could get them to the SPCA where they would be safe. She rescued dogs from freeways, storm drains, deserts, and mountains. Our home always included a dog; a Chihuahua, Poodle, Cockapoo, Dachshund, Scottie, or just a Heinz57 mutt.
Dogs of all sizes and shapes have always given me unconditional love and a devotion that is beyond words. All my life I have probably aggravated my 'best friends' by having their portraits taken, dressing them up in adorable outfits, and showing them off on holidays with appropriate costumes. I even went as far as taking my dogs to see Santa one year so I could have their photo taken with Jolly Ole St. Nick!
I've always tried to return their love and adoration by making sure they have plenty of treats, goodies, bones, and an assortment of toys. Every Easter my dogs get baskets and at Christmas they have presents. I had such fun putting these baskets and gifts together that I decided I'd like to make these wonderful (and appreciated) baskets available to everyone - for every occasion.
I've looked long and hard to find gift baskets of quality and at a reasonable price. These gift baskets are filled with only the finest products, the tastiest foods, and the most popular toys. Every product included in these baskets has been tried out on my own 3 finicky babies, and I guarantee, if they loved it - yours will love it too.
ABOUT MY OWN THREE PRECIOUS PUPS
I split my time between my home is Southern California and a vacation home I have in La Paz, Mexico on the Baja Peninsula. All three of my girls are rescue dogs from the streets of La Paz.
At 1 day old, she was tucked deep in the pocket of a man selling vegetables out of the back of his truck in La Paz . I learned that the mother of this puppy had been killed and the vegetable man was looking for a home for her baby. I immediately took her and headed straight to the vet. He informed me that this baby had a 50/50 chance, and only if I was willing to do 2 hour feedings round the clock, keep her incubated, and give her constant care and attention. I had a few panic attacks, worrisome days and sleepiness nights, but today she is healthy, spoiled, and happy. She will be 6 years old in January.
We lost PeeWee much, much too soon. She passed away and left us on February 20th, 2009.
The word quickly spread about Pee Wee and three weeks later a boy showed up at my door with a four week old puppy that needed a home. Well, I took one look at her adorable face and there was no way I could turn her away. It was a bother in the beginning trying to keep frisky and playful Shadow away from little PeeWee in her heated ‘puppy crib’, but today they are the best of friends and have a hard time when separated from each other.
Tigresa means tigress in Spanish, and she got named for her brindle coat. Last December I was working at a charity event in La Paz , and a woman showed up with a box of rescue puppies. The pregnant mother of these puppies had been tightly chained to a fence with no food or water. This caring woman took the pregnant mother to her home where the puppies were born, but she neither had the means or the room to keep them. So, that is how I ended up with my third, and I hope my last puppy for awhile. She is a Whippet mix just full of vim and vigor. PeeWee and Shadow weren’t too excited to have another member join our family, but after eight months together, they have become a tight threesome.
A Note from Michelle...
In 2002 when I first visited La Paz in Baja, Mexico I was enchanted by the warm, friendly people and the unsurpassed beauty of the setting on the Bay of La Paz. But one thing I couldn’t ignore was the unbelievable number of street dogs. Most female street dogs were pregnant, some dogs were starving, many were infested with ticks and mange, and others were treated poorly by locals who barely had enough to feed their own families. At that time La Paz had no animal shelter or facility that could help these innocent, pregnant and sick dogs.
When my husband and I bought
a home there in 2003 we did what we could for many of the street dogs.
We always carried a huge bag of food in our back seat to share with
any dog that looked hungry. We kept a tub of water outside our
front gate. Many times we took dogs that were beyond help to the
local veterinarian – most times to be put down. We donated money
to our vet to use to spay stray female dogs – which were again returned
to the streets where it was survival of the fittest.
I cried tears of joy when in October 2006 I met a wonderful woman – a canine saint actually, who had opened her arms and started the very first shelter for abused, homeless and sick dogs of La Paz. Her name is Dhorea Ryon, and I could go on and on about the unending number of hours she donates, or the extraordinary amount of her own money that she contributes to the shelter every month, but if you click on the link below you can find out more information about her shelter, organization, and mission for ‘Baja Dogs Help Line of La Paz’.Dog Lover Gift Baskets will be contributing a percentage of all our profits to give all the help we can to this outstanding woman, her volunteers, and all the street dogs of La Paz. We urge you to help if you can. Any amount will help tremendously. You will find a link to donate on her website.
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