My own 'fur children' seem to be up to something top secret these days. As a concerned mother of teen critters, I just hope they are not raiding the liquor cabinet or sniffing decoupage glue- kids today! My guess is they are pow-wowing on what to get me for Mother's Day- but that may just be wishful thinking... Perhaps they saw me looking at these fab candles online...
1 Maggie's Light- a stunning line of customizable candles for animal lovers- was inspired by a shelter dog who taught one very fortunate couple how to love again after loss.
2 Born loving animals- Kathy Kuhl learned a great deal from her childhood dog Wendy- and the learning continued as she allowed other dogs to be among her teachers...
3 As an adult, while packing for yet another exhausting business trip, and contemplating a career change, Kathy caught a glimpse of her devoted Maggie- sitting by her suitcase with a long face...
4 According to Kathy, "That was my signal. It was time to be home more." And so her creativity took off- with the support of Maggie, and then of Nelli, who later stepped in to help grow the duos meaningful work.
5 After losing Maggie, their beloved dog of 14 years, Kathy and husband Tom grieved deeply. Some time passed when Tom declared, "We need to give another dog the same great life we gave to Maggie. She would insist on it".
6 Their love for Maggie, led Nancy and Tom to adopt Nelli- a 2 year old lab hoping to find a forever home after being rescued by the caring folks at Homeward Bound Rescue in Minnesota.
7 Nelli took over Maggie's role as business partner and inspired Maggie's Light as way to give back and help other shelter dogs in the way that Maggie taught her human's to step up and help her.
8 Kathy explains that this was newly adopted Nelli's way of honoring Maggie- the dog who, in Kathy's words, "...Taught them how to love. And more importantly, how to love again."
A love that led Nelli to the adoptive home and family she so deserved.
9 Reflecting on Maggie, Kathy shares, "She gave us many gifts: teaching us the true meaning of unconditional love and the importance of giving it, not just once, but throughout your life."
(Art by Jessie Marianiello- is just one of the details you can choose for a candle gift.)
10 Tom and Kathy also credit Maggie for teaching them, "...how to love beyond ourselves, understand what is really important, and how to enjoy the simple pleasures..."
(Above- Candle detail option by artist, Jessie Marianiello)
11 Candle shoppers can customize their gift with fitting scents like "Rolling in the Grass."
12 Other customizing options include charms by Sara Commers and etchings by Jen Scheffler.
13 Artist and Nelli Designs founder, Kathy Kuhl, offers plenty of collar choices and gift lines geared towards dog, cat and horse lovers respectively.
14 Tags can be engraved with a choice from quotes like, "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole," or
"Home is where your dog is."
Ain't that the doggone truth?
Or maybe they read last week's post on gifts for mom's with fur kids... Whatever my crew is up to, I expect i'll know more come Mother's Day. But I do wonder...Hmmm....they know I love home made gifts... Come to think of it, I did spot some glitter on my Luna's left hind pooch paw...oh and there was that pipe-cleaner heart I had to extract from kitty Max's tail... and the half-eaten Burnt Sienna crayon...all of which leads me to believe they are collaborating on a masterpiece of sorts.
But, then again... what about all those coins that have been mysteriously vanishing from between the couch cushions? Have they been stock piled by furry little paws as part of a strategic plan to buy me a surprise...
Oh, and I could swear I spotted My Minnow dodging me at the mall the other day- It had to be her! She was disguised by a headscarf and some oversized 'Jackie O-ish' sun glasses... whispering on her cell phone and sipping a fancy frappe drink of some sort... She caught my eye because she was sporting some stunning platform wedge sandals just like the ones I purchased last week... oh, and she had a very unique vintage pink clutch purse...it reminded me of the one i've been missing for months...wait... It's all coming together now...
My mother's intuition tells me my fur kids are up to something! How sneaky...but then again, how sweet... Truthfully, they really don't need to get me anything- they are each so loyal and special in their own way- they are each a gift to me and to our family. I just wish everyone understood how many amazing companions are waiting to love, and be loved, in shelters and rescues nationwide. If everyone would advocate for them- and opt to adopt when they set out to get a companion animal- that would be the best Mother's Day gift of all!
I guess I'll have to just watch and wait for now...They do have me curious though, that's for sure...I wonder if their dad is in on it...
Dr. Pia Salk