I Sniff a Surprise!

Posted by Pia

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...

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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.
(www.nellidesigns.com)

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. (www.nellidesigns.com)

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...

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...

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...

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...

According to Kathy,

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.

After losing Maggie, their beloved dog of 14 years, Kathy and husband Tom grieved deeply. Some time passed when Tom declared,

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kathy explains that this was newly adopted Nelli's way of honoring Maggie- the dog who, in Kathy's words,

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.

Reflecting on Maggie, Kathy shares,

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.)

Tom and Kathy also credit Maggie for teaching them,

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)

Candle shoppers can customize their gift with fitting scents like

11 Candle shoppers can customize their gift with fitting scents like "Rolling in the Grass."

Other customizing options include charms by Sara Commers and etchings by Jen Scheffler.

12 Other customizing options include charms by Sara Commers and etchings by Jen Scheffler.

Artist and Nelli Designs founder, Kathy Kuhl, offers plenty of collar choices and gift lines geared towards dog, cat and horse lovers respectively.

13 Artist and Nelli Designs founder, Kathy Kuhl, offers plenty of collar choices and gift lines geared towards dog, cat and horse lovers respectively.

Tags can be engraved with a choice from quotes like,

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...

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (16)

  • Good morning Dr. Pia,
    I bet your fur kids will get you something very special for Mother's Day. Hey, tell them that the Glue Squad is having a Special Day on the 11th, After we post about the topic of the day, we are all going to say something special for our mom's. Your kids are welcome to comment about you too. That would be another nice gift for you. By the way, love the candles.
    Cora-Belle, get up so we can all find out what your gift is today. I like the idea of the big cushions all around the bed. I hope James and Lucinda don't get up in the middle of the night and forget they are there or they will fall over them. Well, at least they will land on something soft. hehehehehe
    Lynn, how did it go at the dentist? Were you brave?
    Zoe, tell your mom a big Congrats on winning her match and I hope she kicks butt again tomorrow. Also, good job on telling us about Chloe being bad. I think she should tell her mom she was having flashbacks of when she used to do bad stuff. It might work one time but then we will have to figure out a new angle to get her out of trouble. Rebel, wow, that was close. A garage just went away in the twister. I am so glad you were not sucked up into it too. That must have been very scarey. OK, Dudley, Abby, Lola, Delia, Gail and all the rest of you, any idea's to try to help our good friend Kirby with the flea bite dermatitis that he gets? It must drive him crazy to have an itch and not be able to sctatch it. But, if we figure out what to do to help him from getting bitten in the first place, then he won't itch anymore.
    Rain again today. Guess it is back to Animal Planet or some other show. I am trying to find a show called Girls Gone Wild Canine Version. hehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • My boyfriend and I have been together for over two years now, and we have been two peas in a pod ever since we met. As time has gone on, we have been waiting for the right opportunity to add a puppy to our family. We are huge dog lovers and have both been dedicated to family pets over our lifetimes. This January while browsing through adopt-a-pet.com, we noticed the sweetest dog named "Melody" that we instantly fell in love with. She was located in Tennessee, and we immediately contacted 'Friends of Retrievers' to find out how we could have this pup in our lives as soon as possible. To our surprise, the litter was struggling with both pneumonia and distemper, both illnesses that can easily take a puppy's life. We knew we had to rescue Melody as soon as we could to save her from the infection spreading around the shelter. They wouldn't allow her to be transported until she was 100% better, so we took matters into our own hands and took the 32 hour drive roundtrip to Tennessee to rescue her when she was getting back on her feet. We drove straight through the night, taking turns driving and sleeping so we could get to her as soon as we could. For the past 2 1/2 months we have been bringing her to great vets in the North Shore area, getting consistent xrays, ultrasounds, and medications to help her heal and recover. She was making a great turn around and was filled with life. She is truly part of our family. With financial assistance from family and loved ones, we have been able to give her the care she needs to get better. This past Sunday, Melody became ill and regressed rapidly. We were told to bring her to Angell Animal Hospital in Boston to give her the 24 hour care she needed to help her with her pnemonia. She has been there for a few days now and we are completely heartbroken. They found a lot of bacteria built up in her lungs, and if the medication she is on now doesn't respond well with her, she may need to undergo invasive and risky surgery to remove this dangerous fungus from her lungs. The surgery could cost upwards of $9,000, and as students neither my boyfriend or I can afford a surgery of that cost. The visit she is undergoing now has already cost $3,000, and we are running out of options for our baby. Oprah, please please please help us get our puppy back to better health. I have called family, friends, teachers, and talked with strangers to send Melody positive energy and love. We are trying our hardest to stay positive but knowing that we cannot afford the care that she desperately needs hurts me everyday. I would do anything for this dog, she means the world to us.

    If you can please help us in any way it would mean the WORLD to us and everyone who knows Melody. I created a fundraiser for her at: http://www.giveforward.com/melodygraceslungsurgery?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=graph&utm_campaign=vanity_page, and any contribution, big or small, will benefit her and her health. Please send her the love and positive energy she needs to recover! She has so much love and support for her right now, I just want to see her progress and be back to her playful and loving self. She is only 5 months old and has her whole life ahead of her.

    Thank you,
    Brittany Long
    Salem, Massachusetts

  • Hello Dr. Pia,
    I know the fur kids have something brewing for their Mom. All these ideas are so great, and twofold in that they have good causes. I have been baking dog biscuits like mad to send off soon to friends. When I bake them at my craft show in the fall, sometimes people just come for them. All the money goes to rescues. This year I think it will be the French Bulldog one in memory of Basil. I know what Kathy and Tome went through in their greif...a day doesn't go by that I don't miss my little man. I agree with Tom that Basil would want us to love another----not replace him---love another is a good way to put it. When Basil's medical bills are paid, I know that is the direction we will take. Maybe two pups??? A little time I need still though. Now, Abby, I am looking over the Derby picks today and will give my pick tomorrow. That is on my bucket list to go to the derby. I wish A Dog's Tail was in the race---I know it would win. Now for poor Kirby and the fleas--how about wearing something like those netted hats they wear in Alaska. The boys are thinking of those for their trip this summer to prevent mosquitoe bites. Lola, those Peonies must have been beautiful at your Mom's wedding--was she married in May? Well, I am off to bake and knit today. I heard something of a new t.v. show coming the end of the month--a reality show--but about dogs. Chloe, you need to get your name in to be on it. The man on it is a dog whisperer/trainer type of guy I think. Well, everyone have a good day and no more tornados your way Rebel.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. What a neat idea; candles to give mom from their special cat or dog. I’m about to wear out my brain trying to come up with a good idea for Mommy on Mother’s Day. I know time is getting short, but I’ll come up with something. I may have to ask Daddy for help; he’s always willing to lend a hand. Hehehehe Get it, hand not paw. Not my usual self today. Must need a nap. Oh, by the way, I have found a way to cure the itchy spots. I just go to Mommy or Daddy and tell them that I itch. They are willing to rub the spot for me and spray something on it. That is unless it’s in ….., well you know that spot. Time for a nap.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, I just love to see all of the great blogs you post for us and this one is a lot of fun to think about-Animal Mother's Day! My sweet little Dudley Do Right does everything he can to make me happy and I do all I can for him! Maddox, you share a fantastic comment everyday and we just love to read your thoughts! Kirby, is there any kind of spray to kill those fleas outside and is there a fence to keep the squirrels and cats out of your yard? Bless you, hope you get better! Sure hope everyone is doing well today and will check back later! Brittany Long, reading your comment about Melody makes me very sad, too. We are sending our prayers to Melody and hope she gets well real soon! Sorry, I don't have anything else to send to you right now. Dr. Pia and family, sure hope you have a great weekend! Love, Jan &DDR

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Maddox, Dudley Do Right, Birthday Girl Cora belle and all the glue squad,
    What nice candles and sentiments. Our pets give us wonderful unconditional love each day and ask for so little in return.
    Brittany, we are very sorry to hear about Melody being ill. there is a program called pet "care credit" in New York that helps pet owners in need for veterinary costs. I donot know if it exists in Mass. I hope she feels better and that you take care of yourself too.
    Rebel we hope your weather situation gets better too. Mom saw the cutest boy dog at work yesterday and he looked like you! Maddox, we laughed when we read you are looking for canine girls gone wild on t.v., just too funny. Last night I watched some show where men dig up relics in people's yards!! Chloe this might be your calling, just tell your family that azaela was over a relic and needed to be removed to find the treasure!! Zoe, are you sunning by the pool yet?? Cora belle, what new gift did you get today? No yodel dogs last night, only our lone small deer in the back yard. Mom was up to 3 so is taking it easy today. Lynn, Mom sends you hugs. I hope everyone is safe, happy, warm and having a good day glue squad. Love, Abby the frenchie pug

  • Hi Girls,

    First and foremost.... Maddox, don't listen to Zoe :) She lies LOL I am being very good. I can tell mom is actually relaxing a little (and just a little) bit. haha

    Those candles look so nice. Mom loves her candles. I have to get mom something special for Mother's Day. Abbie told me she will pick something up for me :)

    I hope this rain stops and the sun comes out today. I know we need it for the gardens and grass but I get a little dirty and then mom has to get the big towel out and clean me off, and I hate that.:)

    Well have to run. Mom is heading back to work so back to sleep for me :)
    Have a great day everyone.

    Chloe xx

  • thanks Dr. Pia for more great gift ideas..Lucinda is a tough one to shop for..the house is crammed with stuff and she always says don't get me anything..Brittany, wish the best with your doggie..check around some vet. school may have a program that they help doggies and and the students learn at the same time..and they charge little or nothing and are happy to have an on hands experience...good luck...still on the birthday count down..today I got a new dish..ate my breakfast out of it..it is so cool..dog bones all over it..I hear talk of a ride and maple bar later...I could eat a whole sack of maple bars..but I only get one..and then I gobble it down in two bites..again, everybody, old farm/ranch dogs are not too civilized!talk to everybody tomarrow..love, Cora_Belle p.s. Kirby..hope you feel like your old self soon!

  • Cora-Belle, That is so kool to get a new dish. I was thinking, till the 16th comes, you will have so many new gifts that James might have to build a new house for all of you and your gifts to fit into. I was also thinking about a new sweater vest. I wonder if you will get one of those as a gift. I am not psychic but I bet right now you are saying YUK, no, not a sweater vest. Hehehehehehe. My bad.
    Hey Kirby, do you use any monthly flea product protection?
    Just checking cause they just came out with a new one that kills fleas faster than any of the others that are on the market
    Maddox

  • DR. Pia and my fellow daily waggers..you may not like what i am about to say...but..it troubles me that Brittany took the rescue into her own hands and did not wait for the puppy to be 100% healthy...as it was in a shelter..one would think they have local vets trained to stop any infection spreading..and have dealt with this health issue in puppies before..it is not that I don't care about this doggie..I just think it should have stayed put and not traveled for hours on end if not well..and money would have been better spent helping the shelter deal with problem..then stepping in after the problem was dealt with..which is a problem that usually can be fixed..Cora-Belle

  • Hi Everyone,
    LOVE the Candles, Collars and Tags.. what a terrific idea for Mother's Day. Humm wonder if the collars come in Hot Pink! Lynne, bet your kitchen smells good when you are baking the treats... that's so nice of you to share with your friends. About the peonies.. yes Mommy and Dad were married in May 3 years ago. I wasn't around yet but Gran tells me it was a beautiful affair. Today's the day! Mommy Dad and I will soon be on our way to OHIO for a visit with Gran and Pop. Hope there's a treat or two waiting for me. The big news is Gran and I will be able to post together tomorrow. Kirby, that's nice of your folks to help with your discomforts. Wonder how Frannie and Sharkey are doing? Gotta go and make sure Mommy packed my Green Blanket for the trip.
    Brittany, we will keep your puppy in our prayers.
    Happy Sniffing
    Little Lola

  • I'm running late today...have to finish a video project and just discovered it's the wrong file format...geez!!!
    what great gift ideas, they are so personal and endearing. I never want anything for a Mother's Day gift, just being with my daughters make my heart sing, sadly one lives in Kansas and I see her only once a year :-(
    I agree with Cora-Belle about Brittany's situation, checking out a Vet school could be beneficial...I wish you the Best!
    Thanks again for sharing Dr.Pia, you have a splendid weekend including all our friends here.

    delia & Kitty >^. .^<

  • I wanted to let Brittany know that we had Care Credit for our Warrior Prince's bills. They give you 6 months no interest or other options to pay the bill. We could never have managed without it. I could help you only with a little, but do look into Care Credit. You can use it for people stuff also. I am keeping little Melody in my prayers. Please do keep us posted. The dish sounds marvelous Cora Belle. Maybe tomorrow you will receive a dozen Maple Bars to put in the dish. Warm in the 80's in Lakewood, Colorado today. I figured I better bake some cookies for the boys and their fishing trip this weekend, since the house has been smelling of goodies, but for dogs. Enjoy the afternoon.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Yes gang, I have to agree. The shelters are equipped to deal with health issues when dogs come in. When Karen had the fire/exp;osion, people donated from all over the world and that was the start she needed so she could try to save the dogs instead of having them put to sleep. That was three years ago and she is still making vet payments. She maxed her credit cards, sold everything she had that was wortth anything, all for the dogs. So, I guess what I am trying to say is that when you take on a responsibility, you have figure out a way to work things out. I hope that puppy gets the treatment it needs.
    Cora-Belle, you are a wise woman.....

  • I am looking forward to Mother's Day. Some of my babies do stay in touch with me, and it is always nice to hear from them, but particularly nice around Mother's Day. My sisters and I won't see our 'people' Mom on that day as she will be driving a van back from the Boston dog show in Houston, where she will be selling interesting things. but we will give her lots of kisses when she gets back so she'll know how much we love her.
    Mom sees a lot of times in rescue where Good Samaritans take on a dog and then get in over their heads and can't quite work things out. It is very admirable for people to try to help, but whenever possible it's better for good shelters or reputable rescues to take on dogs with problems and trust them to know when it's ok for them to be adopted. And sometimes the best thing a person can do for a dog is realize that they can't do it and find someone who can. But Mom says hindsight is 20/20. I don't know about that, my butt can't see at ALL. At least sweet Melody is at a very, very good hospital!!

  • I know this thread is old but I had to share this wine glass I found. I ordered one for my Mom's birthday of her dog. I got the BEST reaction when she opened it. She cried and just kept saying, "oh my gosh, oh my gosh!" haha! She loves it so much she put it on her built-ins so she can show it off to her friends. Think I'm going to order another one of her cat for Mother's Day. Anyway, these were too cute not to share! https://www.etsy.com/listing/176557361/mothers-day-gift-custom-painted-pet-wine

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