O hey, it’s been a while. I know you've missed reading my marvellous ramblings about random animal related things 😉. I’m back and have decided to kick off the Gifts for Animal Lovers 2019 blog with Mother’s Day.
My Mother was inconveniently born in March, plus she always says 'I don't need anything' when asked what she would like, making it a tricky task to find anything to give her for special occasions. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been in this predicament so, I’ve created a gift guide to help you out.
I’ve chosen ten categories, pick the one that is most suited to your mum and you'll find the purrfect gift.
1) The Mother Rocking Cat Lover
If your mum's idea of a Friday night is cuddling Mr Fluffikins while listening to her favourite band, these products will be right up her street.
2) The LOL Mum
Does your mum enjoy a good laugh? These hilarious gifts will definitely make her chuckle!
3) The Baker
If you spend Sundays popping to your mum's in search of food, these are my picks for you!
4) Mrs Stress Head
Is your mum always blowing her top? Here is your chance to take the mickey! 😠😂
5) The Hairy Potter Fan
Do your Mother's Day plans involve binge watching Harry Potter? If your mum loves the whole wizarding world, you won't want to miss these magical pieces!
Which house does your mum belong to? Gryffinboar, Hufflepug, Ravenpaw or Slotherin? - These coasters are £4.99 each or Buy 3 & Get 1 Free (Add 4 to your basket and the discount will automatically be applied at checkout)
6) Loves Her Liquor
If your mum loves a glass of wine and a good time, check out these gifts.
7) The Mum Who's Always Cold
Is your mum ALWAYS cold? Are you sitting in her house sweating while she complains about a phantom breeze? She'll appreciate these gifts.
8) The Magpie
Does your mother become mesmerised by shiny objects? Check out these jewellery pieces!
9) Needs Some Uplifting
If your mum has been going through a tough time, one of these gifts should put a smile on her face. 🙂
10) Loves a Hot Beverage
If there is no point talking to your mum until she has had her first cuppa coffee or tea, here are my picks for you!
I hope you've enjoyed marvelling at my Mother's Day gift guide! See the full collection of Mother's Day gifts HERE. If you still can't decide what to buy your mum, I give up. 😂😜
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If you follow us on Social Media, you will have seen the beautiful photos I managed to capture of a fox roaming around the lively village of Woolacombe, Devon in broad daylight on Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
Some other tourists and I attempted to lure the fox back to a nearby wooded area but, the fox wasn’t interested. According to the locals, he is often sighted in the village, looking for scraps and certainly knows his way around.
Although foxes are usually associated with the countryside, village and town life may be safer for them as their usual habitat could still be putting them in danger.
Why? – Despite the ban, foxes are still being hunted for 'fun'.
Fox hunting with dogs has been banned since 2004 because it is a barbaric and unnecessary sport.
Sadly, this ban is not properly enforced. Many of those who once chose to participate in fox hunting with dogs now take part in 'Trail Hunting' and, it is believed they are using this to bend the current law.
What is Trail Hunting?
Trail hunting was born in 2004 after the Hunting Act came into force. It was created to be an alternative to traditional hunting because it involves hounds following the scent of a fox instead of the fox itself.
However, the fox scent is usually set in areas where both they and other mammals are likely to live. As the hounds are still being trained to follow the smell of an animal, this often leads them to chase and kill foxes, hares and deer.
The trail is supposedly placed in secret without those on horseback knowing. If the hounds decide to chase an animal the hunter will claim they knew nothing about it and use this as the reason they did not stop the hound from killing the poor creature.
There is evidence to suggest that trail hunting has been created as a cover up for those still wishing to hunt without being prosecuted (visit https://www.league.org.uk/trail-hunting for more information).
They must be stopped.
What can you do to help?
The League Against Cruel Sports will be presenting their petition, ‘Stop the killing of animals by hunts in the UK’, to the British government this December.
Hundreds of thousands of signatures are needed so, follow the link to sign it yourself and then share it with your friends and family.
Sign the petition >> Stop the killing of animals by hunts in the UK
Don't forget, if you would like Gifts for Animal Lovers to donate to the League Against Cruel Sports, just select their logo at checkout. It won't cost you a penny more!
I am thrilled to bring you our new collection of cat themed gifts straight from the mind of Katie Ruby Miller – The Punderful World of Cats.
If you have been following us on Social Media, you will know that I am a little bit cat obsessed (probably a bit of an understatement) and enjoy a good pun. So, you can imagine my delight when my sister bought me a Hairy Potter print for my birthday. Harry Potter in cat form? What is not to love about that?!
I immediately set about seeing if we could stock some of Katie Ruby's puntastic products so you can make another fellow cat person squawk with delight when they open their gift from you. - They are all available now!
I think it's great to find out what inspires a person to create their designs, so I had an interview with Katie Ruby to find out more.
- What inspired you to start drawing cat puns?
'The Punderful World of Cats became a little bit of an evening escapism from my 9 - 5 as a greetings card designer. During the day, I would have to draw A LOT of butterflies and flowers and things that weren't of great interest to me. I was drawing to be paid and sometimes that takes the joy out of the process. So, I wanted to draw something of interest to me to keep my passion alive. The cat puns are totally my sense of humour and I just wanted to share that with whoever would look at my Facebook or Instagram.'
You can check out Katie Ruby’s latest cat puns by following her on Instagram - katierubyillustration
- Have you always loved drawing?
'Drawing is something I have always enjoyed and my parents have always encouraged me to do. When I was younger, I used to sit and draw characters from TV shows such as the Simpsons and Garfield. Drawing is such a great way to relax and lose yourself to.'
I can imagine it is very relaxing and I like the odd doodle or two myself. I draw terrible cat faces in everyone’s birthday cards. – I think I probably appreciate them more than they do though.
- What is your first memory of drawing?
'My first memory of drawing is when I was very young and before I started school. I would go to see my Grandad who enjoyed painting and we would sit and draw turtles together ( I was obsessed by teenage mutant ninja turtles). My Grandma has told me in my later life that they had lots of detail to them and she could tell back then that I would be good at art.'
- We know you love cats, but why?
'Before I was born my parents had a cat called Oscar, so I have always lived with cats and I grew up with four different cats over the years, 3 boys and 1 girl with completely different personalities. You have to earn cats love and trust and I think that’s what makes the human-feline relationship so special. I suppose in many ways I feel an infinity with cats as I am quite independent and I am only affectionate when I want to be. Maybe I was a cat in a previous life!
Agreed! – You have to love how arrogant cats are as well! They know you love them and like to take advantage of that, mainly for food.
- How long does it take for you to create a Punderful cat?
Each pun takes me around 3-4 hours to draw on paper and then render digitally. Though I normally come up with ideas for the puns at the most random of times, so I have quite a list going in my sketchbook. Then I just select one when I've got the time to work on one and go from there.
- If you could be a cat for a day what would you do & why?
'If I could be a cat for the day I would probably spend my day climbing trees. I am always impressed with the agility of cats and the viewpoints from the trees would be pretty impressive. I'd probably also find some super comfy places to sleep, as I do enjoy some shut-eye.'
I know I would go out of my way to confuse humans by meowing for no reason at all.
- Which character from your Punderful World of Cats do you love the most & why?
'It is really tough to pick out one individual cat pun as my favourite. Though if I did have to choose it would be Furank Sinatra as I really feel like I captured his suave personality with the pose. Though as I add to the Punderful World of Cats weekly, this could easily change.'
Yep, I have also found it pretty difficult to pick a favourite cat from the punderful collection. Freddie Purrcury is a winner for me because you can imagine the reincarnated cat version of Freddie Mercury looking like this on stage wowing the audience once again.
Which character from the Punderful World of Cats do you love? - Comment below!
What do you have planned for this marvellous Bank Holiday Weekend? - I hope it involves beer, sitting down and the sunshine. If it does, nice one but if it doesn’t, I have something that might cheer you up!...
...Your chance to win any product from our website!
Yes, it's back. Last year one lucky winner won a Fair Trade Elephant Globe.
Fancy trying your luck? All you have to do is follow these easy steps:
1. Have a browse of our animaltastic products and pick your favourite.
2. Head to facebook.com/gifts4animallovers and Like us. 😉
3. Find the post that's pinned to the top of our Facebook Page called 'Giveaway'.
4. Like the 'Giveaway' post & comment with your favourite gift.
Voila! You will then be entered into our competition.
Entries close at Midnight on October 1st.
Good Luck! X
Here are some products I love and that you may like to pick:
Our kittens have a foot fetish...
Yes, you did read that right, our kittens love feet. They like to bite, scratch and play with toes. If you sit down barefooted, they will be straight there nibbling.
Anyway, last Saturday they turned 4 weeks old and we have finally decided on their names! - Pebbles for the pretty tortoiseshell girl and Carlos for the beautiful black boy. What do you think?
If you are thinking why these names? Well, Carlos means 'Manly' in Spanish and who doesn't love irony? (you can tell he will grow up to be the wimpiest cat ever). As for the name Pebbles, the little tortoiseshell kitten is coloured the same as small smooth stones that you find on the beach...
.... ok, the real reason I chose these names is because they just came to my head and seemed to fit their little faces quite well!
(Although my family are still debating whether or not these should be their names- on the upside, this is better and safer, than debates about religion and politics…)
What else can the kittens do?
Errr not a lot... They are learning how to play, eat, hide in the weirdest of places and burrow into the sofa under the cushions. - I struggle with all of these things so they are doing pretty well.
Oh and they have become models! Yep, I take photos of them and force them to be in selfies with me, this makes them models. If you have liked us on facebook or follow us on Instagram you will already know what I am talking about. They love it I swear...
I wish I had more to report but as I don't I'm going to leave you with this video of Pebbles playing with the scratching post (just ignore the sounds of terrible TV in the background)...Enjoy! x
Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!
I'm sorry if you have to work. If it makes you feel any better, I will be working too.
To celebrate your weekend of freedom or to commiserate, if you haven't been so lucky, why not enter our competition? You could be in with the chance of winning any one of our animal themed products.
Here's how to enter:
- Browse our range of animal themed gifts and pick your favourite
- Head to our facebook page - facebook.com/gifts4animallovers
- If you haven't already, Like our facebook page.
- Look for the 'Giveaway' post & comment with your favourite product
- Like & Share the post
Wahooo! You will now be entered.
Entries close at midnight on 19th September.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 20th September and will receive their gift the same week.
In the meantime, you can receive 15% off your first order by subscribing to our newsletter.
Good Luck! x
They opened their eyes!
The past two weeks have dragged by as we have not so patiently waited for the kittens to open their eyes.
If you are wondering what I am talking about, check out my International Cat Day blog post.
In short, one of my cats miraculously had kittens and now I am going to keep you updated on their progress as they go from balls of fluff to comical kitty cats.
So, two weeks in –
The kittens are still super tiny , feeble and are really trying their best to walk. Finally, they opened their eyes and like most kittens they are brilliantly blue. At this point, their heads are out of proportion with the rest of their body which I find a little bit amusing.
The most interesting thing they have done so far is claw at the side of their box which I of course filmed.
Fidget has really taken on the challenge of having twins. Every time we approach the kittens she will use her arm as a shield of protection. Yes, cats now have arms.
Fidget also thinks that Simba (our ridiculously stupid cat) is brighter than he truly is, she growls at him to protect her babies and he is just like 'errrr WHAT?!' looking very puzzled.
We haven’t come up with any decent names for the kittens yet. My family have suggested ‘Bubble’ and ‘Squeak’ because they make a lot of noise, but I refuse to let the kittens have the same name as leftover cabbage and potato.
If you have any ideas for names, please let me know!
- I promise two kittens exist! The other one just knows how to hide from my camera.
Stuck for present ideas?
Male or Female, Child or Adult, who doesn't love a good cushion?
Here are 3 reasons why I think animal cushions are an ideal gift:
1) My number one reason for loving animal cushions is the fact they come in a multitude of different shapes and sizes. From sea creatures to safari animals, if you decide you are buying someone a cushion, there is a slim chance they will already own the one you pick for them.
2) Cushions will never fight back! You can hug them for as long as you like and they won't continuously squirm until you let them free. If this gift is for a pet owner, they will know what I mean.
3) Cushions are easy to store, they can be shoved into a cupboard and stay intact. This makes them ideal for people who like to alternate their home accessories.
Not convinced? Just take a look at some of my favourite animal cushions that we have available here at Gifts for Animal Lovers.
Blue Whale Cushion - £19.99
Hedgehog Cushion - £24.99
If you know a lover of vintage esque home accessories then this Hedgehog Cushion is a winner. - SHOP NOW
How cute is he?
Floral Hen Cushion - £19.99
Is that birthday girl always offering you freshly laid eggs? Then the Floral Hen Cushion is an obvious choice! - ADD TO BASKET
They will cluck with delight...
View our full range of animal themed cushions HERE.
If you decide animal cushions aren't the right choice, then we have a great selection of other animal themed gifts for you to choose from.
Don't forget! - When your reach checkout, you will be asked to pick a charity that we will make a donation to. It won't cost you a penny more! - FIND OUT MORE.
It's International Cat Day so here is a post for the cat lovers out there...
I'm a ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ Why? I am a real cat enthusiast and I am not ashamed to admit it. I fill my friend's facebook feeds with pictures, videos and memes of cats and kittens. You should see the number of cat-related things I have pinned on Pinterest. Maybe I am a little obsessed, but who cares? Cats are awesome. - Just look at their tiny paws, noses, tails and the crazy things they do... How could they not melt your heart?
I am renowned for obtaining lost cats and keeping them when their previous home cannot be found.
In October 2014 I had a phone call, a family member had come across a black cat. She was tiny, thin and could barely lift her head. We immediately took her to the vets to see if she had been microchipped so we could return her to her family.
She wasn’t microchipped and they estimated she was around a year old. They took our details and we decided to foster her until her family was found. No one came forward so she became part of our family.
We booked her into the vets to be spayed and vaccinated, dropped her off a few days later and thought nothing of it. However, whilst Fidget was there I received a call from a rather disgruntled vet who told me Fidget had a scar on her stomach that was likely to have been caused by the procedure already taking place.
So yeah, we collected her and took her home.
3 months later...
The crazy meows, sticking her bum in the air and the constant need for attention. She was on heat.
We gave the vets a call and they said sometimes it can still appear as though a female cat is on heat even when they have been spayed. So we sighed with relief.
But then his happened on August 6th 2016:
We had a feeling she might be pregnant because she started to get incredibly fat. However, we were never 100% certain because it took her over a year and a half to get pregnant and we were advised that she couldn't get pregnant in the first place.
I would say ‘jokes on them’ but I think the ‘joke’ is on us. Although, I am of course really excited as what cat lover doesn’t love KITTENS?!
We haven't yet chosen their names as we want to see what their personalities are like first. I will keep your updated as they start to develop.
In the meantime, check out this video I took of them. It is very short but you can already tell that they are going to be some needy little cats!
Hello My Fellow Wildthings,
I don't know about you, but I am seriously melting. At this rate, there will be a puddle where I used to be by the end of the day!
I love hot weather but I would love it more if I was sat on a beach and had an air conditioned bedroom.
That aside, I am here to tell you about the competition we have running on Facebook.
All you need to do is:
- Visit our facebook page by clicking on this icon -
- Like our page (if you haven't already)
- Select the 'WIN' post that has been pinned to the top of our facebook page
- Like & share this post
Voila, you are now in the running to win a £20 voucher to spend here at Gifts for Animal Lovers.
Remember, you have to be in it to win it!
The winner will be announced on Sunday 31st July.
In the meantime, you can receive 10% off your first order if you use the discount code W1LDT1NG on checkout.
Here are some of my personal favourites to give you an idea of what you could pick if you win -
Floral Hen Cushion - £19.99
Country Chic Hen Jug - £19.99