Today I put in a few extra hours at my daughter’s school in preparation for Mother’s Day. Yep, on my day off I went in to help someone else’s kids make presents for their moms who also had the day off but aren’t the helping types. I was OK with this until one of the little rugrats (there’s a paste eater in every class, isn’t there?) colored all over his hands with permanent marker while I was working with the other 24 kids in the room.
The teacher panicked, “Why did you use permanent markers?” I reminded her that was all the school provided. We scrubbed the kid’s hands in futility before I turned it into a science lesson about protein binding and skin cell shedding. I thought it was kind of funny myself, until his mom came in, Starbucks cup in hand, and complained to me about it. I made a joke about basic obedience training, and it all went downhill from there.
This is why I went to vet school.
So today, we celebrate being a pet mom, a job just as filled with messes, poop, and challenges, but none of the ability to talk back. You’re a mom (well, maybe there’s one or two guys out there)- you deserve to be recognized too. Sadly, pets can’t make macaroni necklaces, so it’s up to you to get yourself a little something on their behalf. That’s how they would want it.
1. For the Chef
Purple Paw Measuring Spoons from the Animal Rescue site (you can use these to make muffins in their paw print muffin pans!) Get something adorable and give back to rescue. What’s not to love?
2. For the Jewelry Lover
If jewelry if your thing, Ashley and Co’s sterling silver paw pendant proudly proclaims “Not all pet lovers express themselves by wearing Pomeranian socks.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
3. For the Handbag Hound
I love purses. I love dogs. I actually love a cute dog carrier as much as the next person, but if I wanted to carry Brody around I’d need to stuff him into a suitcase, so carriers are out in this house. A cute pet purse, like the Red Tango Swirl Cat Baguette Purse from ebags.com, is the next best thing. As a reminder: not all pet purses are created equal. Tread with caution.
4. For the Chocoholic
Bow Wow Bonbons from Rescue Chocolate. It’s chocolate. It benefits rescue. And for those who eat super clean, it’s vegan. And you won’t have to feel bad about keeping it all to yourself, because your dog can’t have any.
5. For the sentimentalist
There is nothing quite so sweet as a beautifully done pet portrait, like this one by the incredibly talented Dog Arteest Aimee Hoover. They are part of our lives for such a short time; getting a custom portrait is an amazing way to have a permanent reminder of their place in your heart.
6. For the flower lover
Mother’s Day and flowers go hand in hand like, well, Mother’s Day and overpriced brunch. Who says you have to limit yourself to some ratty tulips or a soggy bouquet of brown roses? Make it special, like this Flower Puppy Dog from La Jolla Village Florist. That’s not a stuffed dog sitting amidst the flowers there, that is an actual dog constructed of flowers. I love this.
And if you’re into the classics, you just can’t go wrong with a donation in your pet’s name to a favorite rescue.
Happy Mother’s Day!