Monday, 19 November 2012

Saint Francis Protect My Pet: Dog ID Tag

Dear Pet People,

Lately we've had a number of requests for Saint Francis of Assisi dog id tags.

I've always known that Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, but did not know why. A little research uncovered some very interesting tidbits about the patron saint of animals.  

Read on because this may be a Daily Double or Wheel of Fortune puzzle some day!

Did You Know That ...

  • Most of the legends surrounding Saint Francis mention his extreme kindness to creatures of all types and that he referred to them as his "brothers" and his "sisters".  
  • During Christmas feasts Saint Francis requested that the animals also be well fed.  
  • There are a number of stories that talk about the extraordinary connection Saint Francis had with all animals; when he approached flocks of birds they gathered around him and sat on his shoulder and in the palm of his hand.  Fish in ponds would swim close to where he stood.
  • Probably the best known story of Saint Francis and his dedication to animals is the story of how he tamed a ferocious wolf. The wolf had been killing farm animals and terrorizing the local townspeople. Saint Francis approached the wolf who lay down on the ground at Saint Francis' command.  He then forged a deal whereby the wolf would stop killing animals and in return the townspeople would feed the wolf.  The wolf then put his paw in Saint Francis' hand to seal the deal! 

I loved reading the story of the wolf and Saint Francis - he reminded me of a cross between Snow White and Cesar Milan!

Your dog can now proudly wear a Saint Francis of Assisi dog id tag.  The tag is part of the huge selection of designer dog id tags available from

The Saint Francis of Assisi Protect My Pet id tag is handcrafted in the United States from lead-free pewter and light blue epoxy. 

Enjoy your pets,


Friday, 2 November 2012

DIY Paw Print Art

Dear Pet People,

I've always thought that doggie paw prints are totally adorable!

My sweet boy, Harry, and I decided to get crafty last week and create some paw print art. 

Harry is wearing a Blue Prince Crown ID tag from

Well ... actually I decided to get crafty and Harry, who is the most accommodating dog ever, decided to humour me with this little art project.  We both got quite messy.  And one of us may have taken some sips of the paw rinse water - after it had turned blue from the paint.  But we are both pleased with the results!

To make your own paw print artwork you will need:

  • foam board from the dollar store 
  • an inexpensive frame (I picked up one from the Superstore for $5.)
  • non-toxic finger paint
  • small paper plate
  • paper towel
  • bowl of clear water to rinse your dog's paw after painting

Follow these steps to create a picture you will want to keep forever:

  • if your dog has furry paws carefully trim the fur on the bottom of your dog's foot
  • pour a small amount of finger paint onto the paper plate
  • dip your dog's foot in the paint. (You only want a small amount of paint on the foot or the paw prints will look gloppy.)
  • place your dog's paw on the foam board in a few spots
  • repeat until you have lots of paw prints
  • rinse your dog's paw in water until all the paint is off and pat dry

Give your dog a treat for being a good boy!

Once the paint is dry, cut the board into the size you want to frame.

Cost of project: less than $8
Time to complete project: less than 30 minutes 

Smiles when I think of blue paint all over Harry and me. Long puppy ears dragging through the paint. Harry trying to drink the blue rinse water. The completely confused look on Harry's face as he wondered what on earth we were doing: Priceless

Enjoy your pets,