ASPCA’s DIY Gift Ideas and Gift Basket Giveaway

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My buds at the ASPCA called me up and they were like “Crepes. We have some ideas for gifts that people can make themselves. Do you want to share them?” and I was like “I dunno, do you want to sweeten the pot for my readers a bit?” and they were like “We’ll throw in this awesome gift basket as a giveaway to one lucky winner” and I was like “SOLD!”

So, here are the ASPCA’s ideas for how to make some DIY gifts for your furry dudes at home, both dogs and cats. Click the link and then click the photos on the bottom right to open the instructions for each. You’ll note my comments after each.

·         For dogs, braid together two strips of an old t-shirt for a fun chew toy – photo with directions here. (Crepes’ note: Do not use your FODs’ favorite shirt. This will not go over well, unless you want the dog to get blamed, in which case, use your FODs’ favorite shirt.)

·         For cats, use a t-shirt and a few easy-to-find household items to create this cozy cat tent – photo with directions here. (Crepes’ Note: unless you use a waterproof shirt, this tent will not keep you safe from the elements. Fair warning.)

crepes tshirt tent fail

Epic fail on the shirt tent, MomFOD. Thanks for playing.

·         Since cats love tuna, this quick and easy treat will keep them occupied during holiday dinner – photo with directions here. (Crepes’ Note: I would leave out the flour and just make a tuna omelet for the grain-free types.)

·         For a tasty reward, make pumpkin pie cookies (perfect for cats and dogs) with this simple recipe – photo with directions here(Crepes’ Note: This one looks pretty tasty. Make sure you use plain filling, not pie filling for this one – nutmeg is toxic to pets.)




If you’d like to win this fine basket:ASPCA Holiday Giveaway

Leave a comment below. Make sure I have your email address. One (1) winner will be chosen from the comments below using Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm CST on Tuesday, December 16th. Winner will be announced Wednesday, December 17th.

If you don’t win the basket, you can try again during the #SantaPaws Holiday Twitter party and giveaway extravaganza from the ASPCA, which will be on Thursday, December 18th from 7-8pm EST.

Good luck!



**Disclosure: This post is for a charity organization and no money was exchanged. The gift basket giveaway is the only fee that was negotiated for posting.**

Tree House Holiday Raffle – A National Event!

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I wanted to let you all know that my Alma mater Tree House Humane is having a holiday raffle and everyone can be included! You don’t just have to live in Chicago to enter because you can buy your tickets online. Each ticket is a suggested $5 donation and the prizes are pretty serious business. For instance, you can win:

Grand Prize – $1,000 cash!

2nd Prize – Chicago Cubs & Theatre Package

3rd Prize – Digital Package

4th Prize – Cat Package

and several other Runner-Up prizes.

Click here to see the entire list of prizes and here to buy your tickets. Sales end Dec. 31st and the drawing happens January 17th. Get over there! Get a ticket! It’ll help the kitties and a great organization that’s saving, and has saved, lots of lives, not the least of which was mine.