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22nd November 2006, 06:45 AM
I wanted to see how many of you when you give a greeting card for something sign your pets name on it. Like i would do
Love, Lauren and Brady on the cards. i know of other people that do this, but i wanted to see how many of you guys do too. i always sign my little mans name. he's like my son!

i also wanted to see how many of you will be sending out holiday cards that include a picture of you pets. weather it be a photo card, or a family picture inserted on the inside of the card. i think i'm going to send some of just brady out to the people who haven't met him yet.

22nd November 2006, 06:48 AM
I'm planning a photo card this year - possibly some variation of my Avatar pic.

And I've got a feeling Lucky will be signing right along with me (I'll probably draw a paw print by his name!!!)

matties mum
22nd November 2006, 08:31 AM
Yes I always put the dogs name on as well---Aileen

22nd November 2006, 10:45 AM
yep i always put monty and milo on the card!

Claire L
22nd November 2006, 10:46 AM
That's a yep! for me too, but sadly not this year :(
From the first day we got Rudee we always signed her name along with :paw: :paw: :paw: on all cards. Now all our neighbours and family do :xctly: the same thing...

22nd November 2006, 11:04 AM
yep i sign all my animals names, even the fish.

22nd November 2006, 12:06 PM
Us too. Our Christmas card last year was of Dave (hubby), Spencer and me visiting santa and was from the three of us and our cats Devin and Angus :c*t:. I'm even so silly that my three boys give my hubby father's day cards. icon_blshing

molly+charlies mum
22nd November 2006, 12:28 PM
i do put there names in my mums cards as other people would laugh at me as they have dogs but dont put there names in there cards so i do to the people that like it

22nd November 2006, 12:32 PM
I do too! I also put Lolly and Chi ( the chinchillas ) too. After all , they're all my family, :D

22nd November 2006, 12:59 PM
I always sign Hollys name on cards for family members. That's cause they understand that Holly's like my baby. I alway tell my mother that Hollys the only grandchild that i'll be giving her. :lol:

22nd November 2006, 02:44 PM
My boys are the central theme of my greeting cards!! Usually I send photo cards with just the dogs in the picture. lol. My mom always complains that she would like to see me in a photo occasionally, but I tell her that is just silly :D

They also give birthday cards, valantines day, father's day....I find it all too funny to pass up.

22nd November 2006, 03:26 PM
Ha! Not only do mine "sign the card" but they "buy" gifts for everyones fur babies too! :roll: I get ridiculous sometimes, but they are what makes me happy and everyone knows that :flwr:

Cathy T
22nd November 2006, 04:22 PM
I bought some beautiful Cavalier christmas cards from Margaret Sweeney this year. They are pre-printed on the inside with "Merry Christmas from John, Cathy, Jake and Shelby" Then I glue a picture of the pups in their Christmas headgear (this year it will be reindeer antlers). These cards are expensive and will go to close friends and family. Aquaintances will receive a regular Christmas card without the photo. They just wouldn't "get" it!

22nd November 2006, 04:26 PM
Our photo cards have just our pups on them - who would want pics of us over the dogs!

Darby's Mom
22nd November 2006, 08:10 PM
Oh absolutely! I always sign the dogs' names on our Christmas cards! For special family & friends (you know, the crazy dog people like us ;) ), I also have them "sign" their own cards! I use black non-toxic water-based stamp ink & put "nose prints" on the cards! :rotfl:

OK, y'all.... you can say it - I am officially a freak! icon_whistling

22nd November 2006, 08:22 PM
ya'll? Sounds like a southern born freak to me ;)

...Thats actually a great idea and I am soooo stealing it!!!! lol!! icon_whistling

23rd November 2006, 01:03 AM
I always sign their names to the cards too! I sign both Bentley and Bailey's names, as well as my horse's name and my rabbit's name too! LOL!

23rd November 2006, 01:51 AM
I very rarely do it, but the first year I had Holls, my mum gave me a Christmas or b'day card 'with love from Holly'. It had what my mum thought was a Cav pup- but was actually the cutest little golden/red Cocker pup on the front :D

Cathy Moon
24th November 2006, 06:58 PM
I write their names and draw a little paw print next to their names when I'm signing cards, but only on cards to people who know our dogs! :)

24th November 2006, 09:31 PM
We signed our family's names...both pups included

24th November 2006, 10:18 PM
when i was a kid my parents sent me to overnight one and two week long summer camps. They knew i would be homesick sometimes and they sent me funny cards with long letters in them, or, especially my dad did that. And he always sent a separate card from my dog. Inside the card, he wrote in fountain pen, "Love Teddy," and he dipped her paw in the red ink and made a big furry feathery pawprint on the card (she had a lot of cocker spaniel in her or maybe cavalier, that's why the pawprints were so feathery). those cards made me so happy. I still have them somewhere, i run across them now and then, bringing a smile. that was more than 45 years ago.


24th November 2006, 10:50 PM
ps speaking of family, yesterday, Thanksgiving Day, was a big US family holiday. My plans included going to two different families' homes for two different thanksgiving dinners, because we have our traditional family dinner that we've had since i was a little kid, my aunt cooks it, and then, now, my family circle includes my daughter's boyfriend's family.

Joe dropped Lisa off at my place Wednesday night, then he went to his family's home to spend the night and help cooking the dinner the next day. On Thanksgiving, me and Lisa went to my mom's and got her, and then went to my aunt's where there were my aunt and uncle, two cousins, and their aunt and uncle on the unrelated side of the family. There were 5 people there in their 80s. the youngest person there was 45 except for Lisa who's 23.

Then we went to Joe's parents. There were a lot of people there, me, my mom, joe, lisa, joe's twin brother, their sister, their two parents, another guy who's relationship to the family i haven't yet identified, and Joe's paternal grandparents. Joe had brought his and Lisa's cavalier Belle along so she was there when we got there.

I fully intended to take Zack with me. None of those people had ever met Zack. I was going to be gone for probably more than 8 hours so i would want to bring him for that reason alone, but probably i could've left him that long and he and Fluffy the cat would've been ok and he probably wouldnt' have violated his housetraining habits.

but also i intended to bring him just because he's family. He belongs with the people.

Lisa really didn't want me to bring Zack, she tried hard to talk me out of it, she thought he would be distracting and disruptive, especially with the old people. She thought he would act wild and out of control. I hadn't worried about it. But compared to Belle, Zack is more active and energetic, and he can be a bit excitable and also kind of pushy about wanting to be affectionate with people. Yet i just assumed he'd be ok. Lisa's just not used to Zack's activity level. It's more than Belle, but it's not bad. But she got me kind of worried about it.

i brought him anyway, and he was fine, more than fine. I had his smaller travel crate and his retractable leash. He rode in the crate in the car. He hasn't been inside a crate for a long time, months and months, but he never complained.

At my aunt's house, he wasn't very pushy, he didn't try much to jump on people. He mainly wanted to sniff around. I kept him close to me on the leash and corrected him when he started to jump up. It just didn't become an issue.

We ate soon after we got there and i put him in his crate and gave him a rawhide, about 10 feet from where we were sitting, and he was quiet the whole time, he never made a peep, even though he wasn't always chewing the rawhide. He just accepted how it was. Of course.

I also fastened the leash to the crate handle and let him stay outside the crate, just atttached to it by the leash, with about 5 feet of leash. He just laid quietly on the floor. I wasn't sure how he was going to do with that but it was perfect.

After dinner we took him into the huge grassy (but not gated or secured) backyard, and he ran around happily, and then i let him off the leash and he had a great time. A couple of times, he headed for the side of the house where he could've gone to the front, but when i called him to come back, he came, he's getting very good on that. (the house was on a very quiet deadend street by the cul de sac). The people enjoyed him and he enjoyed them, everybody was photographing him.

Then we went to Joe's parents, which is a different situation, the only over 80 year old was my mom, lots of eary 20 year olds, and Belle, and Joe's parents' two dogs, Lady and Jubilee, who are large mixed dogs. Zack and Belle played and growled and rolled around the whole time like they always do.

Zack is a great family member. He was like, OK, when in rome.....whatever... People enjoyed him but at the same time, he wasn't the center of attention, he wasn't distracting or demanding attention.

Do others here take their dog babies with them to family social gatherings?

Joanne M
25th November 2006, 03:37 AM
I am obnoxiously able to bring Tucker's name into conversations. Last Christmas I included a snapshot of Tucker in each card I mailed out. I am completely and totally one of those "dog people". It has come as something of a surprise to me. I think I get on the nerves of some of my close friends, and family who cannot understand my attachment. They do not understand my unwillingness to leave Tucker alone while I go out to socialize. I've hired my teenage niece to babysit Tucker if I am going to be out for more than 3 hours at a time. I brought him with me to my sister's house for a few family gatherings. But the last two times, Tucker lifted his leg in her house and once weed on her new carpet. (Tucker does not do this at home, at all.) I think he may have been scent marking, my sister has a dog, that she typically confines to a bedroom when she has company. Tucker is a bit rambunctious, and does not sit quietly on my lap, but instead runs around the house with the rest of the kids. Anyway, I could care less if I'm annoying my family. I'm 48 yrs old, have been a wonderful aunt, to my 12 nieces and nephews, I have no children, and Tucker is my little boy. I suspect my family rolls their eyes a bit over my attachment. I know my mother gets a bit put out, that whenever I go to pick her up to take her out shopping, etc, I most always have Tucker along for the ride. I feel like my devotion to Tucker is perceived as an indulgence. I don't care. I make no excuses for my attachment. Tucker has enriched my life.

25th November 2006, 09:31 AM
Our friends had a cav female called Nelly, and then there was our boy Jake and from puppys they were bf and gf... Each year at x-mas a letter would arrive for him, in it a card with the front picture of Nelly dressed up in some rediculous outfit hahaha, inside a message for him from her, it was always so funny :lol: