The nice thing about this blog is it has to do with any possibility of a pet- from the common cat, dog or goldfish all the way to a kinkajou, a pet not particularly common in North America. (But awfully cute, nonetheless!)

Most people tend to stay with the usual, but if you want to go out on a limb, there are places you can find unique jewelry of wild and unusual animals . I find this refreshing, especially when the pieces are as carefully designed as, for example this adorable silver koala pendant complete with a baby on her back. I’m happy animal lovers have a special place to go to find pretty jewelry gifts of not only their favorite pets but of animals either wild, endangered or both.

I spent part of the holiday season trying to find things that would be perfect for everyone in my family, most of whom really do love animals. It’s not always an easy thing to do, as most people know. And to find something beautiful and also affordable is even harder.

I have a special place in my heart for greyhounds, and found this site with some nice greyhound designs by an artist. (I love supporting artists either by purchasing directly from them or at least telling my friends and family about them.) I also encourage others to do the same. Let’s support our artists over things made in factories overseas!

But of course there are things I do still buy at the “Big W.” It’s hard to get away from that completely.

Whenever I find an animal jewelry site, or any site that offers nicely done animal related art, I always think I’m the only one to find it, and get so excited. Well, it is a new discovery for me at least. And the number of online jewelry stores is legion. Sifting through to the good ones can be a daunting task and I sometimes get lost for hours doing so. (It beats sitting in front of the TV, at least that’s what I tell myself!)

I hope all have a marvelous New Year, full of lots of sloppy doggy kisses and gentle purring kitties. Whatever this year brings, us, I plan to continue loving my animals; pets plus all the denizens of our planet, be they furry, scaled, feathered or whatever. I think that’s one of the best ways to view our fauna- as under the protection of us all.

And if you want to wear a piece of jewelry or buy some other kind of art to represent your favorites, by all means do so! After all, the more familiar others become with those we should protect, the more the word will spread. Happy New Year!