Giving the present of a better future to dogs and cats in need, the Petco Foundation (in partnership with Petco) will be giving Santa a helping hand during the festive season by delivering a total of…
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November 28th is #GivingTuesday and your gift to the Animal Rescue Team of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) can go even further. For every $ 1 you give, Halo is donating one bowl of food to a rescued animal courtesy of Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org. Plus, your gift directly supports the work of the Animal Rescue Team. Every dollar raised will help save animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, natural disasters and other situations where they’re suffering from extreme cruelty and neglect.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends here in the states! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. I try to wake up with gratitude everyday, but having a holiday dedicated just to that is pretty great, if you ask me. And I say this every year, but I feel more thankful now that I ever have before. After what we experienced last year with Emmett’s IS diagnosis, and losing my stepdad to cancer just a few months later, I don’t take anything for granted anymore. I genuinely feel there is always something for which to be grateful, even in the hardest times. I hope that whatever your plans, you have a wonderful holiday and weekend full of family, friends, and joy.
And now, it’s time once again for the annual sharing of my personal list of Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deals! In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, when I come across any seriously amazing deals and/or coupon codes, I record them. If any of the agencies I work with give me notice of secret coupon codes, I record those as well. The I compile a list of favorites. And for the past five years, I have shared this list with you. The full list – which has almost 50 offers – is below.
I’ll start off with a shameless plug for our card and art print shop Bubby and Bean Art. Today though Sunday 11/26, take 15% off your order with code THANKYOU17. This is a perfect time to stock up on your holiday cards (all of which are eco-friendly and individually made by hand), or grab an art prints for a holiday gift. Thank you for your support of our little shop and all small businesses this holiday season!
And speaking of small businesses, although the list below is mainly for larger stores, please check out your favorite independent shops over the next week, and visit Etsy. Many small businesses will be offering substantial discounts but without the large advertising budgets of bigger companies. Supporting them can collectively make a big difference, and what’s better than giving a quality gift made with love? In case you missed it, you can also check out this post from earlier this week, where we featured 10 kids’ gifts from companies who give back and make positive impacts on the world.
Now, without further adieu…
MY 2017 BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY WEEKEND SALE + COUPON CODE LIST
- AMAZON - Special Deals of the Day updated every 5 minutes on Amazon all week. Click here for their Black Friday Deals page. TIP: If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get access to some deals 30 minutes before they’re available to the public.
- ANN TAYLOR - 50% off everything with code THANKFUL at Ann Taylor (11/24-11/26).
- ASOS - 30% off everything with code EPIC30 at ASOS (11/22-11/28).
- BED, BATH, & BEYOND – 20% off entire purchase at Bed, Bath, & Beyond (11/22 only).
- BERGDORF GOODMAN - Save up to 40% during the designer sale at Bergdorfs. (11/22-11/26)
- BLINK HOME SECURITY - 20% off on orders $ 150+ and free shipping with code DRUMSTICK at Blink (11/22-11/27).
- BLOOMINGDALES - Amazing deals all weekend at Bloomingdales (11/22-11/28).
- BUY BUY BABY – Free shipping over $ 29 + amazing deals all week at Buy Buy Baby (11/21-11/28).
- DERMASTORE – Up to 25% off with code WEEKEND at Dermstore (11/25 – 11/27).
- DKNY - 20% off at DKNY with code BLACK (11/20-11/25).
- ETSY - Up to 60% off + other amazing deals all week and weekend long from thousands of independent shops on Etsy (11/20-11/27).
- E.L.F. Cosmetics – Take 30% off $ 30 or more at E.L.F. with code CELEBRATE, plus free shipping for a limited time (11/22-11/27).
- EVE MATTRESS - $ 200 off with code SLEEP200 + free shipping at eve.
- EXPRESS: 50% off sitewide + free shipping at Express (11/21-11/24 at noon).
- FOREVER 21 - Deals starting at $ 3 at Forever 21 (11/22-11/27).
- FREE PEOPLE – Free shipping over $ 100 + other deals all weekend at Free People (11/23-11/27).
- GLASSES.COM - Up to 50% off your complete order at Glasses.com (11/22-11/28).
- J.CREW - 40% off both full-priced and sale priced items with code THANKU at J.Crew (11/23-11/27).
- GAP: 50% off sitewide at The Gap (11/23-11/24).
- HANNA ANDERSSON – New customers take 15% off with code HANNANEW15, + 50% off hundreds of items at Hanna Andersson (11/22-11/23).
- H&M - Up to 80% off select styles, + free shipping over $ 40 with code 0040 at H&M (11/22-11/28).
- IKEA - $ 50 off $ 200 or more for first 200 visitors on 11/24, free breakfast for the first 500 visitors on 11/24, free shipping on orders of $ 150 or more to pick up points, + more deals at Black Friday deals at IKEA (11/24-11/27).
- KATE SPADE – Up to 75% off at Kate Spade (11/20-11/25).
- KIEHL’S – $ 20 off $ 65+ at Kiehl’s (11/22-11/30).
- KOHL’S - 15% off with code TAKE15, $ 15 Kohl’s Cash for every $ 50 spent, and more deals all week and weekend at Kohl’s (11/23-11/27).
- LUCKY BRAND – 50-60% off everything at Lucky Brand (11/20-11/27).
- MACY’S - Deals up to 75% off at Macy’s (11/22-11/28).
- MADEWELL – 25% off your purchase with code DONTSTRESS at Madewell (11/22-11/26).
- MINNETONKA – Free shipping with code GIFTNOW17, 25% off top gifted styles, and more other deals at Minnetonka (11/23-11/26).
- NEED SUPPLY CO. – 20% off site wide at Need Supply Co. (11/24).
- NORDSTROM - Up to 20% off, free shipping + free returns, and other amazing deals all week at Nordstrom (11/24-11/28).
- OLD NAVY – 50% off entire purchase at Old Navy (11/22-11/24).
- POTTERY BARN KIDS - Free shipping with code YAYFREE at Pottery Barn Kids.
- SAKS FIFTH AVENUE - Up to 40% off designer selections at Saks.
- SAM EDELMAN – 30% off sidewise with code SAMSGIVING at Sam Edelman (11/22-11/25).
- SEPHORA – Up to 50% + other deals all week and weekend at Sephora (11/22-11/28).
- SHOPBOP - 20% off orders of $ 200+, 25% off orders of $ 500+, 30% off orders of $ 800+ with code MORE17 at Shopbop (11/21-11/26).
- SHUTTERFLY – 50% off hardcover photo books and 40% off everything else with code FINALE at Shutterfly (11/24-11/26).
- SONOS - Free overnight shipping on the new Sonos One Smart Speaker with code ONEANDDONE at Sonos.
- SUR LA TABLE- Save up to 65% off during Thanksgiving Sale + other offers at SurLaTable.com (11/22-11/27).
- TARGET - Hundreds of deals up to 50% off site wide at Target (11/22-11/28).
- TJ MAXX - Free shipping + 5 days of deals at TJ Maxx (11/22-11/27).
- TOO FACED COSMETICS – 25% off everything at Too Faced (11/24).
- TOPSHOP – Up to 50% off + free worldwide shipping at Topshop (11/22-11/27).
- TORY BURCH – 30% off $ 250 including sale styles with code THANKS at Tory Burch (11/21-11/27).
- URBAN OUTFITTERS – Buy one get one 50% off at Urban Outfitters (11/22-11/24).
- WALMART – Hundreds of deals all week and weekend at Walmart (11/23-11/27).
- WEST ELM – Up to 30% off + free shipping with code SAVEMORE at West Elm.
- WORLD MARKET – 40% off + free shipping on $ 200+ with code FURNSALE at World Market.
- ZAPPOS- (This one is always my favorite!) In partnership with North Shore Animal League America, Zappos will be sponsoring dog and cat adoptions all Black Friday weekend. Approved adopters can search pre-selected North Shore Animal League America partner shelters across the country to find their new best friend (11/24-11/26).
I’ll be updating this post and adding new deals throughout the week and weekend as well, so be sure to check back. Again, happy Thanksgiving, happy holidays, and happy shopping!
It must be “write about dog shows” day. Just after my earlier post, I received this in my in-box from the American Kennel Club. We are excited to announce that in its 17th year, the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin has again drawn the largest entry in the history of the event! Dogs […]
Sudden weight loss in a dog that is not attributable to increased exercise or activity should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian. Some dogs do experience cyclical weight changes because they live in seasonal climates and are exercised and walked less during the cold winter months.
To be healthy, a dog should have sufficient fat covering the ribs. …
thank you for stepping up for these dogs and giving them a chance. regardless of bad breeding or whatever, you are giving them a chance and once again standing up for the underdog
BAD RAP Blog
It is the “dead of winter” or so the sobriquet for that time of the year goes. It is the time when the trees stand as gray skeletons and the piercing winds come questing down from the arctic and the snow comes in storms to blanket the land. It is a time of darkness, a time when the sun seems to rise only for the purpose of setting once again with the ancillary effect of torturing sun-worshiping humanity with its sallow winter rays.
And so our kind curses the winter. Much of our natural history occurred in the tropics, so this relatively recent remove to the middle and higher latitudes means that we spent the winter yearning for the sun upon our skins.
Most of the herbivores don’t like it much either. The deer had better have built up a nice layer of fat for this time of starvation. If oaks don’t drop tons of acorns in the autumn, then the deer don’t built their fat, and the hunger sweeps through them. The does reabsorb their fetus, and the old ones die in agony.
But not all things suffer through the long winter darkness and cold. A gray fox vixen, which we last saw mousing in the July swelter, has come to run the logging roads in search of cottontails that might be trying to graze a bit of sustenance from the dead winter forage. They are not the dumb bunnies of high summer but predator-tested quarry that can give a fox a good course. But as winter’s famine takes its toll, they become weaker and weaker, and the coursing runs more often end with a squealing rabbit in the vixen’s jaws than a white tail diving for the impenetrable thickets.
She is a lone vixen still, but she is a master of the cottontail hunt. She has come to know where the rabbits hang during the long winter twilight and when they likely will run when she puts pressure to them.
What’s more, she has found a good winter supplement of corn, which gets shot of out of a deer feeder every night. Omnivory is another of her tricks. Corn shot from deer feeders and sand pears from an ancient tree at the edge of the old meadow have been welcome additions to her diet.
But a lone vixen can only be alone for so long. By winter’s end, the estrus clouds will rise from her genitals, and the male foxes will want her.
Unlike a domestic dog, which will typically come in heat and mate with the first male she encounters, the gray fox is a bit more choosy. She will pair up with a mate before the estrus time hits, and he will breed her and then stay with her through her pregnancy and help raise the young.
Now is the time for the pair up, but every night, the vixen goes on her hunts. She smells where people and dogs have crossed the road. She smells where a sow raccoon and her two nearly grown kits have moseyed along the ditches in hopes of catching a hibernating frog. She smells the skunks and the deer and the wandering opossums.
But not once does she catch wind of another of her kind.
However, as she sniffs a bit of grass that she likes to mark with a few drops of urine, the pungent odor of a dog fox’s urine rises into her nostrils. She lifts her nose and casts it into the wind as if hoping to catch scent of his body.
Gray foxes are so territorial that the scent of a stranger would have her a raging war dog by now, but this time, she’s not in the least aggressive. Instinct and hormones are telling her to be curious and flirty.
Air scenting doesn’t reveal the stranger’s location, so she casts about, trying to pick up his trail in the leaf litter.
A great rabbit tracker like her soon finds his scent and begins trailing him along the logging road. Her receptors tell her that this dog fox is one of this year’s kits, one that has spent the autumn months trying to catch voles and chipmunks. He will be long and lean from those days of running long and hard for such little food.
She tracks him along the edge of the multiflora rose thickets. He’s been trying his luck as a rabbit courser, but he’s had no luck at all. He’s just been running like a fool, and the rabbits have been scared off.
If this were a normal time of the year, she would be ready to fight. But not now. Right now, she is intrigued by this stranger.
She sniffs to inspect his urine marks, which he leaves every hundred yards or so, and she becomes almost intoxicated by them. The smell is so good, so pure, so perfect.
She soldiers on through her long track. As she makes her way along the logging road and visits each thicket, she becomes lost in the scent. She begins to prance with an air of cockiness, the way only truly confident animals can. This is her domain, and this dog has her fancy.
As she sniffs along another stand of multiflora rose, a raspy gray fox bark rises from a boulder some 50 feet away. The dog fox knows the vixen is about, and he has his defenses up.
She lets loose some whines and whimpers and soft little fox chuckles. She is calling to him, telling that she comes in friendship.
The little dog fox rises from the boulder. and he is gaunt and rangy from running so much and catching so little. He left his mother and father’s land back in August, and he has spent most of his time chasing quarry or running from coyotes or dogs or resident gray foxes that don’t want him around.
A big dog gray fox took the tip of his right ear in September when when decided to go grasshopper hunting a little too close to that mated pair’s den.
His life has been that of an urchin, a vagabond, and now when he hears the approach of another gray fox, he becomes flighty.
But it hasn’t been since those warm spring days when he suckled his mother’s teats that he’s heard another fox make those noises. He wonders if his mother is calling him, and so he runs down to the thicket to the vixen.
She hears his approach and runs toward him. They touch noses and lick faces. He instantly knows he’s not looking at his mother, but the softness of her eyes and the gentleness of her face tell him that she is all right. She is more than all right. She is good.
They whimper and whine in the darkness. Young dog fox and wise mature vixen, now begin the process of pair bonding in the night. They lick each other’s muzzles and ears,
They are fully smitten.
That morning, they den up in the great boulder pile where the vixen has made her home. These are ancient rocks of Permian sandstone, more ancient than even the old lineage of canids from which gray foxes are derived.
The flinty wisps of snow flurries fill the air. Bigger snow coming tomorrow. The rabbits will be lying low in the thickets, easily caught by the fox who knows where to sniff.
The two foxes sleep near each other. They haven’t quite bonded yet, but they will soon be curled up together, a truly mated pair.
And the estrus clouds will rise in the frosty air, and they will be together.
The meadow fox has found a mate once again.
She doesn’t need one to survive.
But now, she can thrive.