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When I was younger, we adopted two adorable lab mix puppies while at the beach and brought them home to Baltimore in a laundry basket. They were sweet and funny and truly in need of a home.
Misty and Stormy became huge parts of our lives. Misty was the affectionate one, she'd paw you if you weren't petting her, lick you if you were sad and love you unconditionally. Stormy was slightly neurotic, loved chasing her frisbee and playing outside. We spent over 13 years with our dogs, watching them grow from puppies into adults. My stepmom, Donna, was definitely their "person," as she spent the most time with them.
Though their deaths hit us all hard, my stepmom was the most affected. Misty and Stormy had been her babies- she'd cared for them for practically their entire lives, taking them on walks, playing with them and caring for them when they were sick. Though we'd adopted again at that point, she still struggled to replace the void left by the death of her dogs.
When searching for the perfect Hanukkah present for my stepmom, I came across LadyBirdLand, an Etsy shop that customizes pendants with illustrations of your pets. I knew it would be the perfect gift for my stepmother- she'd be able to keep Misty and Stormy close to her heart.
I sent Allison, the artist, pictures of Misty and Stormy, along with a few descriptive words to help her create the illustration (Misty- affectionate, sweet, cuddly, warm; Stormy- energetic, frisbee, outdoors). I also chose to include one of her suggested tag lines, "Every little dog she loves is magic."
It may sound sappy, but I'm positive that pendant was the best present I've ever given. In fact, my stepmom even said it was the most special gift she'd ever received. Sure, it doesn't bring back Misty and Stormy, but it helps keep their memory alive.
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