Best Ways to Spend the 2011 Holiday Season with Your Pets by Igor Purlantov

Once again it is that time of the year when the holiday season is in full swing. As everyone starts to look back on the 2011 year that is now coming to a close, we start to remember all of the wonderful times that we have had with family and friends.

As the holiday season gets going, we all know that it is also time to think about everything we are grateful for and being excited to spend time with close family and friends. For many people this includes spending time with their beloved animal companions. Here are five top tips by animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov for making your furry friends feel just as warm and fuzzy during this holiday season as they have made you feel all year long:

5) Buy a special treat for your pet so that their holiday meal is as delicious as yours.
Make a difference: Donate a bag of pet food to your local animal shelter.

4) Make your pet a special toy – get a new can of tennis balls for puppies, or craft a pipe-cleaner toy for kitties.
Make a difference: Make a special toy for a neighbors pet too.

3) Ensure that bedtime is extra cozy with a new blanket.
Make a difference: Donate old sheets, towels and t-shirts to your local animal shelter.

2) Include your pet in holiday photos.
Make a difference: Post a photo of a shelter pet in need of adoption on your Facebook page.

1) Purchase new identification tags and collars for your pet.
Make a difference: Donate to the ASPCA or a local shelter to ensure that all shelter pets find their way to a new home.

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Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that follows and writes about animal news and trends to help raise awareness of animal rights and protection. You can read and learn about his work on igor-purlantov.com or follow him on twitter@igorpurlantov.

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Annual List of the Top Holiday Book Gift Ideas for Animal Lovers in 2011 by Igor Purlantov

As the 2011 holiday season gets into full swing, it is time once again to start thinking of the perfect gifts for family and friends. While shopping around for the perfect holiday gift there is always the question of what would make a great stocking stuffer. As people think of ideas for stocking stuffers during this holiday season, they should remember that books are always a great gift option especially for close family and friends.

For pet lovers there are many great options available that are entertaining, educational and fun. Here are ten top books by animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov that will serve as a great gift for any animal lover during this holiday season:

10 ) A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke.

9 ) All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.

8 ) Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons.

7 ) The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle.

6 ) The Dogs of Central Park by Fran Reisner.

5 ) Among Giants: A Life with Whales by Charles “Flip” Nicklin.

4 ) Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds by Billy Collins.

3 ) The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure by Jonathan P. Balcombe.

2 ) Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson.

1 ) Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa by Kevin Richardson.

This article has been brought to you by Igor Purlantov.

Igor Purlantov is an animal rights advocate that follows and writes about animal news and trends to help raise awareness of animal rights and protection. You can read and learn about his work on igor-purlantov.com or follow him on twitter@igorpurlantov.

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Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh NC Spa and Laser Hair Removal Center Donates $107,000.00 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County

Blue Water Spa, a Raleigh laser hair removal center, donates $108,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County. Kile Law, president and founder of Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, NC attributes the donations to the loyalty and generosity of the clients and staff at Blue Water Spa.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs is an amazing organization. They need support of the community to continue their wonderful work,” says Kile Law. “We are a small business, but I know when we work together Blue Water Spa clients can do great things. The average donation was $37.11, but we all gave together to reach $100,000.00.” Blue Water Spa raised money by offering spa and laser hair removal in Raleigh at a redued price for people who donate to charity.

Blue Water Spa has been voted best medical spa in America for three consecutive years by American Spa Magazine. Raleigh Spa Specials at Blue Water Spa provide an opportunity for people who serve the community and/or donate time or funds to charity to receive luxury spa treatments at reduced prices. Blue Water Spa www.bluewaterspa.com is the top provider of Botox and Juvederm in the Raleigh area and was recently designated an Allergan Black Diamond Provider. In 2011 Blue Water Spa supported over 120 local charities and non-profits. Blue Water Spa has donated more than 150,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC.

The North Raleigh spa provides luxury spa services in a beautiful lush atmosphere. Blue Water Spa laser center provides laser hair removal, laser skin tightening and laser vein therapy.

Kile Law is president and founder of Blue Water Spa, Kile has been recognized as Humanitarian of the Year in the Aesthetics industry by Aesthetics International. Under Kile Law’s leadership, Blue Water Spa has been voted best place to work in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. Kile Law leads the spa’s philanthropic endeavors. In 2010 she was recognized by the Interfaith Food Shuttle of NC for a gift of 100,000 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

NY Giants Michael Clayton, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross Host Event Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and for a couple of families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers, this season they have a little more to celebrate about. On December 13, 2011 veteran WR Michael Clayton, CB Corey Webster, and CB Aaron Ross of the New York Giants will host a celebration and awareness event at the Build-A-Bear Workshop® store in New York City on Fifth Avenue from 5-8 p.m. for children who have reached a milestone in their treatment and their families.

In March 2011, St. Jude and Build-A-Bear Workshop developed a partnership which allows kids of all ages to celebrate the milestones in their lives while supporting the lifesaving research and cutting-edge medical treatment conducted at the hospital. NY Giants Michael Clayton has been a longtime advocate and supporter of several cancer-related organizations and causes. Through numerous speaking engagements, fundraisers, and his non-profit organization the “Generation Next Foundation,” he has assisted many charities including The Tampa Bay Pediatric Cancer Foundation, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, and CancerCare, and in raising funds, awareness, and support for research and cures. Together, all three players remain highly dedicated and committed to improving the lives of children.

Clayton, Webster, and Ross will make stuffed animals dressed in NY Giants uniforms at Build-A-Bear Workshop with the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital while participating in a number of photo opportunities and autograph signings. These families, who have gone through so much, are celebrating milestones in their lives, such as completing their cancer treatment, being able to walk again and going back to school.

Celebrity and athlete attendees can also participate in the festivities by making and purchasing stuffed animals and donating the furry friends to St. Jude Children Research Hospital. All guest will enjoy a mix of music, passed hors ‘d oeuvres, a special music performance, and gift bags to complete the fun-filled benefit. DASHA co-founders Shannon and Dr. Darren Pollack, D.C., are pleased to donate gift certificates for DASHA’s luxury services to all event attendees. The Pollacks, parents of two young children themselves, are actively involved in giving back to the community through their involvement with local charities this holiday season. They look forward to building bears to donate together with the inspirational families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additional sponsors include: Artistic Events, Sephora, Cozy Cuts, Victoria Secret, Hint Water, Blueprint Cleanse, The Laundress, Tonnie’s Cupcakes, and Razor & Tie who will be donating Kidz Bop cd’s.

This event is closed to the public, all rsvp’s are mandatory. Current celebrity-athlete attendees consist of cast members of NBC’s 30 Rock, ABC’s Bachelor Pad, Bravo’s Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Vh1’s Basketball Wives, Geffen Music recording artist, and several players from the NY Giants. For additional information please email ahlilahl@theteslagroup.com.

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