* * *Dear Santa,
Please send the following items RUSH to Brooklyn. We do not have a chimney, but we usually keep the back door unlocked (shhh), so just sneak in that way.
[A note from the author on the bike basket: The steel frame cover is 100% necessary. I already have a pet basket that attaches to my handlebars (the Solvit 62331 Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket), which Betelgeuse loves, but no matter how well I secure Lulu in the basket, she jumps or wiggles or ninja-style flips out while I'm riding and just hangs from the basket by her harness. You have never experienced anything so terrible. I will not even ride with them anymore. So yes please, this basket. And it's easier for me to ride with the weight on the back bike rack anyway.]
Clockwise from top left: Thundershirt, Navy Blue Rugby, size XS ($40) | Nature's Miracle Quick Results Training Pads, 14-ct ($9.31) | Brinkmann Pet Home Decor Cuddler - 24" x 20", purple ($40) | Hammacher Schlemmer Dogbrella ($29.95).
[A note from the author: Three of these gifts are related to the weather, or rather, Lulu's disdain for inclement weather -- the Thundershirt, which we discussed previously, to help Lulu overcome her top three shake-inducing fears: thunder, snow, and the subway. Second, the training pads. We have successfully housebroken Lulu and would never use wee-wee pads, but she HATES the rain. Her only "accidents" now occur when it's raining outside, so training pads would definitely be on her wish list. And finally, the Dogbrella for my prissy rain-hating pup, which is just so hilarious.]Feel free to also throw in some dog or human treats -- whatever, really, although I'm quite fond of the Wagatha's Organic Dog Biscuits in Coconut Grove with Tart Cherry ($7). And if you hook me up, I might even stop barking at you. No promises, though.