Holiday Gift Guide: ONEHOPE Wines Pinot For Paws Gift Box
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We were out at a brewery today when Pete got a text from his friend with the photo of a kitten they’re getting. “He’s so cute,” I said to Pete. “Ask how old he is.” Pete asked and the answer was four months. “That’s how old Totes was when we adopted him,” I said.
When we got Totes, we were told he was four months old, although I texted his photo to two of my cat loving friends who told me he looked about a year old. When we saw a photo of this new four-month-old kitten, he just looked so small — especially compared to now 15 month old Totes.
So in the middle of the brewery, I took out my phone to look at photos of Totes’ first day with us. And I was oohing and aahing over how adorable and small he was. And of course, I had to show Pete the pictures of Totes chewing on his hair, and climbing in boxes, and just being a cute little curious baby cat.
As I’m writing this, Pete is playing with our cat. And a few minutes before that, I turned to Totes and told him he’s a good cat and such a great addition to our lives.
In case you haven’t been around to hear the story, I’m going to post it again. It’s one of my favorite stories to tell.
Last Christmas, on our half day drive back to North Carolina from New York, I lost it. I cried worse than a kid of her first day of preschool.
See, my entire family is in New York and the only person I really knew and saw on a regular basis was the UPS guy. And then his route got changed. And since I work at home 14 hours a day, it’s hard for me to meet new people unless they come to my door on the regular.
I was lonely and sad and homesick and spending two great weeks at home with my parents and my grandma and my brothers and my friends, it made for a really difficult car ride home.
Between my sobs, Pete said, “Let’s get your kitten.”
“Really?” I said.
See, I wanted a kitten so badly, but Pete is allergic. And he’s a dog person. But he was serious. He knew a kitten would make me happy and would give me some company too. So the weekend after we got back, we went out and adopted our kitten, Totes McGotes, and my life was forever changed. I absolutely love my kitten and can’t imagine our lives without him. I also have a huge spot in my heart for pet adoptions now.
See, before we adopted Totes, he was not happy. He was a stray and then in foster care. His foster mom told us how he was so docile and his brother (who had been adopted) was the wild one. Why would someone prefer the wild one? He was prettier. Totes, he’s a black cat and, unfortunately, black cats are half as likely to get adopted as gray cats (according to a Huffington Post infographic). According to this SFGate article, black cats can sit in shelters for months and are far more likely to be euthanized.
It breaks my heart. But, I understand. When we found out Totes (named, non-creatively, Mr. Blacky, at the time) was the only kitten left, I wasn’t sure that I wanted him. I wanted a cute kitten and one that was a little younger. But he left Pete pick him up and walk around with him on his shoulder for just under an hour. I held him while he got a booster shot and could feel his heart racing, but he was too scared to flinch. He was it. He was ours.
If you support pet adoptions, you’ll love ONEHOPE wines. Half of profits from ONEHOPE California Pinot Noir sales are donated to help pets find their forever home. That’s amazing because, according to the ONEHOPE website: “Approximately 5 million to 7 million homeless pets enter animal shelters nationwide each year.” That’s a lot of pets in need of love.
And heck, if you love wine, you can help the animals. Or the children. Half of our profits from the purchase of the ONEHOPE California Brut Sparkling Wine are donated to end childhood hunger in America. There are a bunch of causes that ONEHOPE supports: Global Disease, here. You can actually find these wines in your local stores (I’ve seen them in Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter), but if you want to make it more of a gift, check out ONEHOPE’s gift boxes. We got the Pinot for Paws Meow Gift Box. It came with 1 bottle ONEHOPE California Pinot Noir, Eco Stacks, Cork Bamboleos, Taffy Roll, Felt Roller, and a 4oz Tin of ONEHOPE Catnip.
Totes is obsessed with the Cork Bomboleo. Absolutely obsessed. As soon as I opened the box, he dove for it, picked it up in his mouth, and played with it for the longest. I tried to take it back to stage a photo and he came right over, grabbed it in his mouth, and basically said, “Ha ha mom, it’s mine.” I had to wait until he was completely tired out to stage a photo — and even then he came right over and stole the Cork Bomboleo. I later found out that it’s filled with organic cat nip and that’s why he loved it so much.
But maybe you don’t have a cat. Maybe you have a dog. No worries. Just check out the Pinot for Paws WOOF Gift Box. It comes with 1 bottle ONEHOPE California Pinot Noir (the same as the cat box), Cotton Rope Tug & Toss Toy, Fetch Canvas Bone Dog Toy, Tennis Ball, and Dog Treats. Plus, this box also helps to support pet adoptions.
And, speaking of the wine, it was good. “It was sweet and wine-y and it was good,” according to Pete. It’s the first time we’ve had a red from ONEHOPE (we were at an event that served a white ONEHOPE wine, which was where I first heard about the brand).
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