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Shortly before Christmas one of our neighbors living near our lake home lost his home and two of his dogs in a fire. The neighbor, an elderly gentleman, has decided to rebuild his home and is currently living in a trailer which he brought in to the land to live in until he can begin the clean up and re-build process in the spring. Because he was under insured a number of neighbors have decided to hold a spaghetti dinner and silent auction in the nearby small town at the VFW to benefit this gentleman.
I am planning to make up a dog basket for the silent auction. Because this is a small town in the middle of nowhere things such as training gift certificates and gift certificates for pet stores would not be practical to include in the basket and due to storage issues nothing which requires refrigeration would be able to be included. I am trying to think of items which would be useful to put in a basket for dogs and their owners which would not break the bank. I would like to keep the amount spent under $50 for the items in the basket and I would really appreciate any ideas. Thanks everyone

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Canned food? Treats? Toys? Blankets?


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I like Jen's ideas of treats, toys etc. and what about pet related books. If you want to add items for pet owner also, what about coffee and/or wine. You really have a nice community where people are doing this. I remember that you had this man stay at your place while you were gone.

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I was hoping to get some specific ideas for toys. I know what I have for Bailey but he's easy to buy toys for since he simply loves anything which COULD be a toy (even an empty paper towel roll makes him happy). My other dogs don't really play with toys. What are your dog's favorite toys? I don't know too many of the people who would be going to this dinner or bidding in the silent auction and I'm not very creative so I am at a loss with this.

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What about poop bags, blinking collar lights for nighttime walks, shampoo/conditioner, brush. That is such a nice thing your community is doing to help this man 😍
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Honey has taken a real liking to stuffed animals with squeakers in them, especially the longer, thinner ones I can play tug with as well. Also, how about a chuckit and ball? Or a frisbee/disc type toy? Another possibility would be one of those treat dispensing toys - that was Pilgrim's favourite.
Another thing that may be suitable would be a voucher for a free consultation with the local vet - since it is a small community, there's likely to be only one vet and participants in the auction are likely to be locals, too. It may be a bit more trouble to organise, but I'd be pleased to win that!
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I'm on the board of a non-profit and we have a silent auction every year. One of our more popular pet baskets is one that includes the delivery of 10 stuffed frozen Kongs every month for a year.

The donor supplies the 10 Kongs, stuffs them (after finding out from the winner the appropriate size and if there are any food allergies), drops them off, picks them up at the end of the month, and then returns them within a few days re-stuffed.

The item has become so popular that we now have a tradition where the winner donates 10 new Kongs at the end of their year so that all we need to do is find someone willing to prepare the 10 Kongs each month for the year.
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You have some fantastic ideas here. Mine love the Kong Wubba classic. Although after 3 years all that is left is the squeeky ball it is the first thing that Grit picks out of the toys when he comes in from his walk!!

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Maybe those boot things? You're in MN and assume they'd be useful! Amazon has Kong toys for 1/2 the price of most chain stores. Dory's favorites are their stuffed animals that are supposed to be more durable and her Wubby. She LOVES the Orijen duck treats thanks to her pen pal introducing them to her.

What' a sweet thing for you & your neighbors to do! Hope this helps & good luck!
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All these are such great ideas..I was thinking a brush, and maybe toothpaste, and a toothbrush as well...awesome thing your community is doing....

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