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Catchy Quotes About Our Pets

cat and dog in santa hats

Personalized Pet Christmas Ornaments at Calliope Designs

We love our pets and expect very little in return for their food, their home, their entertainment.  Of course, our dogs and cats entertain us too.  Our dogs take us out for walks so we can get our exercise.  They sleep on our bed so we can stay warm.  They lick the tears off our faces when we are sad.  And wag their tails in greeting making us feel welcomed upon coming home.  Our kitty cats are equally adorable in their habits but do tend to keep us on our toes in the expectations department, as we accept they will only do what they want to do about 99.9% of each day.

The holidays are even more fun when you have a pet, and we’ve made quite a selection of adorable pet personalized Christmas ornaments for our own pets, and for gifts for friends.

Here are some funny and thoughtful quotes from some famous people, and some anonymous contributors.  Quotes are interesting ways to start fun discussions at the dinner table with your family, especially children.

A house is not a home without a pet. – Anonymous

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.  Abraham Lincoln

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.  Roger Caras

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. – Ben Williams

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. – Mark Twain

The Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him. – Rudyard Kipling

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that! – Dave Barry

Dogs have owners; cats have staff. – Anonymous

Cat Law of Selective Hearing “A cat can hear a mouse yawning a mile away while filtering out the sound of a pleading human just six feet away. – Anonymous

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this. – Anonymous

The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. – Ambrose Bierce

“The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals” ~ Anonymous

“A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue.” ~ Anonymous

“If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead

“…he will be our friend for always and always and always.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.” ― Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

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DIY Fun Family with Pet Ornament

Wreath for Family of 3 with 2 Pets Personalized christmas Ornament

Design Your Own Family with Pet Ornaments!

The Design your Own ornament section has been so popular at that we decided to add some great new products this year. The great thing about these ornament is that you can create the ornament and select the exact number of family members in your family, or your friends or neighbors family, and then add their pets – either cats or dogs. We have a nice big selection of pets. This year we added a white cat to the cat selection and a German Shepherd, Rottweiler, and Pitbull to the dog selection. The first new concept was the Home concept. The basic ornament is a white, two-story home with a red front door. The roof is pretty red and white candy cane, and the windows are bright yellow. Each window is the size to put either a person head or a pet head, and then each character can be personalized to order. If there’s a bottom window empty we add a little green Christmas tree to the design to make the ornament seem balanced in design. This new ornament has only been on our site for two weeks and we’ve already taken orders for many families!

When a person does a home design, some of the phrases that are popular are:
First Christmas in Our New Home
From Our House to Yours
Home for the Holidays
Home is Where the Heart Is
Our Family Home
Good Neighbors are a Blessing
God Bless Our Home
or sometimes, Our Family

Occasionally people enjoy entering the address across the base – especially when they’ve just moved.
We really love all of the little pets. The polymer clay is a great material for forming images, but it is pretty difficult to make exact replicas of different breeds of dogs in particular. And then there is the issue of the size of a dog. We chose to make all of our pet heads about the same size because they will look better on the ornaments when they are made up to order. And, some of our dogs can be used for several different breeds. For instance, the golden lab, a golden retriever, often look like other light brown dogs. Same with the black lab and the brown lab. the little white dogs too can be interchanged. We encourage customers to pick the dog that most closely represents the dog they want. When the name is inscribed on the bone, the dog instantly becomes just perfect!

We have one person who personalizes most of the items with pets. She loves dogs and has three Maltese herself. She encouraged us many years ago to do dog breeds, and when we did a series of Maltese dog ornaments and magnets, she took them to dog shows and sold some through her Maltese fan club. Kris does a great job on the Pet trees – she’s the person who has done the personalization on our website! We thank her for a job well done.

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Crafty Idea: A Doggy Wreath!

westie in stocking personalized pet christmas ornament

Another great idea found on the world wide web!  No polyurethane required on this gift! It’s edible.  So your special pooch will be oh so happy!

A Great Craft Idea for Your Pets!

Again, please include the little ones in your home in this project!  They will love spending the time with you making something their very favorite dog in the whole wide world will get on Christmas morning.  Of course, you might have some explaining to do as to why Santa doesn’t deliver gifts to pets as well as children, but be creative!  I’m sure you’ll think of something!

After you’re finished, we invite you to take a look at our darling pet ornaments and family trees with pets.  Those are in the DIY section, or the title Design Your Own!  It’s pretty fun and something that will last forever.

Whether given to your own pet or a friend’s Fido, this wreath with edible ornaments is the perfect pooch present.


  • 12-inch cardboard circle, or a 12-inch Styrofoam wreath (available at craft supply stores)
  • Scissors
  • 5 yards of ribbon and matching bow
  • Large dog bones
  • Dog toys
  • Tape
  • Evergreens, optional


  1. If using the cardboard round, trace an 8-inch circle in the middle of it (a small mixing bowl or plate will be approximately the right size). With the scissors, cut out the inner circle, leaving a ring or wreath shape.
  2. Tape the ribbon onto the back of the cardboard wreath or tie it to the Styrofoam wreath and start winding it around the circle on a slight diagonal. Once you have come full circle, cut the ribbon and tape it down.
  3. Next, cut ten or so 9-inch lengths of ribbon for attaching the dog bones and toys. Attach eat treat separately by first placing the dog bone or toy on the wreath and securing it by placing a length of ribbon across it. Flip the wreath over and tie the ribbon securely in a knot, making sure there is no slack in the loop around the bone or toy. (This tying method allows the items to be removed one at a time without displacing the others.) Continue tying on the bones and toys in this fashion, leaving a 3-inch space for the bow between the first and the last treat.

For a fuller look, tape greens onto the cardboard round or push the ends into the Styrofoam wreath. With the remaining length of ribbon, tie a loop on the back of the wreath at the top so that it can be easily hung for all to see — especially the puppy dog

This crafty gift idea was found on Disney Family fun website!  Be sure and check it out for some great gift ideas.

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Crafty Idea: Cute Photo Frame Gift for your Pup!

Dog House Photo Frame personalized christmas ornaments

We believe in do it yourself projects to make Christmas gifts, and I’m always on the lookout for cute Pet gifts!  I know there are dozens of stores, big and small, brick and mortar and online, that sell thousands of dog gifts!  But here’s a way you can make something really cute for very little money!

Photo Frame for Your Puppy Ornament

If you have children, don’t forget to include them in the crafting of this gift!  They’ll love being involved and will be proud of their accomplishment!  What a great way to encourage the love of giving in a child – which of course starts at home!

Your family dog will look pretty as a picture when her snapshot is displayed in this dog-bone frame.


  • Flat wooden frame
  • Dog-bone treats
  • Water-based high-gloss polyurethane
  • Small paint brush
  • Hot glue


  1. Remove the glass and the cardboard backing from a flat wooden frame and set them aside. Lay the wood, face side up, on a flat working surface and arrange crunchy dog-bone treats on top of it. Place them horizontally, end to end to fashion a border all the way around, or diagonally to accent the corners.
  2. Once the pattern is determined, remove the dog bones, lay them face down, and apply a coat of water-based high-gloss polyurethane to the backs. this is important to protect the dog bones from invasions by bugs, and from deterioration due to moisture or humidity in the atmosphere.
  3.  Once dry, hot-glue the bones to the frame so that the polyurethaned sides are against the frame (adults only).
  4. Apply polyurethane to the tops and sides of the glued-on dog bones, let dry, and apply another coat of polyurethane.
  5. When the final coat is completely dry, insert the puppy’s photo and reassemble the frame.
  6. Some wrapping hints….. with all pet products it’s probably a good idea to put them somewhere up high, out of reach of the curious and always hungry dog!  We don’t want to spoil the Christmas morning surprise with a ripped open package… and polyurethane doesn’t taste all that great either… even to a dog that will eat everything!

Don’t forget to check out all of our custom-made pet ornaments at  We have dog bones to be personalized with the name of your dog and the year.  We have family trees with adorable dogs to be added to the family, and dog house ornaments with different represented breeds of dogs!

This great handcrafted gift idea was found on the Disney Fun Family website.  Be sure and check it out for many cool gift ideas!

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Gifts for Your Favorite Pooch!

Family and Dog: Couple with Pet personalized christmas Ornaments

Yes, we know our Dogs are an important part of the family, really, family members!  And what’s more, fun than cooking up a batch of Christmas treats for your special Fido to put in his Christmas stocking on the mantle on Christmas Eve!  But be careful…. if you don’t hang it high enough Fido might just do some pre-Christmas morning snooping!

Great Gift Ideas for Your Pets

Here’s a recipe I found on the internet for Doggy Bark! If you have children, be sure and get them involved in creating these treats – it’s a great way to start learning the love of giving, as well as learning how to cook!

Be sure to use carob chips — chocolate is harmful to canines.


    • 4 cups carob chips
    • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts or chopped walnuts
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a bowl, melt the carob chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir them with a wooden spoon, then microwave for 30 seconds more.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter and microwave for another 15 seconds. Stir the ingredients again to combine.
  3. Add the nuts and the cinnamon, then stir the mixture to coat the nuts.
  4. Line an edged cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the mixture onto the foil and chill it for 15 minutes in the freezer or 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Remove the bark and break it into roughly 1- by 2-inch pieces. Store it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 70 pieces.

Sounds good enough to eat!  There’s nothing in this recipe that isn’t good for humans alike, so try if you are so inclined.

Be sure to check out our special Dog Bone Personalized ornaments at – we have tan ones and white ones, and all can be personalized with your favorite dogs name and the year!

This great handcrafted gift idea was found on the Disney Fun Family website.  Be sure and check it out for many cool gift ideas!