You’re engrossed in stringing cranberry and popcorn, or busy wrapping presents, when your dog or cat drops something at your feet. Reaching down, you recoil in anticipation of a dead mouse, or brace yourself for a slobbery stick, only to discover a crumpled piece of paper—a crude list on which you can barely decipher words like “ball” or “organic.”
Humans sometimes forget that without thumbs, legible penmanship is nearly impossible, even for the most otherwise gifted animal.
Perhaps your cat feels so ashamed of his near illiteracy that he merely leaves the list near the litter box, hoping you’ll find it and understand. Maybe he simply gives up altogether, as many dogs do, gnawing his Christmas dreams to pieces along with his treasured bones.
Luckily, TakePart’s crack team of feline-canine handwriting experts have reconstructed soggy, torn and cryptic pet wish lists from across the country.
Based on expert findings, we’ve compiled the Top 10 Eco-Friendly Pet Gifts to take the mystery out of pet gift giving this holiday season.