Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups

Helping dogs on the road to forever, forever finding ourselves as we walk that road with them.

My Kind of Gift Exchange at the Holiday Bloggy Hop


I love the holidays. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas especially, because of their festive gatherings, sense of togetherness, and the delicious dinners. Oh, and seasonal brews and mulled wines that only come out or make sense during this special time of year.


O, Christmas Ale! O, Christmas Ale!

What I don’t love as much is the obligatory gift exchanges that come with this season. I love the people involved in them. I love the idea of showing love and sharing a bit of yourself with a holiday token of sorts. And yes, I do love getting new stuff that I wasn’t entirely expecting and don’t entirely feel worthy of. But I find holiday shopping and feeling like “was it enough to show how much I care?” all incredibly stressful.

This month, though, I’m taking part in a different kind of gift exchange – the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange hosted by Something Wagging This Way Comes and I Still Want More Puppies.


I have been paired up with the blogger equivalent of a Secret Santa/Pollyanna. The goal of this gift exchange is to feature the wonderful work of our partner, to give them the gift of telling our readers about their work. So, for what it’s worth, I don’t really love keeping Santa-ship of this gift exchange so secret.

I’m spending time getting to know my gift exchange partner as the Winter Solstice draws near, so I can help give her a gift that she will cherish and appreciate (okay, so gift giving is stressful even when I don’t have to go to the mall). But, this gift is one that gives right back to me, because I get to delight in the lovely and adorable  postings of Christine and her Shih Tzus at Oh My Shih Tzu.

I’m a little overcome by cute fluffiness as I continue my readings, because Oh My Shih Tzu features beautiful photographic moments of Riley, Katie, and Trixie in many settings – outdoor rugged, fashionably styling, and rocking the agility course. Christine also is passionate about animal rescue and positive reinforcement based, force free training, so I can tell already we have lots in common, and I’m looking forward to exchanging some more Oh My Shih Tzu moments in its own special feature!

For now, join me as I revel in the fluffy love and check out Oh My Shih Tzu on their:

There is also still time to join in the Gift Exchange fun! So if you blog and want to join in, you have until December 20 to do it.


Give the gift of blogger love this holiday season. If you don’t do it for me, do it for Balton the elf and his “pretty please” face.


Author: faithtrustnpups

Faith, Trust, & Foster Pups is a combination blog for animal welfare, humane education/positive training, recognizing the beautiful bond that exists between pets and their people, and other fun stuff. I share information about adoptable pets in the DC metro area, promote animal rescue and resources to support adopters and fosters, and share stories and lessons related to the dogs I care for. Much of my writing is for especially my "foster failure" with some specific fear-based issues. In an effort to help understand often wonderful, sometimes challenging dogs like him better, I learn to understand myself. Together, we share our stories, and walk together, leash in hand, and in building faith and trust within one another and within ourselves.

5 thoughts on “My Kind of Gift Exchange at the Holiday Bloggy Hop

  1. Love the bloggers gift idea! And I’ll def check out your recipients sites!


  2. I’m glad you fortified yourself with Christmas ale before heading over to Oh My ShizTzu. So much cute could be fatal without something to give you strength. 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with Christine in the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange. I’m sure she’ll love it.

    Not every blog gets pingbacks so you might want to send her a little note with a link to your post.

    And I loved seeing Balton the Christmas elf. He melted my heart. 🙂


  3. I love both cute fluffiness and Christmas Ale, so I absolutely adored this post. 🙂


  4. Already a fan of Oh My Shih Tzu’s but always great to read someone else’s take on a blogger. It helps us see different aspects of the blog we might have not noticed!


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