Earn licks and purrs this Valentine's Day

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February 09, 2003|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | By Sarah Kickler Kelber,SUN STAFF

Pets give unconditional love, so don't forget them this Valentine's Day. PETsMART suggests a number of gifts for feline and canine friends.

* Plush Valentine Dog Toys (above, $3.49-$5.99): The dogs probably already have a ton of toys, but these white and red plush options are a festive addition to the collection.

* Pet Beds: Some dogs may prefer a bed with a black-and-white toile print and a red chenille pillow to mark the holiday (below, $29.99), while others may prefer the leopard-print, heart-shaped bed that is machine-washable and folds to half its size for travel ($24-$28).

* XOXO T-shirt (left, $9.99): A red Companion Road T-shirt with black sequins that reads "XOXO" provides a reminder to hug and kiss your pet (as if you need one). In addition, a portion of the proceeds from all Companion Road items is donated to PETsMART Charities and granted to local animal shelters.

* Kitty Valentine Basket (above right, $6.99): Your cat might not be interested in anything it has to wear, but a seven-piece assortment set of mice and other toys will be welcomed.

These items are available at local PETsMART stores and at www.petsmart.com.

Hearts afire

Show a little love outside. Fret not, we aren't talking about public displays of affection.

The Heart Lantern from Red Envelope is made of smooth, silvery iron and contains a glass votive holder and a candle that will burn for about five hours. The lantern includes a hook and is designed to be hung indoors or out.

The Heart Lantern is $25 and can be ordered at www.redenvelope.com or at 877-733-3683.

Wedgwood inspirations

Wedgwood china has long been a collectors' item. But Wedgwood-inset furniture is also highly prized.

McLain Wiesand, a custom-built-furniture company based in Baltimore, has created the Reginald Console, a 19th-century English Wedgwood-inspired console that features five plaques of faux Wedgwood. The piece is accented with gold-leaf embellishment and a faux marble top.

The piece is available in a variety of finishes and retails for approximately $4,400 as shown.

Custom pieces are available and take about four months to complete. For more information, call 410-539-4440 or visit online at www.mclain wiesand.com.

Event

* Baltimore Clayworks, at 5707 Smith Ave., presents Vivat! Chamotte, an exhibit featuring the works of nine contemporary Russian ceramic artists in conjunction with Baltimore's citywide Vivat! St. Petersburg festival, Feb. 22-March 29, with an opening reception Feb. 22, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free. International artist Sergei Isupov presents a slide lecture Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. documenting the development of his work in the past 10 years. Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Isupov presents a demonstration workshop at Baltimore Clayworks. Information: 410-578-1919 (dial Ext. 10 for registration information for the Isupov events) or visit online at www.baltimoreclayworks.org.

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