If you're planning on being away from home for the upcoming holidays and can't take your pet with you, we've got some tips on finding kennels or pet-sitters (Page B5).
And if you are taking Mr. Kibbles along with you on your trip, remember: Don't strap the pet carrier on top of the family car -- particularly if you plan to run for president of the United States.
And a partridge ... oh, never mind: In the alternate universe in which one can purchase the items mentioned in "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you'll have to spend $107,000, or 6 percent more this year than in 2011, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management (Page A2).
But wait -- it gets worse: That doesn't even include noise-canceling headphones for when the kids sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
Don't know much about history: On this day in 1789 President George Washington set aside Nov. 26 as a day of thanksgiving to observe the adoption of the U.S. Constitution (Today in History, Page A2).
He then set aside Nov. 27 as a day of shopping for deals on powdered wigs, breeches and ink wells at the local Ye Olde Wal-Market.
--Jon Bauer and Mark Carlson, Herald staff
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