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Kathleen PARKER , I S[NTINEL COLUMNIST i supreme .on day Let us now praise famous those oft-berated dead men of European descent had the wisdom, foresight inllectual constitution to Supreme Court as part of government that us to survive in spite of As Usual throughout these days of legal nice- :ial minutiae, I'm deadlines to write in critical deci- slated for this week. In- by now the president- , be known. won -- or a recount is now in -- we should be grate- that the final word comes Supreme Court. I'm riot qualified to argue the points or even to question, have, whether this contest correctly was a ral con- do know is that taking national question national court the best result we could weeks of par- bickering, questionable le- and even dubi- results, from the Supreme Court on local election canvass- an appeal to the su- e of the world for the of our intentions, to )ur Declaration of this is the best can: do. In secular matters, isno higher authority than U.$. Supreme Court: The are presumptively the legal minds in the country; hired them for these purpos- e; their word is final. They, in docule. In such a divisively partisan -- and regarding a of this magnitude -- might be relieved that they may disagree in- ' with the outcome, we feel confident that we've ar- atgenuine finality. And though we might regret involved the courts we're now beyond any hpplication of hindsight. let'S, once and for all, put to r spin that it's all fault. As Al Gore's cam- in tile near-sniveling whine class tattletale ("He start- it"), Bush filed the first law- Yes, he did, but what else do when the Gore cam- initially requested that in cer- preferential counties? Basi- Bush-had three choices: a recount in all though, intuitively, don't ask for recounts; (3) go to court. ncumbent on the chal- the declared winner, o a fair recount, which to do. So began of legal challenges laaded us in the nation's where Americans every reason to feel com- The legitimacy that seemed to elude us in this election be ensured by the justices' ruling. Whoever wins himself against all but let's hope there none. The final dispensation this election should make feel more unified ever given our shared equi- in that investment our nation's made more than 200 has proven un- that the machinery that it and dispositive- , coups or civ- disagree- have spawned in Americans ought and celebrate that with a renewed com- :writer her at Orlando , Orlando, Fla. or contact her by email at SECTION E / WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13, 2000 INSIDE SECTION E Workstation Gifts take a bow wow[ Dear Santa: Please tell my owner I don't need another flea collar. By TIFFINI THEISEN OF TH E SENTINEL STAFF Nothing would make Rover happier this holiday season than to gnaw on some drool-coated bone in a cool patch of dirt in the yard. But that seems so ... Grinch-like. It's Christmas, doggone it, and that means spreading cheer to all creatures great and small. It means festooning the doors with wreaths, the hearth with stockings and the cat with an adorable an- gel costume. Forty-six percent of pet owners will spend more on presents for their animals this year than they will on other relatives, a recent survey found. Here are some of the most exotic pet-gift ideas we came across. Fantasy Pet Dress-Up They'll be embarrassed and perhaps even ticked off, but Fluffy and Fido will get over it -- and you'll have fodder for the cutest Christmas-card pictures around with these silk-screened felt costumes. Besides the angel and holi- day-light outfits pictured, you can also get a frog, bumblebee, Christmas tree, giraffe and other designs for weeks of dress-up fun. ($12.99-$15.99 by Truax International. Purchase online at pet- foodexpress.com) Holiday Elf Suit Don't let your ferret go bare this Christmas -- outfit the weaselly little dude in this reversible suit complete with whimsical hat. When you return from the emergency room, you and Slinky can poe for a holiday portrait you'll treasure for years to come. The outfit will also be a hit at parties. Its jacket fastens with Velcro, and the hat has an adjustable band. As the designer notes, the elf suit is made "to fit your active ferret's life- style." ($8.99-$I 1.99 by Marshall Pet Products. Visit Pet- land or www.marshallpet.com or call 1-800-292-3424.) TRUAX INTERNATIONAL MARSHALL PET PRODUCTS SHOUN A. HILL/ ORLANDO SENTINEL ROLF C. HAGEN Wrought Iron Feather Bed You've got the 300-thread-count sateen sheets and Pottery Barn sleigh bed -- now it's Max's turn. This majestic throne provides the special dog in your life with an elegant escape from the rigors of digging, licking and scratching. The ensemble shown includes an iron bed base (available in antique gold, rust, red, antique white or black), a feather bed, duvet cover and three bolster pillows. Bedding designs also in- clude jacquard and animal print. Each piece is sold separately. (Ensemble: $593-$923, by In The Compa- ny of Dogs. Visit inthecompanyofdogs.com or call 1- 800-924-5050.) Cat Spa While you're out buying a bathtub whirlpool for your mother and a massage gift certificate for your honey, how do you think Kitty feels, left home alone to shred the sofa? Neglected, that's how. So treat Kitty with the Cat Spa, which snared an honorable mention in the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association's Best New Pet Products contest this year. Cat Spa comes with more accouterments than a Swiss Army knife. There are so many brushes, bristles, ripples and pressure pads to massage, soothe, tickle and invigorate your cat, he'll likely forget you even exist. ($19.99 by Rolf C. Hagen. Visit Petland or Petsmart, or call 1-800-225-2700.) IN THE COMPANY OF DOGS EE.T. DIRECT Hid'n Litter The days of stashing the litter box in the closet are over. Celebrate your cat's bodily functions this holiday season with the Hid'n Litter Christmas cat box, an elegant addition to any d&or. 'Friends and family who visit this December won't even know that there's something very different than holiday presents tucked under this tree,' the manufacturer boasts. (Just don't deco- rate the tree with metallic tinsel, which can sicken cats.) Great for apartments too small for a cat box and Christmas tree. (Style shown, $79.99. Others, $50-$190 from P.E.T. Direct, 1-800-884-1917.) FAT CAT Kitty Revenge toys Cheaper than a session with the feline psychologist, these stuffed toys let cats work out lingering anger from that cheap-pet-food in- cident. Besides Vet the Victim (left), your cat can disembow- el Revenge Rover, Nasty Neighbor Kid or Trout Tease. All have catnip tucked inside. ($5.99 each, by Fat Cat. Avail- able at Pet Supermarket and Petsmart or at fatcatinc.com). Swarovski Crystal Dog Necklace For the pooch that is a paw above common nylon collars. In the pav6 bone pendant or the herringbone design in either gold or platinum finish, your darling will be the bark of the park. The dainty necklaces come in five sizes, the smallest an 8 (don't tell vain Fifi -- she'll be fur- ious) and the largest a 16 (pre- sumably for the pack of Rottweiler owners who will be snapping this up). ($85, by In The Company of Dogs. Visit inthecom .corn or call 1-800-924-S050.) IN THE COMPANY OF DOGS