Ho Ho Ho, Santa’s Christmas Gifts for Dogs!

by Mary Haight on December 10, 2009

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Ho Ho Ho, Santa’s Christmas gifts countdown has begun. Days are just slipping and sliding by so fast that if I don’t keep my balance, it’ll be Christmas Eve and I won’t have my dog’s gifts, and maybe not a tree to put them under.  The bark back on that would not be pretty…Tashi loves opening his presents!

In an attempt to help me figure out what to buy this year, I’m going to share with you some items I think are interesting, and also suggest a few different ways to give gifts this year.  Maybe this will help save your feet from walking all over hill and dale, or much less poetically, from mall to mall, for just the right Christmas gifts for your dog(s). After all, despite money being tight, reports state that more than 81% of households are planning to buy presents for their dog, even as the pet product industry announces that sales for the fourth quarter of 2009 will be flat, the second worst holiday season in 42 years.

The Company of Animals Interactive Dog Game $39.9929.99 internet sale at Petco!

For the pet parent who likes to remind everyone on the block that7312133331245c their Scrappy is a dog genius, this puzzle puts that notion to the test. Your dog  first must dislodge removable bones, and then push sliding covers to access hidden treats. Sound familiar?  Yes, this is the less expensive version of one of those wonderful wooden Swedish toys I was talking about weeks ago. The level of difficulty is varied depending on the dog’s smarts, but there are three games to choose from, so you can pick the one you think will most entertain Bobo.  The price is right, and this item was listed by Petco as one of the top ten dog toys of the season. You can check it out here.

Tuffy’s Red Paw Ring Dog Toy – $11.69 to $13.49

This is one tough but soft chew toy. No rough edges to hurt your dog’s gums. Four layers of material, seven rows of stitching, a subtle but satisfying180181001017c squeaker experience, covered with an industrial grade luggage material  which is all covered by a soft layer of fleece. It’s machine washable and it floats. I ran this through the HealthyStuff website that has tested over 400 pet toys (children’s too) for toxins and it was not listed.

Dublin Dog Collar – $22-26 by size

Here’s a cool, clean concept. Dublin Dog produces a line of innovative, stylish and functional dog accessories(and a line of unique clothing forfrostbite-960 passionate dog owners). All products are available at DublinDog and in fine pet stores and kennels throughout the U.S and abroad.
 
The original “All Style, No Stink” dog collar is made with a polymer blend that won’t absorb moisture, retain dirt, or harbor bacteria, and is hand-injected and layered into each pattern to eliminate any potential odor. Available in a variety of colorful designs, each Dublin Dog collar features customized hardware, cleans easily with warm water, and glides smoothly across the dog’s coat.
 
I asked about contact allergies and collar strength and got this response via email from CEO and Founder Jason Watson:

As for contact allergies, our collars have proven to be a great choice for dogs susceptible to hot spots or allergies. Since our products don’t harbor bacteria like a traditional cloth or nylon material, it won’t trap that moisture against a dog’s neck. On the Winter Bliss collar, it even has an internal layer of material built inside our polymer, almost like rebar in concrete that makes it even stronger than before. So all in all, this is the Ironman of dog products. Built to last… Our buckles are extremely strong and the collar has a strength rating over 7X the weight of a dog. So a large dog that would qualify at 100lbs has a pull strength rating of over 700lbs of tensile strength on our collars.

Practical Gifts

Dog coats in all styles are on sale now–a bit like the gloves and scarf equivalent for people, but with the weather dipping into single digits in the North, it’s a useful idea for many designs costing less than $20. 

And if it doesn’t have to be all about your dog, there are also many ways your dog can share his good fortune with other dogs who don’t have a home and aren’t quite so lucky.  Petco has a Christmas tree and you can buy an ornament for the tree in dollar increments that will go into the Petco Foundation, which supports shelters.  Shelters also have these types of programs they run themselves, so check with your local agencies. 

FrouFrou Clothing

While I am not one for putting clothing on my dog beyond his coat for practical purposes, you won’t believe this international website I came across…with 90+ Euro bathrobes (apprx $130 and change) of beautiful materials and finish for dogs, it’s just fun to look at.  They are in fact so haute that they do not allow you to copy any of the photos on the site.  If you want to satisfy your curiosity, go here. L’izzura, Luxury & Elegance for Pets have gone to a lot of trouble to set the mood:) Photos are beautiful.

Products that Give Back

I’ve been privileged to meet a couple of great people this year, one a company head, one an author, both of whom believe in giving back! When they found out I was looking to raise funds for Lake Shore Animal Shelter,fleece_shell each offered their services. Let’s Go Design is providing Lake Shore with $25 per sale of their all weather custom dog walking jacket. It even has piping that glows in the dark!

And then there’s author Nadine M. Rosin, whose book “The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood” tells the true story of a successful fight against cancer through holistic means that gave her dog Buttons another eleven years of life without the use of chemo, amputation and radiation. CovMed She makes her book available to not-for-profits as a fundraiser.  It is excellent information to share with supporters and friends, and buying books and other goods from not-for-profits helps you support the cause without spending money you just don’t have.

There are artists who are giving back and all kinds of products that routinely donate a percentage of profits to charitable causes.  You can make them your preferred vendors, so be on the lookout.

If you have any favorite pet toys or pet-related ideas you’d like to share (not from companies please–we know you all love your own products!) let’s hear about them! 

one more thing…

If you need last mnute gifts from your dog to a holiday party hostesses dog, take a look at Bisket Baskets–they design fun people and great corporate baskets too:) 

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