Bay Woof gets a little holiday shopping advice this month from one of our dog-loving contributors, Janis Hashe. In her search for suitable presents, she learned that a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association indicated that Americans spent as much as $15.11 billion in a year on pet beds, collars, leashes, toys, travel items, clothing, food and water bowls, and accessories. Wow, that’s a lot of dough.
The great thing about dogs, of course, is that you don’t have to spend a bundle on them to make them happy. A bite of hot dog here, a new tasty biscuit there, or the remnant of an old rawhide chew suits them just fine.
I was between dogs for too long, so I didn’t shop for plush toys or super-stinky treats for dog bribes. My pet store visits were limited to the feline side of the establishments for boring essentials like cat food and cat litter.
A happy and active dog mom once again, I love all the dog stuff out there. Who knew patterns and colors could be so cute? Or that bowls could be so complex or fancy?
I can’t believe I had almost forgotten what it’s like to delight a pup with a new interactive toy, a seasonal holiday cookie, or a bright bandana — like the ones that appear in our holiday gift guide. I love my dog’s blinking tag (free, from a Wag Hotel Halloween party), her fleece sweater (a hand-me-down), and her raincoat (new) that lights up, well, like a Christmas tree.
I delight in my dog Wiley’s delight over the ball or toy she bounds after, catches, or pounces on. With that in mind, perhaps the items in Bay Woof’s holiday gift guide will delight you and your furry friend.