It’s the holiday season, and Bay Woof has some ideas to make sure all your pet gift needs are covered. From fun stocking stuffers for the pooch to serious grooming tools for the pup lover, these items ought to make your holidays a little simpler, a little merrier, and a little brighter. Plus, we couldn’t resist including some non-dog pet ideas, too.
La-Z-Boy Duchess Dog Bed
Talk about the lap of luxury. The “velvet merlot” fabric covers five layers of cushioning for the pampered pup to recline upon like royalty on the doggie La-Z-Boy Duchess fold out merlot sofa day bed ($169.95). The bed folds down, which can allow for multiple small dogs napping, and folds up to create a bolster-like “sofa.” And at 38-by-29 inches, it’s big enough for most big dogs.
Bulltug’s Trash N’ Seek
Every dog deserves an interactive toy, and Bulltug’s Trash N’ Seek ($19.99) is just the thing. This plush burrow puzzle toy has a squeaky bottom plus plump rascally raccoon-like “Racools” that also squeak. Stuff them inside and let your dog pull them out. Sturdy handles allow for a nice game of tug as a reward. Bay Woof test dog Wiley loves hers, though it took her no time to widen the holes ever so slightly. Even with her little canine surgical procedure, the game still holds its appeals and proves a challenge for her. The crinkly, bouncy Racools have “puncture-resistant squeakers,” but Wiley can de-squeak any plush squeaker on Earth, so one of her Racools remains silent now. After half an hour of play, Wiley remains interested, but her dad can only stand so much squeaking. Bulltug.com.
Grandma Lucy’s Treats
For this time of year, try Grandma Lucy’s oven-baked dog treats in seasonal flavors of pumpkin and gingerbread. They are made with organic, non-GMO ingredients by a family-owned and -operated company that’s been in business since 1990. Eric and Breann Shook started out cooking home treats for their pup, Lucy, an English cocker spaniel who grew picky as she aged, selling them at farmers markets and eventually branching into dog food, too. These treats are tiny little bears that are meatless and low protein yet hearty and yummy. They are preservative-free and smell as good as human cookies. Pumpkin is available all year, but the gingerbread is for a limited time. Two sizes: 14 ounce and 8 ounce. GradmaLucys.com.
ProDen Dental Care Bones
If bad breath, plaque, and tartar are problems for your fur baby, you might give PlaqueOff System Dental Care Bones a try. Medium-size test dog Wiley does fine with the mini dental care bones and is on a regimen of one per day. Made with sea kelp for its abrasive plaque-repelling properties, they break in half (for toy breeds, especially) with just a little effort. Wiley has been eating the vegan variety with probiotics. They are grain-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. The bones come in five flavors and in larger sizes for mid- to large-size breeds. Veggie ingredients include potatoes, water, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, dried kelp, flaxseed, and pumpkin spice. Yummy. SwedenCareUSA.com.
Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, nature, shoes, obsessions, origami — you name it, and Workman Publishing probably has a calendar for it. From wall calendars and page-a-day calendars to mini calendars, these gems are works of art. Three faves include the Dog Trivia page-a-day desk calendar ($14.99) with fun facts, quotes, jokes, tips, and celebs for every day of the year; the sassy, cheeky, lovely Crazy Cat Lady mini calendar ($7.99) in appealing hues; and the Cats on Catnip ($14.99) wall calendar with catnip-covered cats acting goofy and cute. Workman.com.
SNiFFiz SmellyMatty Snuffle Mat
A bored dog is a potentially destructive dog, so keep him busy while you’re busy or gone with the SNiFFiz SmellyMatty ($49.99), a large “nosework” mat that can be stuffed with hidden kibble or treats. Each “feeder” mandates solving different problems to get to the treats, so it keeps canines occupied for hours trying to figure it all out. Sniffiz.com.
Frenchie Cooling Bandana
Frenchie Pet Supply Company has the cutest stuff ever — bowties, harnesses, hoodies, bandanas, collars, leashes, ID tags, and even human headwear. Even the mailing pouch is a keepsake for Frenchie fans. Ostensibly for French bulldogs, any dog of a certain size can rock these styles. Husky mix Wiley sported a stunning green plaid cooling bandana ($9.99). In summer when it’s hot, get it wet, ring it out, and then tie it around your dog’s neck and let the cooling big. Wiley sported hers around the office for an afternoon and then on a blustery Halloween run through Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland — and promptly lost it, presumably to the gale-force Kincade fire-spreading winds. The Frenchie PR folks felt so bad they replaced it with a second one. Nice. FrenchieBulldog.com.
What’s one thing your dog doesn’t have? Chances are, a onsie, right? Now he can, thanks to Shed Defender. You slip the lightweight fabric on over the head, insert legs, and then zip it up. Your dog looks pretty funny but won’t shed and can wear this at home, in the car, or anywhere else you don’t want dog hair and dander. It’s supposedly good for anxiety and can in some instances take the place of a medical cone. They come in original ($39.99-$45.99), winter fleece ($48.99), and sport styles ($39.99) in bright colors and prints. Wiley has fraidy-dog tendencies and while wearing the Shed Defender hasn’t exactly emboldened her, she minds it way less and tolerates it more than what I initially expected. ShedDefender.com.
For pet parents, sometimes there’s nothing better than a new, cool gadget. And while that’s what the Dremel PawControl ($49.99) technically is, it also happens to be a handy cordless tool that makes pet nail trimming at home a cinch. It’s easy to use, quiet, holds a charge for a long time, and the ergonomic device even has a 45-degree angled nail guard attachment for the clumsy beginner. The on/off switch is easy to use, and the variable speeds on the lightweight Dremel allow for precision control. For skittish dogs like Wiley, desensitization is a slow and ongoing process. Shop.Dremel.com.
Niteangel Small Animal Activity Toy (3 Fun Pet Balls)
Rodents and rabbits are chewers by nature, so give them a gift they can sink their teeth into. The NiteAngel pet balls ($6.99) are all handmade from natural materials. Each one is about 2.6 inches in diameter, so even small animals can roll them around as well as chow down on their choice of natural seagrass, water hyacinth, or rattan. Laissez les bon temps rouler. NiteAngelPet.com.
Kitty Crinkle Cuddle Sack
Cats love bags and they seem to especially love the noise the bag makes when they’re inside it. The Kitty Crinkle Cuddle Sack ($25.99) makes that irresistible “paper bag noise,” and is also soft and warm for the 18 hours of napping the average cat needs. Inside is faux lamb’s wool Sherpa lining, outside is poly/cotton for machine washing. “Bolster” frame keeps the sack open for easy access. KHMfg.com.
DJ Cat Scratching Pad/Laptop Cat Scratching Pad
If your cat wants to get down, the DJ Cat ($35) lends new meaning to the term “scratching.” This toy comes as a flat-pack cardboard kit that you fold to create the “turntable” and “tone arm.” Or if your feline is more of a tech nerd, the Laptap Cat Scratching Pad will lure her away from your actual computer with its own cardboard “keyboard,” which is the scratch pad. You can create a new desktop image anytime you want and slide it into the “monitor.” Cat-veat: Likely not durable for young and rambunctious kitties. Suck.uk.
Whether you have a new puppy or an older dog with separation anxiety, the Snuggle Puppy ($39.95) can be a calming — and really cute — way to make her feel more comfortable. With a “real feel” pulsing heartbeat and an internal heat source, it allows a dog to cuddle in and settle down. The Puppy (minus the removable heat source and heartbeat) is machine washable and comes in five colors. SmartPetLove.com.
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