Go Old School for FAAS
Yes, most of us use our electronic devices and apps for recording our important dates and appointments and depend on them to keep us on track. But even the most tech-savvy of users still appreciates a good old-fashioned wall calendar. Horse people, for instance, often hang them on their barn tack locker doors, using them to record daily equine activity, temperatures, trims, shoeing dates, breakthroughs, health anomalies, and other horsey things. An editor who likes the feel of ink on paper can use one for scheduling and deadline determination. And dog people can use them to list play dates and poop and pee times, grooming and vet appointments, dog walker dates and special dog-friendly events. This year, help out the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter by purchasing the FAAS Heroes Calendar. It’s a 12-month calendar in partnership with excellent photographer Hilarious Hounds featuring Alameda first responders and with pets adopted from FAAS. Firefighters and police personnel, from captains and sergeants to patrol officers, pose proudly with their FAAS pets. The final image page includes 37 cute photos of additional FAAS pets who were adopted. It’s a feel-good calendar from start to finish. FAAS, $15, 1590 Fortman Way, Alameda, AlamedaAnimalShelter.org.
—Judith M. Gallman
Don’t Forget the Fur Babies
We all love pampering our fur babies with kisses and cookies, snuggles, and love. And now, we can shower them with posh spa products ranging from yuzu and coconut bath bombs to shea, jojoba, and cocoa butter balms from Mutt Cosmetics. Rose water conditioners and lemon-raspberry shampoos will keep your sweet pup soft to the touch and fragrant as an angel. An online boutique based out of San Francisco, Mutt Cosmetics keeps natural ingredients on the forefront and prides itself on being entirely transparent about what goes into each bottle it makes. So turn up the dial on indulgence and bring home bubble baths and “paw-some” body masks that will have your pooch prancing to the tub and then cuddling in your arms. Products range from $5.95 to $15.95, MuttCosmetics.com.
Packed full of hearty vegetables and heaping portions of protein, NomNomNow offers packaged pet meals designed for healthy, hungry hounds (and cats, too). Since 2015, this Oakland company has been delivering delicious, pre-measured blends of turkey, pork, beef, and chicken alongside mushrooms, kale, carrots, and spinach. To get started, just enter a few details about your dog’s weight, exercise level, and general health needs, and NomNomNow calculates a nutritious meal plan to help control weight and inspire happy noshing. Whether you choose to receive orders weekly or monthly, your pup will howl for more of her favorite dinners like Porkalicious Potluck, which includes green beans, potatoes, yellow squash, and fish oil. Prepared in restaurant-grade kitchens, the food is fresh and ready to be served upon arrival or can be saved in the fridge. Next time the doorbell rings, your pooch will no doubt race to see if it’s a box of Chicken Chow-Wow or Heartland Beef Mash in time for a midday snack. NomNomNow is a craft service every pet lover will appreciate and one every pet will adore. Price based on size, quantity. NomNomNow.com.
Pamper Your Pet
Bay Woof couldn’t resist making a beeline for Hanks Dog Stuff at the vendor component area of this year’s Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show at the Cow Palace. First, company owner and product designer Lesley Harlan of Palo Alton is about as nice as they come. Second, and most important, Hanks products, inspired by Harlan’s late yellow Lab Hank, are outstanding. Designed, developed, and made in the San Francisco Bay Area, these products look good and hold up, and your dog will love them as much as you.
For you, there’s the Poop Transporter, a handy nylon poop bag dispenser and poop holder (“So you won’t have to”) leash accessory that comes in 10 colors and three sizes (small, medium, and large) and attaches easily to the leash. These gems, starting at $20, can be personalized with a name in beads for an extra buck and can come in a rustic burlap gift bag ($2.50). We use our transporter as a handy treat carrier, because we’re not squeamish about poop bags. Hanks also carries nice and soft cotton leads (three sizes, $20-$30) with sturdy clips or carabiners with custom lengths available.
What else can you pick up from Hanks? The awesome Travel Pad Cloud, a posh travel bed with a faux fur top, all-the-way-around exterior zipper, and a resilient bottom of Martexin shelter tent material. The interior soy/organic cotton jersey pillow, which is unzippable so you can customize the volume, is stuffed with environmentally friendly natural corn fiberfill — just wash and re-fluff. Rawhide straps mean you can roll this puppy up for easy storage or transport. Available in two sizes — small (25″ x 32″, $170) and medium (32″ x 38″, $190) — and four colors (timber wolf, iced mink, blonde mink, and panther). If the faux fur isn’t your thing, the Travel Pad Sherpa is basically the same but topped with organic cotton sherpa (same sizes, $120-$130). Keep them de-fuzzed with a lint brush ($6) from Hanks.
Or how about a Hanks Blanket ($140) (previous page) and Slobber Cloth ($40), made of two layers of organic cotton sherpa material with a hemp binding. Toss the blanket over a couch, dog bed, or car seat; use the absorbent slobber cloth for those pesky drooling incidents. You can also pick up a Hanks & Friends Woofs & Wags Book Calendar, with a percentage of sales going to nonprofit Growing Up Guide Pup and the local no kill Palo Alto animal shelter, or a gift box with blanket, lead, and poop transporter ($197).
It’s all quality stuff. Tell Hanks Bay Woof sent you. Learn more at HanksDogStuff.com.
Wildebeest, the San Francisco dog product company, recently launched a new product, the Buffalo Plaid Dog Scarf ($32). Festive, fun, and functional, this limited edition, made-in-California “neckcessory” of soft Sherpa fleece with adjustable webbing keeps your “beest” cozy and comfy. The strong magnetic buckle closure makes putting it on a cinch. It’s fleecey fun, though the reflective strip makes it totally funcational. Your pup can wear it folded or full, and it’s fully washable. Comes in two sizes. Go to Wildebeest.co to order yours.
The items on NomNomNow and Mutt Cosmetics also appeared in our sister publications, Oakland and Alameda magazines.
Main article photo by: Lance Yamamoto