Our holiday gift guide offers a few suggestions to ensure that your dog has a few pawsome presents to make this season brighter.
Do you have a friend whose dog won’t get out of the bed? Try giving him or her a Molly Mutt Dog Bed, an ingenious product that allows a dog owner to stuff a duvet with his or her old clothes, towels, and pillows, creating a custom-scented bed that dogs love. Washable, breathable, sustainable, and durable, these beds are made in Berkeley and come in a variety of chic patterns that fit any decor. The beds are priced from $19 to $55, depending on the size and style (water resistant, square, round). Add-ons include water-resistant liners and bolsters; extras include pouches, totes, crate covers, and pads. MollyMutt.com
MEMA Pets in Richmond has combined sleek, modern design with durability and safety with its ALU Collar. Made with material like sustainably harvested cork ($120) or locally sourced leather ($130), all collars have recyclable, lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminum hardware and include the trademark buckle made with Rare Earth magnets—easy for humans to connect but impossible for a dog to undo. Everything is treated, so the collar will endure exposure to the elements or even a swim in the bay. Each collar is designed to remain locked into one size, so it could never accidentally tighten and present a choking hazard. But the coolest part is the Near Field Communication chip, allowing owners to embed a message that can be unlocked by a smartphone with NFC capability, just in case doggy strays too far from home. 510-280-9191, info@MEMAPets.com, MEMAPets.com.
Pretty as a Picture
You’ve seen the posters: beaming, glossy, huge. They are the relentlessly happy photographs of rescued pets hanging in the windows of Pet Food Express. If you’ve wondered how these extremely joyful models were chosen, or why each of them exudes more unbridled enthusiasm than a 6-year-old eating a second candy cane, then be ready to jingle your bells. Because these furry faces are smiling thanks to the sweetest gift of the season: a donation to a local shelter or rescue. When you give $250 to the nonprofit animal organization of your choice (and tell Pet Food Express about it), they will connect you with one of their “My Mutt” pet photographers. The resulting portrait will then shine from store walls for at least six merry months. Pet Food Express locations throughout the East Bay, www.PetFoodExpress.com/my-mutt/my-mutt-program.
Main article photo by: Courtesy MEMA Pets ALU Collar