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Things for You and Your Dog

Off the Shelf

This month’s column is a quick roundup of a three products that have recently come Bay Woof’s way: small-production paw balm, doggie scarf accessories, and jewelry with animal welfare in mind.


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Aspen Herbals Herbal Paw Balm Hi-res

Say your dog’s paws are beaten up a bit from his romp up Mount Tam. Or maybe he got a little too much sun chillin’ by your side at Fort Funston and his cute button nose feels all dried out. Or those elbow calluses really are cracking this season. Maybe that hot spot could use a little salve. Aspen Herbals offers Herbal Paw Balm ($13 for .75 ounces) that can save the day—or at least help out some.

The small, Ekalaka, Mont., company promises quality ingredients through small-batch production, and the balm was inspired by family dog Sadie. The paw balm goes on easy, is nontoxic, and smells good, thanks to a smooth mixture of nourishing herb-infused oils, soothing butters and protective beeswax. Application is a no-brainer: wipe paws with a damp cloth and dry well, apply a thin layer, let the product sink in, re-apply as needed. “An overall intensive moisturizing experience for your furry friends,” the product promises.


Dress Him Up

Give your dog a little bit of added pizzazz with a bandana from California Canine. The Original bandana features a cute golden retriever pooch in sunglasses under palm trees and a star—a dog version of the classic California Bear Republic flag. In this case, it’s a golden dog to rep the Golden State.

There are other styles, including Rescue Road, Surf Dog, Surf’s Up Bus, and VW Bus (not to mention doggie T-shirts, collars, and leashes plus goods for humans, too, such as T-shirts and hats). Two scarf sizes: small, 18.5 inches wide, $7; and large, 29.5 inches wide, $12. All designs are in the spirit of celebrating what’s great about Cali and California living, including Hollywood, Disneyland, beaches, palm trees, sun and surf, half-pipes and Half Domes. And that’s just for starters.


Make a Difference


All right, dog moms and dads deserve some pretties, too, and they can pick up baubles that help animal welfare. Check out IMAD, for I Made A Difference, and think about adding a pendant that represents your dog’s breed or other wild animals, particularly critically endangered ones.

Samantha Reilly of Wynantskill, N.Y., founded the company with an idea to fight animal injustice worldwide, one pendant (or necklace, gemstone, keychain, treat, or tote bag, ranging from $28 to $65, depending on item) at a time. The pendants are U.S.-made from recycled material and gemstones come from their countries of origin. On the wild side, animals include the black rhino, Cross River gorilla, South China tiger, leatherback turtle, and Sumatran elephant. On the dog front, breeds represented include the boxer, bulldog, Chihuahua, French bull dog, German shepherd, golden retriever, Labrador retriever, pit bull, pug, and Rottweiler.

IMAD wants to preserve animal life and does so by using fashion to highlight vulnerable animals while promoting domestic engineering in U.S. factories and sustainable production. IMAD donates a portion of sales to the Animal Welfare Institute, an organization that protects endangered animals, advocates safety for companion animals, cares about lab animals, believes in humane treatment for farm animals, safeguards marine animals, and educates humans.

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Main article photo by: Photos courtesy of Aspen Herbals, California Canine, and IMAD