What do you give the dog (or dog person) who has everything? It can be tough to sniff out the perfect pooch-y present, so we asked some Bay Woof friends in the retail trade to offer their recommendations.
Prices shown are approximate.
Recommended by Ruth Villasenor and Diane Pfile, Proprietors of Paws and Claws
2023 MacArthur Blvd.
(2 blocks west of Fruitvale), Oakland
Simply Fido Organic Pet Toys, $14-$20
Made of organic, unbleached, and unprocessed fibers, these high-quality soft toys are 100% environmentally friendly.
Premier Fido Fleece Coats, $21-$50
These durable, easy-on and easy-off coats with collar-to-tail Velcro closures protect your dog’s underside. Available in a variety of festive colors and patterns. Not just for small dogs; big dogs love them too!
Recommended by Sean Le Deit, Proprietor of Osso & Co.
501 Broderick St., SF (415) 447-8543
and 1232 9th Ave., SF (415) 661-6113
Canine Genius Leo Toy, $14-$22
On its own, Leo is a great bouncing, fetching, tugging, and challenging treat-dispensing toy. You can also link multiple Leo toys together to create a more difficult canine challenge. Made in the USA from durable and irresistibly chewy space-age material.
Orbee-Tuff® Mint, $11
Retro candy meets nouveau drool. Willy Wonka would love this buoyant, bouncy, and minty canine confection. A great gift for adventurous buddies of all shapes and sizes. Made in the USA.
Recommended by Elizabeth Pinkerton, Proprietor of Dog Bone Alley
1342 Park Street, Alameda, (510) 521-5800
and 730 Camino Ramon, Danville, (925) 552-0410
Wooden Dog Puzzles by Nina Ottosson, $55-$60
The Dog Tornado is a multi-level puzzle that makes your dog move the layers to retrieve treats hidden inside. It’s great for the smart dog who needs a job to stay happy. Other Ottosson designs are equally fun.
Doog Walkie Belt from Australia, $45
This slim-profile waist belt for dog people has pockets for everything from treats to poop bags to car keys. Available in fun colors and patterns, it is much more attractive than a fanny pack.
Recommended by Walt Bell, Proprietor of Black Nose Trading Company
342 Divisadero Street, San Francisco; (415) 503-1004
Meteor Light L.E.D. Dog Balls, $12
Throw these waterproof polyurethane balls that glow in the dark using a Chuck-It or with your bare hands – either way, you’ll be delighted that the ball stays lit when your pet or you have to retrieve it!
Bake-at-Home Buddy Biscuits, $12
Delight your dogs with super-fresh cookies by baking them at home. These biscuit mixes are made with wholesome ingredients and contain no artificial flavors or colors.
Recommended by Heidi Hill, Proprietor of Holistic Hound
1050 Walnut Street, Berkeley; (510) 843-2133
Animal Essentials Herbal Multi-Vitamin, $28
This dietary supplement contains high- quality, human-grade herbs, vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and chelated minerals in a balanced formula. Used in conjunction with a good diet and exercise, it will support your pet’s immune system, increase vigor, and ensure the nutritional diversity needed to keep him healthy and happy.
Rescue Remedy for Pets, $11
This five-flower essence from Bach will help calm you and your animal companion during the stress holiday travel, boarding, visitors, etc. Flower essences can be added to water or food, massaged into ears and body, and sprayed onto crates and bedding.