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It’s the holidays! And with thousands upon thousands of gifts and gadgets for dogs and dog lovers, finding the perfect, unique gift can be, well, less than merry.
That’s why we’ve searched and scoured, tested and tried, sampled and tested to bring you our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!
Here they are, in no particular order, our favorite holiday gifts for dogs and dog lovers:
PetSafe Train & Praise Treat Dispenser:
Teach your pet remotely with treats! With the PetSafe Train & Praise, the handheld remote control activates the treat dispenser from up to 25 feet away, so good behavior can immediately be rewarded. Use it to keep your pet away from the door when a visitor arrives, to reward your pet for not barking, and for many other training purposes.
If you’re potty training your dog, don’t miss the Train & Praise Potty Training System. As your dog urinates on the replaceable pee pad, the moisture alerts an internal sensor in the pad which transmits to the treat dispenser. The treat dispenser then releases a treat, rewarding your dog for using the pee pad. This PAWsome system lets you continue your dog’s house training even when you aren’t home! Learn more at www.Petsafe.net.
PoopBuddy Subscription: Bags & Goodies Delivered Monthly:
Being a dog parent is an amazing experience, but let’s face it, picking up poop is not! PoopBuddy makes this daily doodie-duty fun and easy — and helps the environment. When you sign up (or gift!) a PoopBuddy subscription, you will receive a monthly supply of eco-friendly, fun and chic poop bags along with carefully selected goodies for your dog, from all-natural treats to unique accessories!
Choose from monthly, 3-month or 6-month plans, starting as low as $8/month — and never be caught without poop bags again. PoopBuddy adds fun to an otherwise stinky task. Have you ever looked forward to picking up your dog’s poop? You will, with fun themed bags and accessories delivered monthly.
What’s more, PoopBuddy donates 10% of all proceeds to animal rescue organizations.
It’s the perfect gift for the pet lover that has everything. Learn more at www.PoopBuddy.com.
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Gerrard Larriett Pet Aromatherapy Spa Kit in a Box:
Aromatherapy has long been used as an alternative homeopathic therapy for humans, so it’s no surprise that aromatherapy can benefit our dogs, too!
Our favorite of all the Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy products is the Aromatherapy Spa Kit in a Box — because it contains everything you need to treat your pet to a luxurious spa treatment at home, together in one box — perfect for using with your own pets or giving as a unique gift to a dog-loving friend.
Available in 3 fragrances, designed to eliminate pet odors and provide therapeutic relaxation, the Spa Kit includes: 1 Aromatherapy/Deodorizing Soy Candle; 1 8oz bottle of Aromatherapy Shampoo & Conditioner for Pets; and 1 4oz bottle of Aromatherapy Freshening & Shining Spray for Pets.
ou can learn more about Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care, the benefits of aromatherapy for your pets (yes, it works for cats, too!) or give them a try, at www.GerrardLarriett.com.
In Dogs We Trust: Tales of Unconditional Love, Inspiration and Service:
Veteran Traveler blogger Lon Hodge is an award winning poet, writer and activist for suicide prevention among Veterans and victims of trauma. He travels with his service dog Gander in support of awareness of the healing power of dogs.
In Dogs We Trust is a collection of short stories written by some of America’s best writers – all celebrating dogs! …rescue dogs, household heroes, and the trained champions that protect us at home and abroad…
Sales of the book support rescue efforts, service dogs, war dogs and PTSD/trauma survivor dog charities.
To learn more, visit www.VeteranTraveler.com.
Soggy Doggy Super Shammy:
The company made famous for their must-have Soggy Doggy Doormat is at it again with another amazing product for making life with dogs a little, or rather A LOT, easier. The Soggy Doggy Super Shammy is the ultimate dog drying towel. But it’s so much more than that. Made from ultra-soft, super-absorbent, plush microfiber chenille, in either beige, blue, or chocolate brown, the Shammy is so much more than a standard drying towel.
With sewn-in hand pockets for better control when drying a wiggling, wet pup and a generous size that’s large enough for even the biggest of soggy doggies, the Soggy Doggy Super Shammy instantly wicks away water and dirt like magic. In fact, it holds 5-times more water than a standard towel.
It’s the ultimate “gotta-have-it” gift for dogs that love to be wet and/or muddy, or for the pet parent that bathes their own babies.
Learn more at www.SoggyDoggyDoormat.com.
Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Kisses:
These tasty, freeze-dried morsels are made in the USA with raw, natural meat, sourced from USDA-inspected facilities. Available in beef, chicken, duck, and wild Alaskan salmon, Carnivore Kisses are ideal as an irresistible snack or training reward for your pets.
Stella & Chewy’s believe that all dogs deserve to thrive on real, raw food – the way nature intended. The closer foods stay to their natural state, the better they are for your dog. That’s why Carnivore Kisses are all-natural, grain-free, with no fillers, no added hormones or antibiotics, no artificial preservatives or coloring, no added sugar or salt – Just 100% delicious meat that your dogs will go crazy for!
Learn more at www.StellaandChewys.com.
Make life easier with The Handy Camel Bag Clip:
You open a large bag of dog food and only use a portion. Now you have an open bag that can be spilled everywhere, bugs and rodents can get in, the food can become stale or mold, it’s unbearable to carry and you can’t store it with ease. The Handy Camel Bag Clip can solve all of these problems!
Awarded “Top New Product” at SuperZoo, the pet products tradeshow, this durable, jumbo-sized clip is a simple solution for sealing, storing, and carrying large and heavy bags of dog food up to 40 pounds! Once the clip is in place, the bag is sealed, keeping food fresh and keeping bugs out. The comfortable handle lets you carry the bag without worrying about it spilling.
Order a few – the Handy Camel will work with any heavy bag – fertilizer, potting soil, kitty litter, rock salt and more!
Motorola Scout 1 Wireless Video Pet Monitoring System:
Given the choice, most pet owners would prefer to have their pets with them at all times. But in most cases this is simply not an option. For those pet parents who cannot always be there, Motorola has created the next best thing, the SCOUT 1 digital wireless interactive video pet monitoring system. This system allows pet owners to watch, listen and communicate with their pets from virtually anywhere 24 hours a day.
Super easy to setup, and even easier to use, the Scout 1 pet monitor offers peace of mind — and fun — to pet parents when you’re away from your furkids.
Do you have a mischievous puppy at home? An ailing senior dog? A dog with separation anxiety? Ease your mind, and his, with this wifi-enabled video monitoring system. Simply set the camera on any flat surface, download the Monitor Everywhere app to a smart phone, tablet, or laptop computer, and you’re ready to go!
The Scout 1 is more than just a wifi camera. Use the app to easily reposition the camera, tilt the angle, or zoom-in for the perfect view; listen to sounds, speak or play music to your dogs; monitor the room’s temperature; and take snapshots or record video, from anywhere in the world! Use 2-way communication to reassure, even make corrections to your pet, even when you’re not at home.
The Motorola Scout 1 is available online and at Petsmart stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.motorola.com.
Merrick Seasonal Recipes Canned Food:
When it comes to taste-tempting holiday foods, we know that pets want what we want. Merrick’s seasonal recipes make it easy to celebrate at mealtime with your four-legged family members. Each one is brought to life with fun, seasonally inspired grain-free ingredients, and meticulously crafted in small batches for holistic, balanced nutrition. And, because they’re made in the USA with regional, farm-fresh produce and meats, you know you’re giving your dog the best.
From the excitement of a hometown football game with Gameday TailgateTM to the warmth of a family feast with Christmas Day DinnerTM, Merrick provides the perfect way to add festive flavor to your dog’s diet at these special times of the year.
Merrick’s fall and winter seasonal offerings include four limited-edition recipes, providing a fun, healthy way for dogs to celebrate the changing seasons. The recipes are grain free, with a balance of high-quality meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables, making them ideal choices for dogs with food allergies or sensitivities. They areavailable nationwide in Petco and independent pet specialty stores.
Learn more at www.MerrickPetCare.com.
The Kong On/Off Squeaker Bone:
It’s a squeaker toy with a twist! The Kong On/Off Squeaker Bone is made from the same durable, long-lasting materials you’ve grown to expect from Kong, but with an exciting added feature for pet parents — the ability to silence the squeak with the flip of a switch!
Available in three different sizes and a variety of colors, there’s a Squeaker Bone for every dog in your life. Made of fuzzy, durable tennis ball material that’s non-abrasive and safe for dogs’ teeth and a fun, squishy bone shape that dogs love, pet owners can now let their dog squeak until their heart’s content — or until you’ve had enough, then simply slide the switch to off and enjoy the silence, without having to take away your dog’s new favorite chew toy.
Learn more at www.KongCompany.com.
Sniff It Out: Designer Pet Mats:
We fell in love with these when we saw them a few months ago! Sniff It Out Mats are premium-quality vinyl placemats designed to resemble beautiful art on your floor. Kathy and Jill, the creators of Sniff It Out Pet Mats, wanted them to be fun and fashion-forward but also durable and high-quality.
They’re made in the USA from smooth, durable vinyl that lays completely flat on your floor. Food doesn’t stick to them, water beads up on them. There are over 25 fun, beautiful, or funky designs to choose from – even personalized mats with your dog’s photos!
Learn more about these adorable mats at www.SniffItOutPetMats.com.