Have you started your Holiday gift shopping yet? This seems to be a popular question as the season unfolds but don’t panic, there are still two weeks left to check everyone off your list. But when you're making your list, and checking it twice, don’t forget about your lovable pets. All year your pups and kitties are up for hugs and cuddles so they totally deserve to be at the top of your holiday gift list.
If you’re not sure how to indulge your cuddly pets, here are a few of my favourite gift ideas. Thank your furry pals for being such awesome companions with these holiday treats!
1 - As it goes, there are always parties and gatherings to celebrate the season and bring in the New Year. Looking dapper and festive is a must, not only for you but your pup. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a classy bow tie like this one from Milo Clothing. This sharp-looking accessory includes an adjustable collar and several sizes so it fashionably works on any breed. If you like your furry friend to complement your ensemble, you’ll love the other adorable Milo Clothing items. All pieces are handmade from durable quality fabrics with style in mind.
2 - After a great party, there’s nothing better than a good, long snooze. Your pup will love this cozy Pet Teepee from P.L.A.Y. This perfect little hideout is just the place to curl up for a nap. It’s designed for easy set-up, it includes a removal interior cushion and it’s simple design will add an architectural element to your home. It’s also available in several colours and patterns to complement your home’s decor.
3 - While we’re on the topic of the importance of sleep, we have to mention this self-warming (no electricity needed) heated pet bed by Sunbeam available at Petsmart. It provides year-round comfort with a self-warming layer of insulation that generates heat by utilizing your pet’s own body heat. It’s ideal for pets with aging joints and muscles or any pup that enjoys extra warmth. How great would this be for the chilly winter days at the cottage? If your four-legged friend likes to snuggle up in warmth, he’ll enjoy this gift all year long.
4 - Listen up condo dwellers and condo pups, because this gift will be life changing! If you’ve been reading my blog 'Monika’s Animal House', you’ve noticed that I often stress the important of exercise and social interaction for your dog’s health. But let’s face it, there are times when an outdoor bathroom break is not quite possible. Whether you’re training a new puppy, you have an older pet with mobility issues, or it’s pouring rain outside, this solution is spot-on! The Pooch Patch is an all natural, real grass dog potty. The living grass absorbs liquids and controls odours allowing for a more hygienic process. Perfect for balconies and patios, the Pooch Patch is offered in a variety of sizes depending on the size of your dog. It can also be replaced weekly or once every two weeks. Backyard in a box!
5a - If you like to spoil your pup as much as I do, you know that gift giving is not limited to birthdays and holidays. This next favourite is literally a gift that keeps on giving. Bark Box is a subscription for a monthly box of goodies for dogs and their caregivers delivered to your front door. Every month, the box arrives loaded with innovative toys and healthy treats curated by the Bark Box team. Every month offers its own theme. The December theme is Lodge Life. How cute?! Bark Box offers a good price range for orders as well as gift cards for other dog-people in your life. Whether you opt for a one month trial, six months or a full year monthly box, this is a fun way to reward your furry friend and discover healthy and eco-friendly pet brands.
5b - I know what you’re thinking. Not all pet owners are dog owners. What about cats? Where is the love? I completely agree, so I added this bonus fave for all the cat lovers out there. Much like Bark Box, Whisker Box is a themed monthly cat gift subscription featuring artisanal feline luxuries. The monthly box offers a variety of toys, treats, treasures and apparel, and includes free shipping to US and Canada. The gift plan automatically renews so there is no interruptions in delivery, but you may cancel any time. Also, if you have a cat with diet restrictions you can replace edible goodies with non-consumables. There is no reason your fluffy pal can’t have fun and stay healthy at the same time.
Both, Bark Box and Whisker Box are committed to making animals happy and support shelters, rescues and non-profits. So while these fun-filled boxes bring joy to your dog or cat, they also allow your pet to give back to the community. I think that’s the best part of it. Wouldn’t you agree? Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday season and a ‘pawsitively’ splendid New Year!
If you share your life with a four-legged friend and looking for helpful tips on living with pets, check out 8 Simple Rules To Moving With Dogs to help you make your move less stress full on all member of your family, including your furry ones. And if you’re looking to purchase a pet-friendly urban space, check out Buying a Condo Your Dog Will Love.
Are you on the hunt for that perfect place to share with your pooch? Do you have questions or topic ideas about caring for dogs in the city? Contact us! We're here to help!
Guest Writer: Monika MacMillan, Sales Representative
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage - (416) 530-1100