Ready for Hanukkah? Your pet will be, with this grrreat gift guidance from Julia Szabo, a.k.a. Pet Reporter. The author of several books,Julia was inspired by her dogs to raise awareness of cruelty-free fashion – so that’s the topic of her next title, coming soon. Meanwhile, check out her chic new web site, Vegan Style, and follow her on Instagram @getdressedchangetheworld. Got a list you’d like to share? Contact us!
Happy Tails on Trails – You’re based in Boulder, so it follows that you love the outdoors. But you wouldn’t set out for the trail with bare feet, so why should Spot? Bring dogs along for hiking fun, but first be sure to protect their dogs with treaded-for-traction boots by Ruffwear. Check out the range of models, including Summit Trex, designed to protect precious paws from extreme temperatures, abrasive surfaces, debris, and caustic snowmelt substances.
Do Play With Your Food – Feeding pets won’t be a bore of a chore when intriguing interactive feeders replace ordinary bowls. Pulse is the newest invention by the ingenious minds at Northmate; it’s designed to appeal to Spot’s inner hunter. Meanwhile, Catch by Northmate awakens the wild cat in your domestic kitty, stimulating her instinct to grab food with her paws. Both clever contraptions couple style with serious substance: Pulse, for instance, obliges speed-eating dogs to slow down and retrieve food morsel by morsel, preventing gastric torsion (i.e. bloat), which can be fatal. Scatter kibble (or schmear wet food) in between the feeder’s blades, then let the games begin. Be sure to keep your smart phone’s camera on “video” to capture the fun!
Dental Treat-ment – Imagine if candy could actually clean teeth instead of decaying them? They haven’t invented that brilliant breakthrough for humans yet, but lucky dogs get to gnaw on terrifically tasty treats that actually polish their choppers and improve dental health at the same time! All “nat-chew-ral,” plant-powered BreathBones by V-Dog are hard chews that soften and break apart as Spot licks and chomps them, leaving the chomper with clean, kissable, cinnamon-y breath.
Spot-On Supplements – Is your pet’s coat looking lackluster and flaky? Dry skin isn’t just a people problem – our companion animals experience it too, especially in winter. Happily, Nordic Naturals offers its famous fish-oil supplements for dogs and cats. Taken orally, the antioxidant oils actually moisturize animals’ skin from within. Pets love the taste – plus, after a week or two, you’ll notice a gleaming, glossy hair coat. For seniors, the fish oil helps lubricate creaky, old joints to improve everyday mobility – and that’s everything to older pets.
Layer Up! – When the temperature dips, our best friends feel the brrr just like we do. Please don’t take Spot outside naked: Friends don’t let best friends leave the house in their birthday suits! Protect precious pets from winter’s chill with form-fitting thermal garments that are long on style: anything by the Japanese brand Warm Heart Company will neatly fit the bill (as cutie-pie Coco, pictured, will attest) and they’re especially perfect for dogs whose name starts with W.
Fetching Fabrics – Stain- and moisture-resistant textile technology is the main reason to buy a Crypton dog bed, but the icing on the cake is fabric designs by dog artist William Wegman. Check out the range of patterns (including “Dog Eared,” pictured), all guaranteed to complement your stylish home décor. You may even want to consider reupholstering the sofa with this superior stuff – it’s bone-chic.
Pet Pages – Does anyone on your list love dog art and sweet canine tributes? Well, who doesn’t? Gift a special someone with renowned illustrator (and frequent New Yorker contributor) Maira Kalman’s newest book, Beloved Dog (Penguin Press). The giftee is sure to love the delightful drawings that populate the book’s 160 pages, as well as the touching words of wisdom, to wit: “And it is very true,” the author writes, “that the most tender, complicated, most generous part of our being blossoms without any effort, when it comes to the love of a dog.”
Home for the Holidays – Last, but certainly not least, please remember the wonderful people and pets at Humane Society of Boulder Valley this holiday (especially on Colorado Gives Day, December 8!). Follow @humanesocietyofbouldervalley on Instagram and donate what you can, whether it’s money or supplies (animal shelters are always grateful to receive towels, blankets, cleaning supplies, and other needful things). And if there’s room at your inn, please adopt a Hanukkah Hound or Hanuk-Kat, and that loving holiday feeling will be with you all year.