We’ve got a pretty sweet deal going with man’s best friend — we provide dogs with shelter and food, they provide us with unconditional love and loyalty. This Christmas, show your four-legged compatriot exactly how much you appreciate his companionship with these delightful doggie presents.
Breed Blueprints — $US265
Got a French Bulldog fanatic or a lover of Labradors on your shopping list? Let them show off fun facts about their favourite breed with this gorgeous mid-century-style blueprint. It highlights the breed’s history, temperament, and build alongside a large illustration of it. And if $US265 is too steep, you can also get a pillow print for $US95.
Wine Barrel Dog Bar — $US135
For many dogs, especially longer-legged breeds, stretching down to eat from a bowl set directly on the floor can lead to digestive problems. Now, we’re not suggesting that your dog eat at the table with the rest of the family, but why not let your dog at least eat meals at a table of its own? This pet table from Virginia upcycler Bob Yates is crafted from a semi-circular section of wine barrel that holds a pair of stainless steel bowls.
Mud River Renegade Food/Water Bowl — $US12
Dog’s don’t drink the same way people do — there’s way more tongue involved — so it’s not like they can drink effectively straight from a water bottle like we do. This can be an issue if you and poochie are out romping around the woods and find yourselves parched. Rather than waste half a bottle letting your dog lap out of your cupped hand, simply unroll 3L, leak-proof Mud River Renegade Food/Water Bowl and let your dog hydrate with a bit of dignity.
Solvit Pet Seat Hammock — $US25
If your dog’s favourite activity at the park or beach isn’t so much chasing sticks or sniffing butts as it is getting wet and rolling in what appears to be an organic slurry of decomposing seagull and fox vomit, the interior of your car is going to bear the brunt of that olfactory attack. And, believe you me, getting the smell of rotted bird carcass out of your back seat is nearly impossible. Instead, give yourself a gift this holiday in the form of the Solvit Waterproof Pet Hammock. It slings between the front and rear headrests, giving your dog plenty of room to stretch out, without letting him grind that stench into the seats.
Chuck-It — $US12
Looking for an innocuous gift for a distant dog-owning relation but don’t really know (or really care enough to find out) what they really want? Boom — Chuck-it. It’s a classic, it’s 12 bucks, who’s next on the shopping list?
Facehugger Leash — $US150
If you never, ever want to let go of your pup, what better way to hold on is there than with this clever xenomorph leash harness from Storenvy? It’s a bit pricey at $US150 and only fits 6-15kg pooches, but it’s way better than that Hanibal Lechter muzzle you’ve had your eye on.