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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers

holiday gift guide for dogs

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the kick-off to this year's holiday shopping season is just a few short days away!   

Regardless of whether Fido has been naughty or nice this year, it's always fun to give during the holidays.  Or heck, buy a little something for yourself too!  I've put together a list of holiday gift ideas for your dog and dog-loving friends featuring several local Houston businesses.

Gift ideas for your dog

1) New ID tag.  It's so important for your pup to have a collar with up-to-date contact information.  Thought Blossoms creates simple, personalized pet ID tags - I especially love the hammered designs!

2) New digs.  For the stylish pups, how about a new outfit?  Funny Fur carries a huge selection of doggie clothes, from hoodies and sweaters to jackets and formal wear.

source:  Funny Fur

source: Funny Fur

3) BarkBox subscription.  What's not to love about a surprise box of goodies arriving on your doorstep each month?

source:  BarkBox

source: BarkBox

4) Homemade dog treats.  The Doggie Express whips up some of the most beautiful dog cookies I have ever seen, and even better, they deliver!

5) Playdates.  While you're putting in the long hours at work, why not spoil your pup with a visit to doggie daycare?  Depending on what part of town you're in, there are many great choices:

6) Quality time with you.  Instead of buying something for your dog, you can commit to exploring the city together, such as trying out a new dog park or dog friendly restaurant each month.

Gift ideas for pet owners and dog lovers

1) Gift certificate to a dog-friendly restaurant

source:  Cottonwood

source: Cottonwood

2) Photo gift, such as framed prints, cards, calendars, photo books and more.  Mpix is a good consumer print lab with a wide variety of photo products.

3) Sweet stories about dogs.  The following books are all highly recommended. Some of the stories are quite moving, so you might need a box of tissues (speaking from personal experience!)

4) Wearable art.  Pop Your Pup transforms a picture of your dog into a hip shirt you can wear everywhere.

source:  Pop Your Pup

source: Pop Your Pup

5) Willow Tree Angel of Friendship figurine.  This line of figurative sculptures are simple, classic, and comforting.

6) Funny coffee mug.  I found so many cute ones on Etsy, my favorites being "Namaste home with my dog" and "I shih tzu not!"

7) Donation to a dog rescue group or animal shelter.   Giving to others is rewarding, and the holiday season is the perfect time to pay it forward.  No matter how much or how little you donate, your time and/or money can help pets get a second chance for a happy life!

What are your favorite dog gifts to give and receive?  Are you planning to fight the Black Friday crowds or shop online in your jammies?

Want to give the gift of custom photography?  Let's chat!

Things to do in Houston with your dog - April 2016

Ahhh, springtime in Houston... the weather is still nice and perfect for being out and about with your dog! 

things to do in Houston with dogs

Things to do with your dog in Houston (April 2016):

  • April 2:  Doggy Party on the Plaza at City Centre.  Includes a pet parade, costume contest, special kid area, rescue groups, and over 70 vendors!
  • April 3: Pints for Pets Fundraiser and Adoptions at Clancy's Pub in Richmond.  Enjoy a beer and help support Fort Bend County Animal Services.
  • April 9: Barks, Buds, and Suds in Midtown.  Why should humans have all the fun?  This pup crawl is dedicated to dogs and benefits the Houston Humane Society.
  • April 9-10: Houston Pet Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center.  This is a huge event with tons of exhibitors, rescue groups and adoptions, live entertainment, and demonstrations.
  • April 16: Shaggy Dog Rescue 5k at Stude Park in the Heights.  A 5k run for the runners, and a one-mile fun run for the pups, followed by post-race party with live music, food, and craft beerto benefit Shaggy Dog Rescue.
  • April 16: Canine Carnival in Sienna Plantation in Missouri City.  Features the Houston Disc Dogs, Dock Dogs, food, drink, and carnival rides and games.
  • April 16: Derby Dog Dash at Sam Houston Race Park.  Family and dog friendly event - small dogs will race between the horse races. 
  • April 16: Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run in Sugarland.  Three options for all fitness levels: 5k competitive run, a 5k fun run with dogs, and a 1 mile run/walk with dogs.  Benefits Fort Bend Pets Alive.
  • April 17: Dachshund Rescue of Houston's Spring Fling in Tomball.  Includes plenty of dachshunds, races, silent auction, and shopping, benefiting Dachshund Rescue of Houston.
  • April 22: Midtown Houston's Yappy Hour in Bagby Park.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour features treats, contests, and prizes. 
  • April 24: Dream Dachs Paw Crawl at Karbach Brewing Co.  Beer sampling, food trucks, and a relaxing afternoon chilling with your pup!
  • April 27: K-9 Angels Rescue Spring Fling at Cottonwood in Garden Oaks.  Spring event to raise money for K-9 Angels Rescue group. 
  • April 30: Bark for BARC Pet Walk at Rice University.  Raising awareness and funds to help complete BARC's new adoption center.
  • April 30: Galveston Island Bark in the Park Dog Show in Galveston.  Family friendly dog show benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society.

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!