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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for the BEST Gifts for your Pets
This holiday season, don't forget about your four-legged family members! Below, I have compiled some of the very best gift ideas for our pets. Most of these products have been personally tried and tested by my pets, and I highly recommend each one.
1. Kurgo Baxter Pack/ Dog Backpack My dog, Banner is fourteen years old, but still enjoys going on hikes with us. He is still strong and hasn't slowed down yet. He is so cute when he wears his Baxter Pack! We keep it light, but Banner proudly carries his own snacks, a water bottle, and a portable water dish.
This was the first time I tried it on Banner, before we adjusted it to fit him.
Get your pooch packed up and ready to go with the lightweight, tough, custom-fit Baxter Pack. Great for everyday use or backpacking adventures. Built strong to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, it has 8 different adjustment points to get the proper fit for any dog. It includes a rear-mounted leash hook that works like a harness for pups that need to be on their lead. The ergonomic padded spine support contours to the dog’s back for a comfortable fit and provides weight distribution for the two saddlebags. The pack offers space to store all of your canine's travel essentials such as food, treats, toys, first-aid supplies and travel bowls. Includes a large handle to help dogs over rock scrambles or extract them from water.
2. Kurgo Loft Dog Jacket Banner gets pretty chilly in the winter. (Who doesn't, really?) The best gift Banner ever received is his Loft Dog Jacket. First of all, he looks devilishly handsome in it! (He is a bit shy when it comes to modeling, however.) I put Banner's coat on him as soon as I let him outside in the morning. It keeps him so nice and warm.
Banner's Loft Dog Jacket fits him perfectly!
Help your dog brave those chilly fall and winter months in this reversible, quilted shell. Made from rugged Microtomic ripstop material and 140 gsm Polytech fill, this lightweight jacket is just as city worthy as it is mountain made. The water-resistant shell has a zipper opening so you can access your pup's harness to attach a leash. This dog coat is designed for athletic dogs that are going to be running, hiking and adventuring in inclement weather. Therefore, it is a more fitted coat, allowing your pup to move freely. It does not cover the entire length of most dogs and is designed to keep the core warm and dry.
3. MuttNation Guitar Strap Gusset Bed~ Word has it that Santa is bringing Banner one of these luxurious dog beds. Shhhh! Don't tell him! Banner needs to new bed upon which to rest his weary ol' bones. His old bed is kind of worn out.
The Guitar Strap Gusseted Pillow bed features a luxurious long-pile plush sleep surface and extra filling – four pounds of recycled polyfill – providing superior sleep and support for your pet. This super-sized bed (40”x29”) is designed in blue tones and accented with Miranda’s vintage guitar strap print.
4. Paby GPS Tracker for dogs and cats~ This past July, my sweet cat, Carol went missing. I didn't even know that she had gotten out of the house. Someone accidentally let her out when they were leaving for school or work. The next thing I knew, Carol was found in the road, no longer alive. If I had a PABY GPS Tracker on her collar, she might still be alive today. At least I could have discovered she was outside before anything happened.
(This is not my kitty, but her PABY GPS Tracker looks cute on her, doesn't it?)
Paby keeps its eyes on your pets. Did you know that over 10 million pets are lost each year? Paby’s advanced features include GPS, Wi-Fi, an LED light, and sound alarm help provide you with peace of mind. The Paby allows you to monitor your pet’s location in real time, and learn from their activity through a tailored fitness program for your pets.
My newest cat, Patty will soon be wearing hers because when she gets a bit older, she too, is going to try to start venturing outside, and I will be able to keep track of her.
5. Purina’s Beggin Strips and Friskies Party Mix~ Banner absolutely loves his Beggin Strips! And my sweet little kitty, Patty, loves her Friskies Party Mix.
That’s why I can’t forget about Purina’s Beggin Strips, Friskies Party Mix for their stockings. These favorites are offered in 6 ounce packs making them great for stockings and even have a ‘To’ and ‘From’ tag, so pets know who to lick and thank. The Friskies specially designed Party Mix is holiday themed with snowmen, stars and evergreen trees. www.purina.com
6. Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Balls by Planet Dog. Banner loves to play fetch! He absolutely loves his Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Ball by Planet Dog. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all winter holidays. Banner has the Snowball ball, so whether we get snow or not this winter, Banner is set!
Owners can throw a snowball indoors and outdoors, stuff their pets’ stocking with coal or give them some peace and quiet. Orbee-Tuff® balls are chewy but durable that will keep dogs entertained all season long.
7. Dog Stockings by Pet Factory~ Banner has been such a good pup this year! He truly deserves this delightful stocking filled with special treats just for him!
Filled with colorful raw-hide bones and holiday shaped treats that dogs can enjoy by the fire while the rest of the family opens presents, this makes for a convenient option for any gift-giving owner this holiday. www.petfactory.com
8. Canine companions will be in style for the holiday season with the Snowman Party Premium Collar & Leash Set from Country Brook Design. This festive set is made of durable, comfortable polyester and the collar features a metal side-release buckle with a brilliant, shiny finish.
Freshpet, the first and only maker of fresh, all natural food for pets, wants you to give the gift of irresistible, delicious treats to your pets. This holiday, stuff your pet’s stocking with the wholesome, yummy snacks for pets that are sure to be their favorite gift of the year! Whether your pet woofs or purrs, Freshpet offers freshly prepared treats and meals for your dog and cat, always using only fresh, natural ingredients. Just be sure to refrigerate!
Some of the Freshpet® Treats available for your dog and cat include:
Freshpet® Dog Joy® Turkey Bacon - Dog Joy® Treats
Smoked to perfection, these all natural turkey bacon treats are an absolute favorite of pups everywhere. Made in the USA.
Available in 3oz and 6oz re-sealable pouches
Freshpet® Dog Joy® Treats For Dogs
100% all natural and fresh from the fridge, Dog Jog Treats for Dogs are made with juicy, slow grilled real chicken. Made in the USA. Available in 8 oz. re-sealable pouch.
My dog, Banner is crazy about these yummy treats!
Freshpet Select Tender Chicken Recipe
Spread some holiday cheer with your BFF, with Freshpet® Select Tender Chicken Recipe. Made with fresh ingredients such as tender chicken and vegetables, this roll will be a Holiday treat for your pet! Available in 1 lb. rolls.
Freshpet® Select Chicken & Pumpkin Recipe
Give your cat a treat to enjoy with Freshpet Select fresh chicken & pumpkin recipe, made with garden vegetables in gravy.
Available in 4.5 oz. cups.
Freshpet® Select Tender Chicken & Beef Recipe
Your cat will purr with gratitude when you give him Freshpet Select tender chicken & beef recipe, made with fresh garden vegetables in gravy. Available in 4.5 oz. cups.
Freshpet® Select Chicken & Ocean Whitefish Recipe
Share the taste your cat adores this holiday season with Freshpet® Select Chicken & Recipe Whitefish Recipe, made with garden vegetables in gravy. Available in 4.5 oz. cups.
I found FreshPet in my local grocery store!
Freshpet has a single-minded mission – to improve the lives of dogs and cats everywhere through the power of fresh, natural food. Packed with vitamins and proteins, Freshpet foods offer fresh meats, poultry and vegetables farmed locally. The Freshpet Kitchens then thoughtfully prepare these natural ingredients and everyday essentials, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve key nutrients. That way, your pet gets the best. Freshpet refrigerated foods and treats are kept cool from the moment they are made until they arrive at Freshpet refrigerators in your local store.
Freshpet foods are available in select mass, grocery, and pet specialty retailers across the US and Canada. From the care Freshpet takes to source their ingredients and make their food, to the moment it reaches your home, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility are the way they like to run their business. To learn more, visit www.freshpet.com
Top 5 Ways to Show your Dog You Love Them
My dog Banner is the sweetest dog ever. He is nearing his fourteenth year of life. We adopted Banner from the humane society when he was three years old.
Banner is not just a pet, he is a family member, and we try every single day to show Banner we love him. I would like to share the top five ways that you can show your dog that you love them.
1. Play with them!
All dogs need exercise. There's nothing Banner loves more than having somebody throw him a ball or even a stick for him to chase. If your dog doesn't enjoy catching or fetching, then find something he does enjoy. Perhaps tug-of-war? Buy your pup a variety of toys and see what he shows the most interest in. Then, you can make up some sort of a game that is a special way for the two of you to bond. Playing with your dog is the greatest way to help him get some exercise.
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2. Make sure they have a cozy place to sleep
Now, this does not mean that your dog needs to sleep with you on your bed. That is entirely up to you. I do know that it doesn't work for my to have our big dog up on our bed. Besides, his hips are sore, and I wouldn't want him to get hurt climbing up that high. Banner has a very comfy memory foam bed that we bought to help support his poor aging frame. Make sure you find a pet bed that pampers as well as comforts your pup so that they can properly rest up from a long day of play.
3. Cuddle them, pet them, talk to them
Your dog needs physical contact, and plenty of interaction as well as reassurance that he is loved. Did I mention belly rubs? Banner cannot get enough of them! Whenever I talk to Banner, I tend to use a softer voice, kind of like I use when I am talking to a baby. Banner tilts his head and kind of lifts one of his ears as if he is intently listening to me.
4. Take them to the vet for yearly check ups
Part of showing your dog that you love him is by taking him to the vet for yearly check ups. Yes, your pup may not feel that you are showing them love when they are getting their shots of course, but just give them a special treat and some extra cuddles to make that time seem less scary. These trips to the vet will help to ensure that your dog lives the longest, healthiest life possible.
5. Feed them nutritious food
To help ensure that this ol' guy has many more healthy, happy years left, I have decided to make a change to Banner's diet. Ever since I discovered the nutritional benefits of Petcurean dog food, I have been feeding him NOW FRESH Large Breed Senior for dogs pet food. He has never loved food as much as he loves his Petcurean!
NOW FRESH™ Large Breed Senior recipe is made with 100% FRESH turkey, salmon, duck, and 100% fresh Omega 3 & 6 oils from coconuts and canola. NOWFRESH™ also features zero grains, gluten, wheat, beef, corn or soy. Zero rendered meats, by-products or artificial preservatives.
This recipe also features:
- Balanced proteins, fats, calcium and phosphorus to help manage weight
- New Zealand green mussels and Glucosamine/chondroitin to support hip and joint health
- Added L-Carnitine to support heart health/fat burning
- Pre + Probiotics to support healthy digestion
- Added Taurine to support vision and heart function
- Suitable for senior dogs and/or to help any dog with weight management
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Your fur baby is your child, and you wouldn't dream of feeding your family member anything less than the best, would you?
Health Extension has been helping pet parents and pets feel good about what they are serving or eating. Each recipe is crafted with premium ingredients to support stronger bones and immune system, also these products are made in the USA.
Grain Free Dry Dog food varieties offer all the health benefits of the Holistic Health Extension System in a grain-free formula. You won’t find any added hormones – just high-quality meat as the first ingredient – because sensible protein levels are the first step to a healthy life. Available in: Buffalo & Whitefish, Chicken & Turkey, Salmon, Duck, Venison, and Buffalo & Whitefish Little Bites.
Grain Free Stews for dogs are a superb source of high-quality protein. The formulas also provide an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Your dog will enjoy and benefit from the stew due to its lack of growth hormones, steroids, meat by-products, and allergy related fillers. Available in: Chunky Chicken Stew, Tasty Turkey Stew and Savory Beef Stew .
My dog, Banner is almost 12 years old. He is actually very healthy and still has a lot of energy. I think it is because of the healthful diet that he eats. Currently, I am feeding Banner Health Extension Grain Free Savory Beef Stew.
100% Grain-Free Health Extension Beef and Vegetable Stew for dogs is an excellent source of high quality protein, made with all-Natural beef. Our formula provides an excellent source of vitamins, minerals. Dogs will enjoy and benefit from our Grain Free stew due to its lack of growth hormones, steroids, meat by-products and allergy related fillers.
Look at how excited Banner is! He knows what's in this can!
Banner can hardly wait for his Savory Beef Stew!
Who can blame Banner for getting so excited about his dinner? Doesn't it look tasty? You can see the goodness in it.
It makes me feel great to know that by feeding Banner Health Extension dog food, I am helping him to live a longer, happier life. He certainly loves it
To learn more about Health Extension pet food, go to: http://www.healthextension.com
Did you know that 95% of dog owners have purchased Christmas gifts for their 4-legged furry friends? A survey from Rover.com indicates that our pets provide unconditional love and therefore are likely to be treated like family. I'd like to introduce PetPlate.com as a perfect last-minute gift for pet parents to return that unconditional love through fresh and wholesome pet meals.
PetPlate.com makes it easy for pet parents to nourish their pets with love by delivering freshly-cooked meals made from wholesome ingredients that do not contain any by-products, rendered meats or preservatives, and all proteins have passed USDA inspection. The meals are designed by a veterinary clinical nutritionist for nutritional balance and are pre-portioned and ready to serve. Cold-pressure technology is used to destroy any harmful bacteria and lock in nutrition and flavor – the same process used to preserve many human foods. The company offers a convenient subscription service that automatically ships the meals directly to the consumer on a regular basis, depending on the size of the pet.
Return the love this holiday season. PetPlate has set up a special discount code for my audience to receive 50% off their first order when they enter the coupon code HOLIDAY at checkout, or enter your email address on the PetPlate.com website.
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Join Freshpet, The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, and ResQwalk in The FreshFit Challenge to Raise Awareness About Pet Obesity While Benefiting Animal Welfare Groups
Improve you and your pup’s health and earn money for pets in need, just by walking!
Freshpet, maker of fresh, real food for pets, has teamed up with The Pet Show with Dr.Katy on Washington, D.C.’s News Channel 8, and ResQwalk, a free mobile app that enables you to raise money for animal welfare groups just by walking, for The FreshFit Challenge to raise awareness about pet obesity in the United States.
According to The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over 50% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese, but by incorporating fresher, less processed foods into your pet’s diet, along with proper exercise, Freshpet and Dr. Katy Nelson believe we can overcome this life-threatening disease. By joining The FreshFit Challenge, not only are you and your pup walking your way to a healthier lifestyle, you’re helping deserving pets in need.
Here’s how it works~ For every mile you walk, you earn part of a monthly pool of money that will be donated to Bideawee, a pet rescue and welfare organization servicing NYC and Long Island, or you may choose to donate your portion of the funds to the pet charity of your choice.
To get started, simply download the ResQwalk app or log on to www.freshpet.com for more details. The FreshFit Challenge runs now through May 4, 2016.
Dr. Katy Nelson, nationally recognized veterinarian and host of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, will provide plenty of inspiration and education along the way through informative blog posts, live FAQ sessions with prizes, and updates on The FreshFit Challenge’s collective goal of walking 200,000 miles over four weeks.
“Nothing is more important than exercise and a proper diet for you and your pet,” says Dr. Katy Nelson. “The more we can do to help motivate pet parents to spend quality time exercising with their pets benefits all of us. We hope everyone will join us in walking our way towards better health.”
If you need a little extra motivation as you walk your way to helping others:
- Simply set a personal goal in the ResQwalk app. The first 1,000 to reach their goal will receive a Freshpet coupon.
- The more miles you walk, the more meals will be donated to Bideawee.
- Everyone who participates will automatically be entered to win one of three Freshpet Prize Packs, to include Freshpet gear, food, and more!
“We are delighted to team up with Dr. Katy Nelson and ResQWalk for the FreshFit Challenge to raise awareness and encourage action against pet obesity,” says Scott Morris, Co-founder of Freshpet. “Helping improve the health and wellbeing of our pets is at the very core of what we do.”
Freshpet has a single-minded mission – to improve the lives of dogs and cats everywhere through the power of fresh, natural food. Packed with vitamins and proteins, Freshpet foods offer fresh meats, poultry, and vegetables farmed locally. The Freshpet Kitchens then thoughtfully prepare these natural ingredients and everyday essentials, cooking them in small batches at lower temperatures to preserve key nutrients. That way, your pet gets the best. Freshpet refrigerated foods and treats are kept cool from the moment they are made until they arrive at Freshpet refrigerators in your local market.
Freshpet foods are available in select mass, grocery, natural food, club, and pet specialty retailers across the United States and Canada. From the care Freshpet takes to source their ingredients and make their food, to the moment it reaches your home, Freshpet’s integrity, transparency and social responsibility are the way they like to run their business.
To learn more, visit www.freshpet.com.
Meet Dr. Katy Nelson
Dr. Nelson is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA. as well as the host and executive producer of "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy" on Washington DC's News Channel 8 - the show airs at 11am on Saturday mornings. She’s also known as "Dr. Pawz" on Washington DC's All News Radio Station, WTOP. Read her blog onWTOP Living every Wednesday morning and catch her live in-studio every other Thursday at 12:20 pm talking about timely topics for your pets. You can also find her reporting on animal health topics forWJLA ABC 7.
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This holiday season, don't forget about your furry family members. They need gifts, too! And who could be more deserving of something special? Below I would like to share some of my favorite gift ideas for my own four-legged sweeties.
For my dog Banner:
Bravo — Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs
Bravo freeze dried raw diets offer you an outstanding combination of nutrition and convenience. There’s no need to keep them frozen, so you can serve your dog a great-tasting, nourishing meal anywhere you go. Freeze drying simply removes the water from meat and poultry while retaining every vital nutrient in its original, bioavailable form. Just mix with warm water, wait 15 minutes and serve. That’s all it takes to prepare a healthy meal your dog will simply love!
My dog, Banner loves the pork dinner. It is his favorite meal ever! http://www.bravopetfoods.com/
Look Who’s Happy — Treats
These treats are Banner's favorite! Made with USA-raised cage free chicken, Tempt’n Tenders chicken treats are crusted with yummy goodies like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and blueberries. Loaded with taste, texture and aroma that’s truly unique, they’re a joy for dogs to eat! www.LookWhosHappy.com
Barkworthies — Antler Chews
Barkworthies® Elk Antler Chews are naturally odor free and the most durable dog chews out there! The hard texture of these chews naturally scrapes away plaque and tartar while your dog chews. I gave one to Banner and he ran off with it to chew on it. I have no idea where it went after that, but I am sure Banner knows. http://www.barkworthies.com/
Here is Banner, accepting his gift.
I love this picture of Banner
For my cat, Luna:
Imperial Cat — Scratch ’n Shape
With designs available to complement any home decor, Scratch ´n Shapes products provide a very attractive and eco-friendly solution to destructive scratching. Not just a scratcher, these unique play centers are also designed for sleeping, rubbing and play! I got the hanging scratcher for Luna. I hang it close to the Christmas tree in hopes that she will use it instead of playing in the Christmas tree. She has broken many pretty bulbs so far.
The scratcher came with cat nip, and that makes Luna even crazier. http://www.imperialcat.com/
This is Luna. She looks innocent, doesn't she?
This is Luna pretending to be asleep under the Christmas tree after she broke four bulbs. She might be on Santa's naughty list this year.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Dogs are such loyal, loving and dedicated creatures. They are better friends than most of our human counterparts. Their love for us is certainly unconditional and they deserve to be treated with kindness and affection. My dog is an eight- year-old black lab named Banner. We rescued him from the pound when he was two years old. Banner became a member of our family when my son, Braxton was just a baby. Banner put up with getting his ears pulled, his eyes poked (among other things) from baby Braxton, and he never once acted out in aggression. Banner is sweet and gentle.
What better way could I thank Banner for being such an amazing dog than by rewarding him with yummy treats and super fun toys? PetFlow.com "Spoiled Rotten" Monthly Box for Dogs is a box of carefully and lovingly selected treats, snacks toys and other gifts sent monthly to your doorstep!
Introducing, PetFlow's "Spoiled Rotten" box, a monthly gift club for loving pet parents! Every month, your pet will be sent a box of amazing hand-picked treats, toys and accessories!
Disclaimer: I received a sample box to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
Imagine the finest cat food with treats and toys sent monthly to your home for your special and deserving kitty! It is kind of a way to thank that precious furball for being such a loyal friend and confidant.
If you love your cats as much as I adore mine, you will love spoiling them with their own monthly box of special surprises and goodies. PetFlow.com has created the Spoiled Rotten Monthly Gift Box.
I received a sample box to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.