Christmas. While usually just thinking about this holiday and the onslaught of presents sends me into a flurry of tail wags and tapping paws. The humans say I’m selfish for only caring about what’s given to me, and while that is very, very true, I’ve decided that for this years gift guide, not only will I show you that you can spoil your dog (and maybe you) with all the presents his or her selfish heart desires, but also do some good in the process. Each company and products that I feature donate a portion or the entirety of their profits to a pet-based charity.
During this time of the year, humans start looking ahead to the future by purchasing calendars for the upcoming year. Many animal shelters and rescue organizations jump on the bandwagon and release calendars featuring shelter alumni or just shelter supporter’s pets.
The Humane Society of Knox County, a local shelter where my kitty brother Harry came from, has released their own calendar. You can purchase your own for $10 and be assured that all the money goes right back into the shelter to help the animals currently in their care.
Every dog needs a nice collar; something that’s bold and shows off their personality. Fifi Run may just fit the bill. Fifi Run makes edgy but incredibly chic collars with a little bit of an electric 80s feel. The What Would Lassie Do? Collar happens to be my personal favorite (what dog doesn’t emulate Lassie and her heroism?). And the best part? Fifi Run chooses a different dog charity each month to donate 10% of their proceeds to.
My love for Mutt Nose Best is very well known (and no, it’s not just because I’m the face of their new shampoo scent). Mutt Nose is a Maine based company that uses human grade ingredients (most locally sourced) to make some of the yummiest smelling dog shampoos, conditioners, eau de toilettes, nose balm, and ear and eye wipes. They’ve currently released a special edition holiday scent, U Puppermint Puppy that will make your pooch smell like a warm mug of peppermint hot chocolate. Each month, Mutt Nose choose one pet based charity to promote and raise funds for (you can read more about last month’s charity here).
Keeping your dog safe is a top priority for dog owners. Do it in style with another of my favorite products, a blanketID! BlanketID tags are made to help you find your dog in case they are lost not only from them wearing the tag, but also through online support, including emails to local blanketID members and local animal related businesses like hospitals, shelters, and SPCAs. Plus, if someone finds your dog, they only have to type in the code found on the back to find all of your dogs information like your phone number, address, your dog’s allergies, and more. Try fitting that on any other tag! Plus, every time a tag is registered and membership purchased, blanketID puts money into their Blanket Fund to help animals in need (you can see the animals they have helped here). Over 15% of blanketIDs profits go into their Blanket Fund.
Treats are always a doggy crowd pleaser when they are found under the Christmas tree. Some of my favorite treats (though honestly, I don’t really have any non-favorite treats) are Zuke’s Mini Naturals in peanut butter. They are soft little nibblets that are perfect for a training session or to stuff in a toy like a Busy Buddy or Kong Canine Genius. I would rather I just receive them by the handful, but mom usually makes me work for them. The human brains behind Zuke’s decided to start a fund called the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund) in honor of their dogs Oly and Zuke who passed away from cancer.Every year, Zuke’s donates a large percentage of their profits to the DCCFund. Last year alone they donated over $40,000. You can see some of the pets the fund has help here.
No hip pooch is complete without the gift of a leash from a certain fat, red suited jolly human. One of the neatest leash companies around is Found My Animal. All the leashes are hand made is New England by professional rope makers and some are even made from recycled bottles. The bright orange Rescue Leash is not only fabulously colorful, but it’s also made to promote pet adoption (orange is the official color for animal protection awareness).As Found My Animal’s mission is to raise awareness about animal adoption, they donate a fair amount of their profits to different pet-based charities. For example, last Saturday during an event for Rational Animal, for every purchase of a Rescue Leash, Found donated $5 to Rational Animal. You can see more of their charitable work and donations here.
And finally, as a little treat to you humans with a sweet tooth, is Rescue Chocolate. Rescue Chocolate is, as their website states “the sweetest way to save a life.” 100% of the net profits from each of the vegan, kosher, and USA made sweets sold goes to a different animal rescue organization each month. The organization being helped during December is the Animal Farm Foundation. If that doesn’t tempt you into buying, than maybe the funky flavors and inventive names will. What human can turn down a mint and dark chocolate candy bar called Foster-iffic Peppermint? Now remember, these are human-only treats. No dog consumption allowed!
I hope my gift ideas have inspired you to not only gift your friends and furry family members a little something special, but also to think charitably this holiday season.
Happy tail wags!
First I would like to thank everyone who commented on my blog to wish me a Merry Christmas. The humans and I are just coming around from the post-holiday stupor and over-eating (though I still attest that I did not eat that piece of bacon my gramp just happened to drop on the floor when I was walking by; it just disappeared!) so I haven’t been being a very attentive blog-dog. But here I am and ready to share the wonderful spoils the humans and Santa Paws left for me under the Christmas tree.
My very first Christmas gift came from my lovely not-related aunt Angelica. She has always been worried that I would catch a chill from how cold my humans keep our apartment. So, to make sure I stay toasty warm, especially when I have to make the tail-freezing pee runs during the very cold Maine winters, Angelica made me a hooded snow suit! It’s fleecy, warm, and features owls, one of my mom’s favorite creatures (after me and the kitties of course). Thank goodness I got the snow suit too as it came in quite handy during the snow storm we experienced over the weekend. It has made going outside in the cold much more bearable.
The second set of gifts came from Santa Paws (who I think shops at The Loyal Biscuit) and my mom. Santa Paws must have been paying attention when I made my Wooftastic Gift Guide as he bought me the Chilly Dog Monkey Sweater I’ve had my pretty little puppy eyes on. It’s thick, warm, and oh so adorable! The Santa Paws squeaky was given to me by my mom who made it for me. She also gave one to my buddy Leo. It’s quite fun to chew on, though I wish he had parts I could chew off. I guess my mom made sure that wouldn’t happen when she made him.
I also got a couple of bags of treats from my aunty, Gram and Gramp, as well as a really yummy can of Merrick’s Venison Holiday Stew to have as a special holiday dinner. My nanny said something about paying for me to have a bath at the Biscuit which would be my gift. I kind of hope she’s kidding, but since it made my mom happy, I may just have to accept it with a tail-wag.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season as well! I’m slightly sad that it is over, but really I’ve been too busy playing with, wearing and eating my presents to really think about it.
Happy tail wags!
(This is a repost from last Christmas because it was just so nice of my mom to write for me, I had to post it again!)
Twas the night before Christmas, when sleep did at last win.
Not a creature was stirring, not even Gracie Lynn.
Our stockings were hung down the staircase with care,
In hopes that Santa Paws soon would be there.
Harry was nestled all snug in Nan’s bed
Mom in her pj’s and me in mine too
Had just drifted off as the winter snow blew.
When out on the street there arose such a clatter
I leaped from the bed to see what was the matter.
Quick to the window I ran with great speed
But not to wake mom, I tried with great heed.
The streetlights did cast a pretty white glow
On all of the glittering and shiny new snow.
But an itty bitty sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old human, who flew without pause.
I knew in a moment it must be Santa Paws.
Much faster than greyhounds his reindeer they came,
He whistled and shouted and called them by name!
I would tell you what he shouted as he did fly
But as hard as I could, and I really did try,
I could not hear what Santa Paws yelled out
But something about Blitzen I knew without doubt.
The reindeer flew fast as the winter snowflakes fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So down to the frozen lawn the reindeer flew,
With a sleigh full of dog treats and Santa Paws too.
And then, in a shuffle, I heard at the door
Santa Paw’s boots on the porch’s wood floor.
As I trotted to the hall and was looking around
He was dressed in red from his head to his toes
Never before had I seen such bright clothes.
There was a sack of dog treats slung on his back
I started to wish Santa would give me a snack.
His eyes how they twinkled, his face how merry!
I wished to lick his nose that was red like a berry.
His cheeks were lit up in a cheery sweet smile.
I wanted him to stay and pet me awhile.
A pair of small glasses were perched on his nose
Made me wonder how they don’t fog up when it snows.
Especially when Santa Paws is at the North Pole
Deciding who gets presents and who gets coal.
He was chubby and plump, the man likes his treats
My tummy growled thinking of all of those sweets.
A wink of his eye and a pat on the head
Soon gave me to know there was nothing to dread.
He said not a word, but went quick to his work
Filling all of the stockings, he turned with a jerk.
He gave me a Snook that was tied with a bow
And then out the door he went into the snow.
He jumped into his sleigh, to his deer gave a shout
And away they all flew to continue their route.
But I heard him exclaim before he flew out of sight:
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!”
It was incredibly hard for me to keep from drooling while making this list. Food is almost as important to me as making sure the humans find the absolutely perfect spot to itch me. My belly is the thing that often makes my decisions for me, so obviously I’ve sampled my fair share of goodies. After much diligent and exhaustive research, I have compiled a perfect list of treats that any pup would be delighted to have in their stocking.
First up, Zukes’ Z-Filets in Premium Chicken. Made from chicken sourced in the United States, rice flour, maple syrup, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt, the Z-Filets are perfect for any size dog as they can be easily torn into smaller pieces. I very rarely get a full piece, much to my displeasure. The Z-Filets come in two other flavors as well; Basted Beef and Prime Venison. The chicken just happens to be my favorite as I will do anything for a little nibble of chicken.
Some of the best treats that I’ve had are those made through freeze-drying. One specific freeze-dried treat that I just can’t get enough of are the Etta Says! Freeze Dried Lamb Liver.
These liver treats just have one ingredient, lamb liver. That’s it! So they’re perfect if you’re looking for a treat for your pup that doesn’t have any extra ingredients. And they are just melt on your tongue delicious to boot!
Another single ingredient treat that will make your dog’s tail wag is The Honest Kitchen’s Wishes.
As I’ve written about before, Wishes are dehydrated Haddock filets sourced from Iceland. What’s great about Wishes is that they aren’t just dog-only (though in this house they are), cats can enjoy them too!
The last, but certainly and in no way least of the treats on my gift guide are Biscuit by Lambchops’ Choppers.
Choppers are the perfect treats for those pups who have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies. They are made fresh to order and are heat sealed to keep in that just from the oven freshness. When I tried my first ever Chopper, I almost had to fight it out of my mom’s hand as its smell was so tantalizing she almost took a bite.
All this gift idea listing thing is making me a wee bit peckish. Again, if I left any really pawesome treats out of my list, please leave your suggestion in the comments.
Happy tail wags!
Update: The wonderful Annette and Biscuits by Lambchop’s official Spokes-dog Starlet have extended a 10% off coupon code to all my readers! All you have to do is enter “Prudence10” at checkout. This offer is good until the end of the month. Thanks Biscuits by Lampchop’s crew!
It’s that time of the year again. Time to drag a living tree inside, time the watch the humans drive themselves crazy with running here and there to this party and that, and time for presents! Presents are very, very important, especially to those selfish little dogs like me. I have already submitted my list (okay, more like a book) to Santa Paws featuring all my most wanted items. Obviously I have to share my “Prudence Approved” gifts with my friends in hopes they get inspired to buy for their own pups, but since there are so many, I will be splitting the list up into different sections. Today it’s one of my all time favorite things (now I sound like that Oprah human); CLOTHES!
Made of organic cotton velour, the Gift Hoodie features a really adorable embroidered snowflake along the body and the sleeve. I am quite partial to the chocolate color, but the lavender is equally appealing. My second favorite Eco-Pup item that I have yet to add to my ever expanding wardrobe is the City Coat. It is incredibly chic!
Something I have been urging my mom to buy me for Christmas is a Chilly Dog Sweater. Ever since sniffing out the Aloha Sweater at The Loyal Biscuit, I have been quite infatuated with their adorable sweaters. My favorite one, and what I’ve been asking for from both the humans and Santa Paws, is the Monkey Hoodie.
The Monkey Hoodie is just cheeky enough to be adorable, but not too adorable to be sickening. Plus I just love the fact that there are ears on the hood! All of the Chilly Dog Sweaters are made from mostly free-range sheep wool that is chemical free, natural dyes, and are completely hand-knit.
This sweater dress is frilly, but it’s hardy enough to keep a pup warm on a chilly day. The Pup’s Pinafore would also make the perfect Christmas dress for some lucky pup.
Last but certainly not least is all the cl0thing at my mom and not-related aunt Angelica’s shop The Smiling Frog Pets.
Angelica and my mom spend a lot of time making sure their products are sturdily made and they try to upcycle as many materials as possible. Plus there clothes are just so darn adorable. I’m lucky enough to usually get the prototype of most of my mom’s made-to-order items (Leo get’s his mom’s), but sometimes there are one-of-a-kind items that I really wish I could have. While the shipping date for international items has passed, the US shipping date is the 18th, so there is still time to order.
Hope this helped spur up some ideas. If I missed any great dog clothing items that really should have been in this post, please leave a comment. Stay tuned tomorrow for my yummy treats gift guide!
Happy tail wags!
I was very much the spoiled pup on Christmas. It made my tail wiggle extra hard when I woke up and my stocking was full of goodies from Santa Paws. I got everything I asked for!
I also got really amazing presents from my family and friends. Angelica and Leo made me a cute navy blue hoodie with an anchor on the back.
GG and Gramp got me a couple of cow’s tails that I ate right up. Nanny and Payton bought me this thing called a Snuggie. Everyone laughed when I unwrapped it, but I don’t know what was so funny. Mom got me a really fun toy from Planet Dog called the Orbee-Tuff Ball. It’s really fun to play tug with. The sweetest present of all was a hand made squeaky toy my mom made for me. It’s a fun little penguin who has a really loud squeak.
Happy tail wags!
Christmas is quickly approaching, but what to do if you still need to buy something for that special pup or kitty in your life? Well, dear human, I have put together a list of very cute last minute gifts just for that reason. Most are just ideas to get your shopping juices flowing because, as mom informed me, the last shipping day for Christmas was Thursday. It can also inspire you for next year!
For those pups that haven’t been up to Santa Paw’s nice standard, there is a really cute toy called the Bag of Coal. Each bag contains five plushy lumps of coal, some with squeakers, some without.
For the very inquisitive and intelligent pups there is a Hide A Toy gingerbread house by The Kyjen Company to keep curious minds busy. You hide the gingerbread man, the cube, and the bone in the house and your pup has to figure out how to get them out.
One of my new favorite places to shop is called Planet Dog. My mom recently went to one of their stores and picked me up some Christmas goodies. I hope one of the things she got was the Orbee-Tuff Mint. It’s a rubbery chew toy that is bouncy and fun to gnaw on. Best of all, for you humans at least, it is mint flavored so it helps combat sticky dog breath. What about something warm to keep the chilly winter weather away from you pup. The Smiling Frog currently has the cutest fleecy shirt for sale called the I Heart You Fleece. You can order anything from The Smiling Frog and have it arrive for Christmas until the 21st!
Happy tail wags!
Dear Santa Paws,
I hope you’re staying warm way up North. It gets awfully cold here, so I can’t even imagine how it is on the North Pole. Maybe Mrs. Paws has knitted you a nice sweater to keep you warm. That would be very nice of her.
I have a very short list of things I would like for Christmas. Mom says you have tons of little elves that help you make all the presents. That’s handy. I wish I had my own elves so I could make them do things like stop Gracie Lynn from meowing in the middle of the night and waking me up. Hey, maybe you could spare me a couple of elves!
Anyway, the collar that I am wearing is a bit worn out so I would be very grateful if you could get me a new one. There is a very cute one from The Mod Dog that I have had my eye on.
I would also really like some new treats. I like the ones I have, but a pup likes a little variation in her life. Maybe Mrs. Paws could whip some up for me. I really like peanut butter, sweet potato, cheese, and chicken, but not necessarily all together. Well, I’ve never had them all together, so I could very well like that combination.
The final thing on my list is to get extra hugs and kisses on Christmas. I do love attention! Of course that is a very hard thing to wrap, so maybe you could just tell my family to really spoil me. That would be very nice.
Good luck on your journey to all the good little puppies. I will leave you a yummy biscuit on the table so you don’t get too hungry on your travels.