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Sleigh bells already? We haven’t even had our turkey yet! But Thanksgiving comes extremely late in the month this year, leaving just four weeks until Christmas. In other words, it’s time to get your woof on when it comes to selecting gifts for your pups, your DogTrekking friends and the organizations that strive all year to find homes for needy canines. Here are some ideas to ponder as you prepare for the holidays.
Best gift ever. Mike Schmid (CC)
Perhaps the nicest thing a dog-lover can do for canines in need is to help place them in loving homes. Even if you can’t take on another pet yourself, there are as many ways to help as there are displaced pups pouring through shelter and rescue
-organization doors. And many ways to make a difference are as much fun for you as they are helpful to the dogs whose lives they help change for the better. more »
Hey, that's me! David Jones (CC)
There are lots of doggone ways to show love and affection for a pet through the holiday gifts you give. For starters, almost anything can be personalized these days, from coffee cups and mouse pads to wine labels
and Christmas tree ornaments
. Your local Staples
store or camera shop
can turn your photos into personalized calendars, frame-ready collages, posters, pet bowls, dog tags and other gifts in no time. For breed-specific items ranging from hats to flags to car mats and iPhone cases, spend some browse time on DogShoppe
, whose 13,000-gift inventory can be adorned with illustrations of almost any breed, from Affenpinscher to Yorkshire terrier. more »
Ready for adventure. Richard Masoner (CC)
What’s the world look like from your dog’s point of view? Get her geared up with a GoPro
action camera, and you’ll get a whole new perspective. You’ll need a harness to do the job right. Three popular models—one from Kurgo
, one from Orvis
and one called the GoPro Fetch
—give you the option of mounting the camera on the dog’s back for an over-the-head-view, or on the chest for down-and-dirty scenarios. With any of them, you’ll have fun and at the same time gain new understanding into the visual world your dog inhabits.
But what if your fur buddy, say, disappears into the woods during an off-leash hike? Investing in a GPS tracking device isn’t a bad idea if your pup is prone to exploring. The gold-standard system is the Garmin Astro 320
, which has a range of more than a mile (around $600). more »
Do you have anything in my size? B. Hammarlund (CC)
Shopping local not only provides satisfying, hands-on experiences and the opportunity to consult with experts; it’s also good for your community.
Most Northern California cities and towns have at least one dog boutique or bakery where DogTrekkers and their best friends can be dazzled by colorful arrays of beds, toys, sweaters, homemade treats and irresistible dog-themed accessories. (During the holidays, look for velvet ruffs and headwear, canine gift stockings and personalized paw-print ornaments to make an appearance in both big-box stores and pet boutiques.) Dogtrekker.com’s shopping listings include hundreds of outlets
, and it’s easy to search for one in your local community. If you live in the Bay Area, another good source is SFMade
, whose pet listings
include a variety of makers and sellers of pet products. more »