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.
And here’s another way to support your local merchants: download the free dog-friendly cookbook from Kurgo, shop for ingredients at your local grocery store and get going on holiday recipes ranging from cinnamon roll-overs to puppy-love candy canes and leftover hound hash.