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Home for the Holidays Gift Guide

The weather outside may be frightful, but these products for the home will ensure your season is quite delightful. From dog beds to blankets, tasty treats to plush toys, we’ve dug up everything you need to enjoy the holidays with your family, two- and four-legged alike.


All dogs need their own blanket. Dogs find comfort in places they associate with the coziness of a den. They can paw, nuzzle, and rearrange a blanket to create a comfortable nest and secure sleep space.

Tall Tails (blanket pictured above) wants to provide that comforting security to all dogs, whether at home, on-the-go, and especially those in animal shelters and foster homes. Through December 31st, in partnership with Independent Pet Partners (IPP), Tall Tails will donate a blanket to a local animal shelter. The program is simple, go into any IPP store, buy a Tall Tails Blanket, and Tall Tails will donate a blanket to a local animal shelter, with the goal of donating 5,000 blankets to animal shelters across the country.

Pair your pup’s blanket with a plush chew toy — we love Tall Tails’ Buffalo plush toy with a squeaker (pictured below). Blankets and toys can be purchased at

Cover it up. West Paw’s Big Sky Blanket (pictured below, right) gets comfortably in the middle of dogs and dirt. This dog blanket is perfect thrown on couches, chairs, or car interiors to keep them clean from dander, dirt, and drool. Made with smooth faux suede on one side and a soft fleece fabric on the other. Gets softer wash after wash. Speaking of soft, fashionable Fidos will love Harry Barker’s stylish sweater. With a ribbed turtleneck and sophisticated pattern, your preppy pup will look dashing from fireside snuggles to chilly winter walks. Follow up with a bit of kibble served up in a Harry Barker Cape Cod ceramic bowl or  West Paw no slip bowl  (pictured below, left).

Party time. Serve up some tasty treats with these Festival Pets oven mitts at the Animal Rescue Site — with proceeds going to fund food and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries.

Serve it up in style. If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we love to spoil our pups and what better way to spoil them than with a barkuterie…er…charcuterie board designed just for dogs? Whether hosting a birthday pawty or celebrating the howlidays, your dog and doggy friends will drool for their own barkuterie board. Learn how to create your own here, starting with this this paw-shaped, bamboo cutting board from Totally Bamboo.

Play time. When you have kids, whether they are two- or four-legged, waking up to toys under the tree is a must. Harry Barker’s plush dog toys are perfect, with pet friendly eco-fiberfill that is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Incredibly soft, their new, nature-inspired designs are sure to captivate your pup. Pictured here is their dapper penguin, teddy bear, hide and seek mushroom, fox and hedgehog toys, gathered together in Harry Barker’s new Speckled Toy Bin.

We LOVE these ornaments from Old World Christmas (below, right). This hanging glass keepsake ornament is paw-fect for decorating your Christmas tree. It is crafted using a carefully mouth-blown glass mold that’s filled with liquid silver. Each ornament is then hand painted to paw-fection for your special celebration. Choose from a variety of cute styles and breeds.

Pullers, chewers, and escape artists: meet your match with this leash from Puppernut. This heavy-duty leash will keep your pup under control and in style. Constructed with premium rock climbing rope and professional-grade screw locking carabiners, this leash can handle up to 8.5kn (over 1900 lbs) of force! The perfect gift for the outdoorsy dog parent! Pair it with a Dooloop dog waste carrier. Scoop the poop, knot and loop. Bags slip easily on and off, leaving your hands free and your pockets empty.

Happy howlidays. We wish you and your family — two- and four-legged — a very merry Christmas and happy new year. We also want to thank Rachel Putter Lazar and her family for letting us invade their home for the above photo shoot. Speaking of photo shoots, pictured here is Rachel’s daughter Sam whom we featured 14 years ago in the Winter 2007 issue of CityDog Magazine. My, how time flies!

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About the Author

Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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