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Holiday Gift List For Every Four-Legged Family Member


Pet Holiday Gift List

What to give your favorite four-legged friends.

By Stacy Mantle


When it comes to the holidays, we all want the best for our pets. I spend the year looking for well-designed gifts that will last—and are from companies that participate in programs to benefit nonprofit organizations. If you’re looking for a gift for your dogs or cats, these are a few of my holiday picks for 2014.

For the Dogs on Your Holiday List

Ruffwear K9 Overcoat

Ruffwear-K-9-OvercoatOnce again, Ruffwear proves it is the king of outdoor wear for dogs. The redesigned K9 Overcoat is great for any climate and the durable material allows it to stand up to even the most active dog. Wind- and water-resistant outer fabric keeps the elements out, while interior fleece layer keeps body heat in. Ruffwear’s Donation Program provides product donations to organizations and events that support outdoor spaces where wildlife thrives and people and dogs recreate

Pricing begins at $65


Clear Conscience Pets Sliders

Sliders® are formulated with meat content and ultra-low carbohydrates and are free of all chemical preservatives, including glycerins and glycols. These treats make the perfect stocking stuffer for any sized dog. Clear Conscience Pet actively supports The Potcake Foundation and the Turks and Caicos SPCA (TCSPCA) and a variety of local animal shelters.

UpCountryHolidayCollarsUpCountry Collars

Perfect for a night walking with carolers. UpCountry collars come in more than 100 beautiful designs and the company offers matching leads and harnesses to complete the look. Made in the USA THE holiday collection features everything from sweaters to treats. Each year during the holiday season at Up Country, employees collect money for donation to a nonprofit organization. Up Country generously matches the total raised and the company actively participates in fundraisers for a variety of organizations.

Prices vary, but most collars begin at $20

Pogo-PlushPetSafePetSafe Pogo Plush Toys

Looking for a toy that will hold up to the heaviest chewer? PetSafe offers PogoPlush toys that come complete with a migrating squeaker and an inner cage under the plush covering dogs love. Great for any size, this toy can last much longer than your standard plush toys. PetSafe plays a lead role in helping pets become respected citizens and actively participates in community initiatives to create dog parks, as well as offering tuition assistance and supporting pet-friendly communities.

Prices begin at $12.99


Orvis Pet Ornaments and Water Trapper Mats

Orvis offers an extensive line of high-quality holiday items that any dog or cat owner will love, including pet-themed ornaments, durable water-trapper tree mats, and much more. Orvis partners with customers to help the PetFinder Foundation in its mission to support rescue shelters. Orvis will match every donation dollar for dollar up to $30,000 for a total contribution of $60,000.

For the Cats in Your Life

NekoTelescopingRodNekoFlies BirBug Telescoping Rod

NekoFlies brings a unique twist to the wand toy. This gliding toy features a design that will entice even the most unresponsive cat, and its telescoping rod makes it the perfect selection for playtime in the largest of rooms or the tiniest of spaces. NekoFlies regularly donates products to shelters.

Ultimate-BlendFrom the Field Silvervine & Catnip

Silver vine is the new herb for cats who don’t generally respond to catnip. Naturally grown in Malaysia, this natural herb can give your cat a euphoric response even if she doesn’t normally respond to catnip or valerian root. Sprinkle a pinch of From the Field’s Ultimate Blend of silver vine and catnip on your cat’s favorite toy or bed, and watch the magic. Protecting the planet was the inspiration for the From the Field line of products. The company works to protect the earth from deforestation and pollution by using eco-friendly products and supporting key .


Eco Cater Pillar Toy

This all-natural toy is perfect for cats who love to play. Each colorful body part is made of organic wool and sewn together with hemp twine. The natural lanolin aroma appeals to any cat and the toy can be hand-washed. As a bonus, the wool components are handmade by women in Nepal as part of the Fair Trade program, and every purchase helps support families who are involved with Snow Leopard Preservation programs.

Licks4CatsLicks for Cats

The perfect stocking stuffer comes in the form of a supplement. Individually packaged to ensure proper dosage, LICKS® offers an extensive line of products, each formulated to focus on resolving specific health and behavior conditions. (I recommend the ZEN™ formula as a calming aid to keep anxious, stressed-out or aggressive cats calm during the holidays). LICKS Liquid Vitamins contributes 5 percent of revenue to charitable organizations.

About the Author: Stacy Mantle is the founder of and the bestselling author of “Shepherd’s Moon.” Learn more great tips for living with animals by visiting or get to know a little more about the author at

Exciting New Products for Dogs and Cats


Fun, Practical and Just Plain Cool Pet Products

LovingBowl-foodThe Loving Bowl, with its over-sized feeding area, provides an always- exposed slope or ridge that pets will quickly learn to use. Flat-faced breeds will no longer have to chase their food around a dish, but will instinctively use the sides of the bowl to help them grasp morsels of food. It makes a great water bowl, too; the interior slope allows your pet to get more water with less effort.




BabyBionicBionic Pet Products Baby Bionic toy line is designed for teething puppies and small chewers. The toys are made with a unique rubber material that is soft and chewy but durable enough to last a very long time. The line includes the Baby Toss N Tug, Baby Ball and Baby Bone, which are available in purple or yellow. The company chose easy-to-see colors that are attractive to puppies’ developing eyes.




Twigo Pet ID Tags require no engraving and are instantly personalize-able with a ballpoint pen—simply write on the back of the tag, boil it and then use it. The tag’s slip-loop makes it simple to attach securely to your pet’s collar. In addition, Twigo tags are completely silent—ideal for those who dislike a metal tag’s jingling noise. Designed for both dogs and cats, the lightweight and easy-to-clean tags are available in four fun styles that come in three colors each.





Pet-ZoneCatTunnelThe new Pet Zone Pounce House Cat Tunnel combines a feline’s favorite pastimes of curling up to take a snooze or being active in running, pouncing and chasing.  It is also portable and collapsible for easy storage. Measuring 60-in. long and 10-in. wide, the cat tunnel provides a snuggly space for hiding and a peephole for quick getaways. The vinyl tunnel has bright colors and great durability for cats who play enthusiastically.




The Soggy Doggy Doormat® sucks water and dirt off paws as the dog walks over it. Made with a super-absorbent, durable microfiber material, it absorbs up to five-times more water and dirt than a typical doormat or cotton towel. The fabric is velvety-soft, remains odor and bacteria-free, and is machine-washable. And, new for the holiday season, the doormats are available in two festive colors: cranberry and evergreen.





Cat Dice™ from the Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate®  feature  are a fun, interactive cat toys that feature Irregular shapes, causing unpredictable bounces that keep cats engaged. Just toss and bounce, or fill them with treats to create a puzzle treat toy. You can also pair the dice with additional toys for enhanced play. Made of nylon and catnip, the toys come in variety of shapes and colors in packs of two or three.






The new flexi Vario leash system offers flexibility, security and comfort for your dog and you. The system’s accessories attach conveniently to the leash and include LED lighting and a MultiBox to hold treats and waste bags. Available options include an LED Flash Belt, a Duo Belt for walking two dogs from one leash and a Soft Stop Belt to stop gently and quickly a dog without jolting. The leash system comes in four different sizes—XS, SM, M, L—and six colors.



PawPodsThe new Heart Pod urn from Paw Pods expands on the company’s line of products that give owners meaningful ways to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Constructed of 100 percent biodegradable, all-natural materials such as bamboo and rice husk, the Heart Pod includes a sympathy card and seeded leaf that can be planted with the beloved pet and will bloom beautiful wildflowers year-after-year as a living memorial.

Must-Have Pet Products


Accessories for Your Dog(s) and Cat(s)


HiLo-FeederHelp ensure your pet maintains good posture while eating with the New Age Pet Habitat ‘n Home HiLo Diner. It elevates two stainless-steel bowls several inches off the floor so dogs (and cats) don’t have to arch their necks as much. It’s made from ecoFLEX, a patented blend of recycled polymers and wood byproducts, which offers a long lifecycle and weather-resistance. Available in three sizes and two colors, the stainless-steel dog bowls are included.


PLAYsnugglebedSnuggle Beds from P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle and You) feature plush, luxurious velvet on one side and smooth and sturdy canvas on the other. Perfect for all seasons; the cotton-mix canvas is breathable and light for summer, and the velvet keeps pets warm and snug in winter. The beds can be molded into multiple different styles (flat, “cup” or “cave-like”) for ultimate versatility. Snuggle Beds come in two sizes, small and large, and three styles: Truffle Brown, Husky Gray and Charcoal Gray.




The Bark Genie™ Handheld Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent from First Alert is designed to minimize excessive barking. The device releases a pet-friendly ultrasonic sound (one that humans can’t hear) with the press of a button to curb barking and other unwanted behavior. It’s a small device akin to a remote control that’s effective from up to 15-feet away, making it convenient for at-home and on-the-go training.




earthbath’s Hypo-Allergenic Cat Shampoo is formulated for cats who may have sensitive skin or allergies. The ultra-mild shampoo is pH-balanced to be especially gentle for even the most sensitive cats and contains natural conditioners and aloe vera to soften the coat, remoisturize the skin and provide brilliance and shine, the company reports. Its fragrance- free nature can also be of special importance in multi-cat households where scent can sometimes lead to feline confrontations.




KyjenSloBowlMiniNow you can make feeding fun and healthy for smaller dogs with the Slo-Bowl Mini from Kyjen. The unique nature-inspired designs allow dogs to eat at a natural pace while lengthening mealtimes and preventing canine bloat. The bowl exceeds food-safety standards with BPA, PVC and phthalate-free construction, the company reports. Designed to stay in place via a non-skid rubber base; the Slo-Bowl Mini holds up to 2 cups of dry dog food.




OurPets Corknip cat toys feature a proprietary material made from North-American-grown premium catnip and natural cork. The toys are specially designed for pet owners who enjoy giving loose catnip to their cats, but dislike cleaning up the scattered mess. The tempting, soft texture of the cork mixed with the catnip gives cats an intoxicating surface they’ll love sinking their teeth and claws into. Corknip toys come in a variety of forms, including wands (with and without feathers and bat-able balls and wobblers.



StewartFreezeDriedFoodStewart® by MiracleCorp’s Raw Naturals™ Freeze Dried Dog Food is made in the USA with human-grade, wholesome ingredients, including single or limited source protein, fruits, vegetables and other natural ingredients, according to the company. The food is grain and gluten-free, cold process pasteurized using HPP, a non-thermal process that destroys harmful bacterial and pathogens for added safety. It is available in a variety of all-natural “fresh-to-home” recipes including beef, chicken, turkey, bison, lamb and chicken & salmon.

Fun & Practical Pet Products


An Assortment of Must-have Items for Dogs & Cats

PullerbyCollarPuller, a new training toy from Collar, is designed to actively engage dogs and provide enough exercise in just 15 to 20 minutes to keep them happy and healthy. Made of lightweight, odorless polymer, the rings are soft to the bite yet strong enough to withstand daily use—and they float. Puller is available in two sizes: small and large.





New from the Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate, Go Fish™ is an interactive toy that encourages cats to work for their food. Simply sprinkle cat kibble or treats among the tails and watch as they fish them into the trough. The silicon tails rotate easily to continuously change the puzzle to up the challenge and are removable for cleaning. The round tray features a melamine base with rubber feet to limit excess movement and is dishwasher safe.





Planet Dog has added a new crop of Carrots to its Orbee-Tuff® Produce dog toy line. The new Carrot joins the rest of the Produce collection—the Raspberry, Strawberry, Artichoke, and Eggplant. These durable toys are made in the USA and are doggie-durable, buoyant, bouncy, minty, recyclable, non-toxic and 100 percent guaranteed. As with the rest of the Produce line, the Carrot features a Treat-Spot® perfect for stuffing with tasty morsels for a well-balanced diet.



The Fish Wobble Cat Toy from the kathy ireland® Loved Ones Collection by Worldwise was created to draw your cat’s attention with everything she loves: catnip, feathers and unpredictable movements. The well-constructed toy is 2.75 x 3.75 x 4 inches in size and features a blue chevron design.






MiracleCare®QuickFinder® nail clippers now come in cool, vibrant colors: blue, purple and green. Featuring QuickSensor technology and a convenient on/off switch, the electronic clippers are fast, safe and easy-to-use. Designed for cats, small and medium size dogs, the clippersafely takes the fear out of nail clipping and projects a green light to let you know when it is safe to clip, yellow for caution, and red when it is not safe to clip by detecting the nail quick.


WetNozMelanineBowlsThese handsome Melamine Bowls from the Wetnoz Collection by Petmate are based on the collection’s popular stainless-steel designs. Dishwasher safe and featuring a no-skid bottom, the bowls are ideal for cats and small dogs. They are available in Wetnoz bold basic colors: indigo, hibiscus, pear, sun, snow and night.




SynergyLabs’ Dental Fresh® has reformulated four of its additive solutions to better focus on different oral care needs. Puppy features an all-new, safe and gentle formula that protects and strengthens a puppy’s developing teeth and young gums. Advanced Plaque & Tartar reduces plaque and tartar build-up around the teeth and gums plus protects against the advancement of moderate to severe periodontal issues when used as part of a daily oral health care regimen. Advanced Whitening reduces surface stains, reverses discoloration and eliminates bad breath odor when used daily. Enhanced Flavor for Cats has an improved feline-specific formula with a delicious new flavor to aid in the removal of plaque and tartar build-up. And, the Original Formula protects teeth and gums, and restores fresh breath.

Cool Products for Dogs


Products for Your Canine Companions


Unwanted barking can be stressful to owners and bothersome for neighbors. One solution to this dilemma is the First Alert Bark Genie Automatic Ultrasonic Bark Deterrent. When barking occurs, the device emits a high-pitched sound, stopping the barking within seconds. Effective up to 50-feet away, the device can be used both indoors and outdoors and can be mounted to a wall, fence, post or tree. It can be used with most breeds, and the level of sound sensitivity is adjustable to three levels based on the distance between the dog and the deterrent.



The Orbee-Tuff® Diamond Plate Double-Tuff® with Treat Spot® from Planet Dog is made from doggie-durable, bouncy, buoyant and mint-scented Orbee-Tuff® material. Its asymmetrical “doubled” design makes for unpredictable bounces, which can add to a dog’s mental stimulation. The “diamond-plate” design is extra durable for even most aggressive chewers. And, the toy’s innovative design includes a uniquely reinforced Treat Spot that allows for interactive fun. The toy is available in three sizes and three colors, and like all toys made with the Orbee-Tuff compound, it is made in the USA, non-toxic, recyclable and 100 percent guaranteed.


ecoflex Inn Place Crate

ecoFlex InnPlace End Table Pet Crates from New Age Pet feature stainless-steel bars to prevent dogs from chewing and a removable table top for easy cleaning. The crates are made of moisture-resistant ecoFLEX material, making spills and accidents easy to wipe clean, and are backed by a 10-year manufacturer warranty. They are easy to assemble—no tools required—and are available in Chestnut and Espresso colors to match any home’s décor.



Petmate's Lightplay Line

Do you get home too late for an evening’s game of fetch? Then you need to check out Petmate’s new Lightplay line of toys. The durable, high-visibility, glow-in-the-dark toys feature 3D print fabric and fast-charging Max Glow™ rubber that charges under a bright light in less than 10 minutes for up to 30 minutes of early morning or nighttime play.  Available beginning Fall 2014, the line offers a glowing twist on nine of Chuckit!’s most popular dog play products including the Chuckit! Glow-in-the-Dark Launcher, which pairs with the durable Chuckit! Max Glow Ball; the Chuckit! Max Glow Kick Fetch available in two sizes; and the Chuckit! Max Glow Roller.


P.L.A.Y. Outdoor Bed Collection

P.L.A.Y.—Pet Lifestyle and You’s new Outdoor Bed Collection provides stylish comfort for your dog(s), while introducing an extra pop of color to your outdoor living area—e.g., deck, garden, gazebo or poolside. The collection’s TUV-certified, waterproof and UV-resistant fabric Is designed to prevent any water seepage and discoloration. The removable covers and inserts are machine washable and dryable. The beds are filled with P.L.A.Y.’s signature soft PlanetFill™ and are available in three colors.


Petmate Heggies

Your dog’s favorite plush toy just got cuter. Heggies are soft and cuddly hedgehogs dressed in classic character costumes. Featuring a grunting sound that drives dogs wild the toys are available in Farmer, Fisherman, Army, Chef, Winter and Super Heggie™ characters. And coming this October, Holiday Heggies will be available in Vampire, Frankenstein and Mummy costumes for Halloween, and Santa, Reindeer and Snowman for Christmas.

Top 8 Toy Presents for Dogs


Dogs Can Expect Plenty of Cheer this Holiday Season

Top 8 Gifts for Dogs in 2013

By Stacy Mantle

Don’t forget to buy your canine companions presents this holiday season.

According to a poll from, just over half of American pet owners will buy gifts for their pets this holiday season and they’ll spend an average of $46 doing so. Toys and treats top the list as favorite pet gifts, but new bedding, clothing, leashes or harnesses and grooming products make up 12 percent of Santa Paws’ gift list.

Here’s a look at our holiday favorite gifts and stocking stuffers this year.

Dog Harness - Great Holiday Present for Dogs

Wacky Paws Travel Harnesses

1. Wacky Paws Travel Harnesses
When it comes to traveling with pets, you want something colorful and lightweight. This harness comes with a detachable pouch for easy storage of keys, phone and doggy bags while on your walk. They range in size from extra small to extra large and make the perfect harness for active pets. You can choose from light pink, deep pink, green, and blue. MSRP: $39.99 – $54.99

Dog Treat Presents for the Holidays

Honest Kitchen Treats

2. Honest Kitchen Treats
Have your pets been extra good this year? Treat them with a festive, limited-edition container of Holiday Quickies! These one-ingredient treats feature dehydrated haddock, making them grain-free with no fillers or by-products. These healthy treats make the perfect stocking-stuffer for dogs who deserve the purest, most delicious treats this holiday season. MSRP: $9.99

Dog Tote Bag - Holiday Presents

Sherpa Park Tote – Dog Tote Bag

3. Sherpa Park Tote
Fashion meets function for pets on the go. This stylish carrier unfolds into a blanket for lounging on the grass with your pup. Lined with cozy faux lambskin, the carrier also features a side window with privacy flap. Pets can enter from the side or the top with easy zippered access. The entire carrier is machine washable for easy cleaning on the go. MSRP: $54.99-69.99

Dog Bowl Present for the Holiday Season

Top 8 Dog Presents – Loving Pets Milano Dog Bowls™

4. Loving Pets
Every dog should receive a new set of bowls this holiday season, and Loving Pets has a large selection of colors and designs to fit any personality. Milano Bowls™ are dishwasher-safe, resistant-to-bacteria and veterinary-recommended. The fashionable outer shells can be easily matched to your pet’s personality and consider this adorable treat jar from Loving Pets. Loving Pets brings new life to veterinarian-recommended, stainless-steel treat canisters by combining a stainless-steel interior with an attractive poly-resin exterior. MSRP: $14.99

Top 8 Dog Gifts for 2013 - Cycle Dog Collars

Cycle Dog Collars

5. Cycle Dog Collars
If you’re looking for something unique, consider an earth-friendly collar from Cycle Dog. These collars are made from recycled bicycle tires and are some of the softest, longest-lasting collars we’ve ever seen. Each collar features a latch-lock, stainless-steel buckle (which is more than 400 percent stronger than plastic buckles) and even contains a “pup-top bottle opener” for easy opening on the road. Perfect for dogs who are as active as their owners. Choose from a large variety of fun colors and designs. MSRP: $25.00


Hear Doggy Ultrasonic Plush Dog Toys

Hear Doggy Ultrasonic Flat Dog Toys

5. Hear, Doggy Ultrasonic Toys
If your dog loves plush squeaky toys, but you have no love for the sound of squeaky toys, the Hear, Doggy! Plush ultrasonic line of pet toys is for you. Hear, Doggy! toys are tuned to an ultrasonic range of 24 to 28 KHz (out of human hearing range) and are available in a variety of characters, both plush (stuffed) and flat (unstuffed). Select designs feature Quaker Pet Group’s proprietary Chew Guard™ Technology, a unique manufacturing process that adds a super tough, durable mesh liner inside the plush as well as reinforced, double-stitched seams. MSRP: $11.99 – $17.99

Dog Bone Toy - 8 Great Holiday Gifts for Dogs

Busy Buddy® Bristle Bone®

6. Busy Buddy® Bristle Bone®
This is a great toy for heavy chewers. Made from durable nylon and rubber, each Busy Buddy toy includes natural rawhide treat rings that encourage chewing. Soft bristles help keep teeth clean as dogs chew, and the natural rotation of disks help keep their attention. These fun toys will keep your dogs busy for days at a price you can afford. MSRP: $6.99 – $19.99

ThunderWorks Thunder Sweater - Dog Sweater by ThunderShirt

ThunderWorks ThunderSweater

7. ThunderWorks Thunder Sweater
We all know the ability of ThunderShirt to ease a dog’s fear and anxiety, particularly in stressful situations (such as storms, having company over or the holidays). ThunderShirt’s patended design is based on the principles of T-Touch and applies a gentle, constant pressure around your dog’s torso, which has a calming effect during stressful situations. Now when you have holiday visitors, you can leave your Thundershirt on your pet and simply snap the stylish ThunderSweater over the shirt for a quick jaunt outdoors in cold, snowy weather. The new ThunderSweater offers all the calming benefits of ThunderShirt, but with added warmth. (Each ThunderSweater includes a ThunderShirt.) MSRP: $59.95

Duck Dynasty Dog Toy

Duck Dynasty Dog Toy

8. Duck Dynasty Dog Toys & Apparel
If you’re looking for a creative and unusual gift for your four-legged friend, we reckon you ought to join the Duck Dynasty revolution. A&E’s show has taken the world by storm and we know you’ll be as happy as a duck-huntin’ dog with afun selection of fashionable coats, T-shirts bearing the favorite slogans of Uncle Si, plush duck toys (shown) and yes, dog beards. Cat-bearding is so 2013; bring in 2014 with a dog beard and Duck Dynasty hat fashioned after your favorite duck commander. Toss a pair of dark Doggles on your dogs, and you’ll be ready for the New Year with “family-certified, redneck approved” duck gear from America’s first family of duck callers. MSRP: $9.99 – $19.99

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About the Author: Stacy Mantle is the founder of and the bestselling author of “Shepherd’s Moon.” Learn more great tips for living with animals by visiting or get to know a little more about the author at


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