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slides: Gift Guide 2012: Great Gifts for Dog Lovers

Saturday, December 08, 2012


Christmastime isn't just for humans, you know. Dog lovers know that pooches like Christmas presents too, and we've got some great gifts for lovers of man's best friend.


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Night Lights

TwoCatsAndADog, Etsy

Kristen of TwoCatsAndADog crafts, cuts, and paints glass night lights by hand in her home studio in Providence. Each night light comes with a different pattern of air bubbles that results from two pieces of glass being fused together. These night lights are perfect for kids, or dogs that don't like the dark so much. They come in amber and blue, and ship free through December 31. A percentage of all of Kristen's sales benefit David's Journey to Recovery.


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Collars + Key Rings

Up Country

Pick a fun key ring that matches your dog lover's personality and pair it with a collar for their four-legged friend! Up Country's collars and key rings make great gifts for the dog lover on the go. They are machine washable and made with high tensile strength nylon webbing, solid brass, and ribbon that is fade and fray resistant.

Collars $21, key rings $10-13. 76 Boyd Avenue, East Providence.

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Frosted Dog Treats

Johnny's Barkin' Bakery

These baked dog treats make a convincing alternative for the dog lover who makes a bad habit out of feeding their dog leftovers from dinner. The frosted delights come in shapes like pretzels, carrot cake, donuts, and even cannoli, with flavors that dogs can't resist. Find out more and order here.

$1.29-4.99. 35 South County Commons Way, Unit D-4, South Kingstown.

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Bracelets for a Cause

Dogs in Harmony

How about a gift that gives twice? These beaded and charmed bracelets are made by Kim Fiore and are available in a variety of colors at Dogs in Harmony. Your purchase makes a difference because besides supporting a local artisan, for every bracelet purchased Dogs in Harmony will donate $3 to local organization Handsome Dan's Rescue.

$26. 1417 Atwood Avenue, Johnston.

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Orbee Snowball

Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique

Does your dog lover's pup enjoy wintry weather, but look confused by the changing consistency of snow? Then this snowball toy is perfect for them. This toy is infused with mint to resist stinky dog breath and is practically indestructible. It even has a "treat spot" that will surely entertain the dog for hours while he tries to get the treat out of the toy. Just don't lose it outside–your dog lover might have to wait until the spring to find it again!

$11. 3 Main Street, Wickford.

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Jack's Favorite Snack Mix

Jack's Snacks

This biscuit mix makes for a special hands-on gift for the dog lover on your list. The mix makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen chicken and garlic bones for the lucky pup that gets to feast on them. Comes with step-by-step instructions and a medium bone-shaped cookie cutter.

$11.95. 1860 Broad Street, Cranston.

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Steampunk Dog Tag

bellamantra, Etsy

For the dog lover with style, this Steampunk necklace adds a girly touch to the popular dog tag look. The two antique brass tags come with a 26" chain, which is finished with a lobster clasp and loop closure. Find more of this local designer and artisan's pieces here.


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Greenies Pill Pockets

Johnny's Barkin' Bakery

Getting dogs to take medicine is always a hassle. Greenies Pill Pockets are nutritious treats with a built-in pouch that lets your dog lover hide a tablet, capsule, or supplement inside. Pill Pockets are 100% natural and a much healthier alternative to human foods that many dog owners use to disguise the taste of medicine. Comes in chicken and beef flavors.

$7.99-9.99. 35 South County Commons Way, Unit D-4, South Kingstown.

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Organic Dog Treats

MonaLucyDesign, Etsy

Sweet potato pie, sweet potato fries, and now sweet potato dog treats! These treats are low-fat and dehydrated for long shelf life. Fun fact: not only are these treats great for dogs, but also for rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs and birds! Order these locally made and sold treats directly from MonaLucyDesign or pick them up at Dogs in Harmony.

4oz bag, $5. 8oz, $8.50. 16oz, $16.50.

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Handpainted Crafts

Up Country

Up Country's new collection of home accessories and ornaments offers tons of colorful gift options for your dog lover. Pick out a dog treat box, a picture frame, a dog caddy, or an ornament for the Christmas tree. See more of the collection here.

76 Boyd Avenue, East Providence.

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License Plate Frames

Wags to Whiskers

Wags to Whiskers has the perfect gift for dogs lovers that like to show off their pooch! These cute license plate frames come in breeds such as Doberman, Basset Hound, Bull Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, and Poodle. Order online here.


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Johnny's Barkin' Bakery

Thundershirts are great for dogs that are prone to anxiety or overexcitement. It uses gentle, constant pressure on the dog's nervous system to help them calm down. Fear of loud noises like thunder and fireworks, anxiety caused by separation or travel, problematic barking, and hyperactivity are all behaviors that are reduced by Thundershirts. Comes in grey, Pink Rugby, and Blue Rugby.

$39.95-44.95. 35 South County Commons Way, Unit D-4, South Kingstown.

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Dog Park Security Tee

Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique

If your dog lover's pooch knows who's boss, this gift is for them! This tee is one of Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique's best sellers. All the other canines at the dog park shall cower! Click here for a doggie size chart and to place an order.

$19. 3 Main Street, Wickford.

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Dog Trundles

Wag Nation

We've all seen dogs do that dance in circles when they're settling down for a nice nap. With faux-fur trundles from Wag Nation, no circling necessary! These are like furry sleeping bags for dogs! Check them out on Facebook, here.

$65, 92 William Street, Newport.

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Beddy Balls

Wag Nation

Or perhaps your dog lover's pooch likes a little more wiggle room? These faux-fur Beddy Balls look more comfortable than most human beds and make a great gift for dog lovers that like to spoil their pet. Check out Wag Nation on Facebook, here.

$120, 92 William Street, Newport.

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Organic Treats

Dogs in Harmony

The organic treats from Dogs in Harmony are handcut and baked, and do not contain any preservatives, artificial colors, additives, or chemicals. They also freeze well to allow for "stocking up" and come in two sizes: the regular 2 1/2 inch heart shapes and the 1 1/4 inch circle-shaped mini-bites. Choose from 10 unique flavors such as Banana Date, Carob Mint, Peanut Butter, and Blueberry. Check out these healthy treats and their ingredients here.

1/2 pound, $4.95. 1 pound, $9.40. 1417 Atwood Avenue, Johnston.

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Johnny's Barkin' Bakery

Johnny's Barkin' Bakery carries several T-Shirts for the discerning dog lover. Owners with a sense of humor will love the Big Mutts shirt and the Fun & Games shirt. Admit it–you chuckled.

$21.99-29.99. 35 South County Commons Way, Unit D-4, South Kingstown.


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really cool things. i like almost all of them and love to have them immediately. also the price is not too much seems to me. thanks for the post.

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