Spoil your dog with these 5 local gift ideas perfect for the holidays — or any time of year
You've probably already made a list for holiday gifts, but check it twice and see if you still need to get a present for your pooch. If you haven't already out a present for your pet under the tree, here are five great gift ideas for man's best friend that you can pick up around town.
Treat them to a holiday feast
We humans go all out for out Christmas supper, so why not do the same for your dog? "Cook" up a Christmas dinner with raw food from Bones and Co., a dog chow company owned and operated right here in Austin. With its all natural ingredients and lack of not-so-healthy fillers, this puppy grub is a significant step up from kibble. Feel free to jump on the raw food train for good or simply treat your pooch to a special holiday dinner. You can pick up the food at any of these Tomlinson's locations or at Bark 'n Purr.
$39.99 for 6 lbs.
Pamper them with an at-home spa treatment
Speaking of au naturale, SouthAustinPeople (So.A.P.) offers a Dirty Paw Dog Shampoo made for specifically canines. Although these folks specialize in soap for humans, they rightly believe that dogs are people, too. This 100 percent natural liquid soap is made from peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus and vegetable oils. Give your pup a nice little massage while you're working the soap into their coat to complete the spa experience.
$18 for 16 oz.
Spoil them with some new bedding
Nothing says luxury like a bed from Keikopet. Austin transplant Erika Keiko hand crafts pet beds using cute prints and wonderful fabrics, most of which have zippers and removable pillows that make for an easy wash. Pick one up from Lofty Dog, Atown or order one online at the Keikopet Etsy page.
Givet them them with some new "clothes"
If your dog works like ... well, a dog, then check out Bentley's Bows and Wise Guy Ties. These folks make a variety of handsome dog collars and adornments — perfect for the proper pooch. After business hours your pup can switch to a handmade leather collar from StickDogLeather featuring their (okay, your) favorite beer caps or other bits of Texas flair. A selection of both collars can be found at Lofty Dog in the Village Shopping Center or you can order a StickDogLeather creation online through Etsy.
Spoil them with jewelry
They say diamonds last forever, but everyone know that what really last forever is the bond between dog and human. Show your pup how you really feel with a matching "Best Friends" charm from Found My Animal. One half of is for you while the other half goes on your canine's collar. If you're heading north for the holidays, stop by doggie jewelry Olive in Waxahachie to pick it up in person or order it online.
Other great places to shop
If you're out-and-about doing some last minute holiday shopping, don't forget about your pooch. In addition to the places we've already mentioned, our go-to spots for dog supplies include Dogadillo Dog Boutique, Woof Gang Bakery and Bentley's Biscuits and Bones.