Creative Christmas Gift Ideas For Dog Owners

Christmas is almost here, and if you’re still trying to complete your shopping for the holidays, it’s likely that you need a few good gift ideas for the people in your life. You may have a perfect present in mind for a few lucky individuals, but what do you give someone who absolutely dotes on his or her dog? It’s likely that one of your friends or relatives is a parent to a fur baby as recent statistics show that there are more dogs than any other kind of pet in British households, and 24% of pet owners own a dog. Instead of giving generic gifts such as a water bowl or a chew toy, let your loved one know that you have his or her pet in mind by giving any of this creative Christmas gift ideas.

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A personalized dog tag

Does your friend’s dog’s tag need a serious upgrade? Then give him a personalized dog tag to keep his pet safe at all times. Dog safety and health are important for pet owners, and apart from affording regular visits to the vet, insurance papers to cover pet emergencies, and dog training, a well-designed dog tag can keep a dog safe, especially if your friend’s pet has a tendency to wander. You can pick a stainless steel or enamel dog tag and have it engraved or printed with the dog’s name and the dog owner’s mobile number. Add a smart dog collar, and you’ve got a nice present that will be a hit with the dog owner and pet.

A dog photo session

Are you handy with a camera? Do you create Instagram-ready shots that are the envy of your loved ones? Then give the gift of a doggy photo session to the pet enthusiast in your life. It’s a great present for people who are longing to take great photos of their dog for posterity’s sake. After the photo session, print out some of the greatest shots and frame the best one. Wrap all of these up before giving to your friend or relative.

A pet gadget

There are a lot of new high-tech pet gadgets out there that will allow your loved one to track his pet’s whereabouts or enable him to video chat with his dog. There are even a few gadgets which will allow a pet owner to dispense a treat for his dog even if he’s not at home. Find out what you think your friend or family member needs before choosing a pet gadget to give this Christmas.

A portable or folding dog bed

If your loved one prefers to travel with his pet in tow, then get him a portable or folding dog bed. It can be used for camping trips, beach vacations, and anywhere else they love to go. When choosing a dog bed, make sure that it’s soft, comfortable, and is the right size for your friend or relative’s furry friend.

This Christmas, treat your favourite dog owner to any of these gift ideas. Your loved one and his or her pet will love receiving any of these gifts this holiday season.

Animals that are winning at life.

So December, aside from being the month of Christmas, copious amounts of good, but exceedingly naughty food, too many late nights and the month I discovered Appletini’s (must try if you haven’t already.), December was the month we had a new addition to the family. This one was exceedingly small, had the most beautiful eyes that you could just about drown in, and is already developing a wardrobe to rival mine. Say hello to Holly.

Holly!

Holly!

Holly is a Bichon Frise, the most adorable ball of white fluff with the sweetest nature. She doesn’t actually belong to me, she was a gift to my mom and dad from my brother, but I have to admit I am totally smitten with her and looking forward to looking after her whenever they take a holiday.  Joe is similarly smitten and has been happily making a special friend of Holly all through the Christmas break, having two sleepovers just to spend a little more time with the already pampered pooch. She is totally adorable – a little doggie star.

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Holly already has a fine life, with outfits, more toys than your average child, and a choice of beds. She could already be described as a dog winning at life, although maybe not winning in quite the same way as some of the pets featured on a infographic put together by Cashlady.com which introduces some of the world’s richest, and most famous animals. We’re talking a chihuahua with her own mansion, a German Shepherd who inherited £64million, and Tardy the so called Grumpy Cat (although what he has to be grumpy about with a fortune that could be as much as £80million is anyone’s guess.) These are pets that have huge followings on social media, without really lifting a paw to earn any of it. Cash Lady reckons that life would be so much easier being one of these animals, and that is something that is hard to dispute.

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Oscar shares his #Pethates

Pet insurance is so important, especially if you have more than one furry friend. Vets bills, the cost of inoculations and just ensuring your pet is ok through a range of MOT style check ups are all so important, but are also costly. Animal welfare charity The RSPCA are working with MORE TH>N Insurance to provide UK pet owners with a range of insurances to suit both their needs and, more importantly, their budgets? One great feature of this is that MORE TH>N can cover all of your dogs, and cats, in one single policy and you’ll also be eligible to receive a 10% MultiPet discount

In celebration of the great range of new policies, I have been asked to pass the reins of the blog over to Oscar the Cocker Spaniel, who is going to talk to you (or maybe that should be bark at you), one of his #pethates. This is something that really upsets and frightens Oscar, and, as we are at that time of year when it seems every day has a reason for letting off fireworks, I think this is the perfect time for Oscar to explain how this makes him feel.

12063327_823154991115937_6798517794290575576_n 12003317_820320478066055_2650723270599429351_n “…There are many thinks that I like, scratch that, love. Footballs, bones, cuddly toys, chicken nuggets, socks, brand new shoes, sniffing fence posts, it has to be said I’m a pretty easy going dog. But my #pethate, the one thing I cannot stand is those fireworks that seem to have been going off nightly for at least 2 weeks now with no sign of stopping. Here’s the thing, I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but it is called Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes night and I’m pretty sure that means singular – one. And yet, every night I seem to be half scared to death by enormous bangs which mean I don’t want to go into the garden, and instead either spend my time bravely barking, or sadly whimpering in a corner. My ears are sensitive and I just don’t understand where the bangs are coming from. And that scares me…”

Does you dog or cat have a pet hate? Are you fed up of the constant fireworks?