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  By: Lisa Robinson

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Holiday Buying Guide

Looking for that perfect Holiday Gift for the dogs or dog lovers in your life? We’ve assembled an abbreviated guide of some of our favorite online resources to make the Holidays a little less hectic and confusing for you when it comes to shopping and filling up all of those empty stockings.

One of the first stops you should definitely make when cruising around in cyberspace is . We have been receiving their e-newsletter for years, keeping us abreast of everything new and newfangled in the dog-eat-dog world of toys, gadgets, accessories, pup couture and pup culture. Pampered Puppy provides product reviews, photo contests, book reviews and live links to purchase the gifts of your choice. They most definitely have all four of their paws on the pulse of what is hot and what is not in the wide, wide world of doggie toys, accessories and couture.

Sweet, Sweet Dreams

Dogbedworks – If your hound’s favorite place is on cloud nine, you need to look no further than Dogbedworks. They have an amazing collection of beds in every size, shape, firmness, color and design that will get your favorite pooch lying there with visions of sugarplums dancing in his head in no time at all. You could think Dogbedworks name is slightly misleading, because they also offer online shoppers an expansive array of dog crates perfect for any décor as well as all sorts of gear that will allow you to travel practically anywhere with your best friend happy and comfortable. From beds and crates to car & SUV seat covers, waterproof car seat covers, cargo liners and more, they make travel a breeze. Their portable dog ramps and pet ramps are also a must for older dogs. You can find them at

Online Boutiques

Sometimes, we simply want the variety of gifts and ideas that the one-stop-shopping approach gives us. Below, you will find a list of some of our favorite online options for stuffing every stocking hanging on your fireplace.

A Bone To Pick - This is not a full service pet store. It is an e-tailer limited to an exclusive selection of hand-picked, unique “boutique-type” items, for even the most pampered of pups. Choose from an exclusive collection of bowls, beds, fashion accessories, toys and custom tags. They pride themselves on quality and personal service and strive to function, in essence, as a neighborhood boutique, simply online. Visit them at

Charming Pet Products- Charming Pet Products offers many great Holiday items for your dog. If it’s Holday accessories you’re looking for, try a party collar for instant fashion success. They have five Holiday styles to choose from….Jingle Bells, Snow Flakes , Stars, Christmas Trees, and Hanukkah.
If you’re looking for gifts, they have K - 9 bling, beautiful machine-washable pet throws and the most creative dog toys out there. To see the entire collection of Charming Pet Products, go to
Chiwawagaga- This is one of the most fun store names to say over and over again…it just feels good! They call themselves a “small store for dinky dogs” and they offer an amazingly extensive collection of outfits and accessories for your pooch. Check them out online at

Earthdog – Their name says it all. This Nashville-based couple with 11 dogs of their own is one of our favorites with their bold, earthy, colorful all natural hemp collars, leads and dog beds and note cards. They are also active proponents and supporters of spay/neuter charities. You can find their unique hand-designed products in various stores and boutiques and online at

George – This San Francisco-based doggie boutique has been making dogs and their humans happy for more than 10 years now. With two San Francisco-based stores and an expansive e-store chock-full of collars, leads, quilts, bowls, travel cases, I.D. tags and grooming items for your favorite pooch as well as tees, stationery and other items for the finicky human in your life, you’re bound to find the right gift at

Snob Hounds- This chic, highly functional canine clothing line gives the Snob in your Hound something to bark about. From the dog park to a dinner party, this innovative line of distinctive products range from high performance to luxury. A portion of all Snob Hounds sales is donated to either an Italian Greyhound Rescue group or Greyhounds Only, Inc., a retired racing Greyhound rescue. Check out the complete line of Snob Hounds fashion wear at

Bella Tocca Tags – Beautiful, unique custom designed sterling silver tags in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. All Bella Tocca tags are hand-engraved. Hand engraving wears better because it's cut deeper into the metal. Then it's oxidized black, so the lettering really stands out. Hand engraving also just has more character. You know, like you and your pet. Shop online at

Fun Stuff For Dogs

This fun, unique website offers an astounding collection and a wide selection of some of the coolest dog gifts, accessories, furniture and ingredients for events and activities such as doggie showers and poochie birthday parties. They are also sponsoring a contest for America’s naughtiest dog. The details follow. Why not share your naughty dog’s infamous moments with the rest of America? Go to

America’s Naughtiest Dog Contest is looking for America’s naughtiest dog for its annual “Santa, I can explain” contest. Submit your story of an embarrassing moment, damage or mischief caused by your beloved pooch by December 15 and you could win over $100 worth of toys and treats, delivered to your dog in time for Christmas. For rules and entry form, visit

For Our Two-Legged Friends

Life is Good – We’ve all seen these unique tee shirts and hats…dogs and their stick figure human companions involved a variety of activities. Hiking, fishing, rafting or… lounging. We love the tees and think the dog lover in your life will appreciate some new swag. Check out their fun, colorful, whimsical designs at

Mutt Lynch Winery – There is nothing better during the holidays than sitting down in front of a warm fire or a delicious meal with light, crisp white, a robust, hearty red, or something in-between. This award-winning Sonoma County, California winery has been one of our favorites for a long time. They specialize in limited production of wines from select vineyards in Northern California. Last year, we ordered several gift baskets to ship to friends for the Holidays. True to their devotion to good wine and our wonderful furry friends, the gift baskets arrive complete an assortment of delicious Mutt Lynch Winery wines and a bag of treats for your pooch.

Photographs by Cami Johnson,