Top 10 Gifts For Dogs (and Dog Lovers)

Holidays are here and as you shop for family and friends, don’t forget about your fuzzy buddy, or your dog lover on the shopping list, because getting something for the dog is about the best gift a dog lover could get – it shows that you care about their dog as well as them. There are a lot of great toys and other pet products out there for dogs. Here are the 10 we liked best.

Top 10 Gifts For Dogs

  1. IQ Treat Ball

    Is it too cold to run around at the dog park? Does your dog seem bored? This toy may be the answer. Fill the ball with treats or kibble and let your dog check it out. Your dog will have to push, paw, and roll the ball for the food to fall out. It’s ideal for dogs that need additional mental stimulation and for those dogs who may eat too fast. You can also adjust the difficulty as your dog learns.
    Find the Interactive IQ Ball on Amazon
  2. Nerf Spiral Squeak Football

    If watching the game isn’t enough with your canine best friend, then pick up this toy and throw those long passes. The football is made from rubber and is brightly colored so you can find it in the grass or twilight hours. It has a squeaker inside and is water resistant. This football is great for winter outdoor session, summer, and a trip to the beach.
    Find the Nerf Spiral Squeak Football on Amazon
  3. Orthopedic Mattress Pet Bed

    This bed sounds nice, so nice I bet you could nap with your dog on it. This bed comes in several sizes and color choices. It’s made of egg crate orthopedic foam and has a water resistant base to protect your floors from any accidents. The cover is machine washable and has a fleece top. The foam mattress can also be washed if needed by hand. It’s a great choice if you have an older dog who needs some extra support or if your dog just deserves to be pampered.
    Find the Furhaven Deluxe Orthopedic Mattress Pet Bed on Amazon
  4. Flying Squirrel

    Sure frisbees and tennis balls are great to toss around but what about a squirrel? This toy is made for sailing through the air. It comes in several sizes so your tiny dog or your big pup can play. It’s made from heavy canvas so it should withstand bites and head shakes. The feet of the squirrel glow in the dark to help you and your dog watch its path in the twilight evening play hours. If your dog has a habit of bopping his/her head with a plastic frsibee, this toy may be a great subistute. It’s flexible and won’t hurt your pup.
    Find the Chuckit! Flying Squirrel on Amazon
  5. Wood Pet Home

    This pet bed is awesome. It’s a bunk bed for your small dog. The bottom bunk is a cubby hole and the top is an open bed. You could set this up next to the couch, your bed, or anywhere where your pup wants to hang out. If you have two dogs, they could share. The pet bed is made from cedar wood and can be easily wiped down if there are accidents or if it just gets dirty. The pet home can also be placed outside as a dog house.
    Find the Wood Pet Home on Amazon
  6. 12 Tuff Balls

    Need to replenish all the lost tennis balls in your yard? Get a dozen. These are thick and have an extra bounce. The outer felt is non-abrasive to prevent wearing down your dog’s teeth. Ration them out or dump them all at once and watch your dog go nuts trying to grab them all.
    Find the 12 Tuff Ball on Amazon
  7. Chompion Chew Toy

    This toy is designed for strong chewers. If you wonder if your dog is actually a goat or a beaver, this toy is a necessity. It’s made from rubber and will help exercise the jaw and act like a toothbrush as it help remove tartar from your pup’s chompers. This tough toy is a great teething toy, chew toy, and works well for those small tug of war sessions.
    Find the Chompion Dog Toy on Amazon
  8. Cozy Round Pet Bed

    Does your dog need a new bed? Here’s one that is round for your dog to curl up in. it’s soft, cozy, and sized for the small dogs. It measures about 22×6. The edges are stuffed and act as a bumper or pillow. The bed is washable and is made from polyester.
    Find the AKC Casablanca Round Solid Pet Bed on Amazon
  9. Kong Biscuit Ball Toy

    Kong has a great reputation of making long lasting, tough and durable dog toys. The ball toy has openings where you can pop in some treats for your dog. This toy will keep your dog busy and happy as s/he rolls the ball around, tugs at the treats, and exercises. The ball can be washed and is made from 100% rubber.
    Find the Kong Biscuit Ball Dog Toy on Amazon
  10. Greenie Dental Treats

    Every dog likes treats and if you want to have a treat that doubles as a cleaner these are the ones to get. They help reduce bad breath, fight tartar, and are packed with vitamins and minerals. The treats are made from all natural products and come in several sizes.
    Find Greenie Dental Treats on Amazon

10 Best Gifts For Your Cat (or Cat Lovers)

It’s time to start shopping! As you go through your list of friends and relatives, don’t forget about your best friend in the world, your cat. Or your best friend’s best friend (sorry, but it’s probably true). If you’re not sure what to get him/her, don’t worry. We got you covered.

Top 10 Gifts For Cats

  1. Variety pack of toys

    If your cat is picky this is a good deal. There are 20 different types of little toys in this bundle. Plastic balls, rubber balls, and a lot of stuffed catnip sacks are sure to keep your cat happy. This is perfect for kittens and older cats. The toys come in a zippered back for storage so you can ration out or collect them back up as needed.
    Find the Fashion Talk Cat Toy Variety Pack on Amazon
  2. Pet Cat Tunnel

    This is cool. If your cat likes hiding under the blankets or scurrying under things, the cat tunnel may be the perfect gift. It has three different openings that lead to a center. The center has a hole where you cat can poke his/her head out of and say “hi!” It’s durable, collapsible, and easy to clean.
    Find the Prosper Pet Cat Tunnel on Amazon
  3. Hot Pursuit

    Does your cat chase your feet under the blanket? Mine do. I wake up to two cats pouncing on me every morning. This toy might distract them from me. It’s an electronic toy that has a mat and a wand with a bead on the end. The wand is under the mat and moves. The movement has several settings and the mat is durable. Your cat may spend hours trying to catch whatever is under the mat or may just dive under… either way, take video.
    Find the SmartyKat Electronic Motion Toy on Amazon
  4. Cat Scratcher

    This cat scratcher is pretty cool. It has several pieces that can be repositioned and replaced. Aside from distracting your cat from tearing up the leather couch, the scratcher can be “new” to your cat each time you rebuild it. Simply stack the cardboard scratching pieces onto the base and rotate them to create bumps and corners or make it a smooth tower. The scratcher stands about 2 feet high and stable.
    Find the Catit Senses 2.0 Scratcher on Amazon
  5. Cat Dancer

    I have this for my cats and they love it. It’s a simple toy made from wire and cardboard. Simple, cheap, and hours of fun. The cat dancer is a lure that can be attached to a wall or held by you. It moves in an erratic way that mimics flies. Cats will jump, swat, and try to bite the cardboard pieces. It also lasts a long time.
    Find the Cat Dancer on
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  6. DIY Cat Condo

    Ok, this is a cool house. It’s a cat condo that is customizable based on your imagination. The condo comes with 28 solid panels to create walls, 9 panels that have holes for your cat to walk through, and a cat hammock. If you’re a lego master, this cat condo may be fun for you too. Rebuild it to keep your cat interested and amused.
    Find the DIY Cat Condo on Amazon
  7. Cat Scratcher and Lounger

    Scratching is hard work. Why not give your cat a two in one gift? After the scratching is done, your cat can collapse on the cardboard scratcher and catch some Zs. The scratcher is large to accommodate a full size kitty. It’s light so you can move it around the house as needed.
    Find the Homodox Cat Scratcher on Amazon
  8. Automatic Laser Toy

    Looking for a hands free toy that your cat will play with while you get some chores done? Then this gift might be the one for you. It’s an automatic laser pointer. Simply turn it on, and watch your cat try to catch the ever elusive red dot! It has several settings to adjust the speed and path the laser pointer takes. For best results, place the base on a table to prevent your cat from bumping it or trying to catch the red dot from the base. You don’t want your cat to stare directly at the laser.
    Find the FroliCat DART on Amazon
  9. Vesper Cat Lounger and Scratcher

    Here is a very nicely designed cat tower. It has three rope pillars for your cat to scratch and a top shelf. There is also a cubby hole for napping. Each level has padding for ultimate comfort. There is assembly required. It is sturdy and will last years. It’s easy to wipe down since it’s made from pressboard similar to bookcases and desks.
    Find the Vesper V-Base Tower on Amazon
  10. Fling a String

    This toy is just plain silly. Attach it to a door knob and turn it on, the string loops around in up and down which can drive your cats nuts. It’s perfect for play time. The string is moved by a conveyer belt. When your cat catches the string, the toy stops moving. As soon as your cat lets go, it starts looping again.
    Find the Moody Pet Fling A String on Amazon

6 Great Christmas Gifts for the Rabbit Lover

Rabbits are common pets for families and they deserve the best for Christmas. They are cute, really funny, and clever. For the rabbit lover in your life, if you’re looking for holiday presents, why not checkout these 6 great gifts. Some are for the rabbits and some are for the owners.

6 Great Christmas Gifts for Rabbit Lovers

  1. Rabbit Silicone Bunny Case For iPhone 5 – this case is cute and has little silicone ears and a fuzzy tail. It fits perfectly over the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. All the ports are available for use without having to remove the case.
    Buy it on Amazon
  2. The Christmas Bunny Movie – This is sure to become a holiday classic. The Christmas Bunny is about a foster child who finds an injured rabbit on Christmas Eve. An incredible bonds forms between the two and along with the bunny who is healed, the foster child also finds love and is healed. Keep a box of tissues nearby.
    Buy it on Amazon
  3. Rabbits 2013 Wall Calendar – Bunnies, bunnies, and more bunnies! A great calendar for the rabbit lover in your life.
    Buy it on Amazon
  4. Bunny Sterling Silver Charm Necklace – very cute design of a rabbit made from sterling silver. It comes with a 16 inch chain and is sure to make the bunny lover in your life smile.
    Buy it on Amazon
  5. Woven Grass Pet Bed – this is a great present for your bunny. A woven grass pet bed that your rabbit can sit in, sleep in, and chew! It can be used as a coating between the cage floor and your rabbit’s paws if you use a wire cage.
    Buy it on Amazon
  6. Rabbit Hutch with Sloped Roof – This is sure to make your rabbit feel like it is in heaven. The hutch is 2 stories with a no-slip ramp to make it easy for her/him to hop between the floors. For the rabbit owner, there are several doors to make cleaning the hutch easy. The hutch is made from sturdy pine and glazed to keep out moisture.
    Buy it on Amazon

10 Tips to Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree

If you have a curious kitty and a Christmas tree, you know there is a chance that you’ll find your ornaments on the floor, gifts with little claw marks on them, and a cat perched in your tree peeking out at you.

Here are 10 tips to try and save your sanity this holiday season:

  1. Wrap some tin foil around the trunk of tree to repel your cat. Cats don’t like the the feeling of tin foil or the sound and will often run away.
  2. Spray the tree and some of the decorations with citronella spray. The smell repels cats but may also repel you so use it sparingly.
  3. Place a floor runner under the stand of the tree upside down. The little bumps feel weird to cats and they tend to stay away from the texture.
  4. Place ornaments that are sentimental or more expensive higher up on the tree with strong hooks so your cat won’t knock those one off as easily.
  5. Consider placing the tree on an elevated stand if it’s short using a milk carton or box.
  6. Secure your tree using fishing line and some hooks placed in the wall or ceiling.
  7. Orange peels that are laid around the base of the tree will repel your cat. Cats do not like citrus and will stay away from anything that has that scent. Remember to throw them out when they are dried up and old.
  8. Double-sided tape placed around the base will repel your cat when they step on it and it’ll keep them from coming near the tree again.
  9. If you’re able to supervise, keep a squirt bottle nearby and spray your cat if he tries to scratch or climb the tree or play with the ornaments. To a cat, a decorated tree is like a gigantic toy!
  10. If all else fails, get a big big dog and tie him to the tree as your personal Christmas tree bodyguard. Problem is, you may have a tree that is then covered in dog pee. **

**We don’t really advocate  tying dogs to trees, indoor or outdoor.

In all seriousness, some cats don’t care and will just sniff the tree and have nothing more to do with it. Outsmarting your cat can become a comedy sketch but if you keep the shiny ornaments off the lower branches, keep some orange scented items near the bottom, and make sure the cat doesn’t drink the water in the stand, your holiday should be peaceful and nice. You may even have some great photo opportunities of your cat snoozing among a pile of gifts under the tree and looking unbearably cute.

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Upcoming Pet Events in Colorado

There are many pet events coming up in Colorado. Most of them are fundraisers or holiday-themed, or both. If you’re on a skiing trip in the region, why not stop by a pet event! Many shopping opportunities are available for the upcoming holiday season.

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Holiday Gifts for Pets and Their People

Tagawa Gardens

Centennial, Colorado

November 7, 8

This is a holiday craft event for humans and pets. It features all hand-made crafts and animal-related activities, and it is a fundraiser for nonprofit animal rescue organizations around Colorado. It is open to the public, and pets are welcome, so long as they are leashed or caged. It will go on from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Don’t worry about cold weather, because it will go on in a climate-controlled greenhouse.

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Parking Lot: 1801 California Street

Denver, Colorado

November 13

This is a free event from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, and is a benefit for the Table Mountain Animal Shelter. There will be a bunch of adoptable cats and dogs, and adoption fees range from $80-150, depending on the pet’s age and size. That is a good deal, as all of these animals include having been fixed, vaccinated, microchipped and have a free vet visit. There will also be hot chocolate and hot dogs served for cold weather refreshments.

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LAPS Pet Photos with Santa and The Grinch

Frisco Historical Park

Frisco, Colorado

November 21

This event will occur from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, and is $22 for LAPS members, $24 for nonmembers. You and your family and dog can get a lovely holiday picture this year with Santa AND the Grinch! Photos will be developed, and you can pick them up the following week in time for Christmas cards. All proceeds will benefit LAPS, an organization that raises funds for low income families with pets.

Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue Bake Sale

King Scoopers

Pueblo, Colorado

December 5

This is an annual holiday bake and craft sale that will go to this non-profit organization. It will go on from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Speaking: Dr. Temple Grandin

First Universal Church of Denver

December 12

Denver, Colorado

Dr. Temple Grandin, a well-known teacher, speaker and author of “Animals Make Us Human” will be speaking from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM. It is $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and group prices are available upon request. Books are available for sale. To order in advance, email: [email protected]