Stuck for ideas on what to give the dogs and dog lovers on your holiday gift list?
Check out what some local retailers are buzzing about this year.
Recommended by Paws and Claws
2023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
(2 blocks west of Fruitvale)
Tuffy’s soft dog toys are billed as the world’s “tuff”-est. They are stuffed with a safe, non-toxic fiber and assembled using seven seams and protective webbing. This makes them not only super cute, but also totally durable. $12 – 24
Big Shrimpy Nest Beds are completely washable inside and out. Constructed of materials used for backpacks and other outdoor equipment, they are built to last. Big Shrimpy beds are filled with SmartFill™, a pre-consumer recycled polyester fiber. $109 – 179
Recommended by Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods
Dolores Park: 3809 18th St., SF (415) 864-1414
and North Beach: 1841 Powell St., SF (415) 402-0342
San Francisco, CA 94133
For a sumptuous snack to delight the most finicky canine, give Jeffrey’s freeze-dried chicken treats, made with all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken breast. It’s a delicious gift from a San Francisco company, wrapped for the holidays! 4-ounce pouch $16; 16-ounce pouch $60
Recommended by Red Hound Pets
5523 College Ave., Oakland
Solve the puzzle of how to transport your smallish dog safely and stylishly with our Prep School collection. The matching bag ($90-100), collar ($20), and leash ($25) make great gifts for Fido.
Recommended by Holistic Hound
1510 Walnut St. #A, Berkeley, (510) 843-2133
Help your dog-loving friends prepare for canine emergencies with a specially-made holistic first aid basket. There’s no better gift than peace of mind! $50 – 150
Recommended by Dog Bone Alley
1342 Park St., Alameda; 510-521-5800
and 730 Camino Ramon (in the Rose Garden), Danville; (925) 552-0410
Crunchy Monkey: This silly-looking, oversized monkey has dangling limbs and a replaceable water bottle inside. It’s made of durable Tuffut Technology material to withstand lots of tugging and pulling. Great for big dogs (or big dogs at heart!) $19.99
DNA Breed Identification Kit: If you have friends who can’t figure out if their new rescue dog is part Corgi or part Mastiff, this kit tells them how to collect a DNA sample ship it off to the lab. Two weeks later, mystery solved! $59.99
Recommended by Paco Collars
2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; (510) 848-7226
For the dogs/people who have everything, why not give locally-made collars designed specifically for them that come with a lifetime guarantee?
Recommended by Pet Food Express
Various locations throughout the Bay Area
The Go Bowl for dogs and cats, made by Furry Travelers, is a pet water bowl that fits in your vehicle’s cup-holder. It even has a splash guard and lid to prevent spilling. $19.99
Pup-Head’s “green” porta-potty for dogs is made of specially engineered artificial turf that contains antimicrobials and comes pre-scented with an organic attractant that your dog will love. $149