Animal Fair’s Wendy Diamond and her rescued Maltese Lucky are digging deep and giving the greatest holiday gift – their festive four-legged pet picks! They know exactly what a dog or cat will whine for this season.
1. Land’s End Fleece Dog Jacket
Tis’ the season for pooch parties! Since Lucky is a regular invited and honored guest on the New York City holiday party scene, she often has to run from one party to the next. This year she plans to stay hot throughout the wintry cold with Land’s End Fleece Dog Jacket, and suggests her canine counterparts do the same, perhaps in seasonal red or green! Justin Beiber should definitely warm up his short-haired Papillion Sammy, with a monogrammed Land’s End Fleece Dog Jacket! This cozy, machine washable, polyester fleece jacket protects dogs during the ruff-est of climates.
For more information visit: www.landsend.com.
2. Ubisoft Petz Nursery 2
Since Lucky is an advocate for the underdog, she found the perfect holiday gift for the entire family, especially those thinking about adopting or rescuing a new pet from a shelter over the holidays or during the New Year. With Ubisoft Petz Nursery 2 video game, individual players can virtually care for and bond with 22 different animals from infancy, while discovering each animal’s individual likes and dislikes. This game provides the perfect way to find out which pet is right for your family lifestyle. Nurturing and creating relationships with baby “petz” includes feeding, providing shelter and watching them grow to maturity! Exotic animals such as tiny tigers, playful polar bears and pandas commingle with domesticated puppies and kittens in the virtual kingdom! Singer Rhianna might get a buzz out of orchestrating a musical mix with her Maltepoo DJ and a North Pole penguin.
For more information visit: www.toysrus.com.
Holiday Tip: Here comes Santa Paws! Everyone loves the gift-giving season, but pets should not be given as presents. Unless you’re sure the recipient is ready and willing to care for a new addition, it’s better to stick to more traditional gifts. Always discuss the possibility of a pet with the potential owner; that way, you can save an unwanted pet from ending up in a shelter. An alternative gift for an animal-lover is to donate to the charity of their choice, like the SPCA or the Humane Society.
3. Bissell SpotBot
$119.99 to $149.99
The most zen pet make a mess every now and then, and with all the holiday celebrations coming up, even pet parents are primed for the occasional spill. Lucky has watched (from under a couch) her parent Wendy use Bissell’s SpotBot Deep Compact Cleaner to remove some of her toughest canine stains, and highly recommends this gift! Kim Kardasian and her cutesy Boxer pup Rocky just moved into a new abode. Lucky confers that the rest of the Kardasian clan consider putting the Bissell SpotBot under their holiday tree as a house warming gift. This compact carpet cleaner gets out the rowdiest party stains including red wine, cola, fruit juice, coffee, pet stains and more! Party on Kim & Rocky!
For more information visit: www.Bissel.com.
Holiday Tip: The only ones you don’t have to cook for. People food is just for people! Make sure all your pets avoid your favorite treats like alcohol, chocolate, and macadamia nuts. Even your holiday ham might be a little too rich for your pet’s stomach to handle. Instead, why not look up a recipe for doggie cookies? That way, you can give your pet a special holiday treat that won’t make them feel sick.
4. Luxury Pets® Furnishings & Accessories
$149.00 to $259.00
Sturdy, sleek, and sophisticated, that’s how Lucky often describes herself, and also one of her favorite holiday gifts, the Luxury Pets’ granite and marble bowls. Every canine and feline wants a special water and feeding bowl that never spills (pets can have holiday wishes too you know!) and always compliments their parents’ digs. This single and double basin bowl is pet-iculary unique and designed to enhance modern homes (Lucky fancies herself a contemporary canine), and is available in a variety of colors.
For more information visit: www.luxurypets.com.
Holiday Tip: Deck the halls, but not with holly! Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas in your home? Decorations are great, but choose them wisely. Holiday trimmings like holly, mistletoe, poinsettia, and pine needles can be harmful if ingested by your pet. Also avoid tinsel and garland, which might just be a little too tempting from the point of view of a cat. If you can’t resist these decorations, keep them in a place high enough that you don’t have to worry about your pet making them a snack while you’re not home.
5. Petco – Petsafe Heated Wellness Sleeper
$44.97 to $99.97
Woof, it’s getting cold outside, and even Lucky with her collection of canine coats enjoys a little extra heated home comfort during the winter months. Petsafe Heated Wellness sleeper provides soothing heat (but not hot to the paw touch) and softness to keep your pet warm when the winter winds are roaring. Lucky truly appreciates this gift, as the rejuvenating PetSafe Heated Wellness Sleeper is a controlled therapeutic system, heating up to a maximum of 102 degrees (a pet’s natural core temperature)!
After relaxing in the sleeper, Lucky loves to jump right back into the spirit of the season with a festive game of fetch with Petco’s Tuffy’s Red Paw Ring Dog Toy. This machine washable toy is covered by a soft layer of fleece with soft edges. Another Lucky favorite Petco toy that she plans to hand out to canines and felines on her gift A-list is the Holiday Giant Rawhide Candy Cane, a giant rawhide candy cane!
For more information visit: www.petco.com.
Holiday Tip: Your dog is even more scared of your in-laws than you are. You might be thrilled to have your family over to share in celebration, but your shy pet could feel differently. Have a quiet room ready for your pet in case they need an escape route. The best gift of all for your cat might be a chance to have your bedroom entirely to himself. Remember to provide all the necessities: food, water, and a litter box. Just as importantly, take a few minutes out of your evening to check on your pet in case she’s feeling a little neglected.
$30.00 to $50.00
Lucky highly suggests the Scentsy warmers to sooth pets and their parents during all the fun and frantic holiday hubbub. It makes sense, that the safe Scentsy use a low-watt bulb to slowly melt a uniquely formulated wax, coaxing the fragrance to linger longer through the mistletoe and mirth. And if your pet is prone to sudden outbursts; flame, soot, smoke or lead won’t be a hazardous holiday concern with this gift. Lucky takes pride in her well-developed snout and recommends the 80 delightful Scentsy scents. And with so many varieties of breeds (and pet parents), everyone should find a special seasonal scent to roll over and kick back with!
For more information visit: www.scentsy.net.
7. William Wegman for Crypton Fabrics Covers
If your pup is more refined and appreciates fine art, he or she will just love William Wegman’s Fabric Covers from Crypton. The machine- washable mats do double duty as a blanket on one side, and suede on the other. The stain-, moisture-, and odor- repellant blanket is the perfect versatile gift for your precocious pet.
For more information visit: http://www.cryptonfabric.com/crypton/forhome.do?category_id=1918
Holiday Tip: The holidays aren’t a time to be shellfish. Cats and dogs aren’t the only ones to worry about during the holidays; your fish could be in peril, too! Keep drinks and food away from your fish tank to prevent any harm from coming to your aquatic friends. Children are especially prone to “feeding the fish” with whatever they might have in their hands at any given moment, so it might be best to keep your fish tank out of sight if you’re expecting younger guests.
NOTE: Do not give pets as gifts! This isn’t Scrooge speaking, but it is important that the receiver is ready to play, love and care for the pet 24 hours a day! “Unlike an ugly pair of wool socks, pets aren’t gifts you can just toss aside or return. If you do know someone who’s ready to become a new “mommy or daddy,” make sure you adopt as there is every breed, size, color, shape and personality available” says Wendy Diamond!