Everything you need for a woofly Christmas – our gift guide for 2017
As my day job is a journalist (writing mainly about pets) I’ve been getting e mails about Christmas since July!
That’s way too early but now we’re firmly into November I think it’s OK to starting thinking about what I’d like to find under the tree.
Basically, my list has become what I’d like for Daisy and I’m sure there’s lots of other crazy dog mums and dads who will say the same!
So I’ve rounded up my own Santa Paws wish list, fab things we’ve tried this year, and must haves for pet owners!
I hope there’s plenty of gift inspiration to suit all tastes and budgets – happy shopping!
Three Pugs Gin
Combining two of my fave things, dogs and gin!
It’s made in Daisy’s hometown of Warrington by crazy dog lady Christine Ditchfield, named after her pugs Pepsi, Tutu and Mojo and comes in a ‘drunken’ bottle.
Try 50ml of the classic or blackcurrant flavour and find out more on Facebook.
You can also get mini-bottles or puglets which make fab stocking fillers and a donation is made to Pug Welfare and Rescue from each sale.
From £35 3 Pugs Small Batch London Dry Gin
Cupid and Comet Advent Calendar
Countdown to Christmas with your pooch with this calendar from Rosewood pet supplies. Daisy has the gourmet meat treat one and you can get doggy friendly chocolate if your pet prefers that.
For All DogKind shampoo
We met sisters Laura, Emily and Jo who are behind this lovely brand at Muddy Dog Challenge – we’re huge fans.
This 97 per cent natural shampoo is made of organic ingredients and is sulphate, paraben and chemical free meaning you can use it every day.
Pawfect for poo loving dogs like Daisy and their Schnauzer Bettie who inspired the range.
Choose from Sensitive, Dirty, Every Day and Super Soothing, and their Smelly scent spray is gorgeous!
£45 For All DogKind Natural Collection
The Dog Trouser Company dog trousers
Regular readers will have seen Daisy road test these pawsome pants as winter set in.
At £75 they’re not cheap but keep legs and bellies clean on muddy walks and if taken care of, can last the lifetime of the dog.
Harriet created them after being inspired by her shaggy, mud attracting rescue dog Alma.
Find out more at www.thedogtrousercompany.com
Fetch Me Noir
There’s loads of pet wines available but this Pet Winery vintage is Daisy’s top tipple.
We get ours from the lovely Rob at B and V Trading at Altrincham Market in Cheshire and it contains bacon extract and valerian root which makes her very merry. She only has a third of a bottle at a time though.
£8.50 from B and V Trading.
Furbo pet camera
We were sent one of these to try out by their PR team and had lots of fun watching Daisy (mainly sleeping) when we were out.
It links up to an app on your Smartphone and you can talk to your dog, toss them a treat and take photos and videos of what they’re up to.
From £179.99 Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, HD Wifi Pet Cam and 2-Way Audio
PitPat activity tracker
Daisy was one of the first dogs to try this when they launched two years ago and it’s our fave tracker. It now monitors distance too.
You don’t need to charge it and each dog is given a target for how many minutes they should spend walking, running and playing.
£39.99 PitPat – Dog Activity Monitor*
Crystal Snowdog jumper
Daisy is feeling the cold this winter and we can’t wait to put her in her Crystal Snowdog jumper.
It has a cute dog hanging out with his snowman friend on it and they do a gorgeous pink and grey version too.
Lords and Labradors crate cover
I went a bit nuts and ordered this as part of my attempt to calm Daisy during the fireworks.
It’s a luxury den cover and I chose the Sophie Allport Labrador print.
They do a gorgeous cushion to go inside too, but my purse couldn’t stretch to that.
I Just Want To Hang With My Dog T shirt
I spotted this on Katie from WoofWoofNetwork.com’s Instagram and it pretty much sums up how I feel every day!
We like this one which we found for £17 on Etsy.
Personalised dog walking bag
Make sure you’re never caught short without a poo bag with this lovely oil cloth shoulder bag from the Cosy Canine Company.
It has loads of space for water bottles and treats, a bag dispenser and they put your dog’s name on too – gorgeous!
We visited Letheringham Water Mill back in July and had a staycation to remember so we’re pencilling in a return in 2018.
Jacqui and Richard and their lovely dogs Amber and Teddy were given a Visit England Rose Award and won their Dog Friendly Business of the Year title.
The accommodation is stunning and they really do think of everything.
From £99 per night www.letheringhammill.co.uk
Ditsy Pet Penguin collar, bandana and lead
We love Ditsy pet and I’ve just ordered this for Daisy to wear from December 1st.
There’s other festive designs including Snowflake, Noel and Christmas Star but we thought the penguins were the most cute.
£36.40 (Daisy wears a Small) www.ditsypet.co.uk
We also love this leather pistachio green and pink collar from Mr Woofkins – this is not one for walks where she might roll in something horrid though!
I treated her to this one for special occasions and we can’t wait for Penny to launch her lead range too.
£20 (Daisy wears a small) www.etsy.com
A lovely dog book
Share The Tail of the Gingerbread Dog with your pooch! This is a furry festive read for all the family about the adventures of two hungry dogs, a clever cat and a gingerbread dog.
It’s made by pet food makers Lily’s Kitchen and all profits go to the PDSA animal charity.
Suzanne Lambert’s The Puppy and the Orphan is a heartwarming read too. Suzanne grew up in the Nazareth House Orphanage in Newcastle and the story is based on her experience.
Set in the 1950s, it’s about a little boy, Billy, who finds a Labrador puppy and the special bond between them.
A Place At The Table!
All Daisy really cares about is filling her tummy.
We went to a neighbours one Christmas Day in the evening for a buffet and she jumped up and started eating from one of the plates.
It’s never been forgotten! Her dad Tommy and I are on our own this Christmas.
So it’s absolutely fine for her to sit at the table and have a dog friendly version of our dinner!
We hope all our readers have a fabulous Christmas and thank you so much for supporting the Paw Post Pet Blog!