Friday, November 28, 2014

For Dog Lovers - Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs


With the growing popularity of pet products, there are lots of shopping options for pet lovers.  However, these products and the companies who make them are some of our very favorites.  We wear them ourselves and have given them as gifts.  You'll be a very popular Santa Claus with something from any of these companies under the Christmas tree!


Righteous Hound

Righteous Hound offers very cool dog breed apparel for people.  

Their products are 100% made in the USA and 10% of their products profits directly support rescue and pet adoption.

Though I'm a big fan of their dog breed items, I also love their mutt and "non-breed" t-shirts and hoodies.


My own Peace, Love, Woof long sleeved t-shirt shown below.   Its priced at $28.  



Jeffie and I both love my Peace Love Woof t-shirt from Righteous Hound


Dog Is Good

Dog is Good creates barking good gifts and apparel for dog lovers.  Located in Los Alamitos, CA, they give back to animal welfare organizations including: Greater Good, Victoria Stilwell Foundation, Leader Dogs for the Blind, and The Emma Zen Foundation.

Choose from clothing, mugs, totes, magnets, decals and much more in pawsome dog loving designs.  They even have some great cat and horse themed products, too. 

We have a special Dog is Good discount code for Talking Dogs readers.  Shop at Dog is Good using this discount code at checkout to receive $10 off any purchase of $25 or more:  SAVE10

Among our favorites is their Dog Mom tote bag which retails for $29.99.


Dog City and Co

 Dog City and Co is committed to being 100% USA made.  Though the t-shirts they offer were manufactured abroad, all of the printing is done in Chicago using eco-friendly inks.

Their dog breed text art t-shirts are fantastic, but they also create other clothing items, phone cases, mugs, pillows, magnets, decals, totes and even art prints.  

In fact, you can even design your own custom text art pet portrait item using their easy peasy web form.  Now, that's a personalized Christmas gift idea!  Retail prices vary per product.  Our Labrador Retriever t-shirt (shown below) is priced at $32
Aqua Lab test art t-shirt from Dog City & Co

Shaggy Chic Apparel

Shaggy Chic Apparel offers sassy, super fun and fashionable t-shirts for pet lovers you won't find anywhere else.  

A portion of all Shaggy Chic sales to directly to animal rescue groups. This holiday season $5 from all t-shirt sales benefit Don't Forget to Feed Me, a pet food bank.

We love their T-Shirt of the Month Club so much that we're giving away a 6 month subscription!  (See below) Shop Shaggy Chic Apparel with a 25% discount with this code:  WOOF   They also offer free gift wrapping!. 

We love the Rescue in the House T-shirt at Shaggy Chic


For Love of a Dog Jewelry

For Love of a Dog Jewelry has the perfect unique piece of art jewelry for the dog lover on your shopping list.  They've been creating jewelry and gifts for dog, cat, and horse lovers since 1991 in their home studio.

Fetch your favorite dog breed, celebrate your mutt, spread the word about rescue, honor your pet at the Rainbow Bridge and do it with jewelry created to collect compliments and start conversations.

Prices vary per piece, but standard shipping to US addresses is free at For Love of a Dog. Shop For Love of a Dog Jewelry with a 10% discount using this code at checkout: FLDNEW


My favorite Dog Mom dog bone bracelet at For Love of a Dog Jewelry





Talking Dogs has reviewed many different dog products and you can find our recommendations in our product reviews

* Though we may have received samples from these companies in the past, only Shaggy Chic Apparel sent us a gift certificate for this article.   Talking Dogs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers and the companies mentioned here are not responsible for the content of this article. Please also note that Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.

Black Friday Sale at For Love of a Dog Jewelry #blackfriday #shophandmade


Don't miss the Black Friday Sale

Shop for unique, handmade art jewelry
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 Perfect stocking stuffer and secret Santa gifts like dog breed pendants - and they're on sale!





Unique one of a kind necklaces for dog lovers!








Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Dog Gear - Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers


Find the perfect Christmas gift for your dog or a special dog lover on your holiday shopping list in our Dog Gear Holiday Gift Guide.  Collars, coats, boots, beds - we've got you covered with suggestions of products that the Talking Dogs use and love.  In fact, that's our own Talking Dog, Rudy, modeling.  Jeffie and Rosie, too. 

goDog / Quaker Pet Group
I'd been shopping for a new dog bed when Quaker Pet Group offered to send us one.  Talk about perfect!  It's exactly what I was looking for:  low profile, extra large to accommodate at least two of my dogs, high quality and good looking.

The GoDog BedZzz features Chew Guard Tchnology and is soft, yet strong enough to give your dog a sound night's sleep while standing up to scratching, nesting and chewing.

This bed is available in six sizes and will fit most common crates.  Machine washable, the goDog BedZzz is made of soft plush with a tough backing.

Even though no dog bed is indestructible, the goDog BedZzz are tougher and last longer than standard soft plush beds and they guarantee it.

We received an XXLarge in Cocoa which measures 49" x 30" x 4.5".  Retail price on Amazon: $85

I love this dog bed!  It's a perfect bed for lounging in front of our floor to ceiling windows.  Though plenty big enough for two large snuggling dogs, it's low profile and good looks look great.  Safe to say, the dogs love it, too!

Jeffie lounges in comfort on our new goDog BedZzz from Quaker Pet Group.
Rudy tests the goDog BedZzz Chew Guard Technology!



Alcott Adventures

That's our own Rudy modeling his very cool Alcott Adventures dog collar.  Actually, all three of the Talking Dogs have dog collars from Alcott and we love them.  They're very well made, sturdy, padded, reflective and they come in barking good colors.

Of course, Alcott Adventures is not just about dog collars. Alcott's tag line is "Turn your walks into adventures" and it's easy to see how with their dog gear:  dog collars, harnesses, leashes; dog beds and blankets; dog toys and apparel, and just wait until you see their dog sleeping bags and pup tents. 

Fetch Alcott Adventures for some howling good canine accoutrements and necessities, so you'll be ready for your next adventure. Retail prices vary per product, but dog collars are $11.99-$13.99 depending on size.

  
Comfy Dog Boots

We like supporting small boutique businesses, especially those with handmade items.  That's one reason we love Comfy Dog Boots.

Jeffie is shown at left modeling his custom made Comfy Dog Boots.  Yes, they were made to match his winter coat and they look terrific.

Comfy Dog Boots offers several varieties of dog boot and shoes, as well as dog coats, parkas and jackets.   Choose from warm weather indoor, cold weather outdoor, lace up with velcro, and high top boots.  Some styles are perfect for those slippery tile or hardwood floors!  They even create custom dog boots to fit pets with paws that need extra protection due to allergies, dragging, deformities, and for disabled dogs.

Prices vary according to the type and size of boot selected.  Jeffie's boots retail at $22 plus $3 shipping
 


EzyDog
That's Rudy shown at left in his very snazzy EzyDog Element Dog Jacket.  He and I both love it!
This dog coat has a wind and water proof shell with an inner lining of non-pilling fleece.  They feature a Quick-Fit Neo-Xpand necklace for easy on and off.  Plus there are cam lock slider release buckles for quick adjustment for fit.  

Attaching a dog leash to a harness or collar is easy with a waterproof access zipper. A great safety feature are the side panels of the jacket.  They have light reflective piping for those in-the-dark walks.

EzyDog makes a line of products aimed for dogs with an outdoor lifestyle including:  backpacks, bowls, coats, collars, harnesses, car restraints, leashes, life jackets, toys and pet carriers.  They manufacture the Original Shock Absorbing Leash designed for control, comforts and safety of dogs that pull or are in training. 

Element Dog Jackets are available in two colors:  Sky (blue) and Scarlet (red.)  These jackets are available in a range of sizes from XXS to XXL.  Prices range from $40 to $75.


Mutts-N-Bones
Here's another small handmade business I absolutely love:  Mutts-N-Bones dog collars.

I discovered them when I was looking for a Duke Blue Devils dog collar for Rosie.  Mutts-N-Bones offers beautiful handmade college  and professional sports team dog collars.  If you don't see your team listed, ask the artisan, Aida, and I'm pretty sure she'll custom make one for you.

Mutts-N-Bones dog collars are all handmade to order with a turnaround time of 1-2 weeks.  Rosie's Duke Blue Devils collar includes black nylon webbing, Duke printed ribbon, black buckles and glide, with a nickel D ring.  It is very well made and beautiful. Priced at $18 - 24 depending on size.

Mutts-N-Bones offers a wide variety of dog collars, leashes, bow ties, and pooh bags in many styles and sizes.  They also support no kill animal shelters / rescues and donate a portion of their profits accordingly. 

Rosie models her Duke Blue Devils dog collar from Mutts-N-Bones
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Talking Dogs has reviewed lots of dog gear and you can find our recommendations in our product reviews

* Though we may have received dog gear samples from these companies in the past, only Quaker Pet Group sent us a product for this article (1 goDog BedZzz.)   Talking Dogs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers and the companies mentioned here are not responsible for the content of this article.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rosie Might Have a Favorite Color - Wordless Wednesday


I'm beginning to wonder if Rosie's favorite color is blue!  Or maybe she just loves these cool dog toys.

Both are in our Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers.  On the left is the West Paw Design Toppl dog toy we won in a Go Pet Friendly newsletter giveaway.  (If you're not on their mailing list, you're missing out!)  On the right is the goDog Holiday T-Rex plush toy.  Rosie can't decide her favorite.



Dog Toys - Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers



My dogs love toys.  Jeffie loves to carry them around with him.  Rudy and Rosie like to play in a big way!  I'm too embarrassed to count them, but I will tell you that we have two huge baskets full of dog toys.  Not a holiday or dog birthday goes by that we don't celebrate with new dog toys at our house.  Here are just a few of our favorites.  Be the best Santa Paws ever with these products under the tree for your dog!


GoDog / Quaker Pet Group

The good folks at Quaker Pet Group recently sent us one of their brand new goDog T-Rex dog toys.  It's from their new Holiday Collection and it is adorable!

Not only cute, it's built tough for fun and features their Chew Guard Technology.  Double stitched seams are tougher and last longer than standard plus toys, too, and they guarantee it.

Our Holiday T-Rex is big, blue, and has a cute set of earmuffs and silly googley eyes.  Constructed of super-soft bubble plush, the Rosie loves the texture.  And, of course, there's a squeaker!  Available in both large and small sizes for all breeds of dogs to enjoy, our pack is pretty sure your dog would love Santa Paws to leave one under the Christmas tree.  Retails for about $10.00
Rosie loves her new Holiday T-Rex plush toy from goDog / Quaker Pet Group

West Paw Design

If you'd told me that this would be one of Rosie's favorite dog toys, I'm not sure I'd have believed you.  However, the queen of the plush toys LOVES the blue Toppl™ we won in a giveaway at Go Pet Friendly.

Made by West Paw Design, the Topple traps treats in it's inner ridges and tips over to keep dogs entertained and challenged.  Like all of their Zogoflex® dog toys, Toppl™ is recyclable, BPA-and-phthalate-free, FDA compliant (meaning it’s safe to eat off of), and Guaranteed to Last.  Large is 4" and retails for $19.95

Rosie loves her West Paws Designs Topple and her goDog T-Rex dog toys!


Chewy

I suspect most think of dog food and treats when they think of Chewy    It's true, they're one of the leading companies in providing home delivery of those products.  However, they have an ever expanding selection of pet supplements, supplies, and... TOYS!

Chewy.com is my go-to resource for high quality dog toys and you can see some of those at the left.  I want to be clear about this:  those really are our toys (that we purchased from Chewy.com.

Shopping this year for my dogs has been easy peasy. So much so that I'll be Christmas shopping for dog toys (and treats) at Chewy, too.  Retails prices vary, but Chewy almost always has a lower price than anywhere else I've found.  Add in the customer reviews, frequent sales and the fast free home delivery on orders of $49.99 and you'll love Chewy, too!
Rosie was thrilled with her birthday dog toys from Chewy.com



* Talking Dogs received one goDog Holiday T-Rex dog toy for our honest review.  We purchased other products mentioned here and we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.