You’ve braved the shopping malls in search of gifts for family and friends, but that doesn’t mean Fido should get squat this holiday season. Whether you’re obsessed with your own dog, or just looking for a cute gift for a devoted pet owner, we’ve got the lowdown on the best holiday gifts for your furry friends.
For the canine food connoisseur, try an all natural ginger-bread Santa Head Cookie by Boston Barkery. This isn’t the kibble of yesteryear, folks: Staff at Pawsh have sampled the treats themselves and give them a thumbs up. ($5.99 at Pawsh Dog Boutique and Salon)
If you want to keep your dog or cat occupied during the work day, or you’re just a little sick of throwing the ball, the iFetch Interactive On-Demand Ball Launching Toy can take the work out of it. It’s available online at the Somerville-based e-commerce site The Grommet. (thegrommet.com, $115)
No matter their breed or pedigree, chances are your fur baby loves to snuggle up for a long snooze. Try the P.L.A.Y. Dog or Cat Snuggle Bed, which can be molded up into a sleeping bag, mat, or bolster bed for the ultimate nap. (small $55, large $75 Dayton Home, Wellesley)
For the dog who destroys a new toy within 5 minutes of getting it, give them a shot at destructing the Fluff & Tuff Holiday Bear. Not only is it double-stitched to give your furry friend an extra challenge, but there’s a durable squeaker inside. ($14.99 at Pawsh Dog Boutique and Salon in Boston)
For extra dog dining options, try some all-natural dog delicacies by Dorchester company 2 Dogs Treats. They're preservative-free, but will still drive your pup into a feeding frenzy in flavors like turkey, chicken, and beef. ($22.95 for a Holiday Box of 3 flavors at The Pooped Pooch, Dorchester or online at 2DogsTreats.com)
It may be more for you than your favorite pup, but your cubicle needed a little spicing up anyway. Get a 2015 Desk Calendar by Pawblo Picasso features 12 portraits of pets for the New Year, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston. ($14.99 at Pawsh Dog Boutique and Salon)