Holiday gift ideas for all those furry members of the family.
West Paw Toys
Pets-, people- and planet-minded toy and accessories manufacturer, West Paw, has an extensive line of durable dog toys for all chew and snuggle levels. This year, the company also launched a line of holiday-themed toys to keep in the season’s spirit. Just one example is the Merry Monster, made with furry material, two embroidered eyes, a bright red nose, and stuffed with eco-friendly fiber fill and squeaker. The 7-inch super-soft dog toy is ready for your dog to pounce. All toys are handcrafted in the USA and guaranteed.
$21.95 for Merry Monster (prices vary for other toys), westpaw.com
Do you have a power-chewer? Then you’ll want to check out SodaPup’s line of durable nylon and rubber dog toys made in the USA from FDA-compliant materials. The company has a holiday-themed line, including rubber treat dispenser/chew toys in snowman, Christmas tree, gift box and roasted turkey designs and nylon toys in snowflake, snowman, Christmas tree, gingerbread man and turkey designs.
Our pets love to play, but they also love to eat. While some pets aren’t too picky about their food, it’s still important for their health to feed them quality meals. Orange County-born JustFoodForDogs has dedicated itself to serve just that: fresh meals made with whole foods that humans can eat, but made for our pets. Fresh meals are made in the company’s open-to-the-public kitchens and then frozen without any preservatives. They also offer a shelf-stable PantryFresh line that cooks ingredients at low heat, under pressure and inside the packaging, also without preservatives. For the holidays, the company is offering two Holiday Health Bundles in chicken and beef — including a copy of new book “Big Kibble: The Hidden Dangers of the Pet Food Industry and How to Do Better by Our Dogs,” one box of PantryFresh Chicken & White Rice or the Beef & Russet Potato, one bag of Chicken Breast Treats or the Beef Liver Bark Treats, and a JustFoodForDogs Insulated Tote. And don’t worry, JustFoodForDogs does have a couple of cat items, JustCats Fish & Chicken and Salmon Bark Treats.
Holiday Health Bundle (beef) $32.95, (chicken) $34.95, justfoodfordogs.com
Best Friends Animal Society
Speaking of cats, Best Friends Animal Society sells this Kitty Cactus Catnip Toy with 100 percent organic catnip. The toy is 4-by-5.5 inches for your favorite feline’s pouncing pleasure. Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare group with a mission of ending the killing of dogs and cats in shelters by 2025. All the proceeds from sales go toward saving the lives of homeless pets.
Jackboy’s Dog Bakery
Bakery owner Athena Yap wanted something better for Jackboy after the 2007 pet food recalls. She started making her own treats using only natural ingredients, and no added preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. Jackboy has since passed away, but his memory continues on in the fresh-baked goodies now available under his name for other dogs to enjoy. The bakery offers all kinds of dog-safe cakes and cupcakes, biscuits and cookies for holidays, birthdays or just to let your dog know he’s a good boy (or girl). All cake and cupcake orders are available for pick-up only at locations in Corona and Anaheim.
Prices vary, jackboydogbakery.com
By Jessica Peralta