It’s that time of year again. The lights are up, the music of the season is everywhere and eggnog is being consumed like water. It’s also the season of gift giving, and for those pet parents who want to spoil their fur babies, I’m here to help you out.
I’m a big fan of supporting local small businesses as much as possible. I believe that supporting your local small business is good for everyone. So today, I want let you know of some amazing local vendors and stores in Edmonton and Alberta that have some great gift idea for your pets. If you’re not in the Edmonton area, many of them do ship all over Canada and even internationally.
Mutt Munch is a great way to spoil your fur baby by giving them treats that are hand made with all natural ingredients. The owners cater to a variety of dietary needs and sensitivities. To ensure the highest quality, they make all of their treats in small batches. My dogs are particularly fond of the peanut butter pumpkin biscuits.
Looking for some holiday bandanas for your pets? Then look no further than the WoofGang Shop. All bandanas are hand made and customized to the size of your dog’s neck. All the bandanas are snap up in the back and work great if you have a dog that wears a harness instead of a collar. The materials are so soft that even Dolly, who has very sensitive skin, can wear her bandana for hours and have no irritation.
Not only are the bandanas adorable (and many of them reversible), the owner Nithya Reddy, even created a matching bandana and scarf set so you can match your dogs.
DogDog Goose make handmade pet accessories and specialize in working with leather and biothane. Their collars and leashes are not only built to look good, they are built to last. Their products are waterproof, stink proof and fade resistant.
A product that they make and I decided to try this year was their Paw Saver wax. I normally have the dogs wear booties when out for a walk, but I noticed that one of Max’s dew claws became irritated whenever we put his on. I knew he needed something to protect his paws from the harsh salt and sand that people put down, so that’s when I decided to order the paw wax to give it a try. I can honestly say that this product works. Not once since using it has Max lifted his paws or limped because they have been irritated. The best part is that I also use it with Dolly (who is allergic to basically everything) and have had no issues. If anything, it’s probably helped her skin allergies.
Looking to dress up your dog or cat for the holidays? Then why not get them an adorable bow tie to wear from Darling Dear Co? All their bow ties are hand made and can be slipped on to any collar. Plus, there is nothing more adorable than a pet wearing a bow tie.
I have a special place in my heart for Rayna Dog Collars. One of the very first photos of Dolly that I saw was her wearing a collar with a flower on it. When we adopted her, we got the collar. I was even more happy to find out that the collar is locally made by someone who also happens to a volunteer with Zoe’s Animal Rescue. Not only does Bonnie make adorable collars and accessories, she also makes leashes as well.
The Woofery makes healthy and eco friendly treats that your dog will love. Their treats are single ingredient and dehydrated to ensure that they receiving the highest quality treats without any added preservatives that most store bought treats have. I honestly don’t know a dog that doesn’t love dehydrated meat treats.
Along side the treats, they also make adorable matching scarf and bananas for you and your dogs. I recently bought the green scarf and love how warm and cozy it is. It’s perfect to wear while walking your dog on a cold winter day.
A lot of the products listed above can be purchased at my favourite pet store, Fox & Tux Pet Boutique. They offer a variety of quality items for your pets including food, treats, accessories and even do customized boxes for you to spoil your fur babies. They carry a variety of local and Canadian vendors as they have a strong passion for supporting local.
Along with carrying amazing local and high quality products, the people are Fox & Tux are what really make the store special. If you are in Edmonton, go visit them at their location on High Street.
Happy shopping everyone!