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Friday, December 20, 2013

The Gift Issue 2013: Top 5 Gifts for Dog Lovers

We can't forget the dog lovers during this holiday season.  So, if you are looking for some last minute gift ideas...these are a few we love!

1.  Private Photography Session - What better way to capture that hilarious expression or "I'm so innocent and cute" look than with a private photography session of your pup?  A picture lasts a lifetime and so do the memories you have with your dog.

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Prices can vary from $150 - $600 for private photo sessions.  Check out Happy Dog Sessions from Rialee Photography!

2.  Custom Portrait - Similar to a private photography session, custom artwork, is a great way to celebrate and proudly show off your furry friend.

Photo Credit:  Etsy - AnnaMarieRochelle by Annie Nelson
Artwork ranging from $140-$250

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Artwork raning from $35 - $90

3.  Coffee Table Book - This kind of gift is always so chic and thoughtful.  Who wouldn't love curling up with a glass of wine and flipping through adorable pages of Man's (and Woman's) Best Friend?!

We recommend:

  • DOGS by Tim Flach
  • Dogs in Vogue by Judith Watt
  • Hollywood Book of Dogs  by Robert Dance
  • The Big New Yorker book of Dogs by Malcolm Gladwell

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Price:  $50

Photo Credit:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bookstore
Price:  $45

4.  PJ Salvage Dog Pajamas - Who couldn't use some cozy pajamas during this time of year, especially ones with adorable pups all over!

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Price:  $67

5.  K Kane Jewelry Designs - This beautiful 18K gold cuff is a stunning addition to your jewelry repertoire and a great statement piece.  Celebrate how fabulous your bond is with one of these beautiful pieces!

Photo Credit:  Neiman Marcus
Price:  $272

We truly hope you have a wonderful holiday!


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Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Gift Issue 2013: Top 5 Gifts for your Dog

December is upon us in full swing and we are back with our list of top gift picks for your dog!  We hope you and your pup enjoy these amazing selections!

1.  BarkBox Subscription - The BarkBox concept may not be new to many of you, but I'm still surprised when I meet people who haven't heard of this exciting company.  BarkBox is a monthly subscription that compiles a unique box of goodies designed to treat, entertain, and delight your pup.  You first select your dog size, plan of choice, and receive!  Each box contains 4 or more products; ranging from treats, toys, and innovative gadgets.  This is a great gift for the pup who has everything and is always looking for new forms of entertainment to keep them engaged.  Every month has new products, so your pup will never be bored.

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BarkBox plans start at $19/month

2.  Canine Massage - Up until now, you may have only considered massage a human luxury enjoyed at  those rare times you have the time to go to the spa.  Enjoying a massage is not only part of a balanced and restorative human wellness regimen, but is beneficial for your dog as well.  Massage can help your dog in a variety of ways by reducing anxiety, alleviating muscle and joint pain, and enhancing their overall quality of life.  Check out a local canine massage studio near you!

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Rates for canine massage usually start at $40

3.  The Dog Casino Interactive Game - The DogCasino game is a truly innovative toy designed by canine extraordinaire, Nina Ottosson.  She has designed a number of games and toys designed to mentally and physically stimulate your dog, and DogCasino is one of the top products in her line.  DogCasino consists of 8 compartments and flaps designed to hide treats.  The object of the game is for the dog to locate and extract the treats by opening the compartments and flaps.  This activity not only mentally stimulates your pup, but allows you to spend quality time engaging and connecting with your dog.

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DogCasino Interactive Game by Nina Ottosson - $53.99

4.  PetMate Self-Warming Bed - This product was voted one of the top 10 best pet products at the 2013 Global Pet Expo.  This product works by incorporating Mylar "space blanket" technology, which reflects heat to keep your pup warm and cozy.  This is the perfect gift for those chilly holiday nights!

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Pricing ranges from $24.99 - $165.99 depending on size

5.  Custom Pet Pillows - Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so why not create a toy in the likeness of yourself and pet?!  A custom gift is always more meaningful to give and receive.  We love these pillows by In The Seam designer Rhonda J. Smith.  I can't help but smile when I look at her creations.  All you need to do is submit your photo and Rhonda does the rest!  Check out more In The Seam creations at, her Etsy shop, and UncommonGoods.

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All pillows are custom and start at $145

Happy Gifting!


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