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Letters from the Kennel: Holiday Gift Guide for Pets

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays!

Maybe you already have your shopping under way, or maybe you haven’t even thought about it yet. Chances are, when putting together a list of who you need to buy gifts for, your pets don’t make the initial cut. But they’re family, and we know you’ll get them a gift sooner or later. If you’re thinking about getting a gift for your cat or dog, this holiday gift guide for pets is perfect for you. Plus, check out the Holiday Gift Guide for Pet Lovers to get some gift ideas for your human loved ones (or even for yourself)!

If you’re looking for an item you saw in Humanely Speaking, look for the items with an asterisk (*) next to them!

For Dogs:


*Cactus Dog Toy

This cute, squeaky cactus toy is perfect for a desert dog! No need to worry about prickers with this one, either. Made by Purplebone, a lifestyle boutique based in London, England, this toy is best for dogs who like to hold toys in their mouth but not chew them. Bonus: you could win this toy in our Holiday Raffle! You can enter at www.hssaz.org/HolidayRaffle.


*Nozzle Nectar

Keep your dog’s dry nose hydrated this winter with Nozzle Nectar. This all-natural, 100% organic, and fragrance-free nose balm is safe for humans too, so you can rest assured that you’re putting a high quality product on your dog’s nose! This is a great item for your pet first aid kit!


West Paw Toys

These great dog toys come in a wide variety of styles, from tough, utilitarian toys for dogs who love intense play, to adorable, classic toys that your dog will have a blast with. West Paw is committed to making safe, high quality, sustainable dog toys. If you pride yourself on being environmentally friendly, this is a great brand for you, since every dog toy in their Zogoflex and Zogoflex Air lines can be infinitely recycled! If you’re in Tucson, you can grab these toys at our PAWSH La Encantada store!


Sedona Natural Liver Chips

Made right here in Arizona, these all-natural treats have one ingredient only: beef liver. Sedona Natural uses USDA grade meat from local butchers to make these healthy, real meat dog treats. We gave them to some of our shelter dogs, and they certainly were a hit! If you’re in Tucson, you can pick up these treats at our PAWSH La Encantada store!


GoDog Toys

If your dog is a chewer, you might love goDog’s unique toys. These toys are made with Chew Guard technology, which means they have a super tough, durable liner inside that’s built to withstand tough play and outlast regular plush toys. Plus, they are cute as can be, and you can get designs such as dinosaurs, dragons, monkeys, and more! GoDog guarantees their Chew Guard toys, and will provide a one-time replacement if they don’t outlast your standard plush toys. If you’re in Tucson, you can pick up these toys at our PAWSH La Encantada store!

For Cats:


*Catnip Toys from Feline Fun

We just love these cute catnip toys from Feline Fun, an independent Etsy shop in Canada. These toys come in a wide variety of creative designs. Each toy is handmade. In addition, the certified organic catnip and eco-friendly felt make for an overall high-quality product! Bonus: you could win one of these toys in our Holiday Raffle! Enter today at www.hssaz.org/HolidayRaffle.


*Original Kitty Cot

Touted as the “World’s Best Cat Perch,” the Original Kitty Cot is perfect for a cat who likes a view from high up. Made with strong, durable materials and high-quality, giant suction cups, this in-window cot will be your cat’s new hang out spot. Kitty Cot guarantees their product, because they know you and your cat will love it.


Goli Design Toys

Goli Design, LLC is a great company. Based in Portland, Oregon, Goli works with impoverished third world countries to provide alternative forms of income to villages. Their cat toys (dog lovers, they have dog products, too!) are beautiful and interesting, and cat approved, of course. They have a wide variety of products, including catnip toys and collars. If you’re in Tucson, you can pick up some of their cat toys at our PAWSH La Encantada store!


Go Cat Feather Toys

Go Cat Feather Toys have already been HSSA cat approved. Check out our review of Da Bird! These awesome hand-crafted toys come in a wide selection of colorful and interesting designs. Your cats are sure to love them! If you’re in Tucson, you can pick up these toys at our PAWSH La Encantada store!

We know your pets will love these toys and products, and we know you will love the excitement your dog expresses when they “unwrap” these great presents. Will you buy any of these products for your pet? Are there any must-have products you think we should have included? Let us know in the comments.

Happy holidays from HSSA!