Holiday Gift Guide - Page 16 - For pet lovers

Holiday Gift Guide
- Page 16
For pet lovers

Unique gifts for pets – and their owners

 

By Sarah Cavill, Contributing Writer

 

Pet lovers are special people, who treat their furry friends like family, and gifts for them can reflect the kindness and love they have for their pets. Whether the gift is for them or for their pet, it can range from silly and fun to practical or artistic. Gifts for pets and their owners can often be found in small, locally owned shops and business, or unique gift shops where artisans may share their affection for animals through their artistry.

 

1 PRAYING CAT

 

The simple, quiet energy of this graceful sculpture will be a welcome gift to any animal lover or spiritual person. It’s made of suar wood, and handcrafted by Balinese folk artist Nengah Sudarsana, who wanted the carving to reflect his love of animals. Each piece is signed by the artist, and varies in wood grain, color and pattern as each is a unique work of art. Available at www.market.unicefusa.org.

 

2 CAT TUMBLERS

 

Cat people know that cat people like gifts with cats on them. It’s socially acceptable and much appreciated. These clever tumblers, depicting kitties in the throws of a yarn battle are reminiscent of 1960s illustrations, colorful yet subtle enough that you won’t get labeled a crazy cat person – unless you want to. It’s made in Chattanooga, Tenn., by artist Patricia Carlin, who likes to keep her illustrations uncomplicated, and focused on “warmth, humor and emotion,” which these charming glasses evoke perfectly. Available at Uncommon Goods.

 

3 KITTY KASA BEDROOM CUBE

 

This clever and modern cat bed is just the thing for hipster felines and their owners. A cube that snaps together quickly, and outfitted with a durable and pretty bed, this hideaway is great for when kitty wants to escape the holiday noise. The cube is easy to wipe clean in case of accidents, and the bed is machine washable. Creating a whole cat universe is possible with the Kitty Kasa Gym, and other bedrooms, which can be stacked in different configurations, or even secured to the wall. A generous gift to a friend who fosters or an animal shelter. Available at Kittykasas.com.

 

4 EMBROIDERED COLLAR

 

From Annapolis based company Bay Dog, the stylish Tampa Bay collar will keep any pooch looking super smart and easy to find courtesy of the custom embroidery that can include name and phone number. This nylon collar comes in a variety of colors and has a quick release buckle and velcro adjustment strap. The comfortable mesh liner is soft on dog’s neck, and there are two durable rings, for leash and any additional tags. A thoughtful and practical gift for any dog you love. Baydog is a veteran-owned local business.

 

5 LEASH

 

The Hudson Bay leash, also from Bay Dog, coordinates with the Tampa Bay collar and boasts similar benefits. Made of all-weather nylon with reinforced stitching and available in a wide variety of colors, it also has several unique features. The carabiner that is included with the leash is handy for waste disposal, treat bags or securely securing your pet temporarily. This leash also has a padded

 

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