The 2012 Howliday Gift Guide is here!

Happy Holidays! I’ve been lucky enough to attend both Global Pet Expo and SuperZoo this year, skulking about the aisles in search of my favorite pet items of the year, and fortunately for us there was plenty to choose from. I’ve teamed up with the pet enthusiasts at Blog Paws to bring you some suggestions from the BlogPaws Great Gifts for Pets Holiday Gift Guide. (The guide in its entirety is viewable at the Blog Paws site.) Here are some of my favorites for under our tree, which if fate and the banks smile upon us will be up at OUR NEW HOUSE about two days before Christmas!

1. Soggy Doggy

I can tell you from personal experience that wet Golden + hardwood = bruised tailbone. Not fun. The Soggy Doggy Doormat® is made from millions of textured, ultrafine strands woven together to create “noodles” that absorb 5x more water than regular cotton doormats! The durable, microfiber chenille doormat has a non-skid backing, and is odor-free and super quick-drying. It’s so velvety-soft that it works as a travel bed and crate-liner too. Plus, the product is available in a variety of colors and sizes to compliment any home’s interior. From $39.99-$84.99, the Soggy Doggy Doormat can be purchased at

2. FURminator deShedding Tool Vacuum Accessory

For the millions of pet owners who simply love their FURminator deShedding tools, here is great news: FURminator now has a vacuum accessory that fits on to your tool for a faster and cleaner pet grooming session. Compatible with small, medium and large size FURminator deShedding tools for dogs and cats, the new product features two removable heads to adjust tool size, and two attachments to fit most vacuum brands.

FURminate and… ZIP… the fur is in the vacuum.

The Furminator Vacuum Accessory retails for $19.99. FURminator products are sold at pet specialty stores, professional pet groomers, veterinary practices and rescue organizations, and are also available online at

3. Cool Blue Dog Hoodies

Just in time for the cooler temperatures that come with winter, dog owners of shorthaired, smushed-faced breeds can take comfort that Cool Blue Dog Apparel has got them covered, literally! Cool Blue Dog Apparel just launched their new hip hoodie line which will be perfect for keeping our Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs and other hard to fit breeds warm, comfortable and in style! Click here to see them now:

These hoodies retail for $56-$58. And though they are marketed for your favorite broad chested brachycephalic breed, I see no reason why you couldn’t put your longer nosed barrel chested dog into one of them if hoodies strike your fancy.

4. PetHub ID Tag

The holidays are a prime time for pets to get lost, with all the hubbub and travel of the busy season. Give your pet the gift of reassurance. Each PetHub QR tag links to a comprehensive pet profile that includes multiple contacts, critical medical information and more.  Every tag includes a 24/7 Found Pet Hotline number, where operators are available around the clock to help lost pets get home fast. PetHub’s Premium Services include Instant Email Notifications w/GPS Mapping, a nation-wide Shelter Alert System & $3000 of Emergency Medical Insurance.

This holiday season, PetHub is offering a FREE Limited Edition Holiday QR tag with every new or renewed Premium Subscription (you also have the option of a FREE basic tag instead).  And, as a special exclusive offer to readers, PetHub is offering 25% off all Premium Subscriptions. Use code HOLIDAYBLOG25. For more information, visit

5. Thundershirt for Dogs and Cats

As festive and fun as the holiday season can be, it can cause many pets to suffer from severe anxiety and stress. No one likes to come home to a trashed tree or 15 unwrapped presents chewed up all over the rug. Thundershirt can help. With its patent-protected design, the Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect that has already helped tens of thousands of dogs with anxiety problems.  The product is also used and recommended by vets and trainers worldwide. Anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and may release calming hormones.

Holiday Offer:

For a limited time, the company is offering a FREE personalized stocking and a squeaky toy for holiday purchases! Simply use code GIFT12 at checkout and be sure to type the name you want embroidered in the “Gift Notes” box.  Retail price starts at $39.99.

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6. Bubba Rose Frosty Cake Pops

OK, this one made me squee. You know how I feel about cake pops. Bubba Rose dog cake pops are made from a pumpkin and molasses cake ball (similar in texture to biscotti) on an edible peanut butter and carob “stick”.

Husband and wife team, Jessica and Eric Talley, are founders of the internationally known Bubba Rose Biscuit Company, located in Boonton, New Jersey, dedicated to providing healthy, preservative-free dog treats; made with organic and natural ingredients and free of wheat, corn and soy. All treats are handmade in small batches in their bakery in NJ using locally sourced ingredients from the U.S. Bubba Rose only uses local cage-free eggs, free-range meats with no added hormones or antibiotics and never any chemicals, artificial flavors, colors or fillers. A portion of every sale goes towards animal rescue.

These can be purchased at and in hundreds of fine pet boutiques around the country.

Retail price: $13.99

I think I know what someone is getting this year!


This is a sponsored post. While BlogPaws compensated me for sharing these cool gifts with you, I retained the right to pick and/or reject items I would not personally recommend.

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  • Tabitha W

    Congrats on your new home!!!!!!!! I know we are all so very very excited and happy for you. But I think we need to know… Ticky Tacky or Hippy land?

    • Neither, if you can believe it. Closer to Ticky tacky town but with a yard and some personality. No micro-roasters in walking distance, but lots of walking trails for me and Brody so I’d call that one a draw.

  • Cathey

    Congratulations! I knew the house thing would all work out in the end, but it’s pretty hard to see when ALL of your are in the same room all the time!! These are all good suggestions and I intend to narrow it down to a couple and gift. Thanks, Dr. V!

    • Cake pops! Must do the cake pops! 😀

  • Hey congrats on getting into a house! That’s so exciting! My trainer recently recommended a Thundershirt for my dog Molly and I’ve got one on the way to me, I’m really interested to try it out and see if it helps calm her car nervousness.

    • I’d love to hear how it works out for you!

      • I’ll be writing a review and hosting a give away on my blog. 🙂 So you’ll definitely be able to read my complete experience.

  • Sherry

    YAY you found a new house! Congrats and love some of these gift ideas.

  • Cake pops for dogs! Love it!

    I have my fingers crossed everything with your new house works out!

  • Ga! I keep seeing Thundershirts everywhere and being given rave reviews. I am thing close to pulling the trigger on one in hopes that it would help Gretel with her anxiety in public. I man, she already wears a jacket and gets cold so why not kill two birds with one jacket 🙂

    • Try one! Then report back! I’d loan you Koa’s but I imagine it’s a wee bit big for your pups.

  • darchole

    Congrats on the new house. In case you were thinking about, do NOT try to host a holiday right after moving – it is way more stress than needed. Moved about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving a few years back, and by Thanksgiving I was ready to kill just about everyone who came over.
    Has anyone had any experience with the using the Thundershirt with cats? How about cats that got batsh*t crazy at the vets? (don’t think it will help in the last siutation, but one of my cats does not like thunder, but he doesn’t like to be held during it either.)

    • I think the cat one is pretty new, so I’m curious to see how it goes over as well. I’m not sure how it would work at high thresholds.

  • JaneK

    Congrats on new house! Saw it in comments first b/c I’m a “skimmer” then went back looking through previous posts wondering how I could have missed that….. Really that is great news and should have been its own post for skimmers like me 🙂
    Also… We use compression-type garments in pediatric therapy…. A lot with autistic kids and even with some ADHD kids…. Gives much needed in-put…. Cool they have for pets

  • HA! That’s just too funny. As I was brushing Jasmine tonight (and she started shedding) I was just thinking how cool it would be if the FURminator could be combined with a vacuum.

    • My dogs are afraid of the vaccuum so it wouldn’t work in our house, but I’d love to give the Furminator a go. I’ve heard so many good things.

  • I’m in love with the Soggy Doggy Rug and the cake pops! What great gift ideas!!!