Olivia is my little beast. Some days, she’s the perfect angel. Other days, she makes me want to pull my hair out and cry. In the end, she’s my favorite thing in the world. No one loves the way that dogs do. Dog people are my kind of people, so heed my recommendation on these perfect gifts for dog owners!
Cute Bags for Cookies
I love going places that are dog friendly: restaurants, breweries, parks. Cookies tend to keep her quiet for a bit, so I was taking baggies of them in my purse. The baggies would get gross, and then I’d end up with crumbs in the bottom of my bag! I had to hack this one a bit. Spoiler alert: it’s actually a pencil bag!
I know this sounds silly and “why would anyone ask for this?” However, I bought a big box soon after I adopted Olivia, and I won’t go back. They are always on hand! I try and get some that are earth-friendly too. Yes, you can use grocery store bags, but who still has plastic bags from the grocery store?! Also, I’ve started keeping a roll in my car for whenever I pump gas because those things are covered in germs. #tellyourfriends
Also, if you buy from Amazon (or places like Chewy), they have Subscribe & Save discounts. Essentially, you sign up to receive the item once a month (or quarter or what have you), and you get a discount on the item!
Fluff & Tuff Dog Toys
I cannot say enough good things about this brand. Someone purchased Boomer the Tiger for Olivia just a few weeks after she was adopted. She’s pulled the stuffing out of all but the head, and it’s still one of her favorites. She has also gotten Edsel the Elephant, whose stuffing she has pulled out as well. We’ve evolved into a full zoo now, and she’s a lot more gentle with her toys now! This brand is perfect for destructive dogs! They’re so well made with extra enforced fabric to prevent the stuffing from coming out. She gets one every Christmas, and it’s just the cutest thing, Meet the Powell Zoo:
Wally the Mallard is her favorite! She likes to grab it by the wing and swing it around the house. Luckily, she hasn’t broken anything in the house. I would encourage you to be careful, just in case.
If you have an active dog like Olivia, you can never have enough tennis balls. You don’t have to be too concerned with ball quality here like you would if you were a tennis player. According to my dad, all of the tennis balls we currently possess are flat, but Olivia certainly doesn’t care. Somehow, I always lose tennis balls. I swear, the dog park and tennis balls are the equivalent of the dryer with socks. They just disappear! Plus, sometimes it’s not worth it to pry your ball away from another drooly dog.
Harness & Light
Anyone who knows her will tell you that Olivia is high maintenance. I’ve probably made her that way, but I still feel guilty about however she spent the first year of her life before I adopted her. We go on a lot of walks, so it’s important that she be on a harness. I’ve recommended this harness to EVERYONE, and they’ve all given it five star reviews. This one also has a handle at her back should I need to contain her.
Her collar is Blueberry Pet, and they’re a great brand! They offer a variety of patterned (and solid) collars, sweaters, and more. She’s pretty much been in various Blueberry Pet collar since I got her. They have even come out with a line of matching human sweaters too!
There is this great brand on Amazon that will send you a matching bracelet with your purchase of a dog collar! I keep going back and forth on this, but it’s such a cute idea. Friendship Collar is the brand I’m familiar with, but there’s also Pettsie too!
In the end, gifts for dog owners are really things for the dogs themselves. You want things that will keep the beasts safe, happy, and occupied. Every minute spent with a new stuffed toy is a minute that dog owner isn’t playing tug-of-war or throwing a tennis ball.
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