Pets are family members, too! That’s why we’ve asked the experts at Bodega Pet Foods & Supply in Richmond, B.C., to fill us in on the top holiday gifts for our furry friends. —Vita Daily
Novel Protein Treats from Shades of Gray Indigenous Treats Company: Owned and operated by an Indigenous family in Ontario, Shades of Gray Indigenous Treats (starting at $20) make the perfect gift—especially for pets with food allergies (or, for a friend’s pet you’re not totally familiar with). Focused on novel proteins that are clean and hypoallergenic for pets (think beaver, rabbit, bison and elk), this is the gift to win over every barking baby.
Holiday Crochet Collars from Petcollar.ca: Still considering how to dress up your pet this holiday season? Richmond’s very own pet crochet brand specializes in handcrafted pet collars (starting at $25) that look equally cute on dogs and cats. Maker Charis Poon’s new holiday collection a dangly 3-D crochet bell collar, a fluffy Santa collar and a Rudolph collar with the signature red nose. In-store only!
Xmas Tree Cave from Dharma Dog Karma Cat: Thanks to a company based south of Canadian border, pet parents can finally set up a pet-friendly “Christmas tree” at home! Made by women artisans in Nepal from 100 per cent Himalayan unbleached wool, this pet cave (in green and white; good for cats and small dogs, $111) is a fair-trade, sustainable décor item or gift option for conscious shoppers.
Golden Collar & Leash from Nose and Hearts: Lightweight, 100 per cent waterproof and tested up to 1,000 pounds, the BioThane collar ($31) and leash ($29) in a limited festive golden hue are all handcrafted on Vancouver Island.
Chewy Vuiton from Haute Diggity Dog: Also in Dogior, Pawlenciaga, Puggs Boots, Wagentino and Starbarks Coffee editions, these adorable plush toys (starting at $17) are guaranteed to suit you and your pets’ exquisite fashion taste.
Picky Pet Variety Box from Yappetizers: This Richmond-based treat company has been making pet treats that smell and taste good for almost 20 years. The variety box ($21) is a great way for your cats and dogs to enjoy some of the brand’s top-selling flavours, including west coast wild salmon, Canadian venison meat and beef liver.
Fabric Pet Collar from CHLOGI: Choose between snowflakes, Christmas trees and classic plaid, with or without pom-poms! These locally handcrafted fabric collars ($15) are a must-have for doggie parties. In-store only!
Tundra Fleece from RC Pets: One of the warmest jackets from the beloved Vancouver pet brand, this sherpa fleece (starting at $45) is available in a new marigold/periwinkle plaid this winter for all the good boys and good girls out there.
Cat Lickable Treat Variety Box from Inaba Churu: As stated on the package: lickable cat treats are absolutely irresistible … for cats! With four different chicken-based flavours, this 20-tube variety box ($22) is guaranteed to make your cats Christmas crazy!
Spruce Pet Travel Carrier from Wild One: Taking a family trip with your pets this holiday season? This emerald-green pet carrier ($179) is airline-compliant, cushy and breathable. Zippers on both sides and on top can be opened up, turning the carrier into a comfortable bed when needed.