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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Make the holidays merry with these gift ideas for pets and their people

BY HEATHER DOWDY

You'll find this gift guide layout on pages 8-10 of the 2016 issue of Nashville Paw magazine.

grounds + hounds 

Save dogs while enjoying my morning coffee? Yes, please! Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. supports a variety of no-kill animal rescue organizations by donating 20% of the proceeds from the sale of their fair-trade, organic, specialty coffees. From the Morning Walk Breakfast Blend to the medium roast Paper & Slippers, there is a blend for every coffee lover. Better yet, grab the Sunrise Rescue Gift Pack to try three varieties and get a stylish mug and market tote to boot. We also love their line of comfy and cute rescue tees, available in designs for both men and women. Shop their website, or pick up locally at Happy Retales Pet Supply, Three Dog Bakery or Whites Merchantile. groundsandhoundscoffee.com

petzi treat cam

The perfect gift for a hard-working pet lover in your life, the Petzi Treat Cam allows pet parents to check in on their furry friends from work or vacation, anywhere, anytime! The app-controlled, wifi-connected remote treat dispenser features a camera as well as a treat launcher, good for use with any dry, crunchy treats 1” or smaller, including kibble. Simply mount it to a wall at your pet’s height, then log on from anywhere to talk to your pet and give them a treat. You’ll be able to see them interacting with the treat dispenser and ensure they’re doing alright. Product comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee… if you don’t love it, send it back! We tried one out with our own pup pal, and it was a blast! petzi.com

festive dog treats from three dog bakery 

The problem with Three Dog Bakery is this: every time I go in, I wind up wanting to eat everything! And I honestly could, as they’re made with wholesome, human-grade ingredients—they just lack the sugar, salt and artificial dyes that plague so many of our own holiday desserts. Freshly baked with love by the Kessinger family, these festive holiday pup cakes will have your pup’s tail wagging! We love this beautiful Christmutt Cake, made with carob flavoring, as well as the adorable peanut butter Reindeer Lab Loafs and the wheat-free Holi-Dog Pupcakes. They make a loving, fun gift for every dog in your life! Pick them up at either of their locations: Cool Springs near Whole Foods, or a new store in Mt. Juliet. Just try not to eat them before you get home. threedogbakerynash.com

silky-soft tees for dog lovers

When entrepreneurs Kayla and Eric adopted a five-year-old shelter dog named Sadie in 2014, they never imagined how much she would change their lives. They certainly couldn’t envision that she would inspire them to create an apparel company to celebrate our bonds with the canine kind in a stylish, trendy and comfortable way.  Winks and Whiskers was born from a desire for on-trend, pet-proud apparel that could be dressed up yet comfy enough for camping. Hip, hand-illustrated designs are featured on the softest t-shirt material you’ll ever find (I refuse to ever take mine off) and are available in a variety of styles, including unisex tees and tanks. Designs range from “Camping Buddy” and “Drinking Buddy” to “Road Trip” and “Pawsitive Vibes Only". They’re also available in a gorgeous array of colors, from heathered graphite to berry tri-blend. A portion of net proceeds helps support a rotating roster of animal rescue charities. winksandwhiskers.com

mango wood exercise ball

Let’s face it: when you have a high-energy breed like our rescued pit bull, toys easily get destroyed. We’ve found only a few that hold up to Briley’s chompers and obsession. We’re adding this one to the list thanks to Dianne Glaus, owner of Pet Must Haves Warehouse in Nashville. She recently introduced us to Aussie Naturals’ IndestructaBALL, made from eco-friendly mango wood. Wood pellets inside the ball create curious sounds to engage your pup pal, and since there is no good way for them to get a mouth on it, it encourages your dog to paw, nose and chase it around the yard for a great exercise session! It holds up well to dropping, beating and banging and has gained rave reviews from many rescue groups. Available in small, medium and large sizes to accommodate every dog. Available at Pet Must Haves Warehouse in Nashville. petmusthaveswarehouse.com

handmade goods for pet lovers

In the interest of full disclosure, these products are ones I personally create! Yep, in addition to publishing this magazine, yours truly also runs a small artisan company called MoonDog Handmade Goods. And while I don’t want to toot my own horn, an awful lot of time and passion is poured into each and every product. True, I may not be able to objectively review these as I do the other products we feature—but you can check out our awesome customer reviews on Etsy!

Our natural soy candles and room sprays are great at keeping pet scents at bay, while filling your home with warm, cozy ambiance and the scents of the season—from Cinnamon Chai Latte and Pumpkin Custard to Orange Cranberry, Spiced Mulberry, Blue Spruce Tree and more. They make thoughtful hostess gifts for holiday gatherings, too! Unlike traditional paraffin candles, which can release chemicals into the air, our soy candles are clean-burning, dye-free and created with premium phthalate-free fragrance oils and essential oils. And our room and linen mists are great for freshening bedding, drapes, your car and more. We also offer a variety of wood signs, which are the perfect accent for any home. From rustic, wood-burned wall hangings to hand-painted signs of all sizes, we have a variety of designs for pet lovers, nature lovers and more. Check out our online shop, and receive 10% off your order with promo code HOLIDAYCHEER when you order by 12/20. Not only will you find unique gifts, but you’ll help us fund Briley’s treat habit! moondoghandmade.com

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