SAN DIEGO, December 6, 2013 - How much do Americans love their pets? The numbers paint a vivid picture. According to statistics shared by Petfinder.com:
- Ninety percent of all pet owners consider their pet a member of their family.
- Two-thirds of dog owners and 58% of cat owners say they give their pets presents at Christmas, spending $5 billion on their furry family members.
- Stockings are hung with care for their pets by 40% of dog owners and 37% of cat owners.
- One-quarter of all pet owners sign their pet’s name on their holiday cards. Two-thirds include news about their pets and 36% include a photo of their pets in their holiday cards.
With $5 billion to spend on pet oriented gifts annually, Santa Claws…err, Claus… might need a little hand. From the pet lovers at Communities, we have our top ten recommendations guaranteed to please canine, feline, and pet parent alike.
Cost: $39.99 plus $6 shipping
Ever wonder what your dog or cat’s view of the world looks like? This miniature video camera hangs on your pet’s collar and records their travels. It is sound activated and can provide three hours of recording time at 30-FPS. You can also set it up in a room to record your pet’s activities in the house while you are gone.
This dog-tested light is sturdy, compact, watertight, lightweight, and easy to use.
The Beacon clips onto any collar like a dog tag, but also on jackets, harnesses, and leashes. It emits a bright red light that is visible from a great distance. It is a must-have safety item for owners and pets who walk or play after dark. It can also help you find your dog in a crowd at a busy dog park or beach. It’s also useful for kids and adults who are active after sunset.
Cost: $26.95 via Amazon; available via other retailers
For the feline hipster with Cat Scratch Fever, this scratching mat looks like a DJ turntable with a spinnable deck and tone arm. It’s quite realistic looking and you’ll be just as entertained as your cat. Get out the camera for this one.
For the pet owner who misses a beloved companion, let them know you have not forgotten. This lovely garden stepping stone can be personalized with a photo. It can also sit on a desktop or mantel inside.
This is a serious piece of jewelry for the serious pet lover. Sold via the ASPCA website, this diamond necklace in yellow and white gold contains 52 small diamonds, one quarter carat total. It comes with an 18-inch chain.
Know someone who is crazy about Corgis? Nuts for Newfoundlands? This website carries thousands of breed-specific products such as clothing, housewares, and signage. I especially like the garden stakes and signage. Products offer choices reflecting variations in color and breed standards, a nice touch.
Reviewers rave about this cat toy. “Best catnip toy ever. What’s really in this thing?” writes an amazed owner on Amazon.com Cats go crazy and play for hours with this odd little banana. Whatever is in it, it’s a hit with Kitty.
Cost: $12 to $20
If you have an active dog who loves chasing a ball, you need a Chuckit. This simple tool allows you to fling a ball along the lines of a lacrosse player. It allows everyone to throw much farther than with your arm alone, and it saves wear and tear on your, especially if you have a dog that will play for hours. Different sizes accommodate different types of balls including standard tennis balls.
Cost: $98 - $300
Wish Andy Warhol was still around to immortalize your pet? This company can take a photo of your pet and turn it into a piece of pop art in the famous Warhol style. You still have time to order for Christmas if you want to surprise someone.
Finished portraits can be ordered in sizes from 13 X 13 inchdes up to 42 X 52 inches on art paper or canvas (add $25). Framing and rolling options can add more. A 16 X 20 on fine art canvas, mounted and framed is $193 plus shipping. The finished product can be delivered in as little as two days start to finish (for a price); five to seven days is average.
Books for Dog Lovers
There are many wonderful books about dogs, from classic fiction like “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London to real life stories such as “Marley and Me” by John Grogan. We recommend the amazing true story “The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption” by Jim Gorant. Be inspired by this story of survival, resilience, and the eternal optimism of the canine heart, all made possible by the powerful bond between dogs and people. The book explores the rehabilitation of the pit bulls saved from a notorious dogfighting ring and their transformation from killers to healing caregivers. It’s a story of hope that will restore your faith in humanity.
Available in paperback, hardback, Kindle, and audiobook.
Do you have suggestions for fellow pet owners? Tell us about your favorite products and gift ideas for pets and pet lovers in the Comments Section. Feliz Naughty Dog!
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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