The Best Gifts For Dog Lovers

Would you consider yourself to be someone who loves dogs more than you love people? If this is how you feel, believe it or not, you are not alone. If you were to count on one hand how many dog lovers that we have in the world today, then there is no doubt that you would need millions of hands to get an accurate number. The world is full of dog lovers. There is no question about that. Even more so, there are a ton of gifts for dog lovers to remind and surround them of their love every minute of the day. Keychains, socks, phone covers and so many more products and gifts for dog lovers are sprouting up on a daily basis.

You may have some friends or family members that are dog lovers and you could be searching for some good gifts to get them. If so, you’re on the right page. The best gifts for dog lovers are the gifts that touch their heart. Gifts that they will hold near and dear to them and will last, forever. Let’s rattle off a few of what we and many fans around the world consider to be the best gifts for dog lovers.

The Bark Box

That’s right! As featured on the popular TV show, Shark Tank, the Bark Box has been consistently chosen as one of the best gifts for dog lovers around the world. A great thing about this gift is that you can buy one box, or you can subscribe and get a different-themed box on a monthly basis delivered right to your doorstep. It offers a unique way for your dog to try the latest snacks and dog toys that hit the market.

Canvas Pet Tote

If you love to carry your dog with you wherever you go, or if you’re simply out on a town outing, then the canvas pet tote would be a great gift for you and dog lovers in general. It is a stylish and enjoyable way for you to chauffeur your dog around. It has pockets for storage of treats and poop bags and it is incredibly durable and comes with a shoulder strap and handle for easy carry.

PitBull Tea Towel

Keeping a set of 3 PitBull Tea Towels in your kitchen is a great way to decorate it and show your love for dogs when you have family, friends and guests over for coffee, tea or dinner. These towels are 100% cotton-based, made in the USA and are made with a water-based, eco-friendly ink and this is great for those who are fans of green products and care deeply for the environment as well as their dogs.

Conclusion: The Best Gifts For Dog Lovers

Although these are only a few, they certainly make for the best gifts for dog lovers of all kinds. It is very common for people to prefer the company of a dog more than a human and there is nothing wrong with it at all. After all, we consider dogs to be our best friends. More than that, we look at them as family and while they have feelings as well, we want to make sure that they are happy, loved and cared for at all times.

Dog waiting for Frosty Paws

Keep it Cool with VIP and The Dog Days of Summer

Pets and treats.

Like humans, pets enjoy treats as a part of their balanced diet. Some favorite pet treats include raw hide, fruits and veggies, dog biscuits or cat treats, and even ice Two dogs with paws on human leg wanting treatscream that is safe for pets. Experts warn to steer clear of potentially toxic foods for dogs such as raisins, onions, grapes, chocolate or anything with caffeine.

Treat time…

You can find store-made treats at your local pet or grocery store, or you can make some on your own. For example, check out the DIY Recipe for homemade doggy ice cream.  This easy and safe recipe includes all the ingredients that dogs love such as peanut butter, bananas and yogurt.  Just freeze and serve for a refreshing treat on a warm summer’s day.  What a terrific way to end a long walk or a day at the dog park!

VIP loves treats too!

Here at VIP Pets, we love your pets as much as summertime, and would like to see how you stay cool this summer! We are running a fun-filled program where pet owners can allow their dedicated sitter to give their precious pets some Frosty Paws ice cream! Participating sitters will purchase and dole out the frosty delicacies, and take a photo or video to memorialize the unique summer experience. Throughout the summer we will post pics and videos of all of our pets and caring sitters.    

This program is a wonderful way to treat your pet and provide an enjoyable summer luxury for the ones we love.  Feel free to use Hashtag #dogdaysofsummer and send us your photos and videos showing how you and your pet are keeping it cool when the weather heats up!

 

valentines card

Valentine’s Day is for Pet Lovers

February 14th is more than just a day for exchanging colorful paper love notes and chocolates. Valentine’s Day is also a very important day for your pets – it’s Pet Theft Awareness Day (PTAD).

PTAD was created in 1988 by Last Chance for Animals, a U.S. non-profit animal rights organization, to bring awareness to the high number of stolen pets each year. According to LCA, each year about 2 million pets are stolen in the U.S.

So how do we safeguard our furry friends against theft? Here are some tips keep your pet safe:

1. Chips Anyone? Microchipping is efficient and can be injected into your pet in about as much time as it takes to draw blood.

2. Stay Current: Make sure your pet has current ID tags. If they go missing, having updated tags can be crucial.

3. Say ‘Cheese’: Keep current photos of your pet on hand. If the worst does happen and your pet goes missing; updated photos will be useful for making posters and creating awareness.

4. Take Precautions: Always keep your pets on a leash, make sure your yard is secure and never tie your pet up outside a store.

This Valentine’s Day, honor Pet Theft Awareness Day and take steps to keep your pet safe. It’s a great way to ensure you’ll be spending many holidays together.

Have questions or need other ideas on how to keep your pets safe? Don’t hesitate to let us know – VIP Pets is here to help!

dog and cat for valentine's day

Fun Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Pets

Valentine’s Day is no longer just for us humans, our furry friends deserve some extra special love too! While chocolate is a definite no-no, there are plenty of fun Valentine’s Day treats for your pets. Great gifts too!

Valentine’s Treats For Your Pet

  • Make your own treats at home! There is no need to pay a lot of money for fancy treats, you can easily make some tasty snacks for your beloved pet at home. You can make Carob-Dipped Valentine’s Day Dog Treats or the adorably named, Red Velvet Pupcakes! Try some of these other great recipes!
  • If you live someplace that gets extremely cold then a great gift would be a pair of booties or a coat for your beloved pet, make sure to keep them nice and warm this time of year (but don’t forget the treats too!).
  • A new bed. Nothing makes a furry family member happier than a nice, warm bed to sleep on. Why not indulge them this Valentine’s Day with a new pet bed!
  • Dog or cat gift baskets make a great treat. Make sure to include a few special treats, some new toys and (for you) some treats good for their breath and teeth. You can either make them up at home or purchase one ready made.
  • Nothing says, “I love you” better than taking time out on Valentine’s Day to play with your pet. Take your dog for a walk and give him extra time at the dog park. Give your pets some extra love and they’ll be in dog or kitty heaven!

Pets are pretty easy to please, and they are always there when we need them the most so it’s extra important to make them feel special every once in a while. Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to give them a few extra treats, some extra love, some extra playtime and lots of snuggles.

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yellow lab dog with christmas wreath

Fun Holiday Pet Toys and Gift Ideas

Seasons Greetings! With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to a favorite holiday pastime – shopping. There are so many fun holiday pet toys to choose from for our furry and feathered family members. We’ve put together a few helpful suggestions of amazing gifts to help you stuff their stockings.

Our favorite pooch-approved items include:

Pampered felines will enjoy a toy full of catnip such as the 100-Percent Catnip Filled Chili Pepper.  Other gifts sure to please include:

For our fine feathered friends, check out www.drsfostersmith.com for a truly festive selection of bird toys. Some of our favorites include:

  • Avian Specialties Christmas Bell Loops
  • Vine Ball Christmas Tree
  • Wreath Swings 

Finally, for small pets, ideas range from chew treats to run-about balls.  Ferrets in particular would enjoy the Pop-N-Play Ball Pit, Hide N Sleep Alligator, or Hanging Nap Sack, all by Marshall. Other Marshall products for small animals include the Woven Grass Play Ball and Hide-A-Way Hut.

We hope this post has given you some ideas and inspiration to round out your gift giving list.  What are your favorite holiday gifts for pets? Share in the comments section below or over on our Facebook page. Happy Holidays!