I’ve never written a post before, but I thought in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, I would create a holiday gift guide for old dogs.
As a senior girl myself, I thought I was the best “person” to put together a list of products I think all oldies will love.
My human parent thought it was a tad early to start talking the C word, but seeing as Christmas cards started appearing in shops in August where I live, I’d say I’m getting a bit of a late start. For all my Jewish doggie friends, these gifts work just as well, and you get 8!!
So here we go.
The pet stroller
As you know we’ve been writing a lot about pet strollers lately, and since it’s my absolute favourite item, it makes sense to start with this. Just because we’re getting on in years and may have issues, doesn’t mean we have to be stuck in the house. Just so you know – they’re also fantastic for cats, puppies, kittens, and pets of any age recovering from surgery (like my half brother is) or illness. They come in so many styles and colours, you’re bound to find one you like, and to accommodate most sized dogs.
If you’re going for casual walks through the park, or want a lightweight stroller that’s easy to take in the car for road trips, then check this one out. It has a retractable waterproof sun canopy, front and rear entry, mesh windows to let the air in and keep the bugs out, rear locking brakes, spacious basket, leash and parent tray with 2 cup holders and compartment for keys, treats…
For those of you who like to jog (in this house that would be considered a 4 letter word), this jogger stroller is for you. There’s an elevated paw rest with a panoramic view window so your dog can see where you’re running, air ride tires for a smooth and easy ride, the front wheel can swivel or be fixed so it’s good for jogging and walking, no zip entry so no struggling with zippers, parent tray for drinks and other “need to access quickly” items, and a large storage basket.
Second only to the pet stroller, my next favourite item is my bed. I do spend a lot of time in it, especially when the weather changes. I’m very particular about the type I use, and even when I use it. I have 3 different beds (although my half brother confiscated one of them for his crate while he’s recovering from spinal surgery), so I have to make do with two.
FurHaven Egg-Crate Orthopedic Pet Mattress
To me the selling feature of this bed is the “egg crate” foam core, to soothe pressure points and supports joints. It has a “peaks and valleys” design to help with circulation and contours to the body. The cover can be machine washed, since we like our stuff clean, and the faux fur fabric (we don’t believe in using real fur) is plush, which means cosy.
Modern Chic Trellis Bed
I have my eye on this one for several reasons.
I am a big fan of this style bed, and although I don’t have this exact one, I do have something similar. The fact that it’s lower in the front means it’s easier for me to get in and out of. I have very tiny legs, so I prefer not having to step too high, and for my friends with arthritis or stiff joints, it can be difficult for them to lift their legs too high, so perfect for them as well.
The three sides means I can rest my head as I like to do sometimes, and the nice selection of colours will go with any colour scheme, including my own fur.
An added bonus is how easy it is to clean, simply toss the whole thing into the machine, then the dryer, and voila.
We all have our preferences when it comes to pillow thickness, so in our house there is a blanket on every bed so we can adjust the comfort level, or just wrap ourselves in it. I like the flexibility either way.
Elevated food and water bowls
I love food! I may be blind but my hearing is exceptional. So exceptional in fact, I can hear a bread crumb fall. Due to some health issues, I can’t eat the wide variety of foods I used to, but I get by.
A few months ago my human realised it would probably be a good idea to elevate my food bowl, so I could eat more comfortably. She had already done it with my water bowl, and I must admit it’s made drinking a lot easier.
There are some ordinary looking bowls, and some fancier ones if you prefer. Some also adjust to suit various size dogs, which I think is a very considerate feature. Not all canines are petite like I am.
Wrought Iron Stand with Single Stainless Steel Bowl
I’m a fan of wrought iron, and my favourite colour is black, so when I saw this I had to include it. Notice the cute bone design? Use it as a water bowl, food bowl or buy two.
Posture Pro Double Diner
This elevated feeder comes with 2 bowls, 1 for food and 1 for water or 1 for dry food and 1 for wet. That’s up to you and your dog. I love that it’s adjustable, the combination of wood and metal is very attractive, and for the more enthusiastic eaters, the non-skid feet keep the feeder from sliding across the floor. You humans will love the fact that it comes with 2 dishwasher safe stainless steel bowls.
I don’t like seeing dogs in dresses and the like, because we’re dogs not your children. But…when it’s for protection against cold and the elements, I can’t live without them. While it’s true I do have some very nice hand crocheted coats courtesy of my mama, a large part of the year I have to wear a sweater, inside and out, to keep me warm. No offense, but the woman who cares for me isn’t that talented, so we have to rely on store bought sweaters.
Reindeer Holiday Festive Dog Sweater
Given the fact I’m a red head, this colour doesn’t suit me, but it may suit your furry companion. I’ve included it because I do like this style sweater, and it’s the one I like to wear, although I’m a cable knit type of girl. It’s 100% acrylic which is perfect, because wool makes me itchy. It comes it different sizes, is machine washable and suitable for the dryer. We wash my sweaters in the machine all the time, and I’ve never had a problem with them not fitting or falling apart.
Zack & Zoey Dog Blanket Coat
Love, love, love this coat!
It comes in an assortment of colours, it’s water resistant and reversible. The inside is fleece so it’s warm and comfortable, and the reflective stripe means I light up at night. There’s a cute paw print design on the back, for a bit of fun. I’m quite fussy about the closures on coats, and these adjustable Velcro straps under the neck and stomach are my preferred style. I don’t know why I find this the most comfortable, but I do.
Soothing the soul
I’m afraid I have dementia. Not a very severe case, but I was getting riled up at one point, especially before I was put on medication. The only thing that helped relax me was classical music.
The story behind it is too heavy for me to talk about here, I’m afraid you’ll have to do some research on your own. All I can tell you is that it works and it’s Red approved.
It’s also great for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, and panic when they hear loud noises like thunder and fireworks (which should be banned BTW – the fireworks not thunder!). If you have cats (I love cats you know), there is music especially for them.
I’ve noticed my human mom dosing while listening. Okay I didn’t “notice” because I can’t see, let’s just say I heard her snoring. Don’t ask her if she snores, it’s a touchy subject, and she’ll deny it anyway.
If you’re somewhat of a hedonist as I am, you’ll appreciate a heating pad to make your bed even cosier than it already is. Winter’s coming, they can’t expect you to be cold can they? You’re wondering why you’d want a present like that? Where are the toys you ask? Who said you’re only getting one, relajarse (that’s relax in Spanish, my human is learning the language, so I guess I am too!)
Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad
Just like electric blankets for humans, there are electric heating mats for us, but to be honest, I prefer to not go the electric route. I found this, and liked it…a lot. All you do is heat it up in the microwave, and put it underneath your pet’s bed, and it will stay warm for up to 10 hours. We have the heat on, and there’s a blanket if I need it, so this added bit of warmth is perfect.
K&H Self Warming Pad
Another electric-less option is the self warming crate pad. Okay I’m not in a crate, but just because it says it’s for a crate doesn’t mean I can’t put it to use in another way. It radiates my body heat back to me so it keeps me warm, just put it under the bed or blanket, and it does the trick. It’s machine washable and available in 3 colours.
I have made it impossible for anyone to brush my teeth. I mean it! My human is no pushover, but when I clamp my tiny jaws shut, nothing’s opening them. That’s why I’ve had dental surgery…twice. I’m blind, I don’t know what she’s trying to do to me!
For those with more easy going natures, a toothbrush and a toothpaste are great gifts. Clean teeth will keep you healthier longer, something your humans will be grateful for.
It’s not the most glamorous gift you can give, but create a themed gift by adding a chew toy and dental chews. Believe me, your dog will love it.
PSSST – here’s a little tip. If your dog refuses to allow any sort of brush near his mouth, try wrapping some gauze around your finger and brushing that way. Even a little bit is better than nothing.
Double Sided Canine Dental Hygiene Toothbrushes
The long handle keeps your fingers safely away from sharp teeth, and the 2 sized brushes with super soft bristles should fit any size mouth. It’s a best seller so that’s a good sign.
Pro Dental Finger Brush
A finger brush is the perfect alternative to the “traditional” long handled toothbrush. It fits over your finger, and your dog won’t see this long stick thing coming straight at him. It also will give you more control so you can reach every part of his/her mouth, and get it done quickly. They’re disposable so no need to wash the brush each time – nice and simple!
TrueBlue Fast & Fresh Dental Swipes
The perfect alternative to using a toothbrush and toothpaste! These moistened pads are made in the U.S.A., cruelty free and are biodegradable. They have no sulfates, parabens, artificial colours or detergent.
They contain all natural ingredients (which I prefer!!) like Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Grape Seed Extract, Rosemary, Peppermint Leaf Extract and Green Tea (to name just a few).
PetzLife Oral Care Dental Products
Continuing on with our natural dental care products, this line is perfect for those of you who don’t want chemicals fed to them (as I don’t), and you’re fussy (as I am). A bit of gel in the mouth, or lick it off a plate and it helps tackle dental problems. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to get your dog’s teeth checked on a regular basis – you do, so they do, but it will help.
Ark Naturals Breath-Less Brushless-Toothpaste
Made in the U.S.A., this all natural pet dental product will help with your dog’s decay, plaque and tartar problems. The outside helps with stinky breath, the inside core includes toothpaste and other ingredients that help support dental health. No wheat, corn, soy or animal protein which is great. They come in mini, small/medium and medium/large. Check it out for a full list of ingredients and benefits.
There are always treats in our house, and the keyword here is variety. They also have to be grain and wheat free, natural and with ingredients we can pronounce. I can’t have any unless they’re vegetable based, but my half brother Jack isn’t limited in that way.
Don’t forget to check ingredients with your vet first, if your pup has health issues.
Sam’s Yams Sweet Potato Dog Chewz
If you’re sick of meat, or have to limit it or omit it from your diet, these sweet potato chews are perfect. Made only from human food sweet potatoes, they are nutritious and excellent for teeth and overall health. The company uses a special drying process that transforms the sweet potato into a chew similar to the consistency of jerky. Available in 3 different sizes, I think they’re fab.
BonesGalore Lamb Puffs
Another all natural made in the U.S.A. product for my 4-legged amigos and amigas. These puffs are made of 100% lamb lung, soft and easy to break into smaller treats so your dog doesn’t overdo it.
K9 Granola Pumpkin Crunchers
If you prefer biscuits for the crunch, then these Granola Pumpkin Crunchers may be what you’re looking for. My goodness the U.S.A. certainly makes a lot of tasty snacks for us don’t they! The first ingredient is pumpkin so you’ve got my attention, and they come in 3 different flavour combos – apple & cranberry, peanut butter or sweet potato. Personally I’m a big fan of peanut butter.
Who doesn’t love a toy, and with so many different types, how can I choose? Luckily I don’t have to, because we always have a variety to suit every mood, and activity level.
Nina Ottosson Dog Tornado Interactive Puzzle
Originally bought for my younger brother (I see I’ve stopped calling him “half brother”), I have inherited it. He still plays with it because he’s food obsessed, but to be honest it’s not very challenging for him. It’s perfect for me because even though I’m blind, I can smell the food in those little compartments, and manage to find it but it takes me more time than it takes Jack. The extra challenge is good for my brain, and keeps me busy for a bit.
Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy
This hide and seek toy is crazy popular, with over 7,000 pet parents writing some great reviews. The squirrels are squeaky, which of course many dogs love noisy toys, and just stuff them into the plush tree and watch your dog drag them out. Keep it going by re-stuffing them each time. Any size dog will have a blast – The Junior, Large and Jumbo sizes include 3 squirrels and the Ginormous size includes 6.
Rather than limit myself to showing you just one style, I’ve included a lot! I love a Kong, and it’s the one thing that can actually keep me busy. Cookies and chews I finish in no time, but a filled Kong, especially if it’s been in the freezer for a bit, can keep me busy for a long time. Good luck picking just one! Seeing that it’s Christmas, why limit yourself?
What, there’s more?
I can imagine your head must be spinning, I know mine is just from writing all this. Okay, we’ve gotten to the end of the gifts for your doggies, but what about something special for you, and all you do for us?
Because you all do such a great job of taking care of us, and make so many sacrifices, you deserve something nice as well.
You can certainly buy it for yourself, but better yet, leave this in a handy place for others to see – as a hint!
I’m going with the dog theme because, well… I’m a dog!
Dog Lover Adult Coloring Book
Have you seen the new(ish) trend for adult colouring books? They’re supposed to teach you mindfulness, and help with stress release. My mom has one her niece bought her, and she loves it. It’s a challenge for her to keep her mind off her website for a whole 10 minutes, but bless her, she does her best. Because I’m a dog I’m going to recommend the dog one.
If you’ve been feeling a little guilty lately, wondering if it’s okay to be drinking alone, now you don’t have to worry. This adorable stemless wine glass (a style I’m starting to be okay with) says it all. If your dog is home then you’re not drinking alone.
Texts from Dog 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar
It’s impossible for me to wrap my head around the fact, 2017 is just around the corner. It’s about this time when my favourite human starts shopping for her new calendar. I saw this one and thought it was cute – perfect for your office desk I would say.
Based on the extremely popular textfromdog.tumblr.com, each page features a hilarious, and occasionally rude SMS exchange between Dog, the foul-mouthed British bulldog, and his owner, October Jones.
I found some absolutely fabulous gifts for humans, but unless I want to write a never ending post, I couldn’t possibly feature even my favourites. Instead I’m leaving you with a link so you can do your own browsing. Good luck narrowing down the selection.
Red’s holiday gift guide for old dogs – conclusion
I hope you can appreciate how hard I worked on this guide, but I needed to make sure you would buy your furry companions something they’re going to love. I feel like I owe them!
I would love to see pictures of your dogs opening their presents, so send them in and I’ll publish them. I hope my holiday gift guide for old dogs has helped you find gifts (that’s right…gifts) your golden oldies are going to love.