Christmas 2019: Gifts for Pets

Animals love a treat as much as anyone else so spoil them this Christmas with their own festive gifts.

Prices correct at time of writing.

RHYTHM IN BEADS

Caroline Parish started designing and making rhythm beads in the form of ‘necklaces’ and ‘accessories’ for horses, after she was faced with loss of confidence when riding. Inspired by Native American designs, the rhythm beads work by giving your horse or pony a gentle rhythmic jingle of beads and bells to listen to and focus on, rather than other ‘distractions’ in the environment. Riders are raving about them and the beads have gained a reputation for helping spooky/nervous horses and their riders.

Christmas designs include ‘Snowball’, ‘Star’ and ‘Sparkle’ amongs others.  Each individual set of rhythm beads has its own name, inspired by real horses.

Price: from £16 to £75; from rhythminbeads.com 

THE SCRUFFS® SANTA PAWS COLLECTION

Features a mattress, soft-walled bed and blanket with toy.

Both the mattress and soft-walled bed are filled with recycled PET fibre to ensure optimum cushioning, resilience and insulation. They are finished in a soft knitted Fairisle pattern, and both products have a non-slip base and are machine washable.

The Blanket, with squeaky reindeer toy, has a reversible design with a soft, plush lining for cold cosy days and a soft knitted Fairisle cover for warmer days. The blanket’s hollow fibre core means however you decide to use the blanket your pet will remain comfortable. Machine washable at 30 degrees.

Price: Blanket £29.99, Box Bed £39.99, Mattress £39.99 from  www.petslovescruffs.com

HANDMADE CATNIP TOYS: FISH AND FORTUNE COOKIE SUSHI BOX BY FREAK MEOWT

Freak MEOWT has a wide range of catnip toys for cats including this fabulous Fish and Fortune Cookie Sushi Box. Each box comes packed with three fish in various colours and either three mini fortune cookies or two large fortune cookies. All items are made with felt stuffed to the brim with premium strength Canadian catnip.

Jayne Rowlands’ other designs include Christmas Pudding, Christmas Robin, Kitty Angel and Polar Bear, all made ‘For the Coolest Cats in Town’.

Price: from £4; £15 for Sushi Box; from Freak Meowt via Etsy.

THE COSY – PATCH TWEED DOG COAT FROM MAUDE & FOX

New from Maude and Fox a treat for your special friend. The Cosy – Patch Tweed Dog Coat.

Made of patches of tweed from Scotland containing teflon to make it more weather resistant , fleece lined for comfort and sporting the Maude and Fox logo your dog will truly be flying one of the Maude and Fox mantras of ‘practical with flair’ 
 
Price: from £55 at maudeandfox.com

MINI-BONE CHRISTMAS DINNER TREATS FROM POOCH AND MUTT

Give your dog a Happy Christmas with these festive treats. Wheat free, junk free and low calorie, you can either buy these as a one-off purchase or you can subscribe for regular deliveries and save 10%.

Pooch & Mutt was founded in 2007 by Guy Blaskey. as a health food company, whose products happen to be consumed by dogs.

Guy’s family dog, Cookie was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at three months old and told that she would need a hip replacement by the time she was three. Cookie was treated with a natural joint supplement for horses made by Guy’s mum’s company, Blue Chip Feed.

The product worked amazingly (Cookie never needed the hip replacement and led a full, active life for another 11 years), so Guy decided that he had to re-formulate it and re-package it for dogs. 

Working with some of the top nutritionists in the UK, Guy went on to develop the Pooch & Mutt food range, to not only cut out the junk of mass-produced pet foods, but to include positive nutrition, such as supplements and nutraceuticals, to help dogs lead happy, healthy lives. Products include wet food, dry food, supplements and treats (plus cat food!).

Price: was £17.94, now £15.99 for 6 x 125g tubes from poochandmutt.co.uk

SHENSTONE THEATRE BIRD BATH & DRINKER BY WILDLIFE WORLD 

Water is vital to all life including birds and insects, yet it can be in short supply in gardens without a pond or well-designed bird bath or drinker – particularly in winter when natural water sources may be frozen.

This stylishly sculpted bowl is made of a mix of clay and second-life plastic to resemble stone. The shallow steps are perfect for birds and insects. The WH Davies poem engraved around the rim reads ‘What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare’.

PRICE: £25.99, available from Joules.com 

HAND PAINTED PET PORTRAIT ILLUSTRATION

Darcie is an illustrator with a background in textile design, based in sunny Southend, Essex, England. Send her a photo and she will paint a quirky and contemporary customised illustration of your pet(s). All types of furry, non-furry, fluffy, feathered and scaly friends are welcome!

The portrait will be painted in gouache paint, then scanned into the computer to be cleaned up, and have any finishing touches added, including your pet’s name. It will then be printed onto good quality 300gsm matte card and arrive to you in super-cute packaging!

Available in A4 or A5.

PRICE: £20+, from hey lennie! via Etsy.

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