Americans love their pets and wouldn’t think of leaving them off their Christmas shopping list.
44% of American households own a dog and 35% have a cat according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s a lot of squeeze toys and chew bones.
It’s hard not to let our pets rule our households. This year consider sprucing up your décor by up-scaling your pet’s Christmas gifts. Retailers are offering so many stylish choices this season that you won’t have any problem finding beds, bowls, toys and organizational items to fit your home’s style.
This may be over the top but why not give them their own house. That’s right Sauder Woodworking has launched an entire line of pet furniture. The “Inside Dog House” is designed for small to medium size dogs and features a three-position food shelf and two stainless steel bowls. The dog bed insert includes a removable, washable cover and there is even a 55-inch “tree” that attaches to the back to hold leashes. They also offer a Natural Sphere Cat Tower for cat lovers.
Dog House and Natural Sphere Cat Tower by Sauder Woodworking
Faux fur is all the rage this year so why not give your sweet dog a luxury, cleanable fur bed. Pottery Barn’s faux fur pet bed cover makes your pet’s favorite spot as stylish as the rest of your home. It is woven from quality materials for a sumptuously plush feel. The cover is removable for easy cleaning and is available in two sizes and several colors and textures.
Antique wood pet bed from Pottery Barn.
Designers looking for a pretentious dog bed will be delighted with their options. Rachael Ray a well-known dog lover has teamed with Legacy Classic Furniture to create pet beds that coordinate with her furniture lines. Traditional styles are available from Pottery Barn and other retailers.
Rachel Ray’s Upstate Collection dog bed, coordinates with an entire line of home furniture in rustic cherry veneers.
If you dog loves your throw pillows now you can give him his own matching floor pillows from Norwalk Furniture. They will make custom floor pillows covered in high performance fabric on one side and vinyl on the other. Available at furniture dealers nationwide.
Whimsical floor pillows from Norwalk Furniture.
Pets can end up with as many toys as a toddler. Keep their favorite toys organized in a stylish handwoven rattan doggie toy basket accented with cow leather handles and a latch. Decorative enough to keep out or easy to stash away under a table or bench.
Doggie Toy Basket by Pottery Barn.
Tidy up their dining area with new food and water dishes. A stand-up catty keeps bowls from spelling. You can find them in stainless steel, ceramics and iron. Be sure to check bowl height before buying. Replace dog food bags with tin or ceramic canisters with air tight lids. Keeps the food fresh and orders away.
Visiting friends or family during the holidays? Don’t forget to take a little gift for your friend’s dog or cat. Better yet donate in their pet’s name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). They’re a national leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare.
You’ll make big points with your host and help put an end to animal cruelty.