CRAZY, COOL, NEAT Pet Gadgets and Gifts

Pet wear

Wedding- Ring Bearer
Wedding- Ring Bearer

A wardrobe fit for a dog

Being the proud owner of a Chihuahua, I realize that sweaters in the cold months are not just for looks, they serve a purpose. Little dogs need to keep warm. However, dog clothing goes beyond practicality. Since dogs are considered part of the family, there may be an occasion when you need formal wear for an event your dog will be attending.

Pet clothing ranges from pajamas, tutus, shoes, leather jackets, Halloween costumes, Christmas attire, sweaters, raincoats, and my favorite; The Pet Snuggie for dogs, similar to the pet owner's version- a fleece blanket with sleeves! These would make a great gift for your favorite dog and human.

Pet Totes

Dog/cat carrier luggage
Dog/cat carrier luggage
Guinea pig/ rodent carrier
Guinea pig/ rodent carrier

Carry your pet in style

If you haven't noticed celebrities carrying their pets in trendy pet totes, originated by the ingenious Paris Hilton, you are are living under a rock in a cave. Pet totes are more than convenient, they are a status symbol- not only can you afford the ridiculously over priced mini designer breed of your choice, but you can afford to carry it in a designer carrier, possibly more expensive than your hand bag.

There are pactical reasons for acquiring a pet carrier- travel being most obvious. The coolest pet carrier I've seen is for rodent pets. Small, lined, and easy to carry; I had no idea these were available until I got my 3 yr old daughter a guinea pig for her birthday. I was worried about how or if she would be able to carry the guinea pig, but we made a trip to our local pet store (Pet Smart) and found a small tote especially for rodents. Problem solved.

Fun

Outdoor pet enclosure
Outdoor pet enclosure
Dog and cat cookbooks
Dog and cat cookbooks

Every pet needs...

An outdoor enclosure for your dogs or cats while you're camping is much more suitable than the old fashioned approach of tying your dog by his leash to the picnic table. Besides, if you have really small dogs, an enclosure is almost a necessity so that an eagle or hawk doesn't mistake your dog for a mouse or rat.

The health conscious movement has extended to fine fare for your Fido. Gone are the days of kibbles and bits, instead there are numerous books to choose from with only the best recipes for your pooch or cat too. If you absolutely can't cook, there are bakeries that make dog friendly cakes and treats.

Baby doll wig
Baby doll wig
Braid extensions
Braid extensions
Dog princess crown
Dog princess crown

Posh Pooches

Accessories are not a pet necessity and even well beyond a pet luxury. They are simply for amusement, from my viewpoint, and for pet owners who want their pets to look their best in an attempt to fulfill the old cliche- If you don't look good, I don't look good.

The world of dog accessories began with diamond studded dog collars- one more reason you don't want to lose your dog. Now accessories have evolved into the latest craze, which is dog hair extensions as pictured on the right, and well beyond the good ol' days of hair bows.

Cool

Hamster exercise carriage
Hamster exercise carriage
Goldfish walker
Goldfish walker
Dog translator.
Dog translator.
Aquarium desk organizer
Aquarium desk organizer

Why didn't I think of that?!?

There are some cool, maybe teetering on bizarre pet products on the market. I've discovered a hamster exerciser designed to look like a princess coach for your hamster named Cinderella (or Prince Charming). There are jacuzzi dog baths, interactive dog puzzles and toys, goldfish walkers- seriously, dog translators that translate various emotions your dog has and how many times he's barked while you're gone. There are motion activated gadgets, such as a pet bowl that has a voice recording of you saying something sweet to your dog so he can hear your voice even when you are away.

Some useful products like a dog vacuum hair brush (one called a Furminator), the aquarium desk organizer, cat toilet seats that fit onto your toilet, and warming electric dog beds.

Personallized wine labels with your pet
Personallized wine labels with your pet

For pet lovers

If you spoil your pet, you can spoil yourself with pet products for owners. The holiday season is a great time to break out the wine and make it more special by getting personalized wine labels displaying a picture of your pooch and a catchy wine name and description. Tired of your old, plain, rectangle body pillow, instead sleep with an over-sized dog or cat body pillow. However, I would not suggest this to those who already sleep with an over-sized pet in their beds.

The best gift to yourself! A powered poop scooper. This is bordeline necessity and luxury, but you deserve it. And for elder folks who love their pets but have a hard time bending over to scoop poop, this is an excellent gift.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Laura - Very interesting. I'm afraid my dogs would eat my arm if I tried to dress them.


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Old poolman- you got a good point there. I've never seen a dog more shamed than when I put my chihuahua's sweater on him.


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schoolmarm 5 years ago from Florida

This is great! I would love to dress my dogs but they are really big guys and I have a hard time getting them to tolerate a Halloween costume for more than half an hour. It's a good thing I'm in Florida!


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

halloween costumes are great and so cute on dogs!


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I used to work in a pet store. People will buy the craziest things for their pets.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Laura. I have to buy that crazy mail carrier-tote. Then I have to buy a pet that will fit it. Would a teapot pig be too large do you think?


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Robwrite~ First, how cool you worked in a pet store. When I was a kid that was my dream job before I became a vet of course. OK my career track totally went off course, but I haven't gotten a pet in 7 years and recently we got my daughter the guinea pig. They've got some cool stuff for rodents now.

drbj~ Well, I needed that laugh. I had fun writing this hub. A teapot pig? Too funny. My husband and I will sit around and make fun of designer breeds where they take the first and last part of the breeds name and combine it- like a labradoodle (lab and poodle). We say things like Shitpoo (for Shitzu and poodle mix).


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Forget the teapot piggie, izettl. I have got to get myself a Shitpoo. Imagine the fun I will have when someone says, "What a cute doggie. What is it?"

And I respond, as loudly as possible, "It's a SHITPOO!" I can't wait.

BTW - what a lucky lady you are. A husband with a sense of humor?


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

I think most of the breeds can be called Shitpoos. THat's all they do.

The irony is my husband had an awesome sense of humor but no job when I met him, granted he was going to school, but now he has a good job and less sense of humor so I have to coax it out of him a little. Damn job!

True story- I almost got a dog that was part Havanese (pronounced have-a-neeze)and poodle so I would therefore call it a Havapoo (have-a-poo).


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NP.QUEEN 5 years ago from Dubai

This is new to my knowledge.Very good. Try to go through my hubs also.


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SEO Expert Kerala 5 years ago from KERALA

hi izeeti nice idea to dress the pets but will they like to wear the costumes? The costumes described by you are nice.


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Thank you N.P Queen for stopping by!

SEO Expert~ ogs who are used to wearing sweaters or outfits, like small breeds, are easier to get into costumes. I have a chihuahua and we have to put a sweater on him in winter because he really gets cold so he doesn't mind being dressed up. Big dogs; mellow ones are OK with it.


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

These are really cute ideas. I especially like the enclosed pen - a practical way to keep pets from wondering off, plus they are enclosed, which seem to keep pets safer that way.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

This is a very nice list of dog accessories. You may have just inspired someone in hub pages to invent the robotic pooper scooper:)

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