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Doggone great gifts for dog lovers

Updated on November 14, 2012

Is a birthday or Christmas approaching? Need a few gifts for dog lovers?

You're in exactly the right spot if you're looking for a few great gifts for dog lovers! I'm currently owned by six of the beasts (Barley, Hops, Killian, Margarita, Gizmo and Matee), and I spend a ton of money buying myself everything needed to keep the dogs healthy and happy. My dogs may all be rescued (with the exception of Matee, the pug) but they ain't cheap to keep in toys and bones. And, letmetellya, if there's not bones to dole out, there's a mutiny brewing....

The below gifts for dog lovers are all things that I would be thrilled to receive for any occasion. I'm sure any dog lover among us would love these gift ideas too.

And, yes, there are six dogs in the attached picture...

Update: 9/17/12 - I had to make a very difficult decision in May regarding my 3-legged dog Hops (he's the blond dog in the photo on the right). Hops was 15 and suffered a stroke one afternoon; one look in his eyes told me all he needed me to know. He was my sweetest dog and is well missed. To read more about Hops, check out: Hops - my 3 legged hero

Gizmo was born to ride and is aptly equipped.

Gizmo was born to ride and is aptly equipped.
Gizmo was born to ride and is aptly equipped.

Get your dog lover a set of Doggles to protect doggy eyes.

Gizmo never gets in my convertible without donning her very own pair of Doggles! Thousands of dogs are blinded a year when they have their heads outside the car window and debris scratches the eye. Protect your dog with a pair of these Doggles.

I particularly like this style of Doggles as it's lighter than the other types on the market. It only took Gizmo about 10 minutes to leave them alone.

Doggles ILS Medium Pink Frame and Pink Lens
Doggles ILS Medium Pink Frame and Pink Lens

The price of getting a decent pair of Doggles for your dog is a lot less than that vet visit will be!

 

More Doggles are available on Amazon

For anyone who likes to take their dog along for rides, doggles are a wonderful gift.

A booster seat is just what this girl needed.

A booster seat is just what this girl needed.
A booster seat is just what this girl needed.

If your dog lover friend has a small dog, how about getting a gift of a booster seat?

Every small dog will appreciate a leg up when riding in a car. After all, seeing all of the wonderful stuff whizzing by is half the fun of the ride.

Gizmo uses this booster seat which is fully adjustable. This particular dog booster seat will hold up to 20 lb so she's got some growing that can be done! Sadly, I think I paid about $42 for this at PetSmart.

Dog booster seats

For a small dog, seeing out a window may make the difference between suffering car sickness or truly enjoying the ride. Here's more booster seats for your dog lover friend's best doggy friend:

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Killian with his Outward Hound backpack

Killian with his Outward Hound backpack
Killian with his Outward Hound backpack

Calm an energetic dog down with an Outward Hound backpack

I figured this trick out early on - Killian was just not burning up enough energy on our walks so I needed to find a way to calm him down. Enter the backpack!

Not only do working dogs, like this Aussie, need to do jobs, but, by adding extra balanced weight to the sides of the backpack, I was able to get more energy out of him. I started off having him carry a paperback book on each side and, I'm slightly ashamed to say, we progressed to a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers for John's and my picnic (before you berate me, we shared the cheese and crackers with Killian).

I keep the top of the backpack packed with poop bags, a collapsible water bowl, and liver treats for when Killian is a really good boy.

When I'm cleaning house, I have him follow me around and add items to the backpack which go into different rooms or up or down the stairs. He loves his job and so do I!

Outward Hound Kyjen   Excursion Dog Backpack, Large, Red Clay and Java
Outward Hound Kyjen Excursion Dog Backpack, Large, Red Clay and Java

This is the backpack Killian is wearing in the picture. The pockets are large enough for the, well, bottle of wine!

 

Every dog needs 1 (or 10) dog beds

I have dog beds everywhere in my house - literally everywhere! There's at least 2 in every room and my bedroom sports 3. Of course, I'm not sure why I bother as the little dogs sleep in bed with us but it's a good theory.

Treat your dog lover friend to a brand new dog bed. I like the ones spotlighted here - they're the most plush, and the dogs seem to enjoy them. If you do buy a dog bed, keep in mind that most dogs prefer a booster edge over a flat edge (everyone needs a pillow!).

Interestingly, my teeny dog sleeps in the biggest bed and my biggest dog tries to sleep in the littlest. It's fairly amusing around here to watch "musical beds" as the guys and girls settle in for the night.

When good dogs go bad....

When good dogs go bad....
When good dogs go bad....

Some dogs I've loved... - ...and who have loved me

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Gizmo (aka Bobo) is the smallest of our crew at just 9 lbs. She's is second sweetest (Hops is sweeter).Margarita came to me from a rescue operating in St. Croix. She's my hoarder dog and will bury toys in her chair.My 3-legged boy Hops is, by far, the sweetest soul I've ever met.Killian, my Aussie, loves a good sunroof (note to self: get another pair of doggles).Killian, Barley and Hops waiting for bones.This was taken in the petstore the day I adopted wee Gizmo. She already had a new collar, leash, bed and toy - yep, that day set me back a few hundred.Matee is my boyfriend John's pug. She's a gorgeous girl and very petite at only 14 lbs.Barley leans on his friends for support. Too bad poor Gizmo was trapped.Barley was my first failed foster - he just came for fostering and never left. At 14, he's had a pretty great life.Hops and Gizmo compete for the sunny spot.
Gizmo (aka Bobo) is the smallest of our crew at just 9 lbs. She's is second sweetest (Hops is sweeter).
Gizmo (aka Bobo) is the smallest of our crew at just 9 lbs. She's is second sweetest (Hops is sweeter).
Margarita came to me from a rescue operating in St. Croix. She's my hoarder dog and will bury toys in her chair.
Margarita came to me from a rescue operating in St. Croix. She's my hoarder dog and will bury toys in her chair.
My 3-legged boy Hops is, by far, the sweetest soul I've ever met.
My 3-legged boy Hops is, by far, the sweetest soul I've ever met.
Killian, my Aussie, loves a good sunroof (note to self: get another pair of doggles).
Killian, my Aussie, loves a good sunroof (note to self: get another pair of doggles).
Killian, Barley and Hops waiting for bones.
Killian, Barley and Hops waiting for bones.
This was taken in the petstore the day I adopted wee Gizmo. She already had a new collar, leash, bed and toy - yep, that day set me back a few hundred.
This was taken in the petstore the day I adopted wee Gizmo. She already had a new collar, leash, bed and toy - yep, that day set me back a few hundred.
Matee is my boyfriend John's pug. She's a gorgeous girl and very petite at only 14 lbs.
Matee is my boyfriend John's pug. She's a gorgeous girl and very petite at only 14 lbs.
Barley leans on his friends for support. Too bad poor Gizmo was trapped.
Barley leans on his friends for support. Too bad poor Gizmo was trapped.
Barley was my first failed foster - he just came for fostering and never left. At 14, he's had a pretty great life.
Barley was my first failed foster - he just came for fostering and never left. At 14, he's had a pretty great life.
Hops and Gizmo compete for the sunny spot.
Hops and Gizmo compete for the sunny spot.

A dog can't have too many dog toys.

A dog can't have too many dog toys.
A dog can't have too many dog toys.

My other Squidoo Lenses featuring my dogs

I have two passions in life - caring for my 94 year old Mom, Gertie, and dogs (not necessarily in that order). The below lenses or blogs detail our life around here.

Here's a few toys for the "thinking dog."

If your dog lover friend has a smart dog, one of these toys is just right to keep their pup busy for a while. Killian, my Australian Shepherd, has all of these toys - he's the only one who can figure them out!

What's your favorite gifts for dog lovers

Vote your favorite gifts for dog lovers in the below poll. Don't see your absolutely favorite gift? Add it!

Have you bought a gift for a dog lover? I'll bet you want to tell me about it...

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Shades for dogs? Never knew but a great idea for protecting their eyes.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great ideas here for dog lovers like myself. That's wonderful you adopted a dog from St. Croix! I've traveled there many times (since 1964) and have been a member of the St. Croix Animal Welfare group since I was 8 yrs. old. Good for you...your little Margarita looks very happy.

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      ChrissLJ 5 years ago

      My youngest dog found me. She was dumped when she was just a few months old and found her way to my back porch. At that time in my life, I didn't know how or even if I could accommodate another dog in my life (Esme had just been poisoned by a neighbor and I went through about a month without knowing if she was going to survive and the new stray had medical problems of her own)... but I fell in love immediately with my new little stray. At that time in my life, I belonged to a dog freestyle group and I emailed them with my the news and asking for advice. The next day, I arrived for dog class, and a friend handed me a package. Her husband had went out and bought both my girls matching pink dresses. His small gesture meant the world to me and just sealed the decision that Mireille was in my life to stay.

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      Great lens! I have 5 dogs. They are all big dogs, but I think the booster seat is so cute.

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      Darcie French 6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I really ruff this lens- bow wow! Fun gifts for dogs like me!

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Yes, Margo. They're my saviors in many different ways. I love them all deeply.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @priscillab: Priscilla: I do, indeed, have a very interesting household. They are each so different yet so similar. I'm blessed with wonderful beasts - and, let's not forget the confused cat who is more dog than one of the dogs is...

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Doggles! I love it

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      You have an interesting housefull of dogs! Love these products also-very smart.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks, Virginia! I'm still struggling with adding Zazzle products - last time I did it, some porn stuff popped up! Same happened to Peggy. Great ideas though. Lens is definitely in progress.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks for the comment - I remember you had a pug! I'll roll your lens over to all of my dog lenses. Sarah is adorable too!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      When I lived near a friend who had 2 dachshunds, I'd sometimes would buy them dog biscuits when I bought cat food. They are cute guys, just vertically challenged.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: I know of what you type, Peggy. I have always had a basset - they're large dog on very small legs. Wrinkles, Patches, Flapps, Blinker, Barley and a few fosters thrown in there somewhere....

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      How about a super-duper leash or personalized feed bowl? You'll find some cute zazzle dog shirts too.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I just love this lens, because I just love dogs! Matee is especially charming, because I also own a pug, but all your dogs look just adorable. You are fortunate to be able to have so many. I'd love to have a few more, but I have a difficult enough time just taking care of my Sarah. Thanks for sharing, and as soon as I'm ready, I'll be back to buy some toys. Sarah's favorite right now is the one I got her last Halloween (a plush pumpkin with a squeaker).