1. Chilly Dogs Sweaters for Chilly Dogs
My dog Victor loves squirrels, so I couldn’t resist decking him out in this new squirrel pattern from Chilly Dogs, a company using Inca Artisans in South America to create hand knit wool sweaters.
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According to the company, established in 1999, it follows fair trade guidelines and pays a living wage to knitters in small villages.
I met them at SuperZoo this year and couldn’t resist also ordering a matching sweater for Victor’s best, Sasha, a chocolate lab cross. Clearly, the sweaters come in a variety of sizes.
And yes, the ‘twins’ in their sweaters were very popular in the dog park. Check out this season’s styles: (affiliate link) Sweaters start around $30 (but I found another one in green for Victor at Pet Expo 2017 for $25).
2. Messy Mutts Elevated Dog Feeder
When I got my Messy Mutts elevated double feeder (from the company in exchange for an honest review -like the following products here), I immediately tried to put all the pieces together like some kind of IKEA pet dish assemble.
Then I realized … you don’t put all the legs on – only the height you need. Messy Mutts feeder (affiliate link) comes with three sets of legs, at three heights. So you can use it for different dogs at different times, or it grows with your dog.
My dog Victor needs the middle height, and he’s a very messy mutt. When he eats, he pulls the kibble (and wet food, ick) out of the bowl and spreads it over the floor. Messy Mutts feeder with a wider lip and raised edge is designed to keep food closer to the bowl and pup necks elevated – ergonomic – while eating.
The middle height was good for Victor – who’s Cocker Spaniel size – and the dishes are a little deeper than he’s used to, but holds more water. The stainless steel dishes remove from the FDA approved silicone for easy cleaning. Plus, Canadian-based Jascor Housewares Inc., which started as a kitchen supply store, makes Messy Mutts, so Messy Mutt products look like they belong in your house, rather than a doggie-daycare full of bone-shaped accessories.
3. EQyss Elite Dog Shampoo
Sasha’s getting this in her stocking this year, primarily because I’ve already used it on her. Last visit, she rolled in … well, whatever… during our hike at Bronte Creek Provincial Park so her lab-like coat got slathered in EQyss Elite conditioning shampoo when we got home. Sulfate and Paraben Free, this tropical berry scent shampoo rinsed off her coat beautifully and smelt fresh, almost fruit-like.
It contains hemp and pomegranate seeds, sunflower oil, Aloe Vera, lavender and avocado extracts and organic apple cider vinegar for pH balance. That last one’s important and, what some people don’t know, is the reason human shampoo shouldn’t be used on pets. Animal fur requires a different pH formula and getting in wrong can result in skin issues.
Sixteen ounce bottles (473 ml) start at about $25 (affiliate link) and the company offers other interesting products such as EQyss Chew Proof It! Anti-chew spray (affiliate link) for furniture, plants, carpets etc., guaranteed to stop your pet from chewing. In addition, the EQyss Flea Bite flea and tick spray and shampoo (affiliate link) containing four natural oils designed to repel pesky insects.
4. GoDog Tough Toys
What else is Santa bringing 80-pund lab-cross Sasha this year? A RHINOPLAY GoDog Vexo dog toy (affiliate link). Why? Because she rips toys apart in seconds – and the company sent me one to review, along with some colourful GoDog Sugar Skulls from WorldWise here (affiliate link). This ‘deceptively light, incredibly strong’ toy did pass the vice-grip jaw test of Sasha. She didn’t destroy it … all week she was visiting.
She did leave teeth marks in the non-toxic dense foam, however. But that’s to be expected. They toy is light, easy on teeth (unlike wood she sometimes chews) and floats, also good for labs. Check out the product’s interesting backstory here:
A profit portion from each purchase goes to charities supporting the human/pet bond. We know a little about that, right? Toys run about $9 each.
5. Solvit Car Seat Cover
I loved this car seat cover so much I bought another for the driver’s seat because, well, sometimes I’m messy too. My dog Victor and I test-drove this Solvit Car Seat Cover (affiliate link) with our best canine bud Sasha, and she proved worthy of the experiment. Part Lab, she loves the water and a three-inch puddle was bathtub enough for her.
Then she jumped in the car.
Retailing for around $30, these Solvit seat covers solve a world of problems (what the company is known for) – not to mention saving upholstery cleaning dollars. The covers strap around the back and bottom of a bucket seat, and stretch over the headrest keeping them in place. Then you can easily detach them and throw them a standard washing machine.
Solvit Seat Covers keep muddy paws (and complete underside in Sasha’s case) off your car seat fabric (or leather), and work for split coffee too.