If You’ve Got Pawprints on Your Heart: Holiday Shopping For Pet
By Jolene Miklas Schneider
This holiday season, there’s one family member who won’t bring up politics at the dinner table. They’ll never pressure you for grandkids and they always think your cooking is top notch. Drama? Nada. They love you just the way you are. We’re talking about your favorite family members: your pets.
So don’t forget to get them a little something when you’re doing your holiday shopping this year. May we suggest …
A suave turtleneck. What better way to profess your love for your pet than with matching outfits? Twin day! Paw de Deux is a queer/woman-owned local business celebrating the support and joy pets bring to our lives. Come browse pet-sized crop tops, turtlenecks, costumes and more. Their “pUpcycled” collection consists of thrifted and vintage pre-loved pieces that have been re-worked and readied for adoption.
A dashing bow tie. Sharon of Stitches and Sass returns with fun and cheeky toys and accessories for your fur kids. And, oh, if you have human kids, don’t miss her waterproof bandana bibs, organic teething rings, and baby gift sets! Whether your children have two legs or four, you’ll love her on-trend fabrics, from taco-print bow ties to RBG bandanas.
A sleep saucer cat bed. Clear for lift off? Take off! CATSA is a woman-owned small business on a big
mission to develop goods for space-smitten kittens and their terrestrial families. Their toys, beds, hammocks, and scratchers have been cat-tested, feline approved by an exPURRt Catsanaut team. Shop t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more knowing that sales support local Trap, Neuter, Return efforts for community cats and their caregivers.
A leash that gives back! For every leash purchased, Downtown Dog donates a tree to the Appalachian Area. If you’ve got eco-conscious pets and people in your pack, be sure to fetch them a hand-dyed organic cotton rope leash, organic paw wax, poop bag holder, snuffle mat, and more.