Many local families welcomed new dogs into their homes in 2020. This season, pamper the pooch with creature comforts from local stores.
1. Bowled Over
Say goodbye to murky dog bowl water with a drinking fountain that circulates and filters water, keeping it fresh. The ceramic material is easy to clean and dishwasher safe (not the pump), and features an upper and lower drinking dish. The Drinkwell Avalon pet fountain, which plugs into an outlet, sells for $89.99 at the Westwood Pet Center in Bethesda (westwoodpet.etailpet.com; 301-654-0604).
2. Canine Cuisine
A delicious and healthy treat for the pet of the house is always a winning gift idea. A local dog boutique has a case full of yummy selections, including gourmet cookies made with tasty natural ingredients, such as molasses and sweet potatoes, decorated with Christmas, Hanukkah and winter designs. Get one, or more, for $2.50 each at Bone Jour in Bethesda (bonejour.com; 301-656-2663).
3. Jaunty Jacket
Keep your best friend warm and dry in this red-hot Everest Explorer coat from Canada Pooch. It’s stylish and practical, with a water-resistant shell, soft fleece lining, removable hood, reflective strips, and four pockets for bags and treats. It is available in a range of sizes, priced from $44 to $76 at Loyal Companion stores throughout Montgomery County, including the downtown Bethesda location (loyalcompanion.com; 301-234-8124).
4. Puppy Snuggle
A cozy red and black buffalo plaid fleece blanket and a foxy little stuffed animal friend team up for a handy gift pack for Fido. The blanket measures 30 by 36 inches, and the plush fox has a fun squeaker inside. The Tall Tails holiday blanket and fox gift bundle is priced at $29.99 at The Big Bad Woof in Takoma, D.C. (thebigbadwoof.com; 202-291-2404).
5. Sweet Dreams
Dog beds don’t have to be frumpy. Here’s one you won’t want to hide. The chic frame is constructed of rattan and woven plastic, and the removable cushion cover is available in navy gingham or midnight velvet, in cotton or performance fabric. The Riviera dog bed comes in two sizes—27 inches square ($448) and 37 by 28½ inches ($548) at Serena & Lily in Bethesda (serenaandlily.com; 240-531-1839).
6. Bottle Service
Squeeze this convenient travel water bottle and the attached bowl fills for easy drinking. It holds 20 ounces, fits into a car’s drink holder, hooks onto a belt or backpack, is BPA-free and is top-rack dishwasher safe. The Highwave AutoDogMug is available in six colors, for $20 each, at Bark Social at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, which has a pop-up shop until its late-October opening (barksocial.com; 240-253-6060).
7. Glam Gear
A cool collar is like jewelry for a dog. Express your personality and your pet’s with a colorful seasonal collar from Up Country. The holiday designs include pine cones, festive plaid, dancing elves, candy canes and more, and retail for $23.99 each. Find them, as well as the matching leashes, at Pet Parents in Bethesda (petparents.love; 301-718-8400).