STYLISH HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR THE FURRIEST FAMILY MEMBER

Face the facts: our animal friends are honorary family members - and they simply deserve the best when it comes to the holiday season. Whether you wrap Fido’s presents in the most glamourous paper you can find or put Princess’ catnip in a paw shaped stocking, we’ve put our experience to the test while combining the hottest trends of the season to put together this list of the top 10 must have toys and treats for the season!

FOR THE PUP THAT NEEDS THAT EXTRA BIT OF STIMULATIONALL THE TIME
Kruuse Buster DogMaze Bowl

Snack time meets time to play with this fun-filled food game. Available in a variety of colours to match your decor (and your pooches individualized tastes!), you’ll have a blast watching your pup chase the food as he stays motivated until all the food is out of the bowl.

Buy Now on Amazon.ca
Photo Cred: Canada-K9

FOR THE CAT THAT STILL HAS THE KITTEN IN HERNO MATTER HER AGE
Zoom Rotating Laser Cat Toy

Remember the days that you used to run a laser pointer across the floor and walls and watch kitty run after it? Not only did it provide many laughs for you, but it got your four-legged friend up and active from her afternoon nap. The PetSafe Zoom rotates a full 360 degrees that can give multiple kitties multiple fun!

Buy Now on Amazon.ca
Photo Cred: Amazon.ca

FOR THE DOG THAT LOVES TO MIX IT UP..AND A LITTLE FUN FOR YOU, TOO
BarkBox Monthly Subscription Box

This might be as much of a gift for you as it is for your dog - because you’ll be super excited to open this delivery on a monthly basis and see what fun is in store! You’ll receive a whole new collection of treats and toys that’ll hopefully keep her entertained until next month, making playtime exciting again!
Buy Now on BarkBox 
Photo Cred: Refuge Mary Sue

FOR THE FELINE THAT FEELS BETTER BEING PAMPERED
PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge

Purrfect for your feline friend - you’ll ensure she doesn’t scratch your furniture and has her own stylish lounger that can seamlessly fit into your living room decor - and can be considered condo-sized, too ;). Did we mention cats actually prefer to scratch cardboard over anything else?

Buy Now on Amazon.ca
Photo Cred: Amazon.ca

FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND
Dog Bowl Water Bottle

If you and your best friend like to get out and get active, it’s important for both of you to keep hydrated! While there are dozens of doggy concoctions that we’ve found to keep your dog cool, we’re digging this option right now that will ensure your pet will stay hydrated on every hike. With just a squeeze, the attached bowl fills and all excess water drains back into the bottle. 

Buy Now on Uncommon Goods
Photo Cred: Uncommon Goods

FOR THE DOG WHO FINDS HIMSELF TO BE A LITTLE TOO ADVENTUROUS, A LOT OF THE TIME
Pod GPS Tracker


While we are a fan of GPS pet locators in general, one that we’re really loving right now is Gibi Pet Locator. Some of our favourite elements include its tough, waterproof, lightweight, perfect for the active dog. In case you’ve lost your bestie, you’ll be able to source him at the speed of light with Google Maps. And since you can’t place a price on your furry friend, $199USD seems like a steal!

Buy Now on Pod
Photo Cred: Pod GPS Tracker

FOR THE KITTY THAT’S A LITTLE RAMBUNCTIOUS AND ALWAYS READY FOR PLAY
Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy

Any Amazon Choice is a toy we’d like to try and this tower is no exception! With 3000+ reviews and an awesome sale price, these three levels of tracks will keep your kitty entertained for hours. Did we mention its intellectually stimulating - which is just as important for your cat than your dog! Both mental and physical fun? Score!

Buy Now on Amazon.ca
Photo Cred: Amazon.com

FOR FIDO, WHO LOVES TREATS BUT NEEDS TO BE KEPT BUSY, BUSY, BUSY
Kong Wobbler Treat Dispenser

No Christmas wish list would be complete in our eyes without the addition of one of the world’s most durable dog toys: Kong. If your pup has never tried the Kong wobbler, it’s about time. This full-of-fun toy is action packed for those hours when your friend just needs to keep a little bit more occupied. When your dog pushes it with his nose, it wobbles, spins, whirls and dispenses treats as it goes! How fun is that?

Buy Now on Petsmart.ca
Photo Cred: Hound About Town

FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A GREAT SENSE OF STYLE AND LOVES CAPTURING THEIR BEST FRIENDS AUTHENTIC MOMENTS
A Gift Certificate for Jason Krygier-Baum Animal Photography

We think we’ve saved the best for last.. because what’s more important than moments and memories? Jason Krygier-Baum Animal Photography specializes in beautiful metal and canvas wall art and we’re jumping for joy in anticipation of a day well spent capturing your loved one in an exciting an interactive photoshoot. I have always been fascinated by animals and transformed my passion into a career in photography. Combining forces with animal trainer Angus, we make the perfect pair to create a meaningful and unique art of your pets (something like this)!





JKBAP on CBC The Goods

Every so often I get asked to be on TV. CBC The Goods approached us to give them some holiday photo tips. We decked out our studio in holiday decorations and trained Ella to wear a wreath. While Angus and I tried our best to not look nervous and answer in full sentences, Ella and Henry were definitely the stars of the shoot. Check it out below. Thanks CBC :D


Holiday Gift Guide 2016

To make gift giving a little easier this holiday season we’ve put together a list of our favourite gift ideas for dogs, cats, and their humans.

Long Lasting Dog Chews

Dogs are naturally inclined to chew on things so it’s critical to keep them busy chewing on things you want them to (chew toys) so that they don’t even think about chewing on anything else (shoes, socks, furniture, baseboards, etc.).  The qualities we look for in a good chew are healthy to eat and last a very long time.  Our current favourites are Himalayan hard cheese chews, which are widely available at quality pet retailers. $17 and up


Treat Dispensing Cat Toys

Most cats love to play and love to eat treats.  We were given a Temptations Snacky Mouse cat toy, which rewards cats with treats as they play with it.  Walter and Hazel just love it. $10

Stylish Pet Beds

There is no quicker way to drain the class out of a room than the presence of a hideous old pet bed.  There are numerous companies that now offer stylish beds to match any decor.  We love the ones designed by Bowsers Pet Products.  $75 and up

A Harness That Reduces Pulling

Anyone who’s walked a large dog that pulls on leash can attest to how difficult and exhausting it can be.  The only way to truly eliminate pulling is with extensive training, but until your dog has mastered loose-leash walking it’s worth investing in a harness that helps to reduct the intensity of pulling, like the Pet Safe Easy Walk harness.  As your dog puts pressure on its leash the harness directs your dog sideways, acting as a gentle deterrent from pulling.  They are a little confusing to put on until you figure it out, so be sure to have your pet retailer help fit your dog and show you how it’s done.  $28 and up

A Robot to Clean Your Litter Box

Tending to your cat’s litter box is by far the least enjoyable part about having a feline family member.  There are several automatic litter boxes on the market but most of them perform poorly.  The one exception is the Litter Robot, a superbly designed invention that will keep your littler box clean and your cats happy.  Like any change to your cat’s routine it’s best to introduce a Litter Robot gradually.  We followed the manufacturer’s directions for making the transition and Walter and Hazel got used to it quite quickly.  The one drawback to this machine is that it performs best with traditional clay litters, so if you are a fan of renewably sourced litters it may not be a good choice for you.  $599

Dog Training Courses

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, and it’s not even that hard to do.  Whether your dog has behavioural problems to overcome or is the best behaved pup on the street, they can always benefit from more positive-reinforcement training.  On top of that it’s fun for owners too.  When looking for a good trainer choose a facility with the following characteristics:

- Positive reinforcement training techniques

- Small class sizes

- Skilled instructors

- High instructor to student ratio.

We recommend When Hounds Fly, which has locations on Dundas West and Pape Village.  They take dog training very seriously and make it fun for you and your dog.  $150 and up

Photographs of Your Pets

Okay we are obviously biased, but pet photography really does make for an amazing gift.  Don’t take our word for it though, here’s what our clients have said about their experience:


“My wife started to cry when I shared your photos with her.  She loved her gift so much.  The only problem is that I’ll never be able to beat it next year!”

“This was such a fun experience and your artworks bring a smile to my face every day”

“I am so happy to have Charlie’s beautiful photos.  They bring back so many wonderful memories”

Learn more about my photography here or contact me today to discuss the best gift for your loved ones this year.

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