Until we bought Hugs, our fluffy, friendly Maltese, over 8 years ago, I didn’t understand how people could go crazy for a dog, but once you get to know and love a cuddly canine, it changes you forever. You suddenly see the appeal in furry friends everywhere! But even though I adore Hugs, it’s my friend Amy who is the real dog lover. She adopts rescue dogs, buys extravagant gifts for her babies, and posts the cutest comments about them on Facebook! I thought of her when I created this list! (As always, it’s in no particular order!)
1. The New Yorker Double Old Fashioned Glasses, $49/4: These generously-sized glasses feature comical canine cartoons from The New Yorker.
2. “Sleeps with Dogs” Nightshirt, $59: If, like many dog owners, you are guilty of letting your canine companion occupy the better part of your king sized bed, then you need this sleepshirt.
3. French Bulldog Feeder, $260: This posh puppy feeding set is one of the chicest I’ve seen. I’d want it even if I didn’t have a dog!
4. Dog Breed Teacup Ornament, $12.99: The breed of your choice perches inside a tiny teacup, creating a festive holiday ornament.
5. Puppy Paperweights, $7.99: These resin paperweights are realistically detailed and make charming desk accents.
6. Chateau Pet Bed Collection, $499-699: The ultimate in luxury for the pampered pooch, these deluxe doggy beds are beautiful enough to fit in with your finest furniture.
7. Personalized Pet Art, $59: A portrait of a favorite pooch makes a thoughtful, stylish gift. These, by artist John W. Golden, are modern and vibrant and personalized with the pet’s name.
8. Platform Pet Bed, $199: This classic pet perch offers a comfy spot for Fido to nap.
9. Blown Glass Dog Ornaments, $69: This set of six beautiful, colorful ornaments are made of delicate blown glass and “dressed” in real fabric or leather. The Paragon Catalog also offers beautiful blown glass dog ornaments, in your choice of breed, for $9.99.
10. Daschund Knife Rests, $14.99: If your hostess is a dog lover, present her with these stylish silver-plated pooches.