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Unique, New Pet Holiday Gift Ideas

GREENWICH, CT., July 27, 2006 - Did you know more than half of dog owners and more than a third of cat owners will buy holiday gifts for their pets this year? And, Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before. According to The American Pet Products Association (APPA), pet owners will spend an estimated 38.4 billion dollars on their pets in 2006.

Keeping that in mind, please consider the following new and unique Holiday Pet Gift Ideas hand selected from APPA’s 900 member companies for fun holiday feature articles.  We would be happy to supply you with product samples, photos, and an interview with APPA President, Bob Vetere on gift trends or any other information.  If we can help you out in any way please let us know.  Thanks for your consideration and good luck with your holiday pet features!
 
We have compiled a unique list, broken down into categories, of gift ideas for any pet or pet lover on your shopping list this holiday season.Contact Leah Nelson at 775-322-0755 or email at leah@massmediapr.com

Pet Toys

Fox & Hounds is shaking things up with their new toys perfect for your festivities this holiday!The stylish three dimensional classic Martini Plush Squeaky Toy is complimented perfectly by the oversized Olive Plush Squeaky Toy, quintessential to any cocktail party.Meanwhile, their “anytime is a good time for a Margarita” Plush Squeaky Toy is a party favorite with the must-have slice of Lime Plush Squeaky Toy.These toys will be the life of the party, especially when served up with coordinating ribbon collars, leads and harnesses in fun martini and margarita motifs. www.foxandhounds.com

The Doggie Driver by Hyper Products is a great gift for Dad and dog.It’s a golf driver that holds a tennis ball.  Swing like a normal golf club and the balls releases out where you would normally hit a golf ball.  The ball can fly 40-80 yards, depending on your swing.  It has hands-free pick up so the user does not have to touch a slimy ball. www.hyper-products.com

Cosmic Crunch Toys by Prevue Pet feature 100% pulverized seashells in colorful shapes and different sizes that provide birds with calcium as they chew and play.The surface of the seashell shapes help keep beaks and nails manicured and birds are attracted to the rough, pebbly texture. The non-toxic glow-in-the-dark beads have an afterglow that lasts for 20 minutes and the shining light intrigues birds and keeps them entertained.Cosmic Crunch toys are available in 15 styles and are suitable for small, medium and large birds.www.prevuepet.com

Help your feline beat the kitty blahs!The Peek-a-Prize Toy Box by SmartCat is a unique toy designed to build on your cat’s instinct by partially hiding some of your cat’s favorite toys then allows the natural predator in cats to hunt, attack and capture the toys. The toy box works with balls, cat toys, treats and catnip and especially helps indoor-only cats who have a special need for stimulating activities to keep them mentally and physically fit.www.esmartcat.com

The SnackShotz™ Treat Launcher from Dogmatic is a great gift for you and your pooch!The Treat Launcher is a handheld dog treat launching device that also gives your pooch a little exercise.SnackShotz™ can launch the new Discos™ Flying Dog Treats, also by Dogmatic, up to ten feet! www.DogmaticProducts.com

New toys from Nylabone this holiday season include the innovatively-designed, collectible Chubby Buddies, the plush toy with a durable belly, designed to stand up to moderate and strong chewers.Chubby Buddies are available in six characters, each with “dura-core” belly: Lamb; Penguin; Hippo; Mouse; Hedgehog and Fish.www.nylabone.com

Kitty will take a break from clawing the Christmas tree to chase Petmate's Go-Go Mouse around the house.  The Go-Go Mouse provides hours of zip-and-zoom action for kitty. This pull-back toy scoots across the floor to create irresistible fun for cats. This popular toy is helping felines get the exercise they need. www.petmate.com

Holiday Themed Products

Get your dog or cat in the festive mood with a Dog or Cat Advent Calendar from Rodi Petfood Group. These brand new calendars have 24 departments, each to be opened individually and contain exclusive snacks. The Christmas snack collection for dogs includes 4 different dog biscuits made out of high graded ingredients, which support health and can lead to glowing fur. The cat version has 4 different cat yeast treats rich in vitamins and minerals which promote a superb shiny coat, vitality, good digestion and strong bones and teeth.www.rodi-petfood-group.com

Ethical Pet Products’ Holiday Gift Purse is the perfect gift for fickle felines.The Holiday Gift Purse includes 12 different cat toys in a cute, plastic purse with feathers, handles and a snap closure. There are 4 Jingle Balls, 1 Rattle Football, 3 Plush Mice with Catnip, 2 Sponge balls, 1 Glitter Ball with Catnip and 1 Sponge ball with glitter strands. There's something to please any finicky cat!   www.ethicalpet.com

Naughty or nice?Display your pup’s behavior this holiday season with Planet Dog's Squeaky Naughty or Nice gift pack.The festive toy features the embroidered words “Naughty or Nice”.Perfect for a holiday portrait too! www.planetdog.com

Crunch Cardsâ Edible Greeting Cards by Crunchkins have thrilled dogs all over the world. Crunch Cards® are a patented product which offers a unique twist on traditional greeting cards. They cards are made of 100% Natural Rawhide, and printed with pet-safe edible ink.www.crunchkins.com

Pipsqueak Productions’ Pet-themed Holiday Cards feature over 350 original designs by artist Mary Badenhop. Holiday cards feature over 90 breeds of dogs, cats, ferrets, fish, birds and farm animals. Mary's cards are whimsical yet realistic and capture the look and personality of all breeds. These colorful designs are also available on many gifts items from trivets to magnets!12 to a box with red ribbon and red envelopes for the holidays.www.pipsqueakproductions.com

Brand Name Pet Products

Show your racing spirit this holiday season with NASCAR pet products by Pet Goods Manufacturing and Imports. The sporty line includes feeding dishes, beds, collars, leads, bandanas, plush flying discs, plush race cars and bones with squeakers and ID tags.Products feature five of the top NASCAR drivers: Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Senior, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. www.petgoodsfmg.com

For the sports fan in your life – Hunter Manufacturing can help you deck your dog out in your favorite sports team with pet products such as rubber bones, pet bowls, ID tags, pet hats and harnesses are available in NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and most major colleges.www.huntermfg.com

Pet Fashions

Talk about stepping out in style!Golddiggers’ new line of WingThings and Howlin Hound Hats are all the rage.Themed WingThings include beautiful butterfly wings.The exquisite hats can match the wings or be worn alone, with such themes as Christmas bonnets and Wedding top hats. www.golddiggersinc.com

For the doggie on the go, Cocojor Hawaii’s collection of fun loving and exquisite Dog Carriers come in fashionable styles for the fashionable pup.The comfortable plush lining feels like a bed bag for the dog. The carrier resembles a “take-out bag” featuring eye catching colors and fabric assortments by using the finest fabric such as Asian silks, leathers, materials and hardware around the world.www.cocojorhawaii.com

Add a touch of sparkle to your pet’s collar with LittleGifts Crystal Collar Charms.Available in 7 different canine-themed styles and three different crystal colors, LittleGifts crystal collar charms make an excellent gift for any pet or pet lover. www.littlegifts.com

Visiting relatives will be impressed with your puppy’s and kitty's style.  The Pampered Pet Soft Sided Carrier by Petmate is a briefcase-sized carrier that will tote your pet anywhere.A wool fabric interior will keep your pet comfortable with space that allows them to peek out.Available in different sizes and colors.www.petmate.com

Gifts for Pet Owners

Sherpa Pet has just the right gifts for the pet-lover in your life.The Pink and Black hounds tooth frame is a perfect choice for the pet owner to show off their pooch or feline.A matching Sherpa Hounds tooth carrier would also make a beautiful accompanying gift. www.sherpapet.com

A great gift to help pet owners prepare their pooches for the long, cold nights of winter is a fun, new-concept book from T.F.H. Publications.Doggy Knits: Over 20 coat designs for handsome hounds and perfect pooches.The 128-page soft cover book includes step-by-step instructions for creating sweaters, jackets, coats and even leg warmers for dogs, plus useful tips on knitting techniques, measuring and adding easy finishing touches for each project.www.tfh.com

Jewelry always makes a great gift!LittleGifts exquisite Charm Necklace features an engraveable Swarovski crystal bone charm and the 3D Sterling Silver dog charm of your choice.Also check out the hand crafted silver plated charm bracelet with an adorable bone, paw print, fire hydrant, "I love my dog," dog bowl and Austrian or Swarovski crystal bone charms. The perfect bracelet on which to add one of our breed-specific Sterling Silver dog charms!www.littlegifts..com

Don’t forget the aquarium hobbyist on your holiday list!Aquarium Products’ new line of Sunken Ships aquarium decorations is sure to be a big attraction in any fish tank.Choose from six new handcrafted designs such as the London Tower Bridge and the Venice Old Bridge. Each non-fading, full colored bridge design is manufactured from a non-toxic poly-resin with precise details that looks exactly like the actual bridge. www.aq-products.com

Hi-Tech Pet Products

Reef One/Casco’s BABY biOrb is an exciting new addition to the biOrb smart aquarium family.Requiring just 4 gallons of water, it is the “baby” aquarium of the family.Ideal for novice fish keepers or those with limited space, the BABY biOrb utilizes the same powerful filtration and similar lighting to its larger siblings.The acrylic aquarium comes with stylish tops and bottoms in five different colors including cool pink and blue.www.biorbusa.com

The WaterDog Pet Drinking Fountain by Contech Electronics is an alternative to stagnant water dishes sitting in the sun all day.The WaterDog is an automatic water fountain that attaches to your outdoor faucet and provides a stream of cool clean water any time your dog walks up to it. The WaterDog uses advanced sonar sensoring technology to detect your dog's arrival, plus it's a hygienic solution for locations where more than one dog might have to share the same water dish. www.contech-inc.com

Drinkwell's® Big Dog Fountain by Veterinary Ventures, Inc. is the largest pet fountain on the market, holding over two gallons in an attached reservoir, meaning less refilling and more time for the pet owner. With a free-falling stream of water, the Drinkwell® Big Dog Fountain entices pets to drink more water- leading to better hydration and a healthier dog. Now available in pink! Partial proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. www.petfountain.com

Pet Treats

Just like Grandma’s Cooking!Sojo’s Good Dog® Treats for Dogs come in 3 clever flavors: Chicken Pot Pie, Apple Dumpling, and Peanut Butter & Jelly. Baked into mini-bones, these treats are perfect for any size dog and are made with healthy human quality ingredients. They are wheat and corn free and appeal to hip and health-conscious pet lovers.www.sojos.com

Sojos Organic Catnip is hand-harvested and carefully dried to preserve its’ maximum effect on kitties. Catnip induces a harmless euphoric state in cats that lasts 5 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle out a pinch once or twice a week to keep your feline feeling groovy. www.sojos.com     

Fresh from the oven, Bowie Wowie’s™ Oven-Ready, Refrigerated Cookie Dough by Diva Doggie is a simple, fast easy to bake treat for your dog.It has the look, smell and texture of a human cookie and contains no sugar, salt, fillers, artificial flavors, or by-products.Pre-baked version is also available!Try snickerdoodle, oatmeal, carob chip and peanut butter.www.divadoggie.com

Pet Furniture

The Coleman Company, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of air beds for people….now your pets can enjoy that same mattress like experience.Coleman’s Tails ‘n Trails ComfortSmart™ Bolster Air Bed features the Airtight™ System with Double Lock™ Valve guaranteeing a leak-free valve.The smart design contours to your pets’ body for better support and comfort.The Air Bed is available in three sizes and the tough poly-oxford and cozy fleece cover is washable. Inflates and deflates in seconds and is ideal for home or travel.www.colemanpets.com

The Paws & Relax Hammock by Marshall Pet Products, provides a fun way for your pet to rest and relax.It can accommodate multiple small animals and can be used inside or outside of your pet’s cage.This trendy hammock is made of durable canvas or fleece.www.marshallpet.com

Pet Gear has unveiled its newest Pet Strollers and Pet Play Areas.The Happy Trails Pet Stroller has front wheel shocks, large storage basket, parent tray, wind and rain cover and stores flat.The Home ‘N” Go Pet Pen provides a safe place for your pet to play.The pen is water and stain resistant, has a removable tray and folds flat for easy storage. www.mytravelingpet.com

Let your pet sleep in luxury!S&H Pet Products Pet Furniture is made of memory foam and micro fiber faux suede.The solid wood furniture features two working drawers for storage and assembles in minutes.The faux suede cover is removable for washing.www.shpetproducts.com

Petmate’s new Portable Pet Home™ is the perfect travel companion for pets and pet owners headed home for the holidays. The new portable Home combines the best features of a portable pet kennel and permanent pet shelter with a lightweight convenience.  The Portable Pet Home is now available in two trendy colors - Sky Blue and Pampered Pink www.petmate.com

Finally, a litter box you don’t have to hide!With its Tuscany true hand finish, Hidden Litter by Good Pet Stuff, a Div. of Aquiline Innovations Corp., looks like a real clay pot. Complete with an attractive high-quality plant, Hidden Litter will enhance the décor of any room. Convenient, practical and beautiful! www.goodpetstuff.com

Pet Grooming Products

Pamper your pooch this holiday season with Cain and Able’s Doggie Spa Packs.The Doggie Spa pack includes the Every Dog has his Day Spa Shampoo, Between Baths Spritz, and Soap-on-a-Rope, along with a bathing sponge and rubber duck. Also try the Bone Shaped Spa Basket and the Deluxe Spa Set. The packages are shrink-wrapped and make a great gift for dog lovers.www.cainandablecollection.com

Perk up your pup with Happytails’Canine Spa Line products.Sleep Time Tonic helps to calm down your hyperactive hound and soon he’ll be ready for a good night’s sleep.Try Healthy Skin Shiny Coat which adds luster to dull fur.Perky Pup puts pep back in the step of your lackluster dog by helping restore normal energy levels after periods of inactivity.www.HappytailsSpa.com

Give the gift of convenience with OxyPet International’s new Waterless Shampoos for Pets. Pampered Pooch Dry Shampoo Mousse and Kool Katz Dry Shampoo Mousse effectively clean without the use of water. No water, no rinsing, no mess! The waterless shampoos clean and deodorize, leave no residue and dry in minutes! www.oxypetproducts.com

Pet Safety Products

Keep your pet safe this holiday season with the Heal-A-Pet Wound and Skin Care Kit by NuTopicals™. The kit contains an Antiseptic Cleansing Gel, Antiseptic Wound Spray and Antiseptic Shampoo all which feature patented Oxychloro Complex technology.  NuTopicals flagship Banana Cream product featuring a patented Banana Peel Extract (BPx) completes the kit.Nutopicals also offers the Heal-A-Horse™ kit.www.nutopicals.com 

Draw your own holiday tag! FasTags are quick to make and very affordable.Just write your information on the large plastic tag, bake it in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes, and you have a cute, durable ID tag!FasTags, The Original Shrinking ID Tags, has over 60 designs. www.fastags.com

Be a part of the holiday lights on your next dog walk with PolyBrite’s Lighted Pet Products, a unique, fun and safe way to walk or run with your pooch in low light and at night.  Combining PolyBrite’s patented polymer/LED technology together with reflective stitching and sheeting, PolyBrite products improve safety by providing users with high-intensity illumination as well as reflectivity. PolyBrite manufactures lighted collar covers, dog collars, leashes, tag lights and people products. www.polybrite.com

For more information, contact Leah Nelson at 775-322-0755 or email at leah@massmediapr.com