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Fab Five holiday gifts for the pet crowd
By Cindy Beckman

Gifts for your pets
Just like people, pets will rarely turn down a delicious morsel during the holidays.

• Wheat and corn-free Sojos Good Dog Treats have a tiny bone shape that makes them the perfect pocket-sized training treat. The four all-natural flavors (Chicken Pot Pie, PB&J, Apple Dumpling, and Blueberry Cobbler) come in cute, handle-top boxes, and their aromas will have your own mouth watering! You can keep your kitty feeling groovy with Sojos Organic Catnip. The treat is hand-harvested and carefully dried to preserve its potency. Both treats are $6–$7 and available at many local pet supply retailers.

Gifts from your pets

Your pets will tell you that what you need is a good vacation – with them, of course. So hand over the credit card and let them pick out a special gift that will make you both smile.

•Let Fido treat you to an overnight stay in Carmel, “America’s most dog-friendly small city.” Many beaches, restaurants, shops, galleries, and inns welcome pets, and the town even built the Fountain of Woof in Carmel Plaza just for their four-legged visitors. Prices can run from moderate to expensive based on your pet’s personal taste.

•Your cat would probably prefer a staycation, so let Mitzi pick out some cozy pajamas to help you unwind in style. The Cat’s Pajamas produces its sleepwear entirely in the Bay Area; you’ll find a selection at Ocean Front Walkers (3977 24th Street, 415-550-1980). Don’t be surprised if Mitzi chooses a sleepshirt or pajama set in the Haiku Cat or Sushi prints! Priced from $68–$88.

Gifts for friends with pets
•If you don’t have pets, but your friends are gaga over theirs, here are some ideas for gifts that will match both of your tastes.

•Many wineries are producing “critter label” selections, but a few also donate a portion of
their sales to animal rescue nonprofits. Vicktory Dogs is a special release, two-case collection from Caravintâs Winery celebrating 22 dogs rescued from Michael Vicks’s property. Proceeds benefits Best Friends Animal Society. $25 per bottle, $612 for the entire collection. The winery also offers Cat Lovers, Horse Lovers, and Nature Lovers label selections.

•If your friends enjoy books, share Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin, Ph.D., with them. Through her personal experience with autism, Dr. Grandin provided groundbreaking insight into the thought process of animals in her earlier book, Animals in Translation. She now looks at how we can use those insights “to give our animals the best and happiest life – on their terms, not ours.” $15.95, available at Northside bookstores.

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