2013 Gift Guide: 5 Things for Pets

This holiday season, don’t forget to show your furry, four-legged creatures how much you love them with a special holiday gift. Several local businesses feature gifts any pet would enjoy receiving including a play day, grooming, extra walks during the day, comfy beds, squeaky toys and tasty treats.

Take a look at these five gift suggestions and have a Happy Holiday!

1. Play Day

Treat your dog to a day of play. He will spend time chasing balls, learning tricks and meeting new furry pals.

Our Local Pick: Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat (439 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville). They offer a play day for $29.95. Drop off between 8 and 11 a.m. and pick up between 2 to 6 p.m. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call: 410-798-4776. Other local dog resorts include the Perfect Pet Resort, South Arundel Veterinary Hospital and Beechnut Kennel.

Buy your dog a day of play at Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat for Christmas.

Buy your dog a day of play at Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat for Christmas.

2. Day at the Spa

Send your pet to the spa for a makeover where he will enjoy receiving a warm bath, clipping, nail trimming and much more.

Our local pick: Dirty Paws Dog Spa (113 Mayo Road, Edgewater). Call 443-607-8456 for specific services, prices and hours. In addition, Value Pet; Reichardt Animal Hospital; Beechnut Kennels; South Arundel Veterinary Hospital and Perfect Pet Resort offer grooming services.

3. Tasty Treats and Toys

Nothing says I love you more than a tasty treat or a squeaky toy.  Buy a bag of gourmet dog biscuits and stick them in your pet’s stocking. They won’t  last long!

Our local pick: Homestead Gardens (743 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville) features a variety of toys and treats for cats and dogs. In addition, Homestead carries a line of products for horses and chickens. Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call: 410-798-5000.Other local retailers include PetValu.

4. Comfy Dog Beds

Make sure your furry friend has a cozy bed to curl up in on a cold winter night. Local stores have dog and cat beds in all sizes and styles. Choose from plaid, plain or bright colors to fit your pet’s personality.

Our local pick: PetValu (68 West Central Avenue, Edgewater). Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 410-956-6828.

Pets love receiving new toys and tasty treats as holiday presents.

Pets love receiving new toys and tasty treats as holiday presents.

5. Pet Sitting

Have someone help take care of your pets when you are on vacation, working late or running errands. Local businesses offer pet sitting and walking services for cats and dogs.

Our local pick: Aw Paws Plus in Lothian. For prices and additional information call 410-903-0400. Other local pet sitting services offered through Dogwood Acres.

This gift-giving guide is brought to you by our sponsor A.P. Mathews Heating & Air Conditioning. As a local business they shop, serve and support  the community and encourage others to do the same.


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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.


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