PDX Pet Connection Holiday Gift Guide - Lucas' Favorites Edition
Updated: Dec 6, 2021
A curated gift guide for dogs and the people that love them
Happy Holidays from Kim Hoshal Photography! Some of you might not know that I host a pet podcast for Portland pet parents. The podcast supports local and small businesses and I feel this is important now more than ever before. On the podcast website, I shared some local businesses that can help you with your holiday shopping and make your dog's holiday bright.
This year's list is honoring the memory of our sweet boy, Lucas who recently passed away. He was bigger than life and brought joy to everyone who knew him. He was not only my fur son, but my co-host, bandana model, and photo location scout. My businesses exist because of his inspiration. So to remember him, I gathered a list of some of his favorite local items that I thought your dog might enjoy too.
Each item is listed with the following information:
What the item is.
Who made/sells the item.
Why I selected this item.
Where you can purchase the item.
How much you can expect to spend.
Quick note: Please keep in mind shipping times when ordering.
Ready to spoil your dog?
Let the shopping begin!
What: Gingerbread Biscuits
Who: Portland Pet Food Company- Portland, OR
Why: These biscuits are Lucas's favorite Christmas treat. They smell like gingerbread cookies just like us humans eat. Okay, so my husband may have tried one. That's fine though because they are made of human-grade ingredients. Lucas and Bill even did a video of them sharing these yummy snacks.
How much: $10.99
What: Holiday Pupcakes
Who: Sugah's Cookies and Cakes-Gresham, OR
Why: These pupcakes are made of human-grade and organic ingredients. Plus they come in a variety of delicious flavors like peanut butter, chicken, and sweet potato/salmon. Lucas has taste-tested all of them and he gives them two paws up. He had a six-pack of them for his 11th birthday and they looked like Chuck-it Balls which were one of his favorite toys. Where: https://sugahscookies.com/pages/dog-cakes
How Much: $10/4 pack or $30/dozen
What: Freeze-Dried Raw Treats
Who: Northwest Naturals-Portland, OR
Why: These treats are single-ingredient, grain-free, and gluten-free. That makes them the perfect treat for dogs with dietary issues or dogs that just love treats. They are also easy to chew which makes them good for dogs with sensitive teeth. Lucas tried almost all of the flavors and had a hard time picking
Where: Your local pet supply store
How Much: $24
What: Waterproof Barrier Nestle Dog Bed
Who: Cycle Dog-Portland, OR
Why: This bed has 3 waterproof layers and a waterproof coating. The filling is made from recycled plastic bottles and it has an antibacterial treatment that fights bacteria and smell. This is Lucas's balcony bed and he would lay in it all day if we let him.
How much: $70 to $160
What: Over-the-collar Dog Bandana
Who: Butthead Bandanaz- Portland, OR
Why: These bandanas fit over your dog's collar so they don't fall off or come untied which makes them perfect for active dogs. They also offer custom fabric design so your dog can have a one-of-a-kind bandana with their photo and you can get a face mask for yourself to match. If you ever met Lucas, you know he never went anywhere without a bandana. He would even pick out which one he wanted to wear.
How much: $14 to $16
What: 3-Play Turtle
Who: Cycle Dog- Portland, OR
Why: This toy is made of Ecolast Post-Consumer Recycled Material so it is good for the environment. It is also three times the fun with a Busy Belly Treat Hider, ToughSqueak Internal Squeaker and it floats! Lucas and his friends just can't get enough of these.
Where: https://cycledog.com/product/3-play- turtle/
How much: $10-$15
What: Quad Ball Tug
Who: Doodlebug Dud's- Beaverton, OR
Why: This toy tugs in two ways so it fun for you and your dog especially if your dog likes to play rough. Lucas loves tug and tennis balls so he goes crazy when he sees that someone has taken this toy out to play.
How much: $10
What: Nose-n-Nibble Premium Snuffle Mat
Who: 3DogEnterprises- Portland, OR
Why: Snuffle mats are not just fun for dogs, it also engages their brain. They are a great distraction activity to redirect unwanted behavior too. Lucas begins drooling before his snuffle mat even touches the floor.
How much: $43
Services and Experiences
What: Package of 5 massages
Who: Revive Animal Massage-Portland, OR
Why: Massage is therapeutic for dogs of all ages and sizes. It can help with injuries, disabilities, and geriatric pets. Why not spoil your dog or help them live a better life with less pain. Whitney did massage for Lucas to keep his muscles working the best they could when he was diagnosed with DM. She is extremely knowledgeable and loving. Lucas loved her shoulder massages.
How: $70 or a package for $325 plus travel fees
What: Laser Therapy Sessions
Who: Urban Animal Pet Services-Portland, OR
Why: Urban Animal Pet Services provides a non-invasive, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free alternative way to relieve your pet’s aches and pains. Give your dog a little pep in their step when they are feeling better after laser therapy. Alese was Lucas' laser therapist. She always worked at his pace which could be challenging because he didn't like to stand still. She knows her stuff and really helped to keep Lucas moving. Plus she fussed on him so he liked that.
How Much: $45/single session - $360/ 12
What: Apolloni's Canine Club
Who: Apolloni Vineyards-Forest Grove, OR
Why: You love wine, your dog loves being with you so why not combine the two. Your dog can become a member of their own club. They receive their own club card, their photo on the wall, and a specially designed toy from Cycle Dog. Your dog will also get discounts on a barkuterie board that has all their favorite goodies. Lucas was one of the first members and loved to bring his friend, Buddy to share a barkuterie board.
What: Pet Memorial
Who: Rainbow Bridge Hearts-Seattle, WA
Why: They incorporate some of your pet's ashes in their beautifully created glass art. There are orbs, hearts, starfish, and pendants available with your choice of colors for a one-of-a-kind remembrance. We had them create a starfish in blue, green and amber for Lucas since he loved the beach. Our first corgi, Max has a purple and
blue heart. They are a touching way to
remember our boys.
How Much: Starting at $185 for the memorial with add-ons like stands and lighted bases
(gift certificates are available too)
What: Dog Photography Session
Who: Kim Hoshal Photography
Why: We often forget to memorialize our time with our pets while they are alive. We get busy and since dogs don't have life events that require a photographer, we tend to put it off. Or you think they don't behave well enough to do a photo session. I'll tell you a secret...90% of the dogs in my photos are on leashes. Your dog may not have a sit or they may get
easily distracted, but your heart will still
melt when you see them in a photo from
their session. Don't wait to celebrate the
bond you share. As someone who recently
lost a dog, I can't tell you how happy it
makes me to see wall art of Lucas when
he was healthy and full of life.
How Much: $99 for a mini session (select
dates and locations)
and $299 for a full session.
Your session fee turns into product
credit during your reveal appointment.
I hope this gave you some fun local ways to make your dog's holiday the best ever.
I hope you will have a listen to the podcast. Season 3 has just begun and there are some really interesting guests on the list already. If you have a business, non-profit or topic that you would like discussed on the show, don't hesitate to let me know.
Until next time, give your pet a big hug and a kiss for me. Maybe your dog is my next supermodel.