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Gift Guide: For the Dog Lover

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 10, 2013 01:09 AM
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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Dec 09, 2013

Eight years ago, when my sons and I arrived home with Kojak, our fluffy black poodle/bichon frise mix, my husband didn't exactly roll out the welcome mat. Since then, she—yes, Kojak is a she—has won her way into everyone's hearts, but especially my husband's (and  Julie threatens to bring her back to SF every time she visits) . Here are some gifts that I'm considering for Kojak's devotees, and Kojak herself, too. To make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, we're posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the  Gift Guides  to date in our archive. Above: The Roll-Up Cloud 7 Medium Dog Bed , made from recycled hemp and organic cotton and faced with undyed sheep's wool; $135 from Garde in Los Angeles. Above: Braided Dog Lead  made of leather and brass; $45 from Nickey Kehoe in Los Angeles. Above: Handmade from rope and North American deer or elk antlers (that are naturally shed), the  Double Fork  is a dog chew that won't easily disintegrate and is good for canines of all sizes; $20 from Knoxville, Tennessee's Smoky Mountain Studio via Etsy.  Above: Rinarts Atelier in the Netherlands makes this Leather Dog Silhouette Keyfob  from bridal leather (a cat version is available, too); $9.84 via Etsy.  Above: Declare your allegiance with a hand-printed  Doggy Bag Canvas Tote ; $16.13 from Etsy seller Invisible Crown of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Above: Guaranteed not to hog the bed, the  His and Hers Dog Nap Pillow Case Set . Patterned with a charcoal drawing that's screen-printed with water-based ink, the pillowcases are US-made and available in standard, queen, and king sizes. In addition to white, they come in cream, mocha, and green tea; $32 for a pair from Xenotees via Etsy. Cat lovers, check out the Cat Nap Pillowcase Set in our  Gift Guide for the Feline Fanatic .  Above: From the UK, of course,  Knit Your Own Dog , $14.95, by knitwear experts Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, provides patterns and step-by-step instructions for creating 25 pedigrees. And there's also a  Knit Your Own Dog, Second Litter , $14.95. (The volumes are published in the UK by Black Dog and Leventhal and available via Amazon.) Above: My husband is always buying Kojak toys that never last. The durable  Hex Squeak  toy is handmade of heavy-duty upholstery fabric remnants salvaged from the furniture manufacturing industry in High Point, North Carolina. It's stuffed with fabric strips and has a squeaker sewn into a denim pouch; $15 from Etsy seller Eleanor and Milo. Above: A portrait of a beloved canine companion is a present that will last forever—but finding the right artist is a challenge. We love the work of Leslie Mello. From her London studio, Mello paints from photos and sketches made during a visit with your dog (or, for those who live too far away, from photos that owners supply). Her prices start at £450 for a small oil painting. See  Leslie Mello  for more. Above: Tough and good looking, the  Denim Dog Bed  is handmade in the UK by Bone & Rag. It has a breathable (and waterproof) inner bed and comes in three sizes, priced from £80 to £120.  More dog designs? Check out last year's roundup (supplied by our friends at,  Holiday Gift Guide: For the Well-Dressed Canine . Also don't miss: 10 Easy Pieces: Dog Food Bowls . How does a female dog acquire the name Kojak? See  Style Counsel: An Architect's Hat Trick .






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