Don?t forget your furry family members this holiday season. After all, they deserve to receive something back for all that free unconditional love they give you throughout the year.
Here are some suggestions featuring items made in Oregon or Southwest Washington:
Wild Chewz antler dog chews: These dog chews from Bend-based Double E Pet Products are made from naturally shed deer and elk antlers and can last for months. Antlers are chemical-free, work well for dogs with allergy issues and promote good dental health. Cost: $6.75-$26.50 at Pets on Broadway; also available at wildchewz.com or pet stores throughout Oregon.
Digs brand dog beds: After trying unsuccessfully to find edgy, colorful beds for her pet dogs, designer JJ De Sousa decide to make her own. She found a line of U.S.-made, durable outdoor fabric, hired a local seamstress and began selling them just last month. Cost: $95 for an 18-by-24 inch version; $125 for a 24-by-36 inch version. The machine-washable beds are available at Digs Inside & Out, 1829 N.E. Alberta St. in Portland; digs-pdx.com.
Woodin? You cat posts:?The natural cat posts handcrafted by Vancouver-based company Woodin? You pet products are built with tree bark, carpet and sisal rope; salvaged cabinet doors collected at construction sites serve as bases. ?Bark is a good way for cats to shed their nails because they gravitate naturally to it,? says co-owner Amy Krcek. Prices range from $25 to $200. Products are available at?woodinu.com,?Green Dog Pet Supply?and other local pet stores.
Green Pet Gifts gift baskets: In June, local pet sitter Rebecca Pillsbury launched Green Pet Gifts, an online store featuring gift baskets for cats, dogs and their humans packed with locally and regionally produced treats and products. Prices range from $24.95 to $79.95 (Black Friday discounts offered this weekend). A fun option for hikers is the Outdoor Dog Lover Basket, which features a Cycle Dog bowl, Dogranola, Oregon hiking guide and more, $79.95. Purchase online at greenpetgifts.com.
Organic catnip slugs: Your cat soon will be addicted to these refillable catnip toys made with organic catnip tucked into fabric samples ?rescued? from local interior design firms. The toys are made by Trillium Artisans, a Portland-based nonprofit community economic development program for local crafters. Prices range from $4.75-$8.25; find them at the Trillium Artisans downtown pop-up shop, 318 S.W. Taylor,at Pets on Broadway,?Green Dog Pet Supply and Western Pet Supply, or?online at?trilliumartisans.org.
?Photo by Lisa Gastelum of TQB Designs