7 local gifts dog owners will love this holiday season

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We all know Charlotte is a dog-friendly place, and people bring their dogs along with them to all sorts of places in this city. As a matter of fact, there are probably more than a few dog owners on your holiday shopping list this year.

If you’re still struggling to figure out what presents to get those dog owners this season, we’ve got a few ideas for local gifts they’ll love.

(1) On-demand dog walking services from Skipper.


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Here’s the thing: as much as dog owners usually love spending time walking their own pups, there will be times that they’re swamped at work or their social lives are booked solid.

Help them avoid scrambling to figure out who can get home briefly to walk their dog so they don’t have an accident in the house (and avoid feeling guilty when they see those puppy-dog eyes after a day of not playing together), with dog walking services from Skipper. They’ll be so grateful for same-day scheduling and the real-time updates, including a GPS-tracked map and pet photos, from Skipper’s professionally trained walkers. Click here to give them the gift of Skipper credit.

(2) A cozy sweatshirt that shows off how much they love their pup.

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Ask any dog parent if they kiss their dog on the mouth, and most won’t even deny it. Help your pup-owning pal show off how much they love smooching their pooch(es) with this cute and cozy sweatshirt (or a t-shirt boasting the same phrase), designed and printed in Charlotte by The Dog Photog. Shop here.

(3) Fresh, all-natural treats that their dog will go crazy for.

Instead of picking up a bag of dog treats that are packed with sugar and questionable (sometimes harmful) chemicals, go for local, fresh and flavorful treats that will really get their pup’s tail wagging. At Pet Wants Charlotte: The Urban Feed Store, you can choose from all kinds of all-natural treats, from cow tails to bully sticks to veggie chews and beyond. Shop online now or visit their South End store to make your selection.

(4) Custom oil-painted, watercolor, charcoal or pastel portraits of their pet.

If your price point is on the higher side and you’re looking for a gift that will truly touch the heart of any dog owner, commission a portrait to be painted of their pup by the incredibly talented Rachel Woodhouse. Pricing for each commission varies based on the size of the artwork, the medium used and the number of subjects to be pictured; you can contact Rachel directly for more information.

(5) A gift card to the indoor/outdoor dog park and sports bar “where everyone knows your dog’s name.”

Why make your friend choose between a night out at the bar and time spent with their pet? Give them a gift card to Lucky Dog Bark & Brew, where they can enjoy a few drinks while their dog plays off-leash with other pups. Or if they’re not looking for a night out, they can use the gift card for Lucky Dog’s other services including doggy daycare, overnight boarding, and baths offered seven days a week. Reach out online about a gift card, or pick one up at Lucky Dog’s Charlotte or Lake Norman locations.

(6) A dog grooming session (including anything from a bath to creative fur coloring).

Keeping your pup clean can be tough, and it can be stressful to get them to stay still long enough to be brushed and/or bathed. Take that task off of your pal’s plate by giving them the gift of a grooming session at The Dog Salon, where they can book services including a groomer’s bath, a mini-groom, a full groom, or even creative grooming. They’ll be so excited to pick up their soft, clean, great-smelling pup (complete with a bow or bandana) after they’ve been groomed! Find out more here.

[Related: From mud baths to massages: The top 5 luxury amenities available for your dog.]

(7) Some sweet, adorable, all-natural doggie baked goods.

Their pup’s days will be even merrier and brighter after you give them some tasty goodies from the Canine Cafe. Their dog treats are incredibly cute, are baked on-site daily and only use high-quality, all-natural ingredients. And really, what makes dog owners happier than making their dogs happy? Nothing.

Photo: The Dog Photog



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