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Keep the spirit with these doggy gifts

It’s the time of year for gift giving, so make sure your pup doesn’t miss out! For a classic Kiwi Christmas, we’ve got a range of dog toys to suit the sunny weather.


Let your pup cool off with some of our floating water toys. Or help them stay afloat with our doggy life jackets, they can even be used when you’re out on the boat or kayaking.

If you’re feeling like some extra fun, try the new Nerf-Powered Blast, which can shoot tennis balls up to 50 feet into the air. With hands-free pickup and adjustable power, your pup will stay entertained for hours.

And to help with those hot summer nights, why not get a cooling mat to help them stay chill!

Some dogs would much prefer to gnaw on food rather than a chewable toy. And we get it - food is always a great to enjoy!

Here are three easy to make recipes if you want to take the delectable route with your Christmas gifts this year:

Peppermint Holidog Christmas Dog Treat Recipe

This recipe - provided by provided by the chefs at Petguide - makes about 25 medium-sized cookies.

Ingredients
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup water
1 tsp molasses
2 tbs peanut butter
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp peppermint extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, molasses, peanut butter, water, olive oil and peppermint extract until smooth.
  3. Knead flour on a floured surface and roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with festive cookie cutters and place on non-stick cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Store treats in a sealed container and refrigerate or freeze.

Cranberry Christmas Cookies

This recipe has been cooked up by the pros at All Natural Pet Care.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups barley flour
1 1/2 cups green pea flour (or other flour substitute)
1/2 tsp unprocessed sea salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp ground seaweed/algae
1 egg
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
2/3 cup pure, unsweetened cranberry juice
1/4 cup pure honey (Manuka honey offers more mineral benefits)
3/4 cup plain yoghurt

Directions

  1. Preheat Oven: 350F
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheets greased with a bit of extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they are lightly touched with golden brown.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Treats

These scrumptious doggy snacks have been perfected by the dog-loving group at My Baking Addiction.

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)
3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
3 tablespoons of all natural peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon* (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
  4. Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter.
  5. The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

* Cinnamon is fine to use in recipes for dogs, but do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.

Are you after some fabulous Christmas gifts for your furry best friend? Do you have any amazing doggy treat recipes you would like to share? Pop in store or give us a call: 09 448 2227