Whew! I had so much fun this week as the host of the @iloveanchorage Instagram account, and I hope you found some holiday gift-giving inspiration along the way. Visiting so many locally owned stores – and realizing how many stores I just didn’t have time to get to – was a wonderful reminder of how great shopping in Anchorage can be.
I’m wrapping up the week by sharing some of my top gift picks for your favorite dog (or the lover of four-legged friends in your life).
Here’s Sunday’s guide to shopping local for your pooch:
Gift No. 1: First up, these collar charms ($14-$16) with dog-themed quips at Bella Boutique (2601 Spenard Road) will let your pooch’s personality shine.
Gift No. 2: Number two on my gift picks for pooches is this biscuit mix and cookie cutter ($8.95) from Kobuk Coffee Co. (504 W. Fifth Ave.). The mix is all natural and made in the USA, so you don’t have to worry about those recent dog-treat scares.
Gift No. 3: Gift picks for pups wouldn’t be complete without a few toys in the mix, so number three on my list is this Jawz glow-in-the-dark Frisbee ($8.69) from Pet Zoo (900 E Dimond Blvd). Perfect for playing in deep snow and dark nights.
Gift No. 4: If you’re less inclined to bake and would rather buy your dog’s biscuits, head to Alaska Mill and Feed (1501 E. First Ave.) for a selection of boutique treats. My little guy test ran these Daisy’s Delights sweet potato bones ($15.99) with satisfying success, making it my number four gift pick. And they come in a range of flavors and dietary options.
Gift No. 5: The perks of this Planet Dog Orbee world ball ($8.99-$18.59) at Pet Zoo (900 E. Dimond Blvd) are many, making it number five on my list of gift pick for pups list. It’s glow in the dark, pretty darn durable, mint flavored and has a treat pocket for when fetch is over. Bonus: Two percent of every Planet Dog purchase supports canine service programs.
Gift No. 6: The final pick on my list of gifts for pups is the Ruff Wear polar fleece jacket ($59.95) at Alaska Mill and Feed (1501 E. First Ave.). Hank, my French bulldog, always gets compliments when he sports his at the dog park, and it keeps his back, belly and chest toasty warm and dry.