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Holiday gifts mean fun for Fido, Fluffy and you

Your dog and cat may not know it's the holidays, but admit it, most of those pet presents are really gifts for ourselves. Brighten the dark winter days by watching your furry family have fun, and solve some common pet problems, with the following suggestions. Linda Lombardi, for the Associated Press

Goughnuts

About $20-$30, at goughnuts.com

If your dog is a tough chewer, check out Goughnuts. In stick and round doughnut shapes, these aren't cheap, but they're worth it, as they come with a lifetime guarantee. If your dog chews down to the red inner safety indicator, you can return to the manufacturer for a replacement.

Max and Ruffy's organic dog treats

$8.50-$9.50, at maxandruffys.com

These treats come in three varieties: Molasses Explosion 1919 (named after a sticky event in the history of Boston), a delicious-smelling pumpkin flavor and "Wolf Peach and Herb," which tastes like pizza.

Sasquatch pet bed

$99.95, at www.sasquatchpetbeds.com

Cheer up a room with a bright pink Sasquatch pet bed, "the original big foot for your little beast." If you're a fan of a certain famous colorful clog, you'll go for this one, and your pet will enjoy the cozy cave made by the shoe shape.

Molly Mutt pet duvet

Different sizes, shapes and fabric patterns $20-45, at www.mollymutt.com

Prefer the recycled approach? The Molly Mutt pet duvet (the Mr. Roboto pattern is pictured below) can be used to cover an old bed, or stuff it with old blankets or towels to make a bed and keep more stuff out of landfills.

Hairball soft treats

About $7, available at major retailers; find stores and online sellers at petnaturals.com

Love the cat, hate the hairballs? You can use those products in a tube, but they're messy and some cats don't like them. Try the Hairball soft treats by Pet Naturals of Vermont.

Humunga Stache

$12, at www.moodypet.com/humunga stache.html

Get tired of throwing that fetch toy over and over? Use one that will make you laugh: the Humunga Stache from Moody Pet, which makes your dog look like he has a huge handlebar mustache.

Bada Beam

About $14.95 at major retailers, including www.jbpet.com/Bada-Beam,1230.html

Is your cat obsessed with those little laser lights? Try the Bada Beam automatic rotating laser toy. "The Bada Beam is not for pets. It's for owners to be entertained by pets," says Living Ruff customer Eric Robbins. Some cats chase it, but his Otis sits and stares "and sticks his paw out every once in a while in a vain attempt at catching the little red dot," he says. "Then when you turn it off, he meows incessantly . . . like a cat in heat during a full moon."

Clickerleash

$34.95, at clickerleash.com

Clicker training is the modern way to communicate with your dog, but sometimes it seems to require three hands. "Between the leash, the clicker and the treats, it's a bit of a juggling act," says Victoria Schade, a trainer in Doylestown, Pa. Solve that problem with the Clickerleash. The clicker is cleverly incorporated into the leash handle.

Holiday gifts mean fun for Fido, Fluffy and you 12/14/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2009 5:08pm]

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