Home-Made In America

Enjoying her awesome fleece tug last Christmas made by Tugs by Tena.

This year, there seems to be a big push to buy local. To purchase as many gifts as we can made by American small businesses. I’m all for that! Our economy could use a serious boost. So why not do so when shopping for your dog?

There are several retailers I’m going to spotlight in this entry who offer quality, American-made products for your canine companion. Some even offer stuff for the kitties as well. I’m going to start with a friend of mine who makes outstanding, durable tug toys.

Tugs By Tena
These tugs are tightly woven, braided fleece tugs. They come in various sizes, styles, designs, and your choice of colors. Tena also fashions tug leashes for agility competitors, treat pouches, and kitty kick bags filled with catnip for cats. Risa has two tugs from this retailer and they’ve both held up great.

Next up are several retailers who feature some amazing dog collars.

SPOTless Designs
There is a lot of room for customization when it comes to dog collars and leashes. SPOTless Designs offers a variety of buckle, martingale, and lure coursing slip lead-style collars for every day use or special occasions.

Personalization is the name of the game at Pikoda. They offer both nylon and leather collars and leashes embroidered with your dog’s name. They also offer martingale collars, buckle collars, and personalized ID tags.

Autumn Royal Collars and Toys
Autumn Royal offers both custom cloth collars and dog toys enabling one-stop shopping! They also have puppy collars and show leads available.

Stinky Dog Collars
Another retailer of fine, custom collars offering a variety of fabrics and styles. Soon, she’ll be switching over to making other products so get your collar orders in soon!

The Black Dog’s Shop
The Black Dog’s Shop offers a unique type of dog collar made from old leather belts! They also feature home-made, high-quality treats; spa products; and gift baskets.

If you’re looking for high-quality, biscuit-style dog treats; I would recommend the following retailer:

Annie’s Pooch Pops
They offer a wide variety of crunchy treats for dogs including some whimsical ones like french fries and hamburgers! They also stock natural dog goodies like antlers and moo tubes. Risa is absolutely nuts for these treats; too bad some of the ingredients bother her and she can no longer eat them.

These are just some of the great retailers out there offering great, home-made products for the four-legged friends we share our lives with. Check them out and see if your dog’s Holiday wishlist can be filled with these great small businesses.

(N.B. These are simply retailers I have purchased from, know people who have some of their products, or are friends of mine. I have not received anything from them for writing this blog entry.)

About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I currently teach classes at the local obedience training club (tricks, freestyle, and Rally-FrEe) and I also teach classes professionally for an organization who helps veterans train their own service dogs.
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