Holiday Gift Guide 2018


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Happy Holiday’s Fur-riends! I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season and the much cooler temperatures to come with. Mako and I have already decorated my home with the fall and Christmas “Transitional” Decor. Before you jump down my throat!! Christmas Decor is the most warm, inviting, and cheerful decor of the year! And its scientifically proven to brighten your mood, so why not enjoy it as long as you can! (Also Mako thrives on snuggles by the tree! She loves to post up on the couch with her head by the tree, so she can enjoy the lights!) Trust me, decorate today and enjoy the holiday environment, not only because its great for you, but it’s great for your pup!

Speaking of Holidays, our Holiday Gift Guide is finally complete! (Took us fur-ever, to pick our favorite products, take pictures, release content… but perks of the blog right?) Below you will find some amazing gifts for any pup at almost any budget! I found myself shopping more local this year, but have some last minute Black Friday doggo finds to order this week! I can not pass up a sale! I will mention those as well, but in less detail! But my local finds are to die for! Keep reading for more details on each Item on our holiday wish list, (or more like holiday-we-now-own these list) OH and sorry for Mako’s Constant RBF, she decided to play in our drain water at the apartment, therefor she had to have a “Mom’s Mad at me Bath!” and she was not happy about that!


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First on our Holiday Gift Guide: Festive Bandanas!

Whether you are looking for bandanas for Thanksgiving or Christmas or just the holiday season in general, the Humble Hound Co. can hook you up! Her Pumpkin Pie Bandana stole my heart (and Mako’s) in an instant. Perfect for trimming the turkey or munching on pie, Mako looks ready for any Thanksgiving task! And who doesn’t love pumpkin and pie?! (speaking of, I’m making mini doggie pies for Mako! If anyone is interested in my recipe, holllla!)

Mako has about a 16-17 inch neck around, and I went with a large bandana. The size is perfect! I love the way these bandanas fall on Mako as well. They are large enough to show the pattern, and also look nicely when tied around your pup. Along with having amazing bandanas, this NC local company has an amazing CEO, Clyde the Basset Hound, is by far one of mako’s favorite dudes! Check out these festive bandanas and more here.


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Secondly: Holiday Photo Worthy Bow Ties & Girly Bows!

Chase and Chauncey bows are to die for! This girly bow has seriously become my newest dog mom addiction! The oversized bow screams, “I am one fancy pup!” On top of that, we get so many compliments on all our girly bows! I love telling all our new friends about the newest and hottest doggy trends, and this one takes the cake! Not only are her girly bows great, the bow ties are a smash! My sisters pup Mateo (15lb mini beagle) is so dapper in his Christmas bow! (and more, cause I'm all about stocking up him too!)

Chase and Chauncey also makes bandanas and scarves, along with her bows and girly bows!! Her scarves are seriously the perfect winter additives to any pups wardrobe! So boy or girl, get your pup ready for the holidays with all the fun holiday patterns and prints! Want something special, maybe for your Christmas photos, or just family portraits and need to include the pup? No worries, Chase and Chauncey will make it happen! Found fabric you just have to have in a bow or bandana? If you’re local, contact Alyssa and she will work it out for you! Find her bows, bowties, and more here.


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Third: Christmas Poinsettia Sailor Bow!

This Pawties sailor bow is by far a Christmas staple that every diva dog needs! I found the poinsettias to be subtle and the stripes on this fabric will make this a perfect transitional piece! I’m freaking loving this pattern! And it looks so good on Mako!

Pawties is great because the bows are made to fit your dogs style. Whether your dog wears a collar or not. With choice of velcro collar attachments or an elastic band (around the neck), you can choose the fit that makes your pup comfortable! Mako wears a collar regularly so we went with the velcro attachments, and it was just to easy and can fit any collar! I also love that Pawties, sells bows and sailor bows (more girly) because this truly diversifies your pup. Tired of hearing “He looks so cute!” when your dogs a girl, these sailor bows have just the feminine touch any girly pup needs! I’m literally obsessed! Find Pawties bows and sailor bows here. I also think they have an amazing Black Friday Sale going on, so head over there and get your dapper pup some swag!


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Fourth: Holly Jolly Matching PJS for Christmas Eve!!

These are a must have! Hanna Anderson Dog Johns are the perfect fit for dogs small and large! Mako is 55lbs and really chesty (ie, the staffy in her,) so a lot of doggo apparel just doesn’t fit. But OMG Hanna Anderson has rocked our world! Besides our adorable matching jammies, we have the narwhal dog John and the gnomes pet sweater! I’m so excited to have jammies that fit my girl and match mine!! I will for sure be buying more asap!

Besides having amazing dog clothes, their pjs pants are amazing. I am literally obsessed! they are so soft and so cozy, I could spend the entire holidays in these! I would potentially size down, as the pjs kinda run large! OH! and their customer service is phenomenal! (and I don’t mess around when it comes to customer service!!) We had an issue with a our sweater, and Hanna Anderson replaced it on the spot!! Check our insta for the gnome sweater, it will make debut soon! Now these are on the more expensive side. However, with refer a friend, you can save 20% on your first purchase, shoot me an email @ theleashedlife.gmail.com and I will get your referral, (and I’m sure they will have good sales Black Friday, they typically run sales daily!) To find dog johns and matching pjs, go here.


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Fifth: Festive Target Bark!

Y’all already know mako and I are obsessed with bark box. When Bark launched toys and treats at Target, I bout lost my mind. Their toys are seriously the best dang toys, you will ever purchase! From the crinkle paper, to the giggle sticks, right down to the very theme of each series at target, Bark just makes the best toys!

I know, I know, do they hold up?? Like any toy, there is a certain level at which said toy can be destroyed, and lets just say right here, right now, these toys are worth the $7.99-$11.99 price tag. Our Bark toys have lasted longer than our toys from any other retailer, and its because they are made to be GREAT toys! Find these holiday bark toys and more, here. or shop on bark.

Y’all for real do not pass on these toys! They are by far some of the most fun and most wonderful toys ever. I think Mako owns like 35 bark toys and had an eternal battle about which one is her favorite of the week!! Seriously though she took her fish taco to bed for almost a month!


Turns out our Box has been SNATCHED… by the post office and didn’t arrive yet! However our Fred the reindeer toy is on its way!!! I will do a box opening on instagram this week!!

Turns out our Box has been SNATCHED… by the post office and didn’t arrive yet! However our Fred the reindeer toy is on its way!!! I will do a box opening on instagram this week!!

Lastly: The Grinch Themed Barkbox! I am Obsessed! Barkbox out did themselves with this theme. Not that any of there themes are bad, because every box blows me away, The Grinch themed box is a holiday wish list must have! First of all, its the freaking Grinch! Second, It’s the GRINCH! These toys are by far some of my favorite holiday toys ever!

Now, why do I love Bark so much, and why not another box subscription for dogs, (well I love Realdog subsciption box, but more on that later?) I love Bark and Barkboc because of how much they care for my pup. Mako is really going through a lot with her allergies and come end of December, our Dermatologist has recommended a food Trial (which I will go into detail in January.) Basically on a food trial, Mako will be restricted to the food prescribed by the vet. That means treats, dinner, you name it, the nasty chicken smelling soup cracker prescription food, will be all Mako is allowed to eat. So what about Bark, how does this play into affect. Well I emailed Bark, and I expressed how Mako will be on a Trial soon, and having a box of treats, is kind of a waste. I said if we can’t have toys, can we have chews? Chews are much easier to disperse to a shelter, or to friends, or to Mako once the trial is over. Within 24 hours our box was re-done, avoiding proteins on our no list (chicken) and without treats! Phenomenal. On top of this, Bark sent Mako a get well card with her own personal portrait! Can you say AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! (My number one must have in a company!!!) Sign up for Barkbox here!


Other items on my Pawliday Wishlist for Mako are as follows:

  1. Found My Animal- Leash and Collar: These are by far some of the best leashes and collars I have ever bought! I found them in NYC this summer, and OMG. The leash is so versatile and can be wrapped around the waist for better stability! Its such a classy leash and is so dang stylish!

  2. Bocce’s Bakery Treats and Chews: These are some of my favorite treats on the market right now! I love that they have some of the most fun treat names like “truffle Mac & Cheese” and “Beef Bourgeon!” Mako is also dealing with some food issues and cant have meat, and their meatless treats are sooooo trust worthy, with limited ingredients, that I know and understand!!

  3. Honest Kitchen Perfect Form: This stuff is seriously to die for! If your pup has ever experienced any tummy issues, this will save your dog!! Check it out and if you have questions, let me know!!