22 Pawsome Gift Ideas for the Dog Lover in Your Life

When it comes to picking a gift for someone who loves dogs, your options are truly endless—and that rings true for dog owners and admirers alike. I should know: I was obsessed with dogs for the first 28 years of my life before I (finally) got my own pu…

When it comes to picking a gift for someone who loves dogs, your options are truly endless—and that rings true for dog owners and admirers alike. I should know: I was obsessed with dogs for the first 28 years of my life before I (finally) got my own pup, and have been the happy recipient of many canine-related presents on various birthdays.

Now, I’m one of those dog owners who has a lot of stuff (I blame it on Joey—my rescue mutt has a penchant for eating his toys), and I in turn love gifting my favorite doggie essentials and accessories to other puppy parents. While it’s safe to assume that your dog-owner friends already have their own “life’s better with a bichon frise” magnet, there are plenty of other things you can gift that they may not have already bought for themselves.

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11 Very Cute Home Accessories Every Cat Lover Should Own

If you ask me, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your love for cats. My cat, Nugget, has been my faithful companion for close to six years now, and I can’t imagine life without him. (And before you label me a “cat person,” just know that I also ha…

If you ask me, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your love for cats. My cat, Nugget, has been my faithful companion for close to six years now, and I can’t imagine life without him. (And before you label me a “cat person,” just know that I also have an adorable dog who I love just as much!)

Luckily for all us cat lovers, there are a whole lot of chic home accessories out there with fun feline motifs. Whether you’re looking for cat wallpaper to decorate your office or a sweet kitty teapot for the kitchen, we’ve got you covered.

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9 Couches That Your Cat Won’t Immediately Destroy

I love my cat dearly, but why does he insist on decimating my furniture?

I’ve spent a small fortune on scratching posts over the years, but my cat finds it so much more satisfying to sink his claws into the corner of my couch or headboard. For several…

I love my cat dearly, but why does he insist on decimating my furniture?

I’ve spent a small fortune on scratching posts over the years, but my cat finds it so much more satisfying to sink his claws into the corner of my couch or headboard. For several years I had a sleeper sofa from IKEA that he absolutely destroyed with his near-constant clawing—no amount of yelling, pleading, or claw trimming yielded results.

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‘Help! Can I Love Animals & Still Hate My Neighbor’s Dog?’

What’s your apartment living pet peeve? Your next door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceabl…

What's your apartment living pet peeve? Your next door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceable expert suggests resolutions to the issues that arise when humans share space.


In a world filled with bad news, environmental destruction, and TikTok, pets can provide us with immeasurable comfort. They will cuddle with you, look up at you with eyes that have never come across The Mueller Report, and make for excellent Instagram fodder. (To be clear, I’ve only held off on adopting a cat because I’m vain and love my vintage upholstered couch far too much to let a set of scampy claws destroy it.)

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10 Cool Things My Dog Is Obsessed With (& He’s *So* Hard to Please)

I spend more time with my 15-pound rescue mutt, Joey, than I do with any other being. I work from home, where Joey sits on my lap “helping” when he can between his elaborate stretching routines. We travel around the city together for our work as a volu…

I spend more time with my 15-pound rescue mutt, Joey, than I do with any other being. I work from home, where Joey sits on my lap “helping” when he can between his elaborate stretching routines. We travel around the city together for our work as a volunteer therapy dog team, bringing canine kisses to hospitals, schools, and summer camps. And naturally, my husband and I take Joey along on outdoor dinners, short hikes, and beach trips.

Since adopting Joey almost a year ago, we have spent a lot of time figuring out what our dog likes. Turns out, he’s very picky about his food; he will not allow us to brush his fur or teeth; and he has chewed his way out of two harnesses. Naturally, we’ve tried a variety of different products, from travel solutions to treats, to work around his preferences. And we keep coming back to these—10 products that are attractive, exciting, and Joey-approved.

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