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Gifts of the Season: Ideas for Furkids and People Who Love Them

Dec 03, 2014 01:05AM ● By Donna Gleason

The Gift of Gifts

Barkery Boo’tique • 38 Bank St, New Milford • 860-210-1312

Bakery Boo’tique was established in 2006 by Debbie Bauman to provide high-quality healthy food and treats, unique products and gifts for pets and their owners. The store’s name was inspired by the beloved family dog, Boo, who was rescued from an animal shelter in Connecticut.

The pet boutique and bakery carries natural, organic and grain-free pet foods for your dog’s dietary needs in addition to one-of-a-kind, fun, fashionable, homemade and all-natural pet products located throughout the store.

Mention this article and receive a discount off your entire purchase from the Barkery Boo’tique.

Earth Animal • 606 Post Rd East, Westport • 203-222-7173 •

Earth Animal has been a pioneer in the natural pet food industry for decades. The Goldstein family-owned business sells its own veterinarian-formulated products for dogs and cats. These include vitamins, organic herbal remedies and a natural flea and tick prevention program.

Dr. Bob Goldstein has partnered with Bell&Evans to produce a hormone- and antibiotic-free line of American-made chicken treats. Earth Animal also sells raw and dehydrated foods and organic home-cooking pre-mixes, plus the highest quality treats, bones, toys, leashes, collars, beds, and more.

Patricia’s Presents • 199 Ethan Allen Hwy, Ridgefield • 860-946-9705 •

Patricia’s Presents is the creation of owner Patricia Polk, featuring unique leather, vegan leather, fabric, ceramic, pillows, books, jewelry and other gift items for pet lovers. No matter what species or breed your loved one prefers, Patricia’s Presents offers a gift option they will treasure. There are puppies and ponies and a plethora of hand-painted pillows, purses and packs — creatively designed backpacks for children that feature monkeys and cats, as well as dogs and horses.

A visitor to her store can select from many local products, including shirts hand-painted and designed in New York, wood sculptures carved in Massachusetts, and giclée pet handbags from Maryland. Dog and horse pillows come from an artist in Arizona who paints on a canvas and has the picture of the painting pressed onto the cotton pillow. She also has ties with dogs and horses on them and Christmas ornaments that include flying pigs and mermaids.

The Gift of Nutrition

Paul’s Custom Pet Food • 603-706-0739 •

The vision of Paul’s Custom Pet Food (PCPF) began four years ago when Paul Gallant’s dog, Hunter, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. As part of the treatment protocol, Paul changed his dog’s diet and began to cook for him. As of today, Hunter’s tumor and cancer are gone and Paul is still cooking for him and the pets of others as his way of giving back.
The meals prepared by PCPF begin with fresh and humanely raised meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and whole grains, all of which are approved for human consumption by the USDA. PCPF makes every effort to buy local and organic ingredients free of genetic engineering, synthetic chemicals, growth hormones, unnecessary antibiotics and preservatives. Each meal is handmade in a state-certified kitchen, and delivered or shipped to your door fresh-frozen to maintain its nutritional integrity.

Mention this article and receive a free sample of any one of Paul’s three dog food recipes. Samples must be picked up at the Westport Farmers’ Market, Westport.

The Gift of Wellness

Phoenix Massage, Personal Training, and Bodywork • 22 Joe’s Hill Rd, Danbury • 203-778-3995 • [email protected] •

Scott Coldwell, owner of Phoenix Massage, Personal Training & Bodywork, has spent most of his life helping two- and four-legged clients. He is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, kinesthetic myofascial integration, sports massage and restorative massage. He has extensive experience with energy work, Reiki and canine massage and bodywork.

“Whether working with two-legged or four-legged clients, my health and fitness philosophy is based on a ‘whole body’ experience – utilizing the mind, body and spirit,” says Coldwell.
Mention this article and receive $10 off your first massage.

The Gift of Life

203 Pet Service • 203-682-6443 • [email protected]

Did you know that every 30 seconds there is a pet medical emergency? Jason Hofman of 203 Pet Service learned that and became a certified Pet Tech pet first aid and CPR instructor. He wanted to make sure that all pet owners within the community have access to learn the skills necessary to take care of a dog or cat in distress.

In addition to first aid and CPR instruction, 203 Pet Services also offers dog walking, pet sitting and professional group and private dog training in lower Fairfield County. 203 Pet Services was voted “Weekly Best of Fairfield County’s Readers Poll – 2013.” They are able to care for your dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Their primary service area is Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Easton and Bridgeport.

Mention this ad and receive four free midday dog walks when you pre-pay for 16 midday weekday walks.

The Gift of Love

Hands And Paws Reiki For All • 375 Danbury Rd, New Milford • 203-994-5308 •

Hands And Paws Reiki For All was born as a result of owner Mary Oquendo’s experience with her dog, Marcus. Marcus’ medical issues were not responding to modern medical intervention. She believes it was the addition of Reiki and crystal therapy in conjunction with modern veterinary care that gave Marcus back his quality of life.

In addition to educational workshops, Hands And Paws offers Reiki, crystal therapy, integrated energy therapy, space clearings, intuitive and chakra readings for health maintenance for both people and their pets.

Buy a 60-minute Reiki or crystal therapy session and pay for 45 minutes with mention of this article (offer valid through December 30).

The Gift of Obedience

New Fairfield Animal Hospital • 28 Connecticut 39, New Fairfield • 203-312-9000 •

Did you know that some hotels only let dogs who are recognized as a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) into their establishment? Understanding the importance of raising a polite dog in the home and in the community, New Fairfield Animal Hospital (NFAH) - a full service medical and surgical facility offering everything from basic wellness care to advanced diagnostics and treatment, including laparoscopic procedures  - and Donna Gleason, a certified dog trainer and certified dog behavior consultant, will be offering a six-week CGC class.

Established in 1989, this two-part program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs that pass the ten-step CGC test are eligible to receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility, tracking and performance events.

Mention this article and take 10 percent off the price of a six-week Canine Good Citizen group class hosted by NFAH.

Dog Gone Smart • 15 Cross St, Norwalk • 203-838-7729 •

One of Fairfield County’s longest-running canine facilities, Dog Gone Smart has been serving pets and the humans who love them for more than 20 years. The diverse services include an emphasis on training; the staff consists primarily of dog trainers and animal behaviorists who work with people and their dogs to make canines happy and well-behaved citizens.
Dog Gone Smart has developed a two-pronged approach to dog training which combines a dog’s natural instinct with a positive motivational approach to learning. We offer various training programs depending on the needs of the individual person and dog. Their staff’s extensive experience in evaluating the characteristics of a dog allows them to apply the proper training methods in order to achieve success.

Other services include full-service grooming, doggie day care, boarding, swimming/rehabilitation and more.

The Gift of Health

Bella Alpacas/Judy Apicella • 155 Squash Hollow Rd, New Milford • 860-946-3076 • [email protected] •

Judy Apicella has been studying healing for over 25 years. She is a certified Reiki master, a certified inter-dimensional healing, and a crystal and gem healer. Her remedies include:
Lyme Be Gone: “My pug, Sofia, could not walk. The vet said she had one of the worst cases of Lyme disease and must start antibiotics immediately. I told her about my remedy and she gave me two days and then would have to insist putting Sofia on antibiotics. After two days, my Sofia was able to run into the vet’s office, happy and better than ever - antibiotics were not needed,” says Apicella.

Eczema Spray: “I own an alpaca farm and was given an alpaca who had an extreme case of mange. I mixed a combination of pure, organic essential oils and began to spray my alpaca. Within one week, I saw major results and, within a month, the fleece began to grow back,” she explains.

Mention this article and receive a 5 percent discount on your first order.

The Gift of Beauty

Downtown Dog • 66 Railroad St, New Milford • 860-957-7103 •

Katharine Pileggi, owner of the Downtown Dog, knew when she was a little girl that she would end up working with animals. Prior to opening her grooming spa, she became a lead veterinarian technician and educated in animal nutrition and parasite counseling. Pileggi is credentialed in Korean and Japanese dog style grooming and uses aroma and sound therapy as part of her every day practice to help calm even the most nervous pet - and owner.

Downtown Dog is now selling Castor and Pollux organic dog and cat food, treats and litter is a multi-sensory experience. At the Downtown Dog, you can choose to get your pet a shampoo service, a shampoo and haircut or choose from the signature packages with add-ons. All services include two-bath, chemical-free shampoo, organic deep conditioner, lavender petal and essential oil-infused bath, nails, teeth, ears, anal glands, skin and coat leave in conditioner and sanitary trim. The Downtown dog also offers pick up and drop off services starting at just $12 each way.

Mention this article and receive a free consultation and $5 off any spa service.

Passage East Boarding Kennels & Grooming • 499 Danbury Rd, Wilton • 203-762-7998 • [email protected] •

Passage East has been providing high quality care for Fairfield County dogs since 1967.

Located in historic Cannondale Village section of Wilton, the goal at Passage East is to make your dog feel like they never left home. Passage East Kennels offers compassionate care for all breeds; the experienced team understands how dogs think and what makes them happy. 

Full service grooming is available six days per week. Services include: full brushing/de-matting; sanitary trim; nail trim; pad shaving; ear cleaning; warm baths with all-natural products; fluff drying – never a heated cage dryer; and breed/standard/custom clips.

Mention this article and receive 10 percent off an initial grooming service.


Donna Gleason, owner of TLC Dog Trainer, resides in Sherman. She is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) and IAABC-certified dog behavior consultant (CDBC) with
a master’s degree in behavior modification. She offers professional in-home dog training and group puppy/basic obedience classes. For more information, visit or call 203-241-4449 or. See ad, page 51.