By Kristin Kalning / Special to Sunday Market
Seattleites can be a bit pet crazy, springing for everything from frosted dog cookies to cat-scratcher condos that could house a small family.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. If you’re looking to update your gear — whether practical or pampering — here are some items you and your pets will love.
It’s great to get outside with your pets, but when the weather turns foul, it’s hoodie time. RC Pets, out of Vancouver, B.C., makes stylish dog coats, including the cute polka-dotted Yaletown Slicker ($30–$44 at Eastside Dog, Redmond) and the toasty, fleece-lined Venture Outerwear Coat ($37–$53 at Mud Bay).
Planning to do some hiking? Let your furry friend carry some of his own stuff in a dog pack. Two to try: Ruffwear’s Approach Pack ($75.50), with just enough room for a day hike, and Palisades Pack ($130.50, both at Eastside Dog), with space for a backcountry trip.
If your dog goes with you on the boat or paddleboard, consider picking up a Kyjen Outward Hound Life Jacket ($25–$46 at Pet Pros). These flotation jackets come in high-visibility colors and have multiple top-grab handles for easy rescues.
Leashes and collars
If your leash has seen better days, check out the offerings from Sodo-based Fozzy Dog. The company’s tough leashes can withstand up to 460 pounds of pressure, and have stretchy mesh pockets for your cellphone and a roll of baggies.
If your dog is a puller, try Dolan’s Dog Doodad’s Wonder Walker Body Halter ($27–$31 at Mud Bay); it puts control of the dog around her center of gravity rather than her head or neck. The halter, which Tom and Mary Dolan make in the basement of their Seattle home, was inspired by Isaac, the couple’s wire fox terrier.
Could your pup use some new neckwear? For something cute and eco-friendly, check out Squigglechick Designs Collars ($14–$25 at Boo Boo Barkery, Kirkland, and etsy.com/shop/squigglechick), made in Kirkland from upcycled waste such as beer labels and candy wrappers.
For the kitties, there are the glow-in-the-dark, neoprene Beastie Bands ($7 at Pioneer Feed and Pet Supply), which can be cut to size and stretch for a perfect fit.
For many cats, nothing trumps catnip, and it just so happens that Washington has the ideal growing climate for the perennial herb. Rainier-based From The Field’s Hopped Up Harry The Hemp Bird ($5.50) is a locally made favorite, as is Hidden Alchemist’s Kitty Krack ($6, both at Pioneer Pet Feed and Supply), a catnip spray made in Seattle.
Pet owners often request indestructible toys for their dogs. And though there’s no such thing as an unbreakable toy, VIP Products’ Tuffy line comes pretty close. The friendly looking Small Octopus ($19 at Wally’s Pets, Wallingford) and the bright and colorful Zoo Peacock ($33.50 at Eastside Dog) earn high marks for durability.
Dog clothes aren’t just for the pooches of Hollywood starlets. Get nerdy with A Crowded Coop’s Star Trek Pet line. The Monroe company’s line includes an Engineering Uniform ($20), the To Boldly Go Collar ($12) and an awesome Captain’s Chair Pet Bed ($75, all at Pioneer Pet Feed and Supply).
Or dress up your 12th Animal with a Seahawks Collar ($17 at Boo Boo Barkery) and a Pets First Seahawks NFL Pet Tee ($19 at All The Best Pet Care) for the next game day.
Should your dog need some formalwear, there’s Designer Duds for Dogs’ Calvin K-nine White Shirt Collar and Black Bowtie ($12–$16 each at Eastside Dog). They come in a range of sizes, and are pretty much the cutest thing of all time.