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Christmas Dog Collar, Dog Toys

Dog Collars and Toys Review - A Merryvaluation by Angie McKaig

Oh, it's that time of year, and I'm singing and dancing and decorating trees and decking halls.

More importantly, I'm putting away Merry's regular dog toys into a closed up bin and dragging out our holiday favorite toys - Santas and snowmen, reindeer and lightbulbs, heck I think the pug even has a mistletoe somewhere. Chewable, of course.

Call me crazy, call me a Christmas nut (you wouldn't be wrong), but it's just not Christmas without some holiday-themed dog stuff. I love it. It's like an addiction with me. As soon as the Christmas decorations start coming out, I start thinking about holiday dog gear. And when I do...

Do you know what that means?

It means it's time for Haute Dog Boutique's annual Christmas-schtuff review! And you'll totally love the stuff I've got to review this year.

First up: the Candy Cane Trot dog collar and leash.

This is like the quintessential holiday dog collar and leash - perfect for holiday walkies. Both collar and leash feature green ribbon (edged in a slightly darker green) with a festive candy cane and dots pattern, backed by a sturdy red nylon webbing.

The Christmas dog collar features a black plastic quick-release buckle and adjustment ring; the d-ring is gold which matches the large lobster-claw style connector on the leash. I really loved the choice of gold - because I associate it so much more with Christmas than the more traditional chrome choices on these types of collars.

Both the 6' leash and collar are soft and flexible; they're not as "tough" as you often see with ribbon-backed collars. Good thing, since with a holiday print you'll have less time to "break them in".

Next, we got to play (yay!) with an uniquely yummy-smelling rubber chew toy called the Orbee-Tuff Peppermint Candy. It smells just like peppermint! (And you can smell it as soon as you open the box.)

It's a wonderfully durable chew toy that Merry loved chewing on (but loved licking even better... sigh, pugs). It's solid rubber, which means it bounces when dropped, and even rolls - making a fun game of chase. It's even buoyant so you can make bathtime holiday-scented and playful, too.

Finally, we got to play with a toy that I'd been dying to try - the Stuffed Christmas Tree interactive dog toy.

This gorgeous toy set includes one large hollow plush Christmas tree, with holes in the back and bottom. Inside, you'll find three plush toys (a Leo, a snowman and a candy cane - the first two squeak!) for your pet to "dig out" of the tree. Once they've dug out each of the three toys, you snag the tree, hide the toys again, and it's playtime anew.

What I loved best about this is even when the tiny plush toys are lost or fall apart under tooth duress, you can stuff ANYTHING inside that cute little tree and get the same response.

Merry had a blast with this toy. She dug and shoved her face in the holes and basically played to her heart's content.

This is a fabulous toy if your pet's a digger, a problem solver, or just likes to be entertained... tough chewers, though, might end up tearing apart the tree in no time flat, it's sturdy but not "tuff".

The set even comes with a wee Santa hat - I'm not sure if it's supposed to be a toy (it's kind of flimsy) or decoration for your pet... I went with the latter. She looked cute in it!

If you're looking for fun holiday items, these winners from Haute Dog Boutique should definitely top your holiday wish list. Seriously. Fab-u-lous!

Sigh. Another Christmas, another year of playing with toys and fun holiday cheer from Haute Dog Boutique is over. We had fun... but why can't it last forever? :)

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