Ideas for Father's Day Gifts for Dog Lovers

In trying to come up with a suitable gift for a person, it's always useful to have a "hook." For Father's Day, for example, if your father is a dog lover, that fact opens up a myriad of gift possibilities. (Here's an idea: Accompany your gift with a Father's Day card filled out with a clever message indicating it's from his dog. That's his little child after all.)

* One category of items to consider is supplies for Dad's dog itself. Perhaps a fancy new leash and collar with a special inscription, a gift basket of assorted dog biscuits and treats, grooming tools such as a deshedding brush and nail clippers, or a doggie bed.

* There are practically an infinite number of items that can come in the shape of dogs or be decorated with a dog design-everything from bookends to clocks, from coat racks to weather vanes. Find a nice one with specifically Dad's favorite breed.

* You can hire an artist to paint a portrait of your Dad's dog. No, it doesn't have to be the rare dog who will sit completely motionless as an artist's model until the portrait is done; the artist can work from photographs. Have it nicely matted and framed to make it extra special.

* Perhaps your Dad would appreciate a book about dogs. You could get him a picture book telling all about the history of his favorite breed. Or consider a book like Paws to Protect by Sharon Sakson, all about life-saving dogs working in military, law enforcement, and search and rescue.

* Is there a dog show any time soon in your town? Pick up tickets for Dad and yourself, and enjoy the show as an opportunity to spend some time together.

* If you have an especially nice photo of Dad's dog, or perhaps a photo of Dad and his dog together, there are any number of items to which this could be transferred for a gift. Consider giving him a mug, decorative plate, T-shirt, or mousepad with the likeness of his best buddy.

* A really cool, personalized gift for a dog lover is to get creative on the computer and make a photo montage, or better yet a short film, about his dog. Shoot a variety of footage of his dog-running around outside, barking, playing with a toy, wrestling with your dad, etc., then edit it into a ten or fifteen minute film. Work in some photos, maybe starting with the dog as a puppy, some music, perhaps some narration, and you can create something that's enjoyable and moving for a dog lover.

* There's always the option of a gift certificate from a professional dog groomer or pet shop.

* It can also be nice just to spend the day with your dad and his dog. Perhaps go to a dog park to walk and talk with Dad while the dog runs and plays. On the way home, have lunch at a dog-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating, your treat.

Dad will always appreciate knowing that not only did you think of him for Father's day, but of his four-legged friend as well.

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