Friday, December 24, 2010

A Perfect Gift Year-Round: ManKindDog Premiun Pet Amenity

This is the perfect gift to buy for yourself or for someone you love who has a doggie, of course!  This classic, beautiful signature amenity box contains:
  • a cuddly doggie blanket
  • three yummy dog biscuits
  • our signature bandana
  • a "scoop" water / food bowl
  • coffee mug
  • a pen
  • doggie waste bags
  • a MANKINDdog bracelet
  • and a “Woof” door hanger!
Pamper your dog or someone else's dog you love with the "Premium Pet Amenity". It's a wonderful gift any time of the year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Illuminate Your Home: Metal Vase with Small Tree Lights

We’ve paired our classic metal vase with a set of our colorful lights for year-round enjoyment. Our classic metal vase is an attractive and versatile addition to any table, desk, or mantle. The vase is a perfect way to display our colorful flower lights. It's also ideal for a fresh flower seasonal arrangement!

Spectacular, dramatic, and colorful white tree lights perfect for the home, office, or business. These lighted floral bouquets look gorgeous in any room in a home, a foyer, in a place of work, or wherever you want to surround yourself in stylish and gorgeous decor and room lighting.

Lights are available in one of the following colors: red, amber, green, and white.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Music for Man & Dog: "Reflection" by Melisa Kary

In 2000, Melisa Kary released her long overdo debut CD “To My Sister”, featuring "Love A Lifetime", "So Afraid", "Tell Me" and more. Stepping out as a solo artist lead to even more opportunities, including performing with Huey Lewis & The News in 2003 and establishing herself as both writer and producer.

And now… Melisa has released her latest CD “Reflection” with talented Co-Producer, Writer, and Guitarist Howard Hart (who just happens to be her husband). Featuring an exciting blend of both musical and lyrical invention - this is easily Melisa’s finest artistic statement to date. The music speaks, soars and draws the listener in more and more with every listen.

Standout tracks include “Reflection”, “Never Saw It Coming” and “Open Our Eyes”… But that’s only the start!
Melisa Kary hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and has been a professional vocalist since the age of 17. Her powerful and soulful voice has kept her busy in many Bay Area and Southern California recording studios. She has worked extensively as a lead and background vocalist for Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Brenda Russell, Peabo Bryson, James Brown, Clarence Clemmens, Todd Rundgren & Strokeland's "Kick It Up A Step" - a project by Doc Kupka and players of "Tower of Power", in which she sings the duet "Just As Long As We Have Each Other", with Mickey Thomas.

During a recording session at the Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA Melisa's voice caught the attention of 'Starship' as they were finishing up their latest release. This lead to 10 years of touring with the 80s hit makers and performing to hundreds of thousands, as both lead and background vocalist - and sharing the bill with Howie Mandel, Sam Kinison, Cheap Trick, Bonnie Raitt, Kansas and many more.
Voices of Rock was another memorable experience, when Melisa was featured with Mike Reno of Loverboy, singing the well known duet "Almost Paradise". She also had the honor of sharing the stage with one of her all time favorites; Bobby Kimball of Toto, Jimmy Jamison of Survivor and the late Benjamin Orr of The Cars.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Keeping Your Pet Healthy: 2DOCS Pet Wellness Products

2Docs designs and produces superior-quality nutritional products setting the standard for pet wellness. We seek to optimize human-pet relationships and well being.

2Docs designs natural products for your pets based on the latest nutritional research and clinical applications. We use the same high-quality ingredients found in the best human-grade supplements.

  • Red Label formulas provide foundational nutrients essential for health.
  • Blue Label formulas target specific health conditions.
  • Green Label formulas are cutting-edge superfoods.
Combining 2Docs formulas often produces the best results. Learn more at the web site, where you can order these fantastic products to optimize your dog's wellness!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Love's Treasure: Red & Blue Glass Hearts

Our large glass hearts are a symbol of love and affection and represents the perfect gift or keepsake. Hand-crafted in the State of Jalisco, Mexico, they can be used as a decorative ornament for coffee table, desk, dining table, or as a gorgeous accent piece anywhere in a home or office. Available in red or blue. Free shipping available this holiday season! 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

ManKindDog Cotton Ball Cap

Show the world your love for your dog & support Canine Companions with a ManKindDog ball cap! Our all cotton, weathered-looking ball caps have a velcro adjustment strap to ensure a perfect fit. Comes in olive green or red. Free shipping on all purchases! ManKindDog is giving a percentage of all sales to Canine Companions International, so please be generous so we can be too!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Strutting in Style: Studded Leashes

Let your dog's personality and style shine as brightly as their crystal-studded leash. Help them make their own fashion statement and know they're never underdressed. Pure quality leashes and matching collars are hand-made with Latigo leather which is known for its strength while remaining supple and strong. Genuine Swarovski crystal sets are riveted for extra durability. Nickle-plated hardware finishes the leash for flair and function. Leashes are 60" in length and come in 5/8" or 1" width, and come in amethyst, clear, or black diamond.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tasty Treats: Flavored Olive Oils

After the dogs are fed, it's time to treat yourself. We recommend Tubac Olive Oil Company's flavored olive oils! These are the finest products from around the world and promise to please the most discriminating palates. They are perfect for salads, pastas and pizza, chicken, grilled vegetables, or even seafood. It's absolutely amazing drizzled over cheese and everyone loves to dip a baguette in one of the incredible tasting oils. Some popular choices include the roasted garlic, Italian herb, and Persian lime! In choosing a balsamic, might we suggest mandarin orange, blueberry, or the always great 18 Year Traditional Balsamic.

All of the oils (and delightful balsamic vinegars) are wonderful and perfect with all types of cuisine. You'll have a hard time choosing! Why not indulge yourself and buy several bottles of both the oils and the vinegars, keep some for yourself and give the others as gifts! You'll love these and will look forward to ordering more when you run out! Bon Apetit!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Many Happy Returns: "Snockster" Eco-Friendly Dog Toy

Dogs love this toy!  Our team of doggie 'toy testers' (the MANKINDdog family of seven dogs), has chosen the Scnockster as their absolute favorite toy. They love to chew on it and make it 'crinkle', it's perfect for tug of war, and more than likely, they'll carry it around with them and keep it with them as much as possible - and it's absolutely eco-recycle-friendly! 

Buy your dog a gift he'll love, and know that you're recycling at the same time! Is there anything better?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Carry On In Style: ManKindDog Tote Bag

The ManKindDog tote bag is what you need to bring home the treats for your favorite dog or human! This 17"x13" zipper-top tote works as well on the beach as at the grocery store. Buy several to give as gifts throughout the year. All ManKingDog purchases include free shipping and help support Canine Companions for Independence

Monday, December 13, 2010

Light Up the Night: Amber Royale Candle

Brighten your holiday décor with a hand-poured candle from ManKindDog! Try our Amber Royale, a 20 oz. square candle made with refined waxes that layer the fragrance oil in a new way. Beautifully embellished, and fragranced with a regal blend of amber and rich florals to scent your palace! Four other varieties are also available for you to purhase for your home or the home of a friend or loved one. Free shipping this holiday season and all purchases help us support Canine Companions for Independence.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Slumber in Style: Luxurious Dog Beds from MANKINDdog

What a better way to start the ManKindDog 12 Days of Christmas than with a new dog bed! Ultra-soft synthetic sheepskin or plush fur, comfortably filled bolsters, cushioned poly/cotton base, and completely machine washable. The beds look great wash after wash, and your doggie will appreciate always being able to snuggle up in a clean bed! Keeps pets cool in summer, warm in winter.

Our luxurious dog beds are available in 5 sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, and in your choice of three colors: "Cinnamon Plush Fur” "Pearl Gray Plush Fur" or "Fleece". Prices start at $9.99 and includes free shipping!

Your purchase helps MANKINDdog support Canine Companions for Independence. CCI provides exceptional dogs for exceptional people with disabilities. We donate percentage of every sale to support CCI.

Follow us on Twitter , friend us on Facebook, join our Fan Page and remember to visit us at our online home for the finest in gifts for your dog and home: ManKindDog!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Showcase Features Fantastic ManKindDog Gifts

ManKindDog is now on the air! Our 2-minute "Holiday Showcase" is airing on cable networks between now and December 21st, but you can view it now on YouTube.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Mother's Day Help From MANKINDdog'!

Mother’s Day

Sunday May 9th is Mother’s Day. Being a Mom is all about loving those you care for. From managing our homes, careers, kids, dads and dogs, our Moms do it all.

Our Mom’s have so many children including their own as well as dogs and puppies that have been adopted along the way. This Mother’s Day, don’t forget to let Mom know how much your dogs and puppies appreciate all that she does for them too.

For Mother’s Day gifts from your family pups, visit MANKINDdog’. There you’ll find everything from specialized spa bags to oils and vinegars, candles to home décor, books, apparel and other fun and fresh gifts to choose from.

Don’t leave out the feelings of the special dogs in your Mom’s life this Mother’s Day. You’re sure to find something at MANKINDdog’ to let Mom know how much everyone in the family appreciates all she does!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Top Tips for Dog Friendly Travel

With more and more dog friendly hotels available, traveling with our furry friends has become much more common. While fun to do, it does take a little practice to become adept at vacationing with our pets. Here’s a few Top Tips to make traveling with your dog a little easier.

Road Trips
Make confined spaces comfortable. If your dog has a little travel anxiety a favorite blanket, pillow and dog toy will help keep her occupied.

If possible, try to limit non-stop driving stretches to no more than 90 minutes to 2 hours. “Can we stop?” “I gotta go!” “I’m bored!” We’re used to hearing these quips from the back seat people passengers. A short whine or quick bark usually sends the same message.

Limit on-the-road feeding to light snacks, healthy treats and ice cubes. Ice cubes are an easy way to keep fluids in your pooch when pulling off the road to fill the water dish isn’t an option.

In The Air
Feed, water and walk 4 hours before flight. Having an empty tummy will help your dog adjust to the sensations of flight and limit the chance of voiding in her crate.

Confined space comfort and safety is crucial in the air. Limit crate comfort to a blanket or pillow, something that won’t get tossed or moved around too easily.

Extra identity! Be sure your buddy has a flight tag in addition to her regular dog tags. The crate should be clearly labeled and her flight collar tag should contain all identification as well as destination information!

Extra collar, leash, poop bags, trash bags, disinfectant, carpet and air fresheners and dog grooming supplies are a must. Whether you’re going to a hotel or staying at someone’s home, helping your dog leave things as clean as she found them is important.

For a head start on getting packed for your next trip check out our Classic Colleciton. You'll find a few necessities will ensure your dog’s bag is up to snuff!

For extended travel it’s a good idea to take a long your dog’s medical records along with vaccination certificates, recent pictures (in case she decides to sight-see on her own), and any necessary meds.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

MANKINDdog's Canine Concierge Partners

For our complete list of parternered Pet-Friendly Hotels, Resorts, and Spas, just CLICK HERE!

Partnering with companies that understand the needs of owners and their dogs who provide quality services and amenities is important.  We hope you find these resources as helpful as we have and enjoy them as much as Gotham and his brothers and sisters.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Humane Society of Southern Arizona

A humane approach to rescuing, protecting and saving animals in need.

One of MANKINDdog’s core objectives is to work with and support the efforts of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. For nearly a year, we’ve worked hand in hand with them to help dogs find a loving home. As a sponsor of the Humane Society’s Adopt-a-Dog Program, we donate one of our special gift baskets to be given to the person or family that adopts the weekly “featured” dog. Each basket, valued at $150, is packed with all kinds of special items for the adopted dog and his or her new owner: shampoos, bowls, a leash, toys, treats and more for the pooch; t-shirt, sport towel, blanket, camera, etc. for the parent.

However, this is only the beginning. The safety and well-being of animals is a high priority for MANKINDdog. In addition to our affiliation with the Humane Society, we serve as a sponsor and donor for many other animal advocacy groups and events, and our plan is to increase our support to these groups throughout the country.

Simply put, we want to place as many pets into loving homes as we possibly can. To accomplish this goal, we will continue to give back to the animals that have become our best friends, and to the people in local communities all across the U.S. who share our love for dogs.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Learning Toys for Your Puppy & Adult Dog

Our dogs are amazing. Even the most stubborn and hard to train dogs are brilliant, eager and always learning. Toys allow puppies as well as adult dogs to build cognitive and motor skills as well as bond with their humans.

Did you know that different dog toys promote different learning experiences? It’s True! Dogs, old and young, develop a lot like we do. What they play with helps them learn…
Plush Toys: Teach comfort and familiarity as well as scent development. Plush toys, more than any other, absorb scents from the environment around them.

Balls & Fetch Toys: Promote motor skill development as your dog learns how to jump, run, kick, dig, pick up and move. Hide & Seek with fetch (or any toy type) is a great way for your dog to learn about their environment and develop cognitive searching skills.

Pull Toys: Rope or other tug toys promote social development through interactivity. This type of play also helps them learn bite-control.

Chew Toys: In addition to actually helping keep their teeth clean, chew toys teach your dog what is and isn’t OK to satisfy that oh so gratifying urge to gnaw!

Squeak Toys: Dogs learn to pick up on auditory queues and commands with squeak toys. Their hearing, like their sense of smell, is highly developed.

Whether the needs of your puppy are developmental or are focused on behavioral modification for your adult dog, the right dog toy for the job is important. In our Dog Gifts and Luxury Dog Products, we’ve taken care to provide a range of top-quality toys from balls and chews to pull and plush. Remember, playing hard is just as important as working hard for you and your dog.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Driving Mr. Gotham: Pet Road Trip!

With 'little' sis, Dorothy, at the wheel, Gotham relaxed for a business road trip to Palm Springs, CA.  Gotham and Dorothy had a few duties to attend to while conducting some Pet Concierge business.  

Gotham has approved an organic dog treats collection as well as a line of designer couture dog collars for ManKindDog which will all be available very soon!

By the way, if you happen to be traveling in the Palm Springs area, their official vistors website lists 55 pet friendly hotels, resorts and other places to stay.  If you're a dog owner, Palm Springs has you covered!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Our Pet Friendly Hotel Experience

We just spent a few days in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the El Dorado Hotel.  Since we were meeting with someone about new products to be offered by ManKindDog, we thought it only fitting that Gotham and his 'sister' Dorothy come along to give their input.  Our stay was fantastic!

Very pet friendly, the hotel provided more than enough amenities to keep us comfortable.  Gotham and li'l sis Dorothy were very comfortable.

Dorothy wasted no time kicking back and relaxing into the super soft pillows.  There was a one time $50.00 pet fee, but as you can see, like some pet friendly hotels, there's no size limit on your dDog.  Gotham is a pretty big fella!

 And as for Gotham, well... Let's just say he knows how to enjoy the life of a very much loved dog!  He's one of a kind!

If you happen to be in Santa Fe, NM feel free to bring your dogs.  The El Dorado Hotel will see to it that you and your special guests are well treated!

As for ManKindDog, keep an eye on our website to see what new products Gotham and Dorothy approved during our trip!

A Paw-ful Place to Play: Innovative Dog Parks

There’s nothing like spending a day outside with our dogs. Large dogs, small dogs and all dogs in between love getting out for a stretch walk and run! Well structured dog parks make spending time with our pets even more fun.

There are over 1,000 designated dog parks throughout the US and Canada alone! Finding a place to take your pup isn’t really that hard. But, if you need help finding one that’s just right for your dog here are a few helpful resources: DogParkUSA , DogPark , PawNations 5-Paw Dog Parks and HauteDogs

More and more parks have become innovative in their amenities, offering more than just a bit of grass and a trail or two. Dog parks have become focus destinations and with features like these…

Agility courses
Swimming pools, ponds and lakes
Designated doggie beach areas
Self serve as well as full service dog wash facilities
Weather shelters
Fully fenced off-leash areas as well as completely fenced off-leash parks
On site doggie daycare and boarding services
Poop bag waste stations
Human facilities such as wheelchair access, full lighting, benches, tables, picnic areas, restrooms

…a day at the park is so much more than it used to be!

From public to private parks, the amenities are becoming more varied and unique. Along with improved amenities also comes attention to park rules and regulations. Some designated dog parks require entrance or annual use fees. Other parks have designated large and small dog areas, treat and food restrictions and aggressive dog restrictions. Be sure to check specific park regulations before your visit!

Even a short day at the park requires the proper supplies. Come prepared with a Man Kind Dog Dog Dish Assortment. It’s got everything you need to make your day at the dog park a great one!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hug Your Dog And Keep Spike In Your Thoughts

It's unpleasant... nay... crushing to think that the pets who give us such unconditional love and devotion are subject to cruelty.  Our dogs, pets of all species for that matter, deserve no less from us than what they freely give.

We love following the articles on ForTheLoveoftheDogBlog and appreciate Andrea for taking the time to give Spike The Bulldog a voice.

Spike the bulldog, beaten by his owner Maria Aguilar with a shovel, continues his recovery at the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan. Almost 100 people have emailed and called…
Animal Abuse – Time to Draw the Line –

Visit their blog and be sure to keep up with us.  You can follow us on Twitter, friend us on Facebook, join our Fan Page and as always, feel free to visit us at our home... ManKindDog

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Dog Tweets!

Bet you never thought there’d be any truth to that phrase, huh? My Dog Tweets. Really? And does your cat moo?

Social media is giving a voice not only to humans, but to animals as well. More and more people are giving a voice to their dog a voice via Twitter. We’re all in tune with what’s going on in the minds of our dogs so why not share it?

Want to know what’s happening in the mind of a Saint Bernard? Check out @Fredadog
What are the thoughts of a cuddly little Bichon? Find out @KatieBichon
Or how about Daisy and Gretchen, 2 German Short Hairs? Take a peek @germanshorthair

Dogs are the only ones tweeting about… well… dogs… There are a big handful of humans pitching in as well!
Victoria Stilwell of It’s Me Or The Dog @ItsMeOrTheDog
K9 Magazine @K9Magazine
Cesar Millan the one and only Dog Whisperer @cesarmillan
Man Kind Dog (yes, even us!) @mankinddog

The fact of the matter is there are simply too many to list here. Dogs and dog lovers are barking out 140 characters per tweet by the tens and hundreds of thousands! Bet you didn’t know your dog could tweet just as much as he could bark, huh!?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dog Training: Where do You Start?

It’s the million dollar question, right? The most common answer is, ‘at the beginning’. Sure, it’s great to start when they’re young, puppies. Establishing good dog behavior and engraining it as they grow is always optimum.

But… what do you do when your dog is already a year or two, or three, or more old? What if an older dog is new to your home? What if your life long pet is being introduced to new family members or a new environment? Things change and change creates starting points over and over again.

First and foremost decide what behavior you need or want to address. Whether breaking bad habits or establishing new ones, understanding what it is that’s to be achieved helps create a starting point.

Second, decide whether or not help is needed. Do you have the time, experience and understanding to establish a dog training routine? If you do, great. If you don’t, get help. OK… but now you need a dog trainer.

Finding a quality dog training professional isn’t really too hard to do. Sure there are some that are better than others, but the best come eagerly recommended by dog owners in your community. If friends and neighbors have no referrals, try the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, as a resource.

For additional informational resources check out our books on dogs. Sometimes the best starting point is between the covers on page 1.

Finding Dog Friendly Hotels

More and more of us are traveling with our dogs. Small, medium and large breeds are all finding their way across country as we travel locally and abroad. Many facilities are beginning to recognize the canine as a valued travel guest.

Upscale as well as casual lodging facilities from Hilton, Marriott, Embassy Suites to Holiday Inn, Best Western, Comfort and Quality Inns, hotels are welcoming their furry guests. While all have different pet policies, the welcome doesn’t end at just allowing them into your room. Amenities abound!

Many hotels offer everything from pet beds, food and water bowls, special doggie bags including waste bags, disinfectant, a special dog tag for travel, treats. Pet concierge services include complimentary leases, walking services, pet sitters and doggy day care, limo service to people/pet friend spas, even doggie massages! Come on, your dog deserves some well earned relaxation. It’s his vacation too!

So the next time you’re heading off to visit the in-laws, friends or just taking a road trip, check out pet friendly hotels to stop at along the way and at your destination. Resources like DogFriendly and TravelZoo are excellent for finding comfy accommodations. Are you skipping the road trip and launching your travels skyward? Check out PetAirways and get your pet from coast to coast, places in-between and beyond in their own jet powered coach!

Even though dogs travel a little lighter than we do, they still need a bag or two. But no worries, we’ve got that covered for you. Check out the signature MANKINDdog Travel Duffle today.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Weathering Seasons With Your Dog: Are Dog Clothes and Accessories Necessary?

Every season brings weather changes. Some changes are mild, some extreme. As weather changes come be wary of possible effects to your dog.

Just like you, your dogs feel changes in the weather. If you’re feeling the cold, heat, sun, rain or snow, so are they! Fur and hair (Poodles have hair, not fur! Did you know that?) , the coat your dog carries will have something to do with how they handle weather.

Your short coated dog may need a little extra warmth in the colder months and heavy coated dogs may need a shave during the heat of summer. But remember, that fuzzy coat doesn’t make them impervious to freezing cold nor burning sun. Even with breeds that are built for particular seasonal extremes, you still need to take caution. Certain dog clothes and accessories are made for more than just fashion.

Just like us, dogs loose heat through their extremities. In the winter their paw pads can get frost bitten. In the summer, their noses, ears, tails and even other body areas can get burned. The key is to watch your dog’s behavior for signs of discomfort and take appropriate action.

Thickly coated breeds may enjoy rolling about or even lounging in piles of snow. Watch for slower movements and carefully placed steps. Check for packed snow or ice between their toes and make sure those are cleared. Just like holding ice between your toes and fingers, that can get painful for your dog! Keeping fur neatly trimmed between their toes can help minimize frost bitten paws.

What dog doesn’t like taking a nap in the warmth of the afternoon sun? Watch to make sure your pet doesn’t snooze too long. A little doggy safe sunscreen on the nose ears and tails can help protect your sunbathing pooch.

For more information on weatherizing your pup visit ManKindDog Be sure to consult your family vet as well.

Dog Safety in Your Home

Home is where the heart is. It’s a safe place for us, our families and friends and our dogs. However, our dogs, being naturally curious, sometimes need our help with a little extra protection from what they perceive to be interactive dog toys.

Did you know there’s a pretty long list of every day household items that pose serious health risks to our 4 legged family members? Things we think nothing about having out, handy, even putting them in our mouths or giving to our children can cause serious issues for dogs. Here’s a short list to help you conduct a safety inventory for your pets.

Mouth wash – Contains Boric Acid

Mothballs – Contains naphthalane &/or para dichlorobenzene. (These chemicals convert from solid to a gas in mothballs which can be fatal if inhaled.)

Batteries – Contain sulfuric acid which can cause severe mouth and throat burns and even stomach lining ulceration!

Tylenol – Unlike aspirin, Tylenol contains acetaminophen. (Acetaminophen toxicity can be fatal to our dogs.)

Bleach, Dish & Laundry Soaps, Fabric Softeners, Dryer Sheets. Just as in humans, these items, if ingested by your dog can cause severe distress like violent vomiting.

Antifreeze – Contains Ethylene Glycol which is extremely toxic to both us and our dogs. Unfortunately, Antifreeze smells and tastes like a supreme treat to our dogs.

Chocolate – Contains theobromine, toxic to dogs. (The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. It might surprise you to learn that some great dog treats contain white chocolate which is thought to be a safe and tasty substitute due to low or absent theobromine levels.)

If ingested, each of these items can cause immediate health risks in your dog up to and including death. Just be sure you keep items like these away from dog toys and dog accessories and out of harms’ way. For additional tips on keeping your home ‘Dog Safe’ visit the MANKINDdog Resources page and of course, consult your family vet.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ideal Gifts for Dog Lovers

Even if we are blowing our own dog whistle, here at Man Kind Dog we believe we’re an authority on this subject. Excellent resources for just the right dog lover gift abound. But more than just making a purchase, picking up dog treats or dog accessories, there is a key to gift giving.

Have you ever received a gift and wondered, ‘what was he thinking’? Well, again, it’s because there’s a key. In order to be a ‘quality gifter’ to your dog loving friends and family, you either need to be a dog owner, or go to people who understand them. We’re both.

Our dogs aren’t just pets. They’re our friends, our companions. Our dogs are our four legged children, they’re a part of our family. Any gift that comes from the heart starts at the right place. But doing a little extra homework, understanding who you’re giving to, creates the perfect formula for picking the perfect gift for your dog lover.

Large or small, big or tall, from modest to extravagant budgets, quality, care and thoughtfulness are the most important ingredients for the ideal gift. Knowing dog owners and their pets comes next. Are they an active or reserved pair? Is it for a special occasion like a doggie birthday, graduation from training or adoption anniversary?

From dog toys to treats to necessary sundries, sometimes making a choice can be overwhelming no matter how well you know the recipient. A gift basket for dog and owner to share is a great way to cover all the bases. Maybe taking a look at a few of our dog gift packages will spark some ideas and help you find the ideal gift for your dog lover.

Dog’s Best Friend: Dog Breeds that are Right for You

Knowing yourself, what makes you, you, is extremely important for your dog. Understanding your own behavior and why you do the things you do will enable your best buddy to… well… be your best buddy!

Sound a little complicated? Introspection usually is. But in this case, let’s keep it simple and look at a few of the basics.

Life style
I am... Active. I exercise daily; I’m always on the go. My dog will have to keep up. Maybe a high energy dog breed is best for you.

I am… Quiet. Relaxed evenings at home in a stress free environment enable me to never ‘harsh-my-mellow’. Maybe an alert but reserved dog requiring only moderate exercise is what you need.

My home
I am… A city dweller. Why wade into the suburbs when everything is within walking distance. Smaller dogs with little legs do better with apartment living.

I am… A full-fledged suburbanite. Room for the kids, a yard, and neighborhood parks give our family what we need. A dog that enjoys a run around the block and the energy of children will blend wonderfully with your family.

Just as understanding who we are, helps us help you. Understanding what makes you, you, matching yourself to the needs of your dog bring unconditional friendship, love and loyalty to its peak. Personalities, how and where we live all play a part in relating to our pets. They own us as much as we own them.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tail Waggin' Treats from MANKINDdog

This is the inaugural blog post for ManKindDog, the leading purveyor of top quality merchandise for dogs and dog lovers. From individual gifts for dog lovers, to MANKINDdog branded gifts for dogs and complete collections of luxury products for dogs and humans, we offer top quality products that from leading manufacturers.

It is our hope that you will find fun and factual information that can help you as you keep your dog healthy, happy and in harmony with you and your family. We invite you to provide your own comments and tips to build a better relationship with your dog.

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