Whether you are showering your beloved pooch with extravagant treats or buying canine-themed gifts for dog lovers, here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate man’s best friend.
Steph Bishop and Jo Yates launched Wovenology last summer after discovering colourful Bolga baskets in Kenya. Their dog baskets, which are available in three sizes, are sturdy and colourful and are made by hand in Ghana over five days using elephant grass (from £100). The company deals directly with the weavers and contributes to community projects. wovenologybaskets.com.
Fashion Illustration Gallery
From Giacomo Balla’s wonderful dynamic dachshunds to Lucian Freud’s whippets, dogs have long been a favourite subject for artists. To celebrate this, the Fashion Illustration Gallery holds a regular canine-themed auction. Woof! Woof! brings together many of the gallery’s best-loved artists (including Cecilia Carlstedt, Gladys Perint Palmer and Daisy de Villeneuve) with new work. Choose from Carlstedt’s fabulously camp poodle, Jacky Blue’s sweet dachshund or Luke Edward Hall’s delightful corgi. Bidding ends at 9pm on December 14. fashionillustrationgallery.com. figauction.com.
Lead the Walk
A smart site for fashion-conscious hounds, which brings together ethical dog accessories – from ombre rope leads by Brooklyn’s Found My Animal (£55) to geometric alpaca dog sweaters made by Alqo Wasi – a Peruvian collective that provides training in weaving, knitting and embroidery to women in Puno and Lima (£50). leadthewalk.com.
Give the gift of a weekend getaway from this list of dog-friendly hotels and cottages across countries including the UK, France, Switzerland and Ireland. Choose from country piles such as Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa in the Lake District (from £199 per night) or Provence’s Mas Prestige (from £610). petspyjamas.com.
Mungo & Maud
This is a super-chic London pet boutique where everything comes in easy-on-the-eye colours, so that your four-legged friends can complement your home decor. The store’s classic dog beds come in navy blue, olive green, taupe, pink and charcoal woven cotton (from £169.50), while cabled cashmere dog jumpers (from £172.50) are joined by luxurious aloe-vera-infused dog shampoo (£32 for 500ml) and the smart Bauhaus collar (from £83.75). mungoandmaud.com.