Bark the herald angels sing

Cara Cummings (19 December, 2020)

Wondering what to get the dog - or dog lover - in your life this Christmas? Set tails wagging with these top gift tips from south London’s best pet shops

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Dr. Doolittle’s Pet Shop

This Streatham stalwart has been serving south London’s pet lovers for over thirty years. Manager Stefano Salles took over six years ago and won the 2018 Small Independent Shop at the Streatham
Awards. Step inside for some seriously
fun Christmas treats.

57-59 Streatham Hill, SW2 4TX
drdoolittlespetshop.co.uk
020 8671 6760

Posh Pooch ‘Wine’ for Dogs

Who says festive tipples should be just for humans? Raise a glass with your happy hound as they enjoy a non-carbonated, non-alcoholic herbal infusion packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. £6.50.

Rosewood Rudolph Reindeer

A super-soft, ultra plush and undeniably cute squeaky seasonal friend for your dog to fall in love with. £7.

The Hound Hut

Local stores don’t get much friendlier than this doggy paradise a stone’s throw from Oval station, set up by raw food expert – and owner of three schnauzers – Anthony Smallman. Inside, you’ll find the very best natural food ranges, a deli-style treat counter that will quickly become your dog’s favourite place, and top-quality accessories from jumpers to bedding, all reasonably priced. The Hut also offers grooming, teeth cleaning services and even doggy daycare.
20 Clapham Rd, Oval, London SW9 0JG
thehoundhut.dog | 0800 193 3364

Choose-your-own Christmas bag

The ultimate bespoke gift: choose from the Hound Hut’s all-natural ‘haberdashery’ counter, featuring everything from rabbit ears to dried tripe, beef tendons and even buffalo horns. Treats start at just 25p.

‘Dogue’ jumpers

Make sure your four-legged friend turns heads this Christmas in a cosy cable knit sweater (£26) as modelled by The South Londoner’s very own news hound, Baxter. Move over Moss.

THE DOG HOUSE

The Dog House ‘canine lifestyle’ bazaar opened in Balham in 2018, offering a small but perfectly formed selection of everyday essentials like food and treats – including a raw range – as well as doggy gifts, toys and cosy homeware. Pop in for instant pet inspiration.

72 Emmanuel Rd, SW12 0HR
thedoghousebalham.co.uk
020 8675 7711

Dog Mum / Dad sweatshirt by Winston the Dog

Ideal for the crazy dog lady or man in your life, these soft jersey jumpers come in multiple colour combinations – and you can have a dog’s name added to the sleeve, too…

Nina Ottosson Dog Activity Pyramid

A great enrichment toy to keep your dog occupied whilst you open presents.Touch the pyramid with a nose or paw and it starts to wobble, with tasty treats unexpectedly falling out.

Holly&Lil

If dogs had a Harrods, it would look a lot like Holly&Lil. Specialising in handmade, highly decorative collars and leather accessories, this emporium of embellishment was set up by friends Elaine Jones and Sarah Wyndham Lewis in 2002 –
and named after their dogs, who ‘introduced’ the duo by playing together in Primrose Hill.
90 Tower Bridge Road, London,
London, SE1 4TP
hollyandlil.co.uk
0207 237 7226

Holly & The Ivy

New for 2020, this handsewn dog collar is decked in Swarovski crystals for maximum glitter and joy, with beading work designed to resemble Elizabethan bodices. Prices vary depending on size; available both in store and online.

Gift vouchers

Spoilt for choice? Get your four-legged friend a gift voucher to use with Holly&Lil’s award-winning groomers, Christmas tennis balls or a snuggly new toy. Call or order online.


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