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Dog Mom Gifts That Leave Us Barking Up the Wrong Tree

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Golden Retriever joyfully playing with an orange ball in the backyard, a big smile on his face

How many times have you received dog mom gifts that you’re sure came from a cat person?

The pile of shirts that are 10 sizes too small has become a small tower.

I mean, I like big dogs (and I cannot lie).

Before you buy another keychain that inevitably ends up in our kids’ toy bin, please remove whatever you added to your Amazon cart.

We absolutely adore our fur kids and appreciate the thought of each dog mom gift.

But as a dog mom of the past 12 years, I’m here to share some practical gifts that would make our everyday lives easier.

So, get ready to discover some ideas that are not only thoughtful but also super useful for us when we need a little something extra in our lives.

This post is all about the best dog mom gifts.

Victoria Vaden and her family, including three kids and husband, enjoying a beautiful fall day at the park with their Golden Retriever and small black dog
Proud dog mom of two fur kids, and three human kids, there are several tails to tell about gifts we’ve received.

When ‘Fetching’ Becomes ‘Frustrating’

I’m a proud dog person, absolutely in love with my two amazing dogs—a small Poodle/Rottweiler mix named Avera and a whopping 95-lb Golden Retriever named Takoda.

Now, here’s the funny part: the people who try to gift me, mostly cat people, just don’t have a clue when it comes to gifting a dog mom.

Bless their feline-loving hearts, they mean well, but it’s like they’re navigating uncharted territory.

Then there’s always that one friend who isn’t a fan of animals at all yet manages to gift me the most hideous dog mug during our annual Secret Santa.

It’s become a running joke, and I can’t help but laugh at the irony of receiving a gift that screams “I have no clue what you actually like.”

As a dog person, I have a pretty good handle on what makes a great dog mom gift.

But when it comes to receiving presents, it’s like people always gift things that are either the wrong size, easily breakable, or completely chewed up within seconds.

Mischievous small black dog having a chew on an unwanted shirt
Gift-giving isn’t Avera’s love language, as she expressed with this doggie jacket

Lost in the Paw-sibilities

As a proud mom of three human kids and two fur kids, let me tell you, mothering a human and an animal are like comparing apples and oranges (or should I say, dog biscuits and baby food?).

But here’s the thing, having the wisdom to adopt my first dog, Cody, before I had kids turned out to be a stroke of genius.

The endless adventures and lessons I learned from being a dog mom overly prepared me for the chaos of motherhood.

And let’s face it, not everyone understands the concept unless they’ve walked in our paw prints.

Paw parents deserve to be acknowledged and gifted, not as a last resort or awkwardly given items to avoid them feeling left out on Mother’s Day.

I mean, let’s be real, how many of you actually knew when Dog Mom Day even is? (Don’t worry, I had to Google it myself; it’s the second Saturday of each May!)

This post is dedicated to those who are on a mission to find the purrfect gift for that special someone in their life—the friend of fur kids, the girlfriend who adores her pet pooch, or the best friend who treats her dog as practice for her future human child.

As a busy mom, sometimes a day away for the pups to play is good for both our souls.

Don’t Leave Me Howling For A Good Time

If you’re ever in the mood to make a dog mom’s day, consider gifting her a free day at Camp Bow Wow.

Trust me, it’s like giving her a golden ticket to doggy paradise and a much-needed break from the delightful chaos of pet parenthood.

Let me tell you, as a proud dog mom (and a human mom of three), the mere thought of my pups enjoying a day of play and pampering at Camp Bow Wow brings a sparkle to my eyes.

It’s a place where our beloved pups can let loose, socialize, and have a tail-wagging good time.

It’s like sending them off on a mini vacation while I take care of my own business, like tackling that never-ending to-do list or dealing with contractors invading my home.

Dropping off my fur kids at Camp Bow Wow in the morning and having the house all to myself?

No barking, no playful tugs at my clothes, just pure silence and uninterrupted peace.

It’s the kind of dog mom luxury that only Camp Bow Wow can provide.

Trust me, both the pups and their human counterparts will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to indulge in some much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation.

When Dog Moms Wear Their Heart (and Fur) on Their Sleeves

We all know the familiar scoffs and stares we receive when we show up to yet another game night with dog fur clinging to our pants like a second fashion statement.

Or the embarrassing moment when you hop into the passenger seat of our car, only to discover that pesky spot of dog fur we missed, just waiting to greet you.

And let’s not forget the horror of realizing we left the house with half a muddy paw print on our favorite shirt or an undeniable slobber stain that escaped our keen dog mom eyes.

We know you find amusement in our dog-related mishaps, but deep down, you understand the value of a gift that tackles our challenges with humor and grace.

Give the dog moms in your lives the ultimate gift of a stain-repellent spray, let’s face it, we can use all the help we can get.

And (or), better yet, double that with a never-ending box of lint rollers (because, well you already know).

We all know how quickly lint rollers disappear into thin air when you need them the most.

It’s a small but mighty gift that brings joy to every dog mom’s heart.

Trust me, these are one of the best dog mom gifts that are both practical and, dare I say, necessary.

Imagine the looks of disbelief on our friends’ faces as they witness us strutting into game night, free from fur-induced fashion faux pas.

And the sheer astonishment when you hop into the passenger seat and find it as pristine as the day it rolled off the assembly line.

Put the dog mom keychain back on the shelf, and help us bid farewell to the days of fur-covered pants, missed spots, and muddy mishaps.

Unleash Convenience By Bagging the Best Gift

We all know the feeling of running out of dog bags in the middle of a walk.

It’s a dog mom’s worst nightmare!

But with this magical supply, she’ll never have to worry about that again.

These eco-friendly dog bags seem to be never-ending, always ready to handle those unexpected “gifts” her fur babies leave behind.

It’s the gift of preparedness, my friend, and it’s a game-changer.

Just think about the relief she’ll feel when she effortlessly pulls out another bag, while other dog owners scramble in search of one.

She’ll be the hero of the park, the one who always comes prepared.

No more embarrassing moments or awkward attempts to clean up without a bag.

With these doggy bags, she’ll have endless peace of mind during her walks, knowing she’s got it all under control.

Victoria Vaden, a dog mom, sitting with a pit bull boxer mix dog, both smiling happily
Cody, my first dog lived to be 13 years old after I rescued him from a rough life at the SPCA when he was 5.

Memorial Gifts That Go Beyond Goodbyes

Let us not forget the dog moms who have recently lost their fur kids, especially during special occasions or holidays like Mother’s Day.

It can be an incredibly challenging time for them, as their hearts still ache with the absence of their beloved companions.

I want to share something personal with you, something that touched my heart deeply.

It’s about the loss of my first dog, Cody, and the unexpected impact it had on me.

Looking back, when I said goodbye to Cody, I wished I had received a memorial gift to honor his memory.

It didn’t matter if it was Dog Mom Day or any other occasion; what mattered was the sentiment behind it.

As a kid, I always longed for a dog, and when Cody came into my life, he became my world.

We had an unbreakable bond, and his loss left a void that was hard to fill.

I had to make the difficult decision to let him go when I was just 13 years old, and little did I know, it was the day before Mother’s Day.

I had just given birth to our second child, and we were 17 hours away from our family and friends when the heartbreaking moment arrived.

The combination of joy and sorrow during that time was overwhelming, and I longed for something tangible to hold onto, something that would honor his memory and provide solace during those difficult days.

A word of warning: memorial gifts are extremely thoughtful, but of course, everyone processes grief differently.

So, tread lightly if you go this route to not offend their feelings in their grieving season.

Victoria Vaden, a dog mom, smiling with a pit bull boxer mix dog, in front of a store as he licks her cheek
The sweetest gesture was the SPCA sending me a letter expressing their sympathy.

Some Things Are Better Said Better On Paper

Amidst the overwhelming pain and sorrow of losing Cody, there was one act of kindness that touched the depths of my soul.

It arrived in the form of a card, sent to me by the SPCA, expressing their heartfelt condolences for my loss.

As I opened that envelope and read the words written with compassion and understanding, tears welled up in my eyes.

At that moment, I realized the immense power of empathy and the impact it can have on someone’s healing journey.

That simple card, now a precious keepsake, holds a special place in my heart.

It serves as a tangible reminder of the love and joy that Cody brought into my life, as well as the incredible compassion shown by others during such a difficult time.

Whenever I come across that card, whether tucked away in a drawer or displayed on my shelf, it stirs a mix of emotions within me—sadness for the loss, gratitude for the love shared, and a sense of comfort knowing that others cared.

The act of receiving that card from the SPCA was a profound reminder that we don’t have to navigate grief alone.

There are organizations and individuals out there who understand the depth of our bond with our furry companions and are there to offer support and solace.

Their small gesture of sending a card may seem insignificant to some, but to me, it meant the world.

In today’s world, where texting and social media often mask true emotions, these genuine acts of connection hold immense value.

Sometimes, they can mean more than any material gift you could buy with a credit card.

It’s the human touch, the sincerity behind personal words and actions, that has the potential to bring comfort and healing.

Don’t Forget to Dogument Precious Moments

Photo frames offer a meaningful way to honor the bond between a dog mom and her fur kid.

They provide a window into the past, allowing them to revisit those joyful moments they shared together.

Whether it’s a playful romp at the park, a cuddle session on the couch, or a gentle nuzzle filled with pure love, these captured memories bring comfort and solace during times of loss.

The beauty of photo frames is their versatility, especially as custom dog mom gifts.

They can be displayed on a bedside table, a mantle, or even hung on a wall as a gallery of treasured memories.

Each time the dog mom passes by, she’ll be greeted by the smiling face of her beloved fur baby, reminding her of the incredible bond they shared and the love that still resonates within her heart.

Saying Goodbye, Keeping Their Spirit Alive

When it comes to finding meaningful and personalized dog mom gifts for a friend who has experienced loss, let me tell you, wind chimes are a game-changer.

Every chime holds a memory, every gentle breeze carries their presence, and in those moments, we find peace and a sense of their enduring love.

Wind chimes serve as a beautiful tribute to our beloved dogs, a way to honor their memory and keep their spirit alive.

They create a soothing and calming ambiance, as if the melodies they produce are whispers from our fur kids, reassuring us that they are never truly gone.

It’s like having a symphony of love in the air, providing comfort during those tough moments when we miss them the most.

Whether hung on a porch, in a garden, or near a window, these wind chimes bring a soothing melody that echoes the cherished memories we hold dear.

A Lasting Tribute Furever In Our Hearts

In times of loss, we seek solace and a tangible way to honor the memory of our beloved dogs.

That’s where dog memorial stones come in—silent tributes that stand as enduring symbols of love and remembrance.

As we sit in that space, surrounded by nature’s embrace, we find solace and a place to reminisce about the happy memories shared.

These memorial stones create a lasting tribute, a physical marker that honors the bond we shared with our fur kids.

They serve as a reminder of their presence, their loyalty, and the love they brought into our lives.

Each time we visit that special place, we feel their spirit and find comfort, knowing that they will forever hold a place in our hearts.

Golden Retriever lying on his back in the backyard, holding the orange ball with a playful expression
When you gift the right gift, you’ll know because your dog mom friend will cherish it as much as her fur kid.

This post was all about dog mom gifts.

I’ll be the first to admit that gift-giving or receiving is definitely not exactly my love language.

But let me shed some light on why it’s still important, regardless of your pet preferences or lack thereof.

It’s not about a one-sided exchange or an “I put my hand out, so put something back in mine” mindset.

It’s about showing thoughtfulness and making someone feel special.

And if that someone happens to be a dog mom, then consider their furry companion as an integral part of their life, like it or not.

By gifting something that acknowledges their pet, you’re not just handing them any ol’ present.

Oh no, you’re tapping into a whole other level of connection.

You’re saying, “Hey, I see you and I appreciate this bond you have with your fur baby, even if it’s not my cup of catnip.”

It’s a gesture that speaks volumes, my friend, even if you can’t speak “woof” or “meow” fluently.

So, the next time you plan to gift your friend something, whether you like their pet or not, consider the importance it can hold.

It’s not about whether you’re a cat person or a dog person—it’s about understanding and appreciating the connection between a dog mom and her fur baby.

Who knows, you might just surprise yourself with a whole new appreciation for the furry side of life.

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