Paws Down…Tails Up

Revel In Summer Fun

By Melanie Carden

Hopefully, you’re reading this from under an umbrella on the or—or better yet, on a boat. We’re in the heart of the summer season, so it’s time for fun in the sun, hydration, and outdoorsy getaways. As always, keep a close eye on your pets during the 4th of July fireworks to keep them feeling safe, and treat them to some goodies from this summer collection.

It’s time to kick back for a little summer R & R, and the folks at Huxley Kent make it easy for kitty to be included. Their catnip filled watermelon and Kitty Klaw seltzer toys are the purr-fect way to give the toy box a summertime refresh. Info:

Of course, your dog’s crate is a cozy little den, but Diggs is here with an awesome summer-centric upgrade. Create your pup’s very own frozen pops with this Groov kit. After it’s frozen, it clicks into place – inside the crate.

Consumer Reports gave the Tractive GPD monitoring system a score of 97, and it routinely ranks as one of the best dog wearables on the market. In addition to traditional GPS tracking, it offers wellness reports and the ability to set alert zones. Info:

WATER YOUR LITTLE WANDERER Walking or hiking with your dog often requires carrying two water bottles. I love this solution from Gentleman’s Hardware. This Field + Wander 2-in-1 water bottle has a cup that attaches directly to the bottle. So, a water bottle for you, and a cup for the pup. Info:

DRINK A PINT, SAVE A PUP Second Chance Beer Co. makes award-winning beer, while helping rescue dogs find forever homes. They make craft beers, seltzers and beer cocktails, and donate 1% of sales from the New Day IPA and Buddy Lager to dog charities.

TINY TIGER TENT Your tiny little tiger deserves its own post-adventure sleeping tent. Whether back from outdoor adventures or endlessly chasing that laser, your cat will nap like jungle royalty in this cozy tent from The Tiniest Tiger. Info:


Pups Blue Ribbon! It was only a matter of time before this glorious play on words arrived on the dog-scene. This utterly adorable riff on a classic beer is sure to be your buddy’s favorite summertime crinkle & squeak toy from Huxley and Kent. Info:

I’ve been a fan of P.L.A.Y. pet toys for years now. Their themed collections are just so creative, and the quality can’t be beat. This is the camp collection, which I adore for summer. Pups deserve s’mores fun too! Info:

Fans of twinning outfits with their dogs—this one’s for you. Fetch the Sun specializes in matching dog and owner apparel. This T-shirt has a “No Ruff Waves” theme, so grab a set before your seaside getaway. Info:

FOR THE POOL PUP Poolside, balcony, and backyard dog naps are best when there’s an option for shade. Frontgate’s Baleares Dog Bed offers this luxe lounge with adjustable canopy which blocks 98 percent of UV rays. Info:

Be summer road-trip-ready with this versatile Orvis Dog Weekender Travel Kit. The set includes two collapsible bowls, a kibble carrier, and a getaway bag. The bowls and kibble carrier are lined for quick and easy clean-up.

FLOAT COAT Swimming, rafting, and boating—oh my! Keep your dog safe in the Ruffwear Float Coat™ Dog Life Jacket. It boasts an ergonomic design, high-visibility, and reliable grab handle. It’s a small investment with big benefits. Info: