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Shop for the pet lovers in your family

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

SUMMIT COUNTY – Stuck for an original Christmas gift idea? If the people on your list have pets, consider playing up this unique and meaningful relationship.”How to Meditate With Your Dog,” a book by James Jacobson and Kristine Chandler Madera is an introduction to meditation for dog lovers. Readers can learn how to use the love they have for their dogs as the basis for a regular meditation practice, as well as how to deepen the bond between “pack leader” and dog. The book also teaches how to cultivate compassion and bring more peace and focus into daily life. “Dogs are natural meditators,” author Jacobson said. “Your dog may look like he’s staring into space, but he’s actually ‘hound lounging’ and living in the moment.”Another pick for the dog loving reader – and traveler – is Bridgette Maxwell’s Colorado edition of “Fido’s Finest: Traveling with your pet … in style! From Economy to Luxury.”What better gift to a pet lover than a guide which helps them to stay close to their furry friends? The book offers One to Five Paw Status, with “One” being “clean, safe and comfortable and “five” being “a fine hotel earns this title by really taking the extra step, making sure both you and your pet have a remarkable experience.” Detailed information about each hotel featured in the book is offered, as well as the location of dozens of dog-friendly parks. The book also offers top picks for destination vacations in Colorado, pairing hotels with golf courses, fine restaurants, shopping, hiking, spa retreats, trips to the city and more.If fine art is your or your recipient’s passion, the Huneck Gallery in Breckenridge has pieces of all prices for dog lovers from children’s books to furniture. Owner Jaime Light said several people order custom portraits of their canines.Other ideas for gifts for pet lovers can be centered around the four-legged creatures themselves.

Holiday-themed toys and accessories are available at stores around the county. At the Breckenridge Barkery, you can pick up design-your-own collars as well as little dog angels and many breed-specific items.Steve Dreiling of Summit Feed & Supply in Frisco said, “We have all kinds of dog and cat toys and Christmas goodies.”The big seller at Paws and Claws Pet Supply in Breckenridge have been stockings full of treats.Barb Cole, owner of the Barnyard in Frisco, said she provides mostly things the pet is going to enjoy, but also has calendars and picture frames.Cole, a member of the League for People and Animals of the Summit, said donations can be made to the nonprofit organization, which raises funds for pets in local low-income families in the name of a dog.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 669-3998 ext. 13622 or .

Take a look in these local pet shopsThe BarnyardLocation: 104 W. Main in Frisco Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through SaturdayThe Breckenridge BarkeryLocation: 100 N. Main St. in BreckenridgeOpen: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Summit Feed & Pet SupplyLocation: 121 Summit Blvd. in FriscoOpen: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SaturdayPaws and Claws Pet SupplyLocation: 1705 Airport Road in BreckenridgeOpen: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

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