Does your dog prefer latkes to Liv-a Snaps? Do your dog-loving friends have a Festival of Lights instead of Christmas lights? Hanukkah is right around the corner, and toys, clothes, and treats for dogs themed to the holiday are readily available, as are related gifts for the humans in their lives.
Here are eight gift ideas — for the eight nights of Hanukkah, of course — that dogs and their owners are sure to enjoy.
It’s dry, and it’s ready. Instead of a traditional chew-toy squeak, this fuzzy singing dreidel plays the classic “I Have a Little Dreidel” when you squeeze it, adding an extra layer of fun for your dog. Its 6 1/2-inch size is perfect for small and large breeds alike, as it’s easy to carry from room to room and floor to couch, as demonstrated in this short clip of our dog, Rocky, who never met a toy he didn’t like.
$10.99 at Amazon (also available at your local pet-supply store)
$22.99 at Pampered Puppy
Designed by Jonathan Adler, the lead judge on Bravo’s Top Design program, this 5-inch-by-15-inch menorah is shaped like a Dachshund and incorporates Adler’s signature all-white ceramic-relief pattern. Looking for a less-pricey option? Menorah.com offers several dog-themed menorahs, including one with nine miniature pups as candleholders.
Funny, it looks chewish! Rocky’s back to show us how much he loves playing with his new menorah, a squeaky toy in the shape of Hanukkah’s iconic symbol of the Festival of Lights. Rocky loves chewing on the base, as well as playing with each fuzzy candle individually. Like the dreidel, the menorah is easy for pups large and small to maneuver and carry.
$12.79 at Amazon (also available at your local pet-supply store)
What could be more fun than a dog wearing a yarmulke inside the Star of David? Perhaps your own dog wearing a yarmulke inside the Star of David? This playful design comes in 100-plus different breeds, and you also can place your own dog in the design by contacting FrankzPawPrintz for a custom job.
$23.95 at Zazzle
Sometimes Hanukkah starts early, like it did in 2013. Other years, it’s closer to Christmas on the calendar. Either way, it’s going to be chilly outside, so why not keep your pup warm on those late-season walks in a Hanukkah-themed coat. This blue velour coat with detailed stitching comes in eight different sizes and will keep him toasty warm as he display his Jewish pride at holiday time.
$37.99 at Pampered Puppy
Sure, you can dress him in a yarmulke and a tallis, and feed him Kosher treats. But to truly convert your canine to Judaism is no laughing matter. Or is it? In the brilliant parody book, How to Raise a Jewish Dog, the self-proclaimed “rabbis” of the Boca Raton Theological Seminary reveal their training methodology — heavy on passive-aggressiveness and smothering indulgence — for raising your Jewish dog.
Written by Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman, co-authors of the bestselling Yiddish with Dick and Jane and Yiddish with George and Laura, this essential “guide” is sure to have you howling with laughter.
$11.16 for paperback and $8 for Kindle at Amazon
These delicious Hanukkah treats are made with a crunchy peanut-butter dough and covered with peanut butter, yogurt, or carob frosting. The seven-piece selection includes a large Shalom bone, a Happy Hanukkah bar, a winter mitten, a cannoli, and three Jewish stars. The treats are placed in a clear gift box and tied with a bow. The assortments come in mini and large versions.
$4.95 for mini and $7.95 for large at DogParkPublishing
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About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for MLB.com and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top).