By Amy Dalness with contributions by Heather Apodaca
We adore our pets (and their toys and their cuddle blankets and those little bows for their hair), and we know you have more than a few people on your list who do, too. Stock up on fresh-baked treats for Fido’s stocking, or finally get the kids that fish-filled tank they’ve been bugging you about.
Dog Gone Good
3339 Central NE Suite A-2 • 508-2704
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. dawggonegoodnm.com
This one-stop shop has gifts for four-legged friends and those who love them. Dog Gone Good has the cute toys and fun accessories you’d expect from a quality pet boutique, plus gifts for bipeds including t-shirts, doormats, sweatshirts and car stickers. Bring Rex in for his much-needed holiday grooming sesh and teeth brushing, or just take advantage of Dog Gone Good’s pooch-watching service while you hit the stores.
Clark’s Pet Emporium, Inc.
4914 Lomas NE • 268-5977
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
11200 Menaul NE • 293-5977
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. clarkspets.com
You might be in a rush to finish up your shopping, but don’t rush into the decision to give a pet as a holiday present. If a small animal or reptile is on your loved one’s wish list, Clark’s has a great selection and great staff to help you find everything you (and the little creature) need. We recommend a hedgehog—have you seen how cute those devils are?
Boofy’s Best for Pets
8201 Golf Course NW #C-2 • 890-0757
Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. boofysbest.com
The No.1 goal at Boofy’s is to keep kitties purring and tails wagging. Who can argue with that? Put some “Made in the U.S.A.” toys under the Christmas tree for your furry family members to unwrap, or pick up some gifts made in New Mexico, including jewelry, dog leashes, wind chimes and cute clothes for your poodle (or pit bull—we don’t judge).
3112 San Mateo NE • 573-2740
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fox face rabbit fish. Purple firefish goby. Dwarf lion fish. And coral … so much coral! Walking into Vivid Reef is like taking a trip to a tropical island without the expensive airfare or sunburn. The two brothers who run this shop know their stuff, and they’ll make sure you make the perfect selection for that special fish collector.