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Pet Gifts Crawl onto Holiday Lists; Beyond Bones and Bowls -- the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association Announces Hottest Holiday Pet Products for 2004.

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Five golden ID tags, four jeweled collars, three custom upholstered feather beds, two infra-red sensor self-cleaning kitty litter boxes, and a partridge in a pear tree ... Gifts for pets have come a long way. Now pet owners can find everything from name brand nail polishes and shampoos to leather carriers and gourmet treats.

Forty million Americans will be shopping for gifts for their furry, finned and winged friends this holiday season and to help them find that purr-fect pet present, the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) has released a list of some of the "hottest" pet gifts on the market this year.

Topping the list are APPMA's 2004 "Best New Holiday Product" winners, Combat Extreme Dog Toys from Bamboo and Pet Scentsations Holiday Grooming from The Winston Co.

The Combat Extreme Dog Toys from Bamboo are constructed of the most durable fabric for aggressive and persistent chewers and come in a variety of shapes from fetch to pull toys. Combat Extreme dog toys are "battle tested" to last. www.bamboopet.com

Pet Scentsations' gentle, tearless shampoos for dogs, ferrets and small animals allow you to pamper your pet with a full bath and body experience. Aromatherapy scents include lavender and chamomile, vanilla bean, honey oatmeal, cool cucumber melon, sun-ripened raspberry and plumeria. www.winstoncompany.com

Other items sure to top pet owners' lists this year include:

--Give your pooch some panache with the London Plaid Collection from Fox and Hounds. The collection centers on a chocolate, tan & blue plaid and includes collars made of ribbon and canvas, cozy collegiate-style sweaters, rugby and polo shirts, ceramic accessories, a stylish carrier and even a beret! Fox & Hounds also has a Christmas stocking sure to spice up every mantle. Made of soft red plush, the stocking features a white bone at the top and ample storage to stash bones and treats for your holiday hound. www.foxandhounds.com

--Treat your pet to a luxurious night's sleep with a wrought iron dog bed from Howlin' Pet. This lavish bed includes washable covers, waterproof liners and an engraveable brass plate to personalize your best friend's new bed. www.howlinpet.com

--Paws of Endearment is a customized plaque that features a bronze paw casting and a frame for your pet's photo. The plaques come in oak, walnut or cherry and feature a personalized black and copper name engraving plate. www.pawsofendearment.com

--Claudia's Canine Cuisine offers an array of fresh-baked treats made with human-grade ingredients. The holiday line includes Puppy Pop Suckers, Gourmet Tub of Treats, Canine Party Platter, Dog-Giva Canine Sweets, Canine Candy Dish, Upscale Stockings, Holiday Gourmet Gift Box, Dog and Cat Lover Stoneware Mugs and Bowls. You will be begging your dog for a treat! www.claudiascaninecuisine.com

--Gourmet treats from Doggie de Lites can also be found at www.doggiedelites.com

--For your feathered friend, Fetch-It Pets offers Polly Wanna Pinata. These miniature pinatas, made with 100 percent bird-friendly material, serve as a bird toy and treat in one and come in a variety of holiday shapes including Santa Claus, candy cane snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Fetch-It Pets also offers a line of holiday tags including a candy cane, wreath and dreidle. www.fetchitpets.com

--For the Jewish dog in your life, KosherPets introduces its all-natural, certified-kosher Hanukkah Doggie Treats! www.kosherpets.com

--This year, decorate more than the tree. The MiracleBeam I.D. TagLite from MiracleBeam hangs from your pet's collar like any regular tag and lights up when the dog moves. These festive tags are available in Christmas tree, snowflake, candy cane bone and wreath designs. www.miraclebeam.com

--FasTags offers a way to take part in some holiday baking for your pet! Owners use a permanent marking pen to write contact information directly on the tags, place it into a preheated oven, and watch it shrink down to a hard durable ID tag. Tags come in a variety of shapes including a snowman, perfect for the winter season! www.fastags.com

--Give your pet the look of the season with costumes for your dog or cat from Pet Friendzy. Designs include Santa Claws, Santa's Lil' Helper, Lil' Christmas Angel as well as reindeer antlers and candy cane hats. Pet Friendzy also offers apparel for the Jewish pet. www.petfriendzy.net

--Straight from Coal's Kitchen comes Coal's Holiday Box featuring Gourmet Dipped Cinnamon Bones dipped in carob, vanilla and peanut butter with festive Christmas non pareils. www.coalskitchen.com

--For the holiday traveler, Sherpa introduces pet carriers perfect for the holiday season. This popular gift idea comes in a variety of prints and sizes and features straps that can be secured to a seatbelt and is airline approved. www.sherpapet.com

--For the health-conscious cat owner, MiracleCorp(TM) Products introduces its low-fat snack treats for cats, Trim Treats(TM), in a festive holiday stocking. www.miraclecorp.com

--West Paw Design offers a full line of holiday-specific products. The unique design of the dog and cat toys are geared toward breeds of all sizes, many of which come with playful squeakers inside. West Paw Design also offers holiday beds made of a soft fleece material with snowflakes on one side and a very warm blue plaid on the other. www.westpawdesign.com

--For the pet owner, the Christmas Kitty Scented Pet air freshener provides a fun, effective way to freshen your home and car. The scented pet slowly releases a dual action deodorizing fragrance that absorbs and eliminates pet and other odors while leaving a fresh clean scent. www.petkin.com

--From Nylabone Products, Cheeky Squeaky Pets make great stocking stuffers. These plush toys, made of high-quality, soft, double-sided polar fleece, feature colorful characters. The collection includes eight dog toys with squeakers, and four cat toys containing Meowa-Bunga(TM) catnip. www.centralgardenandpet.com

--The Holly Jolly Ringo from Planet Dog is sure to make tails wag on Christmas. The toy is sized like a tennis ball and features green and red colors perfect for Christmas. Its Saturn-like rings produce unpredictable bounces sure to get your dog's attention. www.planetdog.com

--Give your dog some holiday cheer with Crunchkins' Crunch Cards. These custom edible dog greeting cards are made of flattened rawhide and imprinted with non-toxic ink. Card fronts include colorful Christmas designs with greetings such as "Merry Christmas from Santa Paws," "For All You Do, A Chew for You," "Just Bepaws I Love You." The cards come packaged with a red envelope for mailing and an insert for a personalized message. www.crunchkins.com

--Holiday Canine Cards from Pet Zone Products feature unique graphics and humorous messages from your four-legged friend. Pet Zone also offers Pet Pal Ornaments featuring Christmas scenes and a place for a picture of your pet. www.petzone.com

--Avanti Press offers a way to personalize your holiday gift cards. They offer boxed photo framed cards available in four pet-themed designs that allow you to include a photo of your pet. www.avantipress.com

--From Precision Pet Products comes a festive assortment of holiday toys and accessories including stockings, snowball tugs, bungees and tuggers in holiday designs. These colorful toys are sure to provide hours of entertainment. www.precisionpet.com

--Captivate your cat with the Amazing cat toy from Mars. This battery-powered interactive cat toy from Atomic pet uses a combination of light, sound and motion to entertain your feline friend. www.atomicproducts.net

--Give your gift the personal touch with a WaterBoy from Innovations Plus. This portable, no-spill, contamination-resistant, 3-quart pet drinking container can be personalized with your pet's name. www.innplus.com

--Sun Seed's Hookbill Pine Cone Treats are handmade just like holiday cookies! This all-natural treat is packed full of seeds so your bird has to work to get its holiday goodies. When the seed is gone, leave the cone in the cage as a chew toy that your pet will enjoy for hours. www.sunseed.com

--Give your dog some style this holiday season. The EZLeash and EZCollar from Puppy and Pet Products International come in holiday colors and make a great gift for pet owners and pets alike. www.ezleash.com

--Add some "howl"iday cheer with Waggers Holiday Stockings and gift packages full of natural dog treats in chicken, beef liver and peanut butter flavors. www.waggers.com

--Pup-rrr-Mint two-in-one treats for dogs by Talk to Me Products make the perfect stocking stuffer. These low-fat, all-natural treats feature a dental care outer layer with a breath-freshening center. www.talktomepet.com

--To take your pet anywhere, Celltei has introduced the Precious Tote-o-Pet. The high-end silk pet carrier comes in several designs and is the perfect gift for a pet owner. www.celltei.com

--From The Sock Puppet, comes a gift your dog won't be able to resist. The candy cane-shaped gift contains biscuits your dog can enjoy. www.thesockpuppet.net

--American Health Kennels offers a full line of treats perfect for the holidays. The collection includes a gingerbread Christmas box, latkes and applesauce Hanukkah box, peanut butter stocking and a candy cane filled with treats for birds. www.americanhealthkennels.com

--The Buddy Biscuits(R) Treat Canister by Cloud Star is filled with gingerbread man-shaped, all-natural, peanut butter madness wholesome dog treats in a reusable container. www.cloudstar.com

--Treat your feathered friend with a personalized toy from Sweet Feet and Beak. Name That Bird is a specialty cut-out toy that spells out your bird's name. www.thebirdbrain.com

--Redbarn makes a snowman filled with Chewy Louie Dog Treats, Braided Bully Wreath, and stocking containing a selection of treats. www.redbarninc.com

--Vo-Toys offers a full selection of gifts for your pet including stockings, toys and holiday apparel. www.vo-toys.com

--Jolly Ol' Santa Kong, O TannenKong and Frosty the Kongman have arrived! From Kong, comes a line of pet toys and stockings made for a variety of pets in a variety of sizes. www.kongcompany.com

--Nanco introduces a must-have line of toys that includes products featuring characters from Barbie, Blue's Clues and SpongeBob Squarepants. www.nancobos.com

--Happy Dog Toys makes a series of holiday products including: JingleBone, a red and green tennis ball bone with jingle bells inside; Holiday Tennis Buddys, which are bouncing plush toys in Santa, reindeer and snowman styles; and Holiday Kitten Mitten, which combines pompoms, catnip and jingle bells that dangle from 12" fingers on a glove. www.happydogtoys.com

--Jingle all the way with a Jingle Bell Collar from Coastal Pet Products. The adjustable, nylon collars are available for dogs and cats and come in colors fit for the holiday season. www.coastalpet.com

APPMA reminds responsible pet owners to keep safety in mind this holiday season to better ensure a happy and safe holiday season for the entire family. For a complete list of pet safety tips visit www.appma.org/pressreleases.

Founded in 1958, the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association is the nation's leading not-for-profit trade organization serving the interests of the pet product industry and educating the public on the many joys and health benefits associated with pet ownership. APPMA's membership consists of nearly 750 companies, which include both small businesses, as well as the nation's leading pet product companies.
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