14 Dog-Inspired Items To Surprise A Friend Having A Bad Day

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

September 1, 2015

We’ve all caught bugs and been as sick as a dog. We’ve all had days where we’ve felt doggone tired. We’ve all walked into work like a bone-afide wreck with a major case of the Monday blues. We’ve all been sick of the 9-5 and wondered how we’re going to make it to Friday. Wouldn’t those days be better if you received a sweet surprise from a friend? Here’s our list of pawsents you can surprise your dog-loving friends with when they’ve had a puppin’ awful day! 🙂

1. Dog Bone Cookie Cutter, $1.99

If your friend loves to cook or enjoys cookies (Who doesn’t fall into at least 1 of those 2 categories? 🙂 ), get her a dog bone cookie cutter or bake her some dogalicious cookies!

Dog Bone Cookier Cutter

2. Doggie Howser Flowers, $59.99

Flowers are always welcome! Show your friend that you’re thinking of her (and her love for all-things-pup!) with a bouquet of buds.

Doggie Howser Flowers

3. Paint Your Own Pet Bowl, $13.00

Getting creative is a great way to unwind. Surprise your friend with an adorable paint your own pet bowl set like the one shown here.

Paint Your Own Pet Bowl

4. Fleece Throw Blanket, $41.00

Sometimes the only thing that can make a day better is curling up under a soft blanket and hiding. 🙂

Fleece Throw Blanket

5. Dog Wine Charms, $18.00

After a lousy day, your friend might want to chill with a bottle of wine. Join her and adorn your wine glasses with cute doggy-inspired wine charms.

Dog Wine Charms

6. Dog Wine Stopper, $25.00

As long as you’re already bringing over wine, why not bring a pup-centric wine stopper, too?

Dog Wine Stopper

7. Dalmatian Dog Mug, $9.99

Make sure your pal starts tomorrow on the right foot (or paw?) with her very first sip of coffee. Surprise her with a dog mug like this one.

Dalmatian Dog Mug

8. Dog Journal, $9.95

If your friend is the artsy type, she just might want to write about her woes. Give her a journal so she can let it all out.

Dog Journal

9. Can or Bottle Holder, $19.15

Sometimes the only thing between a miserable day and a so-so day is a bit of caffeine. A can holder with a soda inside is a wonderful pooched-out pick-me-up.

Can Holder

10. The Bark Magazine, $4.50/issue

Some enjoyable reading material at the end of the day is underrated. Head to your local bookstore or to and get your friend a copy of The Bark Magazine (or an entire subscription) and encourage her to sit down to relax.

The Bark Magazine

11. PetSmart Gift Card, any amount

How about a little retail therapy? Pick up your friend and cheer her up with a surprise shopping spree for her furry BFF at PetSmart!

Petsmart Gift Card

12. Cute BarkPost Videos, FREE

What are free, adorable and destined to make anyone smile? Videos on, of course!

BarkPost Videos

12. Frosty Paws, See store for details

Dessert! Dessert can be an amazing cure-all! Frosty Paws for Fido and Ben & Jerry’s for your friend is the way to go.

Frosty Paws

13. Never Sleep Alone Pajamas, on sale for $29.00

Life can sometimes feel dark and lonely but, with a dog, you’re never really alone. Remind your friend of this with a comfy nightshirt and then tell her to call it a day and go to sleep.

Never Sleep Alone Pajamas

14. BarkBox Gift Voucher, starting at $29.00

Pup parents always love gifts for their pets. Surprise your friend (and her dog) with a gift voucher to BarkBox.

BarkBox Gift Card

Featured image via Gourmet Cookie Bouquets

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Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

September 1, 2015

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