For most of us, our pet isn’t just a pet – they’re a member of the family. So when you’re buying gifts for the holidays, chances are you have an extra stocking to fill with toys and treats. Skip the big-box stores and opt for any of these specialty small, family-owned retailers that put fur-babies first, selling whimsical goodies like gingerbread snacks, plush toys, and festive collars.
Find themed treats galore like a variety of wholesome Bark Bars snack packs for Christmas or Hanukkah, like gingerbread treats made to look like Santa’s milk and cookies, and latkes and applesauce-flavored ones in the shape of dreidels. North Kingstown
While this farm supply store is stocked with goods for equine and livestock, it also boasts an inventory of local products for both humans and their animal
companions. Around the holidays, look for red-and-green collars by Creative Works RI, Christmas dog biscuits, fluffy toys shaped like Santa and Rudolph, and even a nugget wreath for wild birds! North Kingstown
For 40 years Critter Hut has catered to every kind of pet – whether feathered, finned, or furry. Browse their collection of everyday supplies, but don’t miss Christmas specials like all-natural peanut butter dog treats formed into trees and stockings. Wakefield
This boutique pet store has no shortage of stocking stuffers: festive squeaky and plush toys, treats shaped like “lumps of coal” or flavored with pumpkin and cranberry, and even an advent calendar for man’s best friend filled with a variety of goodies. Richmond
Get the stocking itself – covered in felt green bones or fish – and everything to go in it, including toys for your feline pal, like a durable twisted candy cane kick stick and mini catnip toys. Jamestown
This eco-friendly dog store has toys galore for your pup: plushies with holiday sentiments (Peace, Jolly, Merry, and Believe), personalities (Naughty or Nice), and shapes like gingerbread men and elves, plus plenty of festive wholesome biscuits. East Greenwich