SAN JOSE, CALIF. -- Pizza for puppies and lounge chairs for kittens. Sweat shirts and sweaters, booties and mittens.
These are a few of their favorite things in the Pedigrees Pet Catalog holiday issue. Thumb through and see for yourself.
Christmas has gone to the dogs -- and you can thank Jackie Sperandio, schoolteacher turned pet-product entrepreneur, who has revolutionized holiday gift-giving with her national pet catalogue that makes sure tacky, tasteless and just plain stupid gifts aren't limited to human family members.
So cross that rubber ball and rawhide bone off the list.
For Hanukah and Christmas, Dino and Rex deserve more than a pat on the back.
Pet pizza, for instance, on Page 39. Two nine-inch pizzas for $8.50 that contain no salt, no sugar and no preservatives.
"That's a great item," Sperandio said recently. "More original than the old dog bone."
Whatever happened to knickknack, paddywhack, give a dog a bone?
"People want to get their pets something special at Christmas," Sperandio said. "They want to show they care."
Show it by gussying up your pet pal in a rain suit and red rubber boots.
Or the floral print cruise wear that comes with matching hat and sunglasses.
There are tuxedos, tam-o'-shanters and sweaters, too, including a ski sweater for the "fall to winter transition" and a hand-knit sweater for $16.95.
Among this year's sweater collection, some sport the metallic look. Purr-fect for holiday parties.
"A lot of the Liz Claiborne fall things had that metallic look," explained Sperandio.
And for that special pet owner on your list, this must-see salt and pepper shaker set.
The salt shaker is a Dalmatian with its left hind leg lifted.
The pepper is a red fire hydrant.
Of course, it is one of Sperandio's hottest items.
"Some people collect salt and pepper shakers," she said. "Some people have Dalmatians.
"And some people just have a good sense of humor."