We gays love our pets, and few pets are gayer than the mucho-prissy Chihuahua, which is why we love this product from Nuvo. At first glance, it appears to be simply a knickknack statuette of the big-eared dog, but turn it on, and it’s a desk lamp that glows with the sweet face of man’s best friend. Best of all: You don’t need to feed him. $135.
Available at Nuvo
2911 Oak Lawn Ave.
PORTRAIT FROM THE ARTIST
Leonardo isn’t around to capture your teasing Mona Lisa smile, but David Philips is — and Leo never painted pets! You and your furry companion will feel like a royal as the portrait artist takes you through the process that produces a work worthy of a gallery showing. David works from photographs he takes, with wardrobe, lighting and mood all considered to capture your ethereal charm. For only $200, you can get a 6×8-inch portrait; for you larger-than-life divas, go for the 9×12 or 11×14 portraits.
Available from David Philips.
We debated whether to include this bit of jewelry from Harper and Hound in the human-gift section or the one for our four-legged friends. After all, the word “Hound” is in the retailer’s name, and it does say “Woof!” And while this jewelry is more for bears than pups — and when we say bears, we ain’t talkin’ zoo creatures — since it’s also available in a pet version, we have it here! The pewter with silver plating pendant is an inch in diameter and comes with a braided leather cord to secure it on your leash. Uh, neck — we meant neck. Whatever. $38.
Keep your dog in line while still showing off the fashion sense of its gay owner with a Petmate collar and leash from Petropolitan. These stylish leads, which you can mix and match in a variety of colors and patterns, make a statement — and even your dog likes to look good while sniffing butts. (He learned from the best.) $3.99–$12.99.
Available at The Petropolitan
408 N. Harwood St.
We all know love is the greatest gift of all, but you can’t buy love … or can you? You can certainly try with the Texas Siamese Rescue, which places these elegant, fun pets in caring homes. Adopt a Meezer (or Meezer Mix) and you’ll have done something great not only for your giftee, but for your gift. $75–$200.
Texas Siamese Rescue,
1123 N. Corinth St., Corinth.
The paparazzi will go mad when Daphne walks down the strip in her holiday frock. And the tartan print? Perfect for that weekend stay with William and Kate at Balmoral. The royal corgis will be smitten by the red velvet bodice and black velvet bow, and the queen is sure to notice the silver threading glittering throughout the piece. The price is perfect for the commoner’s budget. Fits pooches under 25 pounds — sorry, Lassie. $20
Available at Dee’s Doggie Den
6444 E. Mockingbird Lane.