By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 30, 2022 at 10:31 AM

With a daily or monthly pass your dog can play in a safe, off-leash, indoor-outdoor dog park while you and your friends enjoy local craft beers and cocktails. Menomonee Falls, WI.

These local ventures started their business simply because they love animals: their animals, your animals, my animals, party animals (ope, too far).

They also have the best products and services to keep our furry friends and family members purring, howling and tail-wagging throughout the New Year.

So let's spoil 'em this season with a lil' something from a Milwaukee-based spot.

Hounds & Tap

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Take care of the creatures on your list at one stop. Hounds & Tap has holiday-themed accessories for pets, hats and hoodies for humans and stellar grooming services. Dig up more info here

For the Love of Drax

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Three years ago, Staci adopted Drax, a pup with myriad medical conditions. To offset the cost of Drax’s monthly medications, Staci started this small biz crafting cute accessories for dogs and their humans. Staci's success now allows her to run her business full time and she donates a portion of all sales to local rescues. Get the goodies at Hounds & Tap or via Drax's website here.  

Wet nose candle company

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This woman-owned candle company in southeastern Wisconsin pours 100 percent soy candles including a special holiday line. The company donates a portion of all proceeds to local animal welfare organizations. Get your paws on a few here.

BadBark Bandana Co.


Jolene combines her love for her dog, Clark, with her love of sewing – which she learned from her grandmother – in her Milwaukee-based business. She has a new holiday line of banadanas in multiple sizes that you can sniff out right here.

Fresh is Best 

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Fresh Is Best crafts healthy, freeze-dried treats for dogs and cats made in small batches in a Riverwest neighborhood factory. Only human-quality ingredients sourced in the USA go into the treats which can be found locally at The Bark N Scratch Outpost, Pet Supplies Plus stores, Outpost Natural Food Co-ops, Beans & Barley, Riley's Sandwich Co., Sendik's locations, Amazon and

Chase my Creations

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This Milwaukee-based mother/daughter local business makes a variety of social justice oriented holiday items, including ant-racist bandanas for dogs and cats. Chase My Creations also has a full line of holiday gifts for human types. Fetch more info here.

Decked Out Dog

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Decked Out Dog is an online boutique for dogs based in Milwaukee. They offer a variety of apparel, toys and accessories to ensure your doggo is the most dapper this holiday season. Don't beg for it, just click here.

Ruby's Pet Portraits

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Ruby is a Milwaukee artist and pet lover currently attending UW-Madison who is ready to pen a portrait of your four-pawed pal. Portraits are 8 inches by 10 inches and suitable for framing. Gift certificates available. Find out more here.

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Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.