Strapping beasts Chicago guitar-strap maker Souldier has found a creative second purpose for its beautifully embroidered handmade swaths: bright, stylish, durable collars and leashes. Collar $25–$40, leash $50 at Temple of the Dog & Meow Lounge, 2344 N Milwaukee Ave (773-698-6508).
Toy with me A Cheerful Pet’s boiled wool toys (here and below) in myriad fun shapes and colors make playtime more fun for everyone. $6–$14 at Scratch ’n Sniff, 120 N Marion St, Oak Park (708-725-3043).
Elliot is a one-and-a-half-year-old lab/pit mix who adores kids and other dogs, and would be a perfect dog park playmate.