We know everyone is very busy today with opening gifts, cooking, feasting and spending time with your family, so we won’t keep you. We just wanted to take a moment to say Merry Christmas!
All of us here at the Responsible Pet Ownership Blog and CANIDAE would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your pets. We hope your holiday is filled with joy, love, laughter and happiness, and that the doggie tails are a-wagging and the kitty motors are purring.
We wanted to share a few festive photos of our adorable pets with you. We hope you enjoy them!
Christmas is a season of family gatherings and celebrations that include the dogs and cats in your home. From a dog’s point of view, all the new smells, sights and sounds can be just as exciting as they are for any child or adult.
This poem is loosely based on experiences with my own daughter and our very loved dog. Kira was a big black lab/Dalmatian/mastiff mix. She and my daughter reveled in everything about the whole holiday season as much as I did. Christmas morning, the two of them would race to my door and anxiously wait for me to get up.
On the floor in front of the tree, all the filled stockings were laid out carefully. Kira knew which one was hers; every year she stood with her nose dug into her big stocking and her behind in the air while she wagged her tail furiously. She even knew how to unwrap her own gifts.
Dogs sense the excitement and the mood of Christmas celebrations and react to what is going on around them. If given the chance, they will enjoy the holidays too, in their own way.
Is there a more heartwarming activity than decorating the Christmas tree? We start with a blank “canvas,” then add shiny balls, glittery garland and precious ornaments. When the transformation is complete, there’s that satisfying “ahhhh” moment.
A beautifully bedecked tree is, for many, a Christmas must. For others – cat owners for instance – the urge to have a tree is tempered by memories of Christmases past, when they spent the holiday season trying to keep the cat out of the Christmas tree. The first time you see your kitty’s cute face peering out at you from inside the tree makes you laugh. But mirth quickly fades as you try in vain to make your feline friend understand that the tree was not, in fact, placed there for their climbing pleasure.
There is no denying that cats are the biggest Christmas tree ornament you will ever have. Nearly all cat owners have a story to tell about waking up to find the Christmas tree in shambles. One friend even joked about starting a 12-step support group for people whose cats wreck the Christmas tree.
I can relate. I’ve had my share of knocked over trees and shattered ornaments. But here’s the thing: expecting a cat not to be infatuated with your Christmas tree just isn’t realistic. You can’t change any creature’s instincts, let alone one whose middle name is “mischief.” Simply put, cats love to climb trees. All of those shiny things dangling from the branches of your Noble Fir or Blue Spruce just make it all the more enticing to a tree-loving feline.
I can’t count the times I’ve heard someone say “My pet is definitely a part of the family.” Some people, myself included, even say that the pet is “like a child” to them. No, that doesn’t mean we think they are children. We know the difference between human offspring and pets. Yet there are also many similarities between raising kids and raising pets. There’s no reason our pets can’t be an integral part of our family unit, and what better time to strengthen that special human-animal bond than during the holiday season?
For many of us, the holiday season is filled with family traditions – activities and events that make this magical time of the year a pure delight for kids and parents alike. That’s all well and good, but if your dog or cat is a part of your family, why not think of some ways you can include them in your favorite holiday traditions?
Fido and Fluffy might not know what the holiday season is all about, but they do know they love you and enjoy the time you spend with them. Isn’t that what counts? Our pets probably won’t get miffed if there are no gifts for them under the tree and no stocking hung by the chimney with care, but what harm does it do to include them? None at all! Plus, including the family pets in your holiday plans can create some wonderful, happy memories for your family.
Below are some ways you can make the holiday season fun for your pet. But don’t stop there! I’m certain that with a little thought, almost any tradition your family enjoys during this time of year can be modified to include your four legged family member. Although it may not make a big difference to your dog or cat, it can give you and your children treasured memories that will last a lifetime.
To many dog owners, their beloved four-legged babies are just as much a family member as any human. Dogs may not realize what Christmas is all about, but they can sense the excitement and see the changes around them in the decorations. It is fun to include your pet in the holiday celebrations. Why not hang a stocking for your canine family member and make sure Santa fills it with some special surprises!
Balls – Choose balls that are dog friendly and safe. Rubber balls designed specifically for dogs are a good option. Tennis balls are very popular with dogs, and pet stores even have scented varieties in flavors like peanut butter.
Chew Toys – Not every chew toy is dog safe. Some dogs can rip apart chew toys that are made for a smaller dog. Choose accordingly, with tougher toys for stronger dogs.
Bubbles – Buy or make non-toxic bubbles and have fun playing with your dog. Battery powered bubble blowers work particularly well in dispensing the bubbles quickly for your dog to chase. It is great exercise, too!
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