It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this blog that pets are increasingly seen as an integral part of the family unit. In fact, one study found that 81% of the survey respondents considered their pet just as much a part of the family as their spouse or children. Some of us even like to – gasp! – refer to ourselves as a dog mom or cat mom. Even if you’re one who thinks the hallowed title of Mom should be reserved for human offspring, I’m sure you’d agree that including your beloved family pet in your Mother’s Day plans is a nice thing to do – for Mom as well as for your pet. Whether your Mom has human kids, just the furry kind, or both, Mother’s Day is a great family bonding opportunity. Here are some fun ways you can all celebrate this special day together.
1. Spend the day watching family-friendly movies, such as any number of the flicks that feature dogs and cats. It’s true that pets probably don’t care what’s playing on the TV, but can you think of anything more cozy than watching animal movies with a purring cat on your lap or a happy dog by your side? Me neither!
2. If Mom and Fido both love being out on the water, why not take them on a sightseeing day cruise? Believe it or not, there are quite a few dog-friendly cruise lines across the country. We wrote about some of them last year in All Aboard for Dog Friendly Cruises.
3. Serving Mom breakfast in bed is a Mother’s Day tradition for many. While dogs and cats are more of a help than a hindrance in the kitchen, your kids can pitch in to help make the meal. Your pet can participate by carrying in her card, safely attached to their collar, while you bring the feast. Let everyone pile onto the bed to keep her company as she eats; just be sure to have a handful of CANIDAE treats to keep your pet from sampling Mom’s meal!
I had so much fun looking at all of the wonderful pics submitted for CANIDAE’s last photo contest on Facebook. It’s always hard to choose my favorites because they’re all just so darn cute. Seriously, how could I possibly choose just one dog photo and one cat photo for my vote? They’re all winners in my eyes because the subject – a beloved pet – is near and dear to my heart. But they can’t all be awarded the awesome CANIDAE food prizes, unfortunately. I wish they could, because it’s such great pet food (my three kitties have eaten it for 10 years!).
One winning photo was chosen by the most online votes, but that still left two other winners for our panel of pet lovers to choose. After much deliberation, I finally picked my faves and my votes were tallied with the others…and here are all three winners!
Santa’s Little Helper: BC Davidson’s adorable little dog, Ruby, was the winner for the Most Online Votes category, with 153 votes. BC said “Ruby was rescued from the Animal Shelter and has been the most patient and wonderful dog. Here she is standing up ready to be Santa’s helper.”
A Cat with Mad Climbing Skills: The “Most Festive Cat” photo chosen by our panel of pet lovers was taken by Christa Strub, who wrote this about her cat, “This is a little foster who is staying to live with us. She has been up the tree near to the top multiple times a day.” Yay for a foster kitty finding her forever home! And with such impressive tree-scaling skills already, just wait until next year.
The Big Wrinkly Elf: The “Most Festive Dog” photo chosen by our panel of pet lovers was Kathryn Dunlap’s elf, errrrr…dog, Rufio. Kathryn wrote, “Everyone loves a big wrinkly Elf!” We agreed!
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the photo with the most online votes
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the most festive dog chosen by our pet-loving panel
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the most festive cat chosen by our pet-loving panel
Then, you’ll need to spread the holiday spirit amongst your friends, since one of the prizes goes to the photo with the most online votes. The other two winners will be chosen by a panel of pet-loving judges from the CANIDAE team, so even if you don’t receive the most online votes, you still have a chance to win!
CANIDAE Prizes to Be Awarded
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the photo with the most online votes.
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the most festive dog chosen by our pet-loving panel.
6 FREE months of CANIDAE dry food to the most festive cat chosen by our pet-loving panel.
The contest ends at midnight on January 3, so keep your camera at the ready for the next week and—of course—enjoy time spent with family and friends (both human and non-human).
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.
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