Celebrating the Holiday With Your Pets

Dec 24, 2023 | Blog, Helpful hints

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family…and your pets.  That’s right; don’t forget to include your fur babies in the festivities, too! Start a new tradition this year. Be creative.  Share your ideas with us on Facebook.  Here are our top 5 favorite ways to dazzle your doggie this holiday season.

1.  Host afur-tastic holiday play-date.  Invite your pet-loving friends and their fur kids over for a pet-festive party. 

 • Have your guests dress their pets in their favorite holiday outfit and give a prize to the “best dressed pooch”. 

• Serve homemade dessert. We like Puppy Cake Wheat-Free Peanut Butter Cake Mix and Frosting for Dogs, which you can order on Amazon.  Make them in muffin tins so each pooch has their own Pup Cake. Fill small bowls filled with tiny little treats and cookies to use as decoration. For a fun activity, have your guests frost and decorate the cupcakes at the party.

• Fill small stockings with a ball and treat and send your guests off with nice give-away gift.

 2.  Pet photos with Santa are so popular now, everyone is getting in the spirit.  Check your local pet stores and parks for their schedules.  But these days, even places like hotels, café’s,local gift shops and even your local mall are offering designated dates and times for your pooch to take a spot on Santa’s lap. Invite friends and their pets along and make it a group outing.

3. Mix it up at your next cookie swap.  Make homemade doggie treats and give them as gifts to your fellow fur mommy’s and daddy’s. Place a few in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.  Try our recipe for Doggie Cookies; it makes a big batch and the treats can be frozen so they last for months  https://housewithaheart.com/food-for-thought-and-your-pets/.

4. Start a tradition of donation.  Give a donation to a shelter or rescue in honor of your pet, past or present. Gather a friend or two and volunteer at a local shelter.  Send an email to your friends,family, and co-workers, letting them know that you’ll be collecting unused toys, clothes, blankets and food for needy pets. Drop them off at a shelter,pet store or vet that are accepting donations.

5.  Set aside a dedicated full day of cuddle time for you and your pet. Let us set the scene:

• A cozy blanket and slippers.

• A mug of warm cider for you.

• A few homemade treats for your pet.

• Binge watching Hallmark Holiday movies.

PS: We think your dog will like this celebration the most!!