12.01.2005

Christmas is here!

Just a few ideas for your family and friends who have pets. I think any of these are great gift ideas for pet owners.

1. A donation in the person (or pet's ) name to a Humane Society, rescue organization, worldwide animal fund, etc. It shows your loved ones that you support their love of animals.

2. Kong Toys. These nearly indestructable toys can be refilled with any number of inventive treats. This toy is genius because it stimulates the animal mentally/physically as it tries to work the treat out of the toy and also is an unbelievably safe item for dogs. They last for years and the owner is apt to enjoy watching the pet use the toy, or even take advantage of the free time while the pet is occupied.

3. Gift certificates. Try your local pet store or even your vet. Many vets allow for credits to be left on an account for the next visit. You can prepay for FIDO's next nail trim or bag of Greenies, etc.

4. Classes. Agility, obedience, trick classes. Most owners would love this idea as a way to spend more time with their pet.

5. Accessories. Not sweater and hats, mind you, but maybe a new dish, collar, leash. Most owners make do with what they have but would happily accept new items if offered!

6. If you have a neighbor, friend, relative who may be struggling, try leaving an extra bag of food/litter by the door. Stress about making ends meet during the holidays is awful and you can help alleviate that and ensure their pet is well cared for. Plus, this feels awesome!

Good luck with you shopping everybody, enjoy the holidays! Merry Christmas...

2 Comments:

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Pamela said...

My parents' lab/rottie mix LOVES his kong. It was the only toy we could find tough enough for his jaws. Someone told us to put peanut butter in it but the dog got it out so fast that we added a twist: we fill it with peanut butter and then put it in the freezer. It takes him a while to lick it all out and it's cool to see how into it he is and the concentration it requires. He even uses his dew claws (I think that is what they are called?) as thumbs to hold the kong upright.

I like suggestion #6. I'm going to make it a point to do that.

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger Desultory Girl said...

Ooh, I definitely have to check out the Kong Toys. I wonder if they have anything for cats?

 

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