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Christmas time! It’s my very fave and I generally go overboard trying to make it perfect. Kids, husband, parents, siblings, in-laws…so many to think about! There’s a special group very dear to my heart though that I try not to over look this time of year and that is my fur-children. All five hounds in my herd are family too and as such I like to make sure they get to partake in a little holiday magic too.
With so many animals running around there are a few things that we do that may be a little different than others when it comes to Christmas prep, decor, and giving.
- Any food gifts do not go under the tree until Christmas morning unless you want them gone. Dogs can sniff out that box of chocolates and the summer sausages and they will eat them. Save the inconvenience and just wait.
- Meals. We all know table scraps aren’t for dogs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get a treat of some sort. Since we feed dry food mostly, a few can’s of wet food make our pups very happy during the holidays. This year we picked up someBlue Buffalo™ BLUE Santa Stew Holiday Feast, a canned food made with turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberries, since it is available for a limited time.
- Gifts. Yes the pups get gifts too! Since there are so many of them, they don’t always get individual gifts, but they always get something. This year I see a couple new dog beds in their future!
- Stockings. You guessed it! Our hounds get stockings filled with all kinds of wonderful toy’s and treats! This year our main stocking stuffer is BLUE Santa Snacks because the dogs love them, but also because they are healthy dog treats made with natural ingredients like oatmeal and cinnamon. It’s a special way to celebrate the holidays and our special connection with our dogs because they are family too.
Of course we’ll get all of these fun gifts and delicious goodies at our local PetSmart store because it always has everything we’re looking for and usually a few things we weren’t. I’m pretty sure we’re going to have some fat and happy pups laying around our tree this Chrismas! For more information or to keep up on the latest products from Blue Buffalo, be sure to follow them on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
Do you have any special holiday traditions with your pets? Do they get gifts like the rest of the family or a special holiday meal? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
tara pittman saysDecember 4, 2015 at 8:40 am
These look like great gifts for pets. They love treats.
Rachel Mouton saysDecember 4, 2015 at 11:00 am
I love the idea of having traditions with our pets. How fun!
Ana De- Jesus saysDecember 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm
Those little gingerbread men are so cute I like that they have especially made dog food festive in time for Christmas.
angie saysDecember 4, 2015 at 3:17 pm
Our daughter loves her dog so much its like her child and she has been creating traditions with her
Krystal Miller (@hhtfamilyblog) saysDecember 4, 2015 at 3:20 pm
Thanks for the suggestion. It is great to include the family pets at the holidays!
michelle saysDecember 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm
we used to hang up a stocking on the door for my cats room which is also doubled as the laundry room but its where we kept her litter box & food so i called it her room. we would put toys & a bag of treats in it. we also gave her can food on christmas and she would go crazy for it
Elizabeth O. saysDecember 4, 2015 at 5:28 pm
Dogs (and cats) deserve treats this season as well! This would be a nice tradition to start with them! They deserve the best!
Shobha George saysDecember 4, 2015 at 5:46 pm
I do have traditions with my pets! My dog gets his own stocking and cookies (so he doesn’t eat Santa’s)!
Jessica Harlow saysDecember 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm
We always include our pets at Christmas and Santa does too. We’ll have to see if he brings Santa Snacks this year…I think our dog would love them!
Life as a Convert saysDecember 4, 2015 at 8:29 pm
My only pet tradition is to get them a doggy stocking full of pet goodies.
rika saysDecember 4, 2015 at 10:18 pm
That’s a very cool limited edition product! Great gifts for pets
Jenjen saysDecember 4, 2015 at 11:31 pm
This is a nice gift idea for all pet lover out there!
Ashley saysDecember 4, 2015 at 11:36 pm
I miss having a dog! My chihuahua when I was a teen would have been spoiled around the holidays.
Angie Scheie saysDecember 5, 2015 at 12:39 am
Fun! I love Buffalo, and we reviewed their Boo Bars, but didn’t show they had Santa Snacks! Such great packaging for a high quality product!
Mardene Carr saysDecember 5, 2015 at 10:13 am
I am the total opposite…nothing special goes on at my house regardless of the holiday…too much work…
Claudette saysDecember 5, 2015 at 11:58 am
Haven’t had pets in ages but these look awesome for some lucky ones!
Ann B saysDecember 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm
I have two cats and they get spoiled at Christmas time. I like to buy them treats and new toys.
Liz Mays saysDecember 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm
I’ts nice to see snacks that are made with natural ingredients like that. So many of them have tons of fillers.
Patty saysDecember 5, 2015 at 10:33 pm
I give my kitties something little for Christmas but they are really pretty spoiled all year round. Same goes for my goats – they’ll get some extra apples for the holidays but they really live the goat life.
victoria saysDecember 6, 2015 at 3:19 am
Such a wonderful gifts for the pets. Thanks for sharing this i will pass this to my friends
Dogvills saysDecember 6, 2015 at 7:05 am
What a beautiful tradition with pets. My fur babies will love these treats.
Rosey saysDecember 6, 2015 at 10:08 am
They definitely do cute packaging. I think it’s great to treat the pets. 🙂