I know that your furry friend is just as much a part of your family as anyone else, so Fido is not to be forgotten this holiday season. There are plenty of ways that you can blend your love for your pet and your affinity for this festive time of year. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:
Bake homemade pet treats
In between hanging tinsel and baking Christmas cookies for you and your friends, how about making a few treats for your pup? After all, he deserves a sweet treat or two just like you do. Making your own dog treats is simple. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then whip up some pumpkin peanut butter biscuits by combining 4 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin and 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour. Mix the dough by hand and form it into a ball. Flatten out the dough using a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to create fun holiday shapes. Pop them in the oven for 35 minutes, allow the treats to cool, and then let your dog go to town.
Include him on holiday cards
Have you taken the picture for your photo holiday cards yet? If not, include your furry friend in the tradition! Use fun props to enhance the overall picture (if your dog or cat doesn’t mind sporting a Santa hat or a bell around their neck, that is). Check out these beyond adorable holiday pet photos for inspiration.
Make an ornament
My family’s Christmas tree is filled with holiday memories from years past. Some of them include ornaments that my Children made in school. Include your pet on your family Christmas tree by making your own do-it-yourself ornament. Pick up a clear glass or plastic ornament from your local store, along with some plain cardstock. Print your pet’s photo onto the cardstock and prop it up inside the ornament. You can even add some colorful confetti or glitter to help the ornament stand out.
Turn paw marks into stamps
Whether you have a kitty, a bunny or a dog, you can use their unique paw print as a stamp for your holiday wrapping paper. Of course, it would be quite the hassle (and the mess) to ask your pet to sit still as you dip their paw in paint and press it onto your holiday paper. Instead, you can set up a scanner on the ground, hold the paw in place, and create a stamp out of that image.
Bring him along for outings
One fun tradition that many families take part in during this time of year is admiring all of the pretty holiday lights. Maybe you walk around your neighborhood with your family and some hot chocolate in hand. This year, bring Fido along – he’ll like the exercise and love being involved with everyone. Bringing him with you means you won’t have to see his sad puppy face as you walk out the door.