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A tradition is a custom or belief that is passed down through generations or that is done time after time or year after year6. Examples of traditions can include eating turkey on Thanksgiving or decorating a tree for Christmas. Pets are part of the family, so they too should be included in our family traditions and rituals. So why not create a few traditions just for your pet that you can enjoy together for years to come?
Keep reading as we discuss some fun ways you can create holiday traditions and memories with your furry friend!
Make a point of capturing a fun moment in time: watching a holiday movie, playing with your pet and their favorite toy, or baking pet safe treats with your pet front and center. Spending this time with your pet will create a moment that is special and fun for all. Then, when it comes time to send a holiday card, you will be able to share your favorite memories you and your pet enjoyed throughout the year.
Many jolly elves who pose for photos are real animal lovers, so check your local pet store or mall to see if the Santa in your area is pet friendly.
Whether you share the picture, or keep it for yourself, the experience will make a wondeRUFFul memory. You could even have the keepsake made into a tree ornament showcasing your pet’s visits with Santa over time, add them to the photo album, or make a wall display that comes out each year with your other holiday decorations.
When you are ready to get out the mixing bowl and roll out the dough, create special dog or cat-safe recipes for the four-legged family members. They can respectfully stand by for a sample as you cut out the bone or heart shapes, bake and frost with all pet-friendly ingredients.
If your pooch loves to howl, bring him along as you serenade friends and neighbors for extra smiles and good times together. Fido does not have to be in the right octave to make quite the impression.
Participating in a local parade or other local holiday festivities can be another way to show your Christmas spirit together. A festive bandana on your pooch and you by his side will surely bring a smile to your community.
Ugly sweaters ae not just for humans! Make your dog a sweater of his own or don matching ones, just make sure your pup doesn’t nibble the pom-poms or sequins! Keep the fun safe while making sure your pet is not uncomfortable.
Take some time out of your day to call or visit a friend who may be alone during the holidays. Your talk or visit will surely brighten your loved ones holiday season.
If you are able to do so, and have a certified therapy dog, bring smiles to residents at a nursing home or hospital. It will create a special bond for you and your pooch knowing you made someone’s day happier, and it is a lovely tradition you can do for years to come. If your dog is not a registered therapy dog, call nursing homes or hospitals in your area to find out what you would need to do to bring Fido for a visit. The chance to pet and see your dog may be the greatest gift they could receive!
This holiday season, bring along your pup to shop for his doggie and human friends. If some of the humans on your list are pet parents, include a dog treat or toy with their present, it will certainly touch their hearts. Always check, but dogs are usually welcomed at most pet and feed supply stores as long as they are current on shots and on-leash.
Your best holiday tradition might be to plan an annual outing with your fur family. Vacation or staycation, just make it fun and be sure to be in the moment, like your pet will be with you!
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