Holiday Pet Presents-Was Your Pet Naughty or Nice?

December 11, 2009

Holiday Pet Presents-Was Your Pet Naughty or Nice?

At holiday time, we all want to give back to those we love and who give us so much throughout the year.  Our family pets are definitely in this category.  While traditionally, a few pet owners have hung a stocking and given a new toy or some treats, pet gifts over the past few years have become much more elaborate and the choices are endless.

In a recent report by the Associated Press, a poll showed that more people this year plan to buy their pet Christmas gifts than they have in previous years.  It is interesting that, despite the economy, people are not cutting corners when it comes to their precious pets.  We asked our pet sitting team why they think this is, and the consensus was that while everything else seems gloom and doom these days, our pets consistently maintain their cheerful and loving dispositions whether or not the stock market is down.  They are a source of joy and remind us of what all we have to be grateful for and what truly is important. It pleases us to see the delight in their eyes when our pet dogs tear through a neatly wrapped package to discover a new chew toy or treat.  It is well worth the $10 to spend for a few hours of pure joy watching our pet dogs or cats enjoy something new and fascinating to them.

If you are planning on playing Santa Claus this year for your pets, there is no shortage of available gifts designed just for the pet dog or cat.  Pet owners can go for the traditional chew bones or squeaky toys, or choose a more unique gift according to their pets’ personality or needs.  Also, don’t forget about the pet lovers on your Christmas list. Pet gifts or pet service coupons can be a wonderful gift for those on your list and is always much appreciated.  

The following is a list that our pet sitting team is getting their own pets (or their clients) this year:  

  • Cute Clothes or Coats.  We are especially fond of the Pet Snuggly which is new this year.  
  • Photo with Santa.  (This is more a gift for the pet parents, but a wonderful keepsake)
  • Coupons for Grooming, Pet Sitting Services, or Doggy Massage
  • Homemade Dog Treats
  • Personalized Leashes or Collars
  • Unique or Customized Dog Beds
  • Edible Christmas Cards
  • Personalized Christmas Stockings
  • Overnight Bag for when Fido goes to stay with Grandma or the pet sitter                                   

The gift ideas are as unique and varied as the pets themselves. There are hundreds of websites out there to shop around to find the perfect pet gift for either the pet themselves or the pet parents. Our pet dogs and cats may not understand the concept of the holidays, but what they do sense is that something exciting and special is going on and that there is happiness present with the family (and the smells of a lot of good food too—maybe just a taste for Fido of Fifi??)

What will be in the stocking for YOUR pets this year?                        

This article was written by Elizabeth Turturro, owner of Fetch! Pet Care of Southwest Pittsburg.  Beth can be reached at 412-307-3892.  Fetch! Pet Care is the largest national pet care company in the United States; serving 38 states in more than 2,000 cities and towns.

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5 Responses to “Holiday Pet Presents-Was Your Pet Naughty or Nice?”

  1. Deborah Says:

    We do love our pets! And, they love us too. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than when my “cat” sends me a holiday card 🙂 I love the idea of an edible card–yummy lol.

  2. Phyllis Says:

    Pet Snuggies? What will they think of next? Gotta love it.

  3. Libby Mitchell Says:

    This was an awesome and timely article. Thank you for the wonderful hints on what to get my pets for this holiday season…

  4. Nora Razo Says:

    Awesome I love examples of articles that have been written, and especially the comments posted! I’ll definately be visiting again!


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