When the holidays are upon us and we are fortunate to be able to celebrate with family and friends, of course we naturally want our dogs and cats to be a part of the celebration and they will want to be with us as well. Our pets are valuable members of the family and we enjoy having them with us as we celebrate during the holidays and the spirit of togetherness.
Take along or have ready a favorite toy if your dog or cat is able to join in the holiday celebrations – better yet, take along a toy for dogs and cats at homes you are visiting, if that’s the case.
- For example, our dog Spanky loves his Flippy Flopper and carries it everywhere. It seems to give him additional security to hold it in his mouth or have it nearby.
- Our friends’ cat Teddy loves our foam soccer balls for activity, so they are a great gift for a cat.
- Big dogs we know love our rope toys and the Flippy Flopper is always a favorite.
- Small dogs, like our neighbor’s dog, seem to like the plush toys and sometimes go for the rope toys, too.
Parties, dinners and gift exchanges can mean extra commotion, noise, food and aromas, rustling paper and new things. When our pets are not used to having more than a few people around, they can get overly excited so a good distraction is a toy.
Remember to keep your eye on the food, too. When there is more food than usual and it is in easily accessible places, it is best to keep your eye on your pet or make sure temptation is out of the way. Otherwise, pets can end up getting unexpected “floor d’oeuvres.” And “turbo tales” can take out a glass of wine or punch, so that’s another thing to keep your eyes on.
Whether you are hosting or visiting, you will want to prepare thoughtfully when it comes to your furry friends and family members to keep everyone calm and comfortable, so that everyone has a good time. Some people can be leery if they are not used to pets and being around someone else’s dogs and cats can be a new experience so be sure to check with everyone for familiarity and comfort levels. Pet toys are a good way to keep familiarity and comfort nearby at all times.
Happy holidays to you and yours and enjoy! Woof, woof & meow.