This year has proven we could all use a little Christmas Cheer in our lives, no matter how small that may be. If anything, this year has taught us to enjoy the little things in life like all the delights the holiday season can bring. Having a cat, dog, or other exotic pet can also help us even more by getting into the spirit of Christmas (if you celebrate it of course). Why not play some holiday tunes, decorate the tree, and light a fire in your fireplace to spark some joy?
Watching holiday-inspired movies, even some that have animals as the main characters, can be a great way to bond and relax with your pet. Some great ones are The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, which showcases Max, his trusty side-kick. Showing that even the “coldest” of hearts still enjoy the company of dogs.
A Charlie Brown Christmas is another great one with the main character being the Beagle we all know and love, Snoopy. Another heartfelt movie full of laughs is Elf, which is great to watch with your furry friend all cozied up on the couch. One of my favorite activities, which makes a perfect memento, is making salt dough ornaments!
Salt Dough Ornament Ingredients:
1 cup salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup water
Pen for punching a hole
Mix the salt, flour, and water in a bowl until it becomes firm. Knead the dough for 30 seconds and then cut individual circles with a cup. Gently, press your dog’s paw into the salt dough and use a pen cap or something similar to make a small hole at the top. Bake at 200 degrees in the oven for 2-3 hours or until completely dry. Once it is cooled, you can decorate to your liking and place a ribbon through the hole at the top so you can hang it perfectly on your tree. This is such a sentimental craft that you can have for years to come and will look amazing on your tree!
Cooking up a storm while your friendly Feline or Fido watches nearby is always a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Just make sure you are aware of the items your pet should not ingest which may be in your holiday cooking such as, garlic, onions, raisins, artificial sweeteners, and chocolate. Why not have some fun and make some holiday shaped dog treats with xylitol -free peanut butter cut into fun candy cane or Christmas tree shapes. Your pet may also enjoy wearing a cute Christmas bandana or going to the pet store to pick out their favorite toy. Why not get them their own stocking and fill it with special treats and holiday toys. Whatever fun activity you choose to do with your pet, here at JenLovesPets, we wish you all the best and hope it brings some happiness to your holidays!