Perfect Christmas gifts for your dog
Whether your dog is a little poochie poo or a huge bear of a four-legged friend the odds are that it will be a big part of your family. If it is not then maybe you are not a perfect dog owner.
Dog lovers take care of their pet's needs. They groom the animal, play with it, walk it, take it to the vets, fork out so much money and more so why not buy the dog a Christmas gift?
Most happy, healthy dogs love to play. Look at Tinka, my dog with a biting record in rescue, wet from a bath but still ready for a game. If this all sounds too silly for words go no further.
However if you think it might be good to reward your "best friend", your dog, with a special treat at Christmas read on.
Your dog will not know that it is Christmas of course. He or she will however know that something is going on. There will be people coming and going, a flurry of activity, special food smells, and presents being ripped open all the time. This hive of activity can leave a dog left out.
Include him with his own gift and some much needed attention.
Dogs love Kong products
And so do their owners. There are a range of Kong products for dogs which will keep your pet entertained with a reward at the end.
I am not sure about this one but it can be fun. Make sure though that if you dress your dog up you are not being cruel.
Some dogs love the attention and a Santa hat may be accepted. Just remember that your pet is a living creature and not your toy.
There are many fun gifts for your pet, some seasonal others practical, but remember you can include your pet with love and time if cash is in short supply.
One of Tinka's favourite toys is a piece of rope tied into a couple of knots. It is a firm favourite and the bonus is that to date it has proved indestructible.
Can you say that about a squeaky Father Christmas dog toy!
If you can support a local animal charity at Christmas please consider doing so. It could be in time, money or effort.
Dog walkers are often needed especially at Christmas. Offering a helping hand will allow the usual volunteers a little time with their families.
When Christmas arrives in some households the family dog is shown the door. Animal rescue centres are often overflowing with unwanted dogs at Christmas.
With the current period of economic doom and gloom rescue centres will be bursting at the seams at Christmas.
You may not be able to give a dog the gift of a home this Christmas but perhaps you can help in some small way.