Let’s face it. Everyone loves presents. You can say that the holidays are all about togetherness and family, which they are, but that doesn’t mean that people still don’t like receiving gifts. In our last post, we covered mine and Arie’s drool worthy wishlist for the holidays. The reason we presented it though, is that this year we will not be able to get anything on it. At all. We’re moving to a more Arie friendly locale, and as many people know, moving gets expensive. Instead, these are the items my White German Shepherd and I will be enjoying this year, off our low cost/free Christmas gifts for pet lovers list:
Wish List Item #1 The Sappy Trio of Love, Patience, and Time.
We decided to get our heart-warming items out of the way all at once. Sappy though they may be, they are also the best things that you can give your pet, or pet lovers that you know and love. When it comes to giving them to your own four legged family, patience and time are the things that new pet lovers most often don’t account for. Hundreds of thousands of animals end up in shelters every year because people underestimate how much time and patience pets need. By taking the time to properly train your pet and to play with them and enrich their lives, and by being patient through their mistakes, you ensure that the love you feel for that cute little ball of fur continues and grows on even when their old and ornery. You can help other pet lovers by giving them patience and time as well–help your friend by walking their dog twice a week, or taking their cat on weekends that they’re away. Help them and encourage them through training.
Wish List Item #2 Home made cookies! er…treats.
We’ve all seen the numerous recalls on pet food and treats and many of us deal with pet allergies every day. While most of us still have companies that we trust, (Arie and I are Nutro enthusiasts), it’s fun and rewarding to bake treats in the kitchen you trust the most–You’re own! Before you hop on the baking train, be sure you know what you’re making is good for your pet, and you may even want to talk to your vet. After you do your homework, get baking! We make peanut butter treats and liver bites (smelly, but beloved) for Arie and Shady, and they love’em!
Wish List Item #3 Belly scratches.
I mean really, have you ever met a dog that didn’t go NUTS for a belly scratch? Briseis, our cat, loves them too!
Wish List Item #4 A spa night at home.
Animal people are animal people. Hated by few, understood by many, and fiercely devoted to our own kind, animal people hold a special place in their hearts, souls, and wallets for our four legged friends. We’re often guilty of over committing, and that can stretch us too thin, bringing unnecessary stress and fatigue. At least once a month, I let Arie go play with Randy or have a quiet night in the other room while I take a long hot bath, do my nails, and have some me time. There’s nothing like a steaming tub and a chilled whiskey (wine is for sissy’s…or at least migraines) to give you some R&R.
Wish List Item #5 Further your education.
An educated pet parent is a good pet parent. Give the gift of a pet CPR class, which are usually very affordable, or even just spend some free time with a trainer you know. Use your time and maybe a few bucks to educate yourself and your friends more on animals, what they need, and how to have your best relationship with them possible.
What are the free or affordable gifts that you give to your pets, yourself, and other pet lovers? Share your ideas so we can add them to the list!