Most people buy gifts for their dogs.
You can find pilgrim costumes, Hanukkah sweaters, and reindeer antlers for dogs.
Sure, it’s fun for us. But do dogs care?
What Dogs Enjoy Most About the Holidays
Dogs love holidays as much as we do, if not more. But not for the reasons we’d expect.
- The garbage quality is much improved. Hey, if you’re going to knock over a trash can wouldn’t you rather find ham trimmings, peanut butter cookies, and latkes?
- Pee-mail is more varied. Those trips to the Christmas tree farm are awesome. All those trees just waiting to be marked.
- More toys. No, not the ones wrapped under the tree. The sparkly ones hanging off the branches. And do you know how much fun it is to chase a dreidel?
- Home for the holidays. For eight nights, everyone comes home right after work. And for Christmas, everyone is stuck at home. All. Day. Long. Barktastic!
- Presents. Don’t know why they put paper all over it. But I smell a bully stick.
What I Love Most About Having Dogs at the Holidays
I don’t buy gifts for my dogs. Or, at least, I don’t buy special gifts at the holidays and wrap them.
I do try to give special treats at any old time of the year.
But despite not feeling the need to dress Honey or wrap gifts for her, I can’t imagine Christmas without her.
For me, the joy of the holidays, is having “just enough” to make the time special without becoming trapped in buying “stuff” and being so busy “doing the holidays” that I don’t have time to enjoy them.
Dogs bring something special to every day. It’s a privilege to live with another species who works so hard to understand us.
The secret to a joyous holiday with dogs is slowing down enough to appreciate that specialness they bring to our lives.
What I Enjoy Most About the Holidays
Today is Pet Travel Thursday at A Traveler’s Library where I share my favorite holiday celebrations, with and without dogs.
Why not hop over to say hello and share your favorite holiday celebration with us?
Do you have special holiday traditions that involve your animals? What are they?