Gifts, treats, and activities for your cat or dog are sweet ways to get your pet into the holiday spirit – Pasadena Star News

After being sick with COVID last Thanksgiving, my gift of the 2020 holiday season was lackluster at best. This year, I couldn’t wait to get back in the bath, I didn’t wait until December. Instead, I decided to give Thanksgiving gifts.

I love to choose the gifts and imagine the pleasure of the recipient if I can choose the right gift. While I was doing my pre-Thanksgiving errands, I was inspired by an article that I thought would bring happiness to the people on my list and their pets.

If you weren’t able to purchase a 2021 Cat or Dog Advent Calendar from Trader Joe’s, you may blame me. I think I was successful in repurchasing all of the stores in the greater Pasadena area, which was not easy given their quantity buying limits.

As a child myself, then with my son, I loved the thrill of counting the days until Christmas by opening a “door” of the Advent calendar each day, starting on December 1st, and finding a little one. toy, chocolate or festive. drawing hidden inside.

After distributing literally hundreds of pet Advent calendars over the past few weeks, I have explained the Advent calendar several times to those unfamiliar with the tradition. And for those who are used to Advent calendar treats, I sometimes had to quickly explain before a human started to swallow a tiny salmon cookie… that the treat is for your pet, not you.

The pet industry is booming. According to a recent study, over 70% of dog and cat owners buy special gifts or treats for their pets during the holiday season. A quick online search or visit to a pet supply store, such as our Pasadena Humane Shelter Shop, will immerse you in a world of Christmas and Hannukah themed toys, sweaters, and treats such as Christmas Day. Holidays and Santa’s snacks.

Duchess (A500703) is a gentle dog who loves to snuggle up. This royal puppy is very friendly to people and appreciates the attention of everyone he meets. Duchess has a playful side to it and is also content to take a nap on a soft bed. Her adoptive mother describes the Duchess as a ‘love bug’ who enjoys lounging on the sofa and endlessly rubbing her stomach. (Photo courtesy of Pasadena Humane)

While shopping for gifts for our non-human family members is certainly gratifying for us and them, I wanted to offer some more ideas on how to share the holiday spirit with your pets.

– Take your dog to see the holiday lights. Some of my favorite local spots include Altadena’s classic Christmas Tree Lane, the incredible exhibits in Pasadena’s Upper Hastings Ranch neighborhood, and the towering tree lights on St. Albans Road in San Marino.

–Let your cat help you wrap the presents. Whether it’s a roll of paper or a gift box, cats can’t resist the temptation of a party to wrap gifts. Enjoy the kittens’ laughs and antics while making sure they don’t ingest any harmful ribbon, string, or materials.

– Get crafty by making enrichment toys for your pets. You can easily make toys out of household items like catnip socks, cardboard hamster wheels, and crispy plastic bottle dog toys.

If these ideas aren’t your thing, I encourage you to spend more time with your pets. Considering the cold in the air this week, I really enjoyed snuggling up with my dog ​​Sueshi on the sofa by the fire.

I hope you find solace and joy in your own family traditions this holiday season. And with a little creativity, you can add new traditions that your pets will love, too.

Dia DuVernet is President and CEO of Pasadena Humane.

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