My dog is a huge fan of Christmas. He gets gifts just like the rest of the family, and every year we put some serious thought into deciding what gifts to get for Buddy. We’re selective about what we choose, because toys that he doesn’t play with are a waste of money, as are treats he doesn’t like. Since he’s not allowed in the mall, and he can’t write Santa a letter, Buddy and I spent a few hours browsing through new and old gift ideas. A few things got a tail wag–always a good sign. Here’s what Buddy and I have narrowed his wish list down to so far:
Buddy is terrified of storms, so the Thundershirt might be the perfect gift for him. When he hears thunder, he panics. A comforting shirt that feels like a permanent hug sounds like just what he needs. He isn’t a fan of clothes, but this seems a little different than a doggy outfit. He may just love it.
Some Bark Bars All-Natural Treats that are shaped like the mailman might be right up his alley. Mixed in are cat-shaped treats, too. These treats will be on the list for when I’m between batches of homemade treats.
A Stack of Hundred Dollar Bills
Forget asking him to bring us the paper: I want my dog to go fetch wads of cash. With this squeaky plush cash stash, we’ll be in the money. We probably won’t actually go with this one, because Buddy has a tendency to destroy squeaky toys in a minute or less. For a dog that isn’t quite so destructive, though, this gift is the money.
A Christmas-themed Puzzle
We were interested in this Santa’s Workshop Puzzle to hide treats in. Buddy’s never had his own seasonal toys, but for someone who loves decorating for the holidays, this could be a hit.
A Toilet Bowl
Buddy’s been known to drink from the toilet a time or two, so getting him his very own toilet shaped drinking bowl might just make his day. Then again, it may send the wrong message. We’re undecided on this one. (Actually, I’m the one with concerns; Buddy clearly loves the idea.)
Another puzzle, but this one seems like it’s more Buddy’s style: the Hide-a-Squirrel puzzle. Buddy would climb a tree to catch a real tree rat if he could. Because it’s a more evergreen kind of toy, we’re more likely to choose this one. This could be a good boredom zapper during cold winter months.
A Bubble Machine
It never occurred to me that dogs would like bubbles, but a bubble-maker for dogs makes so much sense. This genius idea may appeal to me as much as it does to Buddy. We both want this one.
A Pan For Homemade Dog Treats
I’ve been making treats for Buddy at home lately, but with this bone-shaped treat pan, they’ll seem more like the brand name treats we used to give him. A little more work for me, but totally worth it. I’m adding this to the official list today.
Buddy loves going for rides, but he won’t always sit down like he’s supposed to. I’ve been thinking about getting him a car harness for a long time. This may finally be the one.
Busy Buddy Biscuit Bouncer
This treat-filled bouncy ball combines Buddy’s two favorite hobbies: snacking and playing. These toymakers know his name and they know his game. This one is definitely going in his stocking.
Including pets in the holiday fun makes them feel like they’re a part of the family. Plus, it’s fun to watch a dog tear into wrapped gifts. Hope this list helps to make your shopping a little easier this year.