What to get the Fur Kids for Christmas

When times are good and money is flowing freely (more or less), it’s tempting to splurge on gifts for our loved ones – including the family pets. I usually hang stockings for the pets on the mantle and sneak down in the middle of the night to fill them (like the animals don’t notice – HA!). There would be gourmet pet treats and little electronic toys for chasing and luxurious sweaters etc. The resulting reactions ranged from “What-is-this-crap-leave-me-alone” to overwhelming confusion and excitement. Once, a dog names Katie became so overwhelmed that she jumped up on our bed and peed – extremely bizarre.

As the economy worsened and times grew leaner, the fur kids’ stockings were filled with gifts of a more mundane nature: grocery store treats, catnip mice … and the most wonderful stocking stuffer of all – Vienna sausages.

These little canned treats have proven to be the    most popular items on Christmas morning for the dogs And, unlike dog treats, humans can sneak a bite too).

For the cats, it isn’t the canned salmon that gets their purrs going – it’s the deli turkey slices. They gobble those down as if they were mice meat.

So, for happy pets this holiday – don’t bother with the rhinestone collars and the “I’m with Stupid” tee shirts. Just pay a visit to your local grocer for treats that will really get them excited (but shut the bedroom door first).

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One Response to “What to get the Fur Kids for Christmas”

  1. leslie (aka: crook) Says:

    My cat loves deli turkey, too! I used to wrap a gift or two for my dog – a rawhide chew, for example, and he would get all caught up in the excitement, wait for the unwrapping ceremony, then grab the toy and run off to a corner to savor it. I know it was more for me than for him, but this way he did not feel left out of the fun. Again, that’s probably me talking – the being left out part. Uh-huh. 🙂

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