Happy Holidays! At this time of year, many people are busy picking out gifts for their loved ones. Of course, because of the pandemic, many people also have their young ones at home this year. Why not have the kids make something for Fido? You can also make gifts for shelters. A local vet offers some suggestions in this article.
If there’s one thing that is appropriate for pups of all shapes, sizes, and colors, it’s snacks. Have the kids do a bit of holiday baking! Fido’s snacks don’t need to be complicated. You can make your pooch some simple dog biscuits by combining a half cup of oats, 2 cups of pureed pumpkin or sweet potato, an egg, a half cup of natural PB, and three cups of organic whole-wheat flour. Roll the dough out, and use a cute bone-shaped cookie cutter. Next, just pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350F. Add more time for crunchier treats.
It’s always cute seeing Fido hard at play. Toys are also good for our canine pals, both physically and mentally. Here’s an easy option to make a rope toy. Cut an old towel, sweatshirt, or tee shirt into thin strips. You can use two or three different-colored ones if you like. Braid the strips together, and then braid those braids together. When you have a decent-sized rope toy, just tie the end off in a big knot. You can also make different variations of this, by incorporating things like tennis balls or different shapes. Look online for ideas and instructions.
It’s very important for your canine buddy to be able to sleep comfortably as he’s dreaming of bacon and car rides. You can go easy with this one, and have the kids sew and stuff a blanket. Or, if you want something a little more involved, have them upcycle a piece of furniture. You can turn a coffee table upside down, repurpose a hard-shell suitcase, or even make a pallet bed. Paint and stain will make it look nice. Just make sure there are no sharp edges.
Another option is decorate a treat jar for Fido. This may end up becoming a treasured memento! You can start with any simple ceramic jar or vase. A plain cookie jar is fine. They can use paint, stencils, or other mediums to decorate it and make it look nice.
Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local vet clinic, if there is ever anything we can do for you. We are here to help!