OK~I love the holiday season — the cold weather (not really), the yummy food, and of course, all of the festivities! You know who else loves them too? My dog, Skipper. I'm thinking it may be because of all the extra lovin' and gifts he gets from the family. Although, he's not a fan of Halloween as he's often painted up like a skunk. He is black and it's very easy to spray paint a white stripe down his back. Something tells me he enjoys the holiday treats a little more.
It turns out that I'm not the only pet mama to spoil her pup during this time of year. That's why I love this super cute website called TheNosePrint.com from Big Heart Pet Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo's Kitchen). They really know how to celebrate the holidays with your pup!
On TheNosePrint.com, check out some of the fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas they've dreamed up:
My favorite was the Mistletreat.
Get it? (I love a good pun!) And this treat is sure to be a hit with Skipper. Slobbery kisses? Check. Yummy treat? Check. Yes, it's pretty much the best gift idea ever.
I'm also loving the homemade paw-print ornament. I've seen these with children's hand prints before. Why not have your fur child make an ornament too?
Other great homemade doggy gifts include a treat bouquet, a sweet treat jar, and a ho-ho-howliday treat bag. Yes, Skipper is going to have a very nice holiday break. The boys and us love to spoil him!
The NosePrint.com also asked 3,000 Americans about their dog-related holiday habits, including whether their dog is involved in gift-giving, stocking-stuffing, Christmas sweater-wearing, and other holiday traditions. We have never gotten into the dog sweater thing here. Believe me, it's been tried, but not a hit.
What they found is that Americans really LOVE their pets. For instance, did you know 71% of dog parents give gifts to their pups? Have you completed your Christmas doggy shopping yet?
According to the survey, here are the top 5 reasons people give gifts to their dog:
1. To express love to my dog: 72%
2. Because it's fun for me: 60%
3. To help my dog feel included like a family member: 54%
4. To give my dog a moment of happiness: 53%
5. To feel closer and bond with my dog: 43%
For me, I like to give presents to Skipper because of all of these reasons. He's such an important part of the family — I can't imagine the holidays without him.
The study also shared how often dogs are included into popular Christmas traditions:
1. 48% of dog parents hang a Christmas stocking for their dog.
2. 43% of dog parents include a dog in a photo for a family holiday card.
3. 32% post photos of their dog on social media with a holiday message.
4. 29% dress up their dog in a holiday-themed costume or outfit.
5. 22% make or buy dog-themed holiday decorations.
For photos and instructions on how to add more dog-related fun to your home holiday traditions, check out these cool projects they have here:
Finally, want to know which states have the most spoiled pups?
The 2015 TheNosePrint.com Santa Dog Index ranks states based on how much, on average, dog parents will spend on their furry kids:
Top 10 States That Spend the Most on Holiday Gifts for Dogs:
1. New Jersey: $29.61 (average gift spending per dog for state residents)
2. New York: $28.95
3. Pennsylvania: $28.75
4. Utah: $27.75
5. Georgia: $27.04
6. California: $26.07
7. Washington: $25.81
8. Florida: $25.13
9. Illinois: $24.98
10. Virginia: $24.58
Apparently, it's good to be a dog in the New York tri-state area. You can find the complete rankings of all 50 states at The Nose Print.Com. Here in Iowa we don't spend near as much as other states. I'm guessing it's because we baby our dogs all year long.
One final thing: The folks at TheNosePrint.com have generously offered to give away a FREE Christmas doggy care package filled with some of the most delicious stocking stuffer treats for your pup.
From today through December 18, 2015 register to win the following:
To be entered to win the care package, just visit DIY decor article on TheNosePrint.com and tell me in the comments below which DIY doggy decor project that you think your family would love best. Make sure to leave your e-mail address, so I can notify you if you win. After All, It's All In A Mom's Day, Right?
*All In An Iowa Mom's Day is not responsible for prize shipment and winner will be notified within 24 hours to claim their prize. If they do not, a new winner will be chosen.