Wendy Rush

Every pet parent can agree that our pets are part of our family. I was strictly a dog mommy before my little human came along. Our pets are like our kids. So it makes sense we would want to celebrate the holidays with them just the same as our two legged kin.

There’s lots of ways to treat your sweet little pets during the holidays. You can get them their own special Christmas blanket. Made special Christmas treats that are dog or cat friendly. There are recipes for dog treats with pumpkin and peanut butter. Gingerbread dog cookies. Nutty bacon dog treats. Christmas mint cookies with carob chips. Lots of options. Check out some of these recipes from care.com. It also has recipes for Christmas brunch recipes for your pet.

When it comes to traveling for the holidays, your fur baby can totally come with you. It’s easier to fly with a smaller pet but driving gives you all the options. Get your pet a special travel bed and snacks for the car ride. And don’t forget their bed for when you get to the strange new place. Your pet will be grateful for that bit of home when they’re away.

If you’re staying home for the holidays, make sure you hang a stocking for your fur child. Complete with their name embroidered (or puffy-painted, if you want to go DIY). And stuff that bad boy with all the treats and toys you can get in there. After all, you don’t want your pets left out on Christmas morning.

If you want to do some good-doing on Christmas on behalf of your pet, make a donation to a local shelter. Money always works, but most shelters also take new or slightly used pet products.

And speaking of good-doing, check out these 25 pets that were so good, they landed on Santa’s “Nice” list this year.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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