Saturday, December 12, 2015

Paw-some Ways to Include Pups in the Holidays - #treatsforall Giveaway

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Helen's photo op with Santa last year
 
Happy Howlidays!  I love the holiday season — the cold weather, the yummy food, and of course, all of the festivities! You know who else loves them too? My dog, Helen. I'm thinking it may be because of all the extra lovin' and gifts she gets from the family.  This will be her second Christmas with us.  Last year I took her to a pet store to get her photo taken with Santa.  She wore a cute dress and everything.  This year we plan on doing the same, and last week we created a personalized paw print ornament out of clay and hung it on the tree. 
 
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: http://thenoseprint.com/article/diy-holiday-dog-gifts

My favorite was the Mistletreat.  Get it? (I love a good pun!) And this treat is sure to be a hit with Helen.  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 handprints 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, Helen is going to have a very good holiday break.


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.

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 Helen because of all of these reasons. He's such an important part of the family — I can't imagine the holidays without her.

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:

http://thenoseprint.com/article/holidog-diy-5-diys-to-make-doggy-holidays-merry-and-bright
 
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 www.TheNosePrint.com.


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One person will win a Christmas doggy care package filled with some of the most delicious stocking stuffer treats for your pup.
 
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64 comments:

Plowlady said...

wow, I would absolutely LOVE to make this for our boys (2 mixed-breed rescues)...that would be the coolest present for them

Rachel S. said...

The Milk-Bone® Wreath I my favorite!

janetfaye said...

My family would like Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread.

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

I think we would like the Stocking Snack Sack.
Jennifer Rote

abedabun dawn said...

My dogs would love the Milk-Bone® Wreath. They love Milkbone treats so this would be perfect for them.

cp said...

Stocking Snack Sack. awesome

Charlene E said...

The doggy gingerbread house is adorable

jakiesmom said...

I like the stocking snack sack

Charlene S. said...

The Milk-Bone wreath is adorable. I think my son would enjoy doing that project & our dogs would enjoy eating the treats from the wreath :)

brendaelsner said...

I love the doggy wreath!!

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Amanda Patterson said...

I would love to make the holiday treat keeper! It's so cute!

Jenny Scheldberg said...

The Milkbone Wreath is so cute. It's very fitting for our house where our bulldog is king of the castle.

lisagee1234 said...

Coop would love to destroy the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread house.

Isaiahsmom said...

My dogs would like the milk bone wreath. These ideas are so neat. I want to do one of these for my dogs.

LauraJJ said...

Oh we would have so much fun making the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread!

Ashley Rexrode said...

I love the milk bone wreath and it looks super simple

Deanna Watson said...

I love the Milk-Bone® Wreath. It is so woofing cute.

Ken Ohl said...

the milk bone wreath for sure. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Melissa Storms said...

I think my son and I would enjoy making the Milk Bone wreath.

Michele said...

My dogs would love the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread. Num-nums rule at our house.

Kristin said...

My dog is a part of the family and I love to spoil her.

Nancy said...

I think the Milk Bone Wreath is cute.

Nancy
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Sue Hull said...

I like the Milk Bone Wreath. What a fun idea.Thank you for the chance :)

Michelle Koerner said...

I think the treats for all wreath is really adorable! We have a lot of wild life around our yard, so that might not be a great idea, lol

♥Heather Dawn♥ said...

My family would like the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread.

bison61 said...

I picked the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread

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Wehaf said...

I'd love to make the doggy gingerbread house!

Darlene said...

We would love to make a Milk-Bone® Wreath

Anita said...

I think my dog and the family would love to make the Stocking Snack Sack.

aiyahinochi said...

The bone stocking is really adorable. It could be used as my dog's goodie holder. He already has his own piggy bank, so this would be another addition.

mmstarla said...

They have so many awesome ideas. I would love to try the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread! So cute!

Shelly Leatham said...

Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread

Renee said...

The howliday treat keeper is cute.

Shakeia Rieux said...

They would love the Milk-Bone Wreath the best

wen budro said...

My kids would love making our dogs the drool-worthy gingerbread house project.

mahnrafjtb said...

I love the Drool-Worthy Gingerbread house. it is so cute.

kmcgrew213 said...

Howliday Treat Keeper would be what i would make.

Elena said...

I like the Milk Bone Wreath

Breanne said...

We'd like the Milk Bone Wreath.

jodi said...

love the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread

Annamarie Voss said...

We would love to make the drool worthy gingerbread house.

Anne said...

The Stocking Snack Sack is so cute, and I'm sure Otis The Dog would love it!

Tammy Woodall said...

The Milk Bone Wreath is great and would probably like to try this one as well. However, my niece and I are going to try to make the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread. Our Fur-baby would definitely be drooling over that Gingerbread house.

MizVickik said...

The doggie gingerbread house!
Miz Vickik

Mary Bertsch said...

I like the sweet treat jar.

Susan Christy said...

My dogs love their bones, so the MilkBone Wreath would be a hit! Looks easy and fun to make.

Bobbie Smith said...

I really like the Stocking Snack Sack. I think we would enjoy making it, and I know my Elle Mae would sure love the treats.

Crystal Rose said...

I like the milk bone wreath.

The Maven Domestic said...

I love the treat keeper- and it's just so us!

Ally said...

I think SOMEONE would love the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread house!

Pam Halligan said...

The Milk-Bone Dog Wreath is my favorite.

Mammamayor said...

I like the lpup Orono gingerbread house ,batbelinsky@verizon.net

Danielle said...

LOVE the wreath, and the house!

Peggy Johnson said...

I love the doggy wreath...I must make one

dlhaley said...

I like the Milk-Bone® Wreath.

skkorman said...

The Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread looks very cool!

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Ty Beth said...

I love the Milk Bone Wreath!

steve weber said...

the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread house for sure!

Heather M said...

I think I'd like the Doggy Treat Gingerbread House - fun for the humans to make, fun and safe for the pups to chow down on!

Natasha JaysonsMommy said...

we really love the howliday treat keeper, so cute!

Melissa Miller said...

Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread

Angela Saver said...

I think we would like the Drool-Worthy Doggy Gingerbread most of all!

lilyk said...

The Stocking Snack Sack looks very nice!

Jerry Marquardt said...

I got a pup for Christmas one year, and it was one of the best presents I every got in my life.