Holiday gift giving is always so much fun for everyone in the family, but we must not leave out our furry friends, especially since they are a huge part of our family. Each year Ikaika, our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel gets a handful of yummies and some warm clothes to celebrate the year and the Christmas season with us and this year was no exception. It’s always fun to see our Ikaika’s face light up when he sees new treats and especially cute when you say the words “treat” or “snack” because he knows exactly what to expect. It’s always great to see other pet owners shopping for their furry friends this time of year and I’m happy to see my dog and other pets get spoiled.
I have been told about this super cute website called TheNosePrint.com from Big Heart Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo’s Kitchen). This fun site really knows how to get you celebrating with your favorite pup during the holidays and year round. On TheNosePrint.com you can check out some fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas that they’ve dreamed up: http://thenoseprint.com/
Some cool info: 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, of course! Did you know 71% of dog parents give gifts to their pups?
According to the survey, here are the top 5 reasons people give gifts to their dog:
- To express love to my dog: 72%
- Because it’s fun for me: 60%
- To help my dog feel included like a family member: 54%
- To give my dog a moment of happiness: 53%
- To feel closer and bond with my dog: 43%
In our family, we love to give presents to Ikaika because of all of those reasons. He is a very important part of our family and the holidays or any day would not be the same without him. He is our second fur baby for our family and having lost our first doggie a few years ago just five days before Christmas was hard for us. Our animals are a part of our family!
The study also shared how often dogs are included into popular Christmas traditions:
- 48% of dog parents hang a Christmas stocking for their dog.
- 43% of dog parents include a dog in a photo for a family holiday card.
- 32% post photos of their dog on social media with a holiday message.
- 29% dress up their dog in a holiday-themed costume or outfit.
- 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/
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:
- New Jersey: $29.61 (average gift spending per dog for state residents)
- New York: $28.95
- Pennsylvania: $28.75
- Utah: $27.75
- Georgia: $27.04
- California: $26.07
- Washington: $25.81
- Florida: $25.13
- Illinois: $24.98
- 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.
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