Ways To Include Your Pet In Your Holiday Fun
– by Michelle Dalida


  1. Make a stocking for them! Pets are curious little things. They’ll love to rummage through a long stocking filled with their favorite toys or snacks.
  1. Include them in the family photo, or their name on the Christmas cards.

Idea: dip their paw into (washable) ink, and stamp the card with it as their signature. Fellow pet lovers will be jealous that they didn’t think of it first!

  1. Ringing in the New Year usually means wearing some new clothes too. Let your pet be a part of the festivities in a new sweater or reindeer antlers.
  1. Make your pet be a part of opening gifts. It’s up to you whether your pet can handle the paper and ribbon without wanting to eat it. If so, let them be with the family while opening presents. As always, they’re just be happy to be with you!
  1. While you’re glazing that Christmas ham you might only make once a year, make something special for your pet too.

Idea: I found this 5 star recipe for “Good Dog Cookies” at AllRecipe.com




  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon cube
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease one cookie sheet.
  2. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and allow to cool.
  3. Combine the flour, dry milk, egg, oil, beef broth and brown sugar. Mix well and knead dough for 1 minute.
  4. On a floured surface roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out bones and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool.

Happy Holidays!


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