And the alternatives you can live with.
Before next week when you start counting up 2018 accomplishments vs 2019 resolutions, it might be nice to ask what the dog wants for the holidays. Sure you stopped by the local pet store to score a treat or two but here are some things that make a pooch’s heart sing. This post offers some suggestion for people approved alternatives that may contain affiliate links.
The dog wants… A Big Stick
While driftwood soaked in seawater is tasty, maybe something that is smaller to carry and less dangerous when ingested. My guys love the Petstages Chew Toys that I discovered last year when I was looking for an alternative to natural bones & antlers (that can cause slab fractures on back teeth) and rawhide (that can cause blockages if the pieces are too large when they unfurl inside the dog). Dogwood Stick, Newhide, Beyond Bone, & Deer Antler are the shapes and flavors of a safer alternative to the real thing. Made out of about 30% of the actual material (wood, antler, bone or rawhide) ground up and added to a binder that makes the product softer and more digestible. These are made in the USA by a subsidiary of Outward Hound and are lead & phthalate free.
The dog wants… A Bed
— Well, your bed actually. So how about something enticing enough to buy you a little more room on the pillow Sunday morning? We just won a Better World Pets orthopedic dog bed at an agility trial fundraiser at exactly the same time as we needed to add beds around the house for the senior dog, Marshal. Couldn’t be happier with the product –non-slip bottom, waterproof but machine washable and replacement covers (on the Oregon based company’s website BetterWorldPets.com ) well priced as is the bed itself. Marshal is happy with it too
The dog wants… The Human safely Home
Since your dog can’t arrange an Uber for your holiday bashes, how about one of you wear a custom
The dog wants… A Squirrel
That one that taunts us on our walks and tastes like
The dog wants…Time with you
And just you. No cat, no baby, no significant other, no dog walker. Seriously, schedule that walk or dog sports competition into your busy life. You should come armed with treats and poop bags and maybe a ball but time spent even just walking around the neighborhood is good for the mental and physical well being of beings on both ends of the leash. No gym membership needed and it is the greatest gift of all to a dog who loves you.
So as we charge around this holiday season tossing peanut butter stuffed kongs to the dog as we rush out the door to get to year-end appointments and mandatory fun obligations, don’t forget your furry friend who has a list of their own.