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Seasons Greetings from the Dogs
Sending cards from the pets is increasing in popularity
My annual holiday photo for the Christmas cards.

This past weekend, I finally got my Christmas cards out and, as always, they were complete with my dogs’ signatures and the annual holiday photo of the pups. Seasons greetings aren’t the only cards “sent” by my dogs. I routinely mail birthday cards and get well soon cards to friends’ pets from my furry crew. 

 

Years ago, when I first started writing cards from my pets, I rarely received any in return. But recently, the trend seems to be catching on. 

Dog Speak Cards, a company that specializes in pet cards, has seen their sales double in each of the five years they’ve been in business. Many stores started carrying their cards after finding that customers were adapting human cards for their pets. 

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, more mainstream greeting card companies jumping on the bandwagon and make cards both for and from pets.

Cards range from American Greetings’ birthday card that says, "You're the one who fills my empty bowl, who always has time to throw my ball and who scratches behind my ears" to Hallmark’s holiday card that says, “Merry Yip-mas.”

Dog Speak even has cards written in the “voice” of a dog (think "happee birfdaaa") and get well cards for dogs to send one another.

Sending holiday cards from pets has gotten so popular that etiquette specialists have begun fielding inquiries from pet lovers seeking advice on how to include their animals in their seasonal greetings.

Do you send cards from your dogs?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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