JoAnna Lou
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Holiday Gifting for Pets
56 percent of dog lovers buy their pups a present
Nemo opening his first Christmas present.

According to a recent Associated Press-Petside.com poll, 56 percent of dog lovers will be buying their pets a Christmas gift this year. The percentage stayed consistent even among people who have lost their job in the past six months.

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is buying gifts for my friends and family—and that of course includes my pets.  This year’s goodies include a Ram Tuff Woolly Tail tug toy, a sparkly pink paw identification tag, and the Nina Ottosson Dog Spinny Game.

I love watching the dogs tear open their gifts, although sometimes I’m sure they think ripping the wrapping paper is much more fun than the present inside.

To add to the holiday fun, in recent years, my friends and I have done a canine gift exchange. After Thanksgiving, we put all of our pets’ names in a bowl and draw a Secret Santa for each dog. It’s lots of fun and my crew always ends up with goodies I wouldn’t have thought to buy.

Do you have any holiday gifting traditions with your pups?




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

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