I don’t know how many dogs there are in your area, but in the city of Seattle, there are more dogs than children. I find that terribly sad, but there is hope that people will try dogs first and then decide they might be good parents in the traditional sense. Really, the planet can sustain a few more Seattleites.
Anyway, even if you have a cat, a dog, two kids, five goats, and whatever…the only non-human in the bunch that will care about Christmas will be your pup. Cats are smart, but aloof. Goats will probably be outside eating your flowers. But, a dog will be excited because things will be different from every other day. Your pup can sense the excitement of holidays.
Christmas Cards With Dogs
There are two main ways to come up with a cool doggie card. You can buy a readymade product. There are endless variations on the theme, and some of them are:
- An old-fashioned Christmas card
- A funny dog Christmas card
- A sweet Christmas card with dogs
- A somewhat religious Christmas card
Alternatively, you can use your own photos to make a one-of-a-kind, unique Christmas card set. Here are some examples:
- Dear Santa, I can explain.
- Dashing through the snow.
- Cute family and dog portrait card.
These types of cards can be ordered online or you can make them yourself with a greeting-card computer program. Either way is easy.
Christmas Dog Dresses and Sweaters
If you want to use your own pooch for a card, you will probably need some props, such as:
- A Santa hat, elf hat or reindeer antlers.
- A doggie sweater.
- Girl dog dress.
Getting a cute photo of your pup is not difficult at all, ahem, unless your dog is like mine and won’t hold still once you get down on one knee to get a good photograph. You will need a lot of patience, a bit of luck, and a bit of creativity. However, this project is always worth it. No matter how your card comes out, it will be a record of your life here on earth. And, that is cool.
Not everyone has the patience for making a “homegrown” card, but if you are into the arts, crafts or photography, I think it’s worth a try. And, hey, you can always go to Hallmark and buy something if the project turns into a total disaster. As long as you remember it’s the process that’s important and not the result, I think you’ll have fun.
I guarantee that no one is going to call you up and say, “That’s a really dumb card.” And, who knows? Maybe you or one of your kids will end up becoming a famous photographer. Everybody starts at the beginning.
Christmas Dog Ornaments
Another way to celebrate the fact that you have a little fur-baby is to decorate your house or your tree with dog ornaments.
There are all kinds of Christmas, Chanukah, Solstice or non-religious dog ornaments that can be made or personalized for you. If you are open to the experience, you can find artsy ornaments that are so cool you’ll probably keep them up year round. Or, you can just click around online until some pet or animal theme makes you smile and shout, “Bingo,”…oh; I guess that would be a dog. Although, remember that you don’t have to make your tree or bush or kitchen all matchy matchy. Sometimes, less is more.
Dog Christmas Stockings
Well, just like the other goodies, there are lots of options.
- You can go to PetSmart or Petco and get something generic.
- You can needlepoint or knit a cool Christmas stocking.
- You can drive to your local artist’s community and buy an amazing dog stocking.
It’s all up to you. Your puppy might be happiest with one of your old stocks from your drawer. If you put some chew sticks into the sock, that would be even better.
I guess what I want to say is this: Have fun with your holidays. You don’t have to be a robot-slave cook who snaps every time the wind blows. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. And, the best present you can give your pooch is to play with him or her. In addition, if your mother or your mother-in-law becomes a pain…you can always tell her that you have to go out and walk your little buddy. Who else has your back like your dog?