The past few weeks, Bubbles has been spoilt even more than usual, and she loves it. This got me thinking about all the dogs in shelters who have nobody to spoil them. And so many of those are soppy staffies like Bubbles.
So if you can manage to find an extra gift, do spare a thought for the dogs at your local shelter and drop a gift off for them. Many shelters also have an Amazon gift list so you can buy something that will be sent to them directly. Here are my 5 gift ideas for dogs.
1. A coat
Whilst all dogs love a good walk, many are a little reticent to leave the house when it’s raining. My two have lovely, warm waterproof coats that are ideal for winter days.
They are also ideal for cold summer nights when we’re camping. When we’re wrapped up warm in the evenings, the dogs get chilly too.
I recently wrote a post answering the question, “What is Wagglepets?” but in short, it’s the ultimate subscription box for dogs. It covers hypo-allergenic food specially developed by the RSPCA, insurance, treats, toys and a multitude of other things.
If you like the idea, you can use the discount code NATALIE50 to get 50 percent off your first box. This month, Pluto and Bubbles received a toy, poo bags, dentasticks and some brilliant, calming treats for bedtime. We even received a lovely Wagglepets calendar.
3. Something to chew
If you read my post about 13 guilty dogs, you probably noticed that many of their misdemeanours involved chewing. Finding the right chews for your dog is a case of trial and error.
As a guide, Pluto will have a dentastick and make it last for 15 minutes. That’s quite enough chewing for him for one day. Bubbles on the other hand can consume a dentastick in approximately 12 seconds.
My husband’s tip from the top for chewy dogs is to pop to the butchers and ask for a knuckle bone. Many butchers will give these away free as they are just waste. Others will charge a nominal amount.
Things to avoid include Kong balls and rawhide. Kong balls create so much suction that a dog’s tongue can get stuck in them. This has caused at least one dog I’m aware of to have to be put to sleep. Rawhide is equally dangerous as bits of it can get stuck and cause choking and some dogs may also be allergic to it.
Now I’m not suggesting you take your dog out for dinner, but there is no treat more exciting for a dog than a really nice dinner.
So if you’re cooking some meat for yourself, put on a little bit extra for the dog. They shouldn’t have cooked bones but they’d love to join you for a good cut of meat.
In our house, there’s not much meat around since I’m vegetarian. However, my husband will occasionally treat himself to a steak and if he does, he puts on a spare piece for the dogs to share.
5. A new toy
Most dogs have a favourite toy. Bubbles loves anything she can throw around and chew. She also loves a ball on a string because she doesn’t like to carry the ball in her mouth.
For Pluto, the ultimate toy is a cuddly draft excluder in the shape of a giant rabbit. Obviously. He used to love cuddling it and throwing it around but he’d never chew it.
Sadly Bubbles wasn’t quite so kind to it and she soon demolished it. So Pluto is in the market for a new cuddly toy. I just need to work out how to stop Bubbles from destroying it.
Please note, I am an ambassador for Wagglepets but words, opinions and suggestions are all my own, as is the dog with a crush on a giant rabbit. Move with the times people.