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.
2. An amazing bed
My lucky dogs reviewed the amazing Snoozer cozy cave beds. They are quite pricey but both dogs have totally fallen in love with them. As you can see, the dogs can climb into the bed to keep warm. The number of people who have come over to me when we’ve been camping and asked where we got the bed from has been quite remarkable. The beds are fine for summer too because the dogs just lie on top of them.
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. Our local butcher just asks for a donation in his charity pot.
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.