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Including pets in the holidays

Just curious how everyone celebrates the holidays with their pets!

Although I do not recognize holidays for any religious reason, I still exchange gifts with a few close friends and family who do celebrate, and I can't forget those with fur or scales!  My cat receives the usual stocking with toys and treats.  "She" also sends gifts to my mom's dog...a toy and breath mints (something he really, reallly needs :o).  My lizard received a large plush lizard "from" my mom's dog (yes, she got to open a gift early), and I made sure she promptly sent him a thank you note.

Anyone else send gifts "from their furry friends" to other furry friends?

Yep, Dini & Molly will both get presents from Santa this year... They are in my car, I'll really have to sneak them in somehow to wrap them! Dini inspects everything I bring in the house. And my parent's dog, who is um their "Uncle" will get a bag of home made "cookies" from us and I know my parents and or sisters will give Dini & Molly presents when we all go over there on Christmas Day.

I might give some cookies to my friends dogs too who I sit for a lot. Crap, I guess i need to get their human kid something!

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My dog has a stocking and he always gets a bag of treats and a toy to keep him occupied while we open presents. He usually demolishes the toy within an hour because he has this thing about eating any toy we give him. ??? We had to stop giving him squeaky toys because he ripped through them; same with rubber toys because he swallowed the pieces. We gave this dog one of those rawhide tennis ball-on-a-rope toys that are supposed to be indestructible, but sure enough, one hour later he had chewed through the rope and was eating the tennis ball. And he's a Jack Russell too! Don't get on his bad side, that's for sure. Hee hee.

Mom's parakeet gets a little stocking too and he gets some kind of birdseed/PB treat for his cage.

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My dog has a stocking and he always gets a bag of treats and a toy to keep him occupied while we open presents. He usually demolishes the toy within an hour because he has this thing about eating any toy we give him. ??? We had to stop giving him squeaky toys because he ripped through them; same with rubber toys because he swallowed the pieces. We gave this dog one of those rawhide tennis ball-on-a-rope toys that are supposed to be indestructible, but sure enough, one hour later he had chewed through the rope and was eating the tennis ball. And he's a Jack Russell too! Don't get on his bad side, that's for sure. Hee hee.

Mom's parakeet gets a little stocking too and he gets some kind of birdseed/PB treat for his cage.

my parents do the same thing with the toy to keep the doggie occupied.  we get her the toughest, biggest, edible bone, maybe even a large bag of them.  she never gets tired of eating through it/them.

unfortunately my dog will be at a friends house while i visit my parents : (  i feel so bad.  has anyone ever taken a medium sized dog, dalmation/lab, across the country on a plane?  ha.  it doesnt seem like a good idea.

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My 3 kitties are spoiled rotten all year long! But of course they are not forgotten during the holidays! They always recieve presents and they send gifts to their grandma and grandpa too! Of course, they always like the packaging better then what I get them anyways...

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Of course the packaging is just as good as the present!  It's so crinkly...and shiny...I had a tough time wrapping gifts with the kitty around.  I'd get something wrapped only to discover later it had been sliced open.  She was just trying to help  ::)

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Dear Dog Owner,

A few of us dogs got together yesterday and decided we need some clarify some things. We do so much for you. We guard your house, keep your feet warm, laugh at your jokes and pick up your spills. We do all this because we love you, however there are some things that need to change.

1. It's not our fault mud sticks to our feet. YOU make us go out in the rain! Don't get so upset when there are muddy skid marks when we come back in.

2. It's not our fault our tails knock things over. You like it that we get excited to see you! Stop putting the nick knacks on low tables and then getting upset when they break.

3. We don't understand about the furniture. If no one else is using it what's the problem???

4. We don't understand about food on the kitchen counter. If you're not eating it what's the problem???

5. You're giving us the toys to play with. It's FUN to take all the stuffing out. Isn't that why you bought the toys to begin with....because you thought we'd have fun??

6. Stop blaming ALL the bad smells on us. It's not always the dog!

7. We don't understand about the hide and seek game. We KNOW you're in that small room! We FOUND you, don't we get a treat?

8. Doesn't your behind itch sometimes?

9. If you weren't driving wouldn't you like to hang out the window?

10. How many times do we have to tell you! The trash guy is stealing our stuff!! Let us go get him!

Merry Christmas
The Furbrats

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I usually get my kitties something, who don't care for unwrapping but they do enjoy shredding shredded wrapping paper. I wonder if it's more for me though... my kitty Toby loves gum wrappers far more than any toy I could buy (I guess I could just wrap up some gum wrappers!).

Maxine and Marie (my turtles) never get anything... there's only one kind of turtle treat out there, dried shrimp, which is gross to me. My mom tried it on them and they didn't even like it :/ And believe you me, I've looked for toys for turtles. They just seem to like to bask. Maybe I can get them some sunshine for Christmas.

Maxine loves eggplant though... maybe I could wrap one up...?

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I don't know who wrote this so I can't give them credit. Anyways--this is really funny, the first time I read it I almost died from laughing fits!

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary

* 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
* 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
* 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
* 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
* 12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
* 1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
* 3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
* 5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
* 7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
* 8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
* 11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow –but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.

The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now . .

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10. How many times do we have to tell you! The trash guy is stealing our stuff!! Let us go get him!

hAHAHAHA i SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO DRINK COFFEE AND READ THIS AT THE SAME TIME

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I don't know who wrote this so I can't give them credit. Anyways--this is really funny, the first time I read it I almost died from laughing fits!

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary

* 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
* 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
* 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
* 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
* 12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
* 1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
* 3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
* 5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
* 7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
* 8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
* 11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary

Day 983 of my captivity.

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow –but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.

The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now . .

i love it!  thats hilarious.  i wish i could love everything like dogs do.  i watched mine just run around the yard in circle 8's wagging her tail like crazy taking stops to chew on left over wood and bark at squirrels.  heh.  what a cutie!

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Christmas gifts for pets???? How absurd!!!!!

JOKING!

My cats, dog and parrot all have Christmas stockings.  The budgies don't.  My original budgies did. 

They all get gifts, both practical and not.  After all, it is not fun to get only practical gifts.  At least not when you are young or a critter!

I personally like practical gifts now.

I will be away at Christmas with Cali so will celebrate Christmas with the rest of the gang the evening of the 26th.

I got the cats quite a few things but just bought 4 homemade catnip toys the other day.  The catnip is so fresh I have them in the trunk of my car so the cats won't rip my place apart looking for them.

I will give them those the morning I am leaving for my sister's so they can entertain themselves while I am gone.  It also gives them a chance to enjoy them before Miss Calista steals the toys and destroys them.

I love shopping for birds.  There are so many wonderful interactive toys now for birds.  Bright, colourful, amazing, educational and highly entertaining.  As well, unique perches and swings.  It is so important for birds not to have uniform perches.  They don't work their feet and legs.  They are not natural. 

I know many people say Christmas is for kids.  In my case I agree except my 'kids' have fur and feathers!  :)

I also give to two of my friend's dogs.  As well, although it will not arrive in time, there is a very special little budgie that lives in Spain that is going to get some incredible gifts this year.  OK, next year as the mail sucks this time of year!

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Our rabbits get a very special veggie salad and all the boxes our gifts came in. Bunnies love to play with boxes!  :)

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Di, your Dear Dog Owner letter is hilarious and very cute!

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I always buy my pets and everyone else's pets presents...not just at x-mas time either.

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I buy each doggie one of those stockings filled with toys each year, they like to shred their toys so this is a cheap and effective way of giving them a ton to shred :).

Just an FYI:
The holidays pose several threats to your puppy or dog. Watch that he doesn't get into these items.

"Potential hazards for pets during the holidays and in the winter season include antifreeze, chocolate, decorative plants, bread dough, high-fat food and bones," said Alisa Reniker, clinical assistant professor of small animal emergency and critical care. "It may take as little as a teaspoon of antifreeze to make a fatal dose for some animals. Many animals explore the world with their mouths and will put any foreign object in them, including ornaments and tinsel. This can lead to injury or intestinal obstruction if a foreign body is ingested."

Antifreeze. Animals are more likely to drink it if they are dehydrated, but even a small amount can lead to kidney failure. In addition, its sweet taste doesn't deter the animal from drinking it. If caught early, within the first few hours, veterinarians can administer an antidote and supportive therapy.

Chocolate. While it takes a large amount of milk chocolate to make an animal sick, baking chocolate and dark chocolate are more dangerous. If you see your dog eating dark chocolate, induce vomiting and call your veterinarian immediately.

Plant ingestion. Many holiday plants are not fatally poisonous to animals, but poinsettias and holly can cause mouth irritation, drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. In cats, ingestion of lilies can cause kidney failure. The most common lily involved is Easter Lilies.

Bread Dough and Yeast. Dogs may eat bread dough meant for holiday treats. In the process of rising, the dough expands in the stomach and the yeast produces ethanol. This can lead to severe problems including alcohol poisoning and stomach distension and potential torsion. Pets should be seen by a veterinarian if they have eaten yeast, including uncooked bread dough.

High-fat meals and poultry bones. Prevent your dog's access to these. High-fat meals can lead to pancreatitis, a potentially fatal digestive disease caused by abnormal secretion of pancreatic enzymes. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, and decreased appetite. Poultry bones can become lodged in the throat or digestive tract and can cause obstruction or death.

Alcohol can cause serious intoxications in pets, and many dogs are attracted to it. Every year hundreds of dogs die after a single bout of alcohol consumption. Clean up glasses after holiday parties. Dogs are often attracted by the sweet taste of drinks, especially eggnog.

Tobacco products can be fatal to pets, if ingested. Signs of poisoning develop within 15 to 45 minutes and include excitation, salivation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pets may develop seizures, collapse and die from cardiac arrest. Keep cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, nicotine gum and patches, and ashtrays out of the reach of pets. Empty ashtrays frequently since cigarette butts contain about 25% of the total nicotine in a cigarette.

Meat-soaked strings from rump roasts are also enticing. Ingestion can cause a surgical emergency called a 'linear string foreign body' in the intestines.

To be safe, put away food immediately, and pet-proof your garbage. Garbage contains all kinds of other hazards for your dog such as plastic wrap and bags, 6-pack beverage holders that could cause strangulation, fat trimmings, bones, and pieces of ribbon or tinsel.

Feed your pet(s) before a party so they will not be so apt to beg or steal food.

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how careful we must be. Christmas trees and their decorations can create hazards for pets.

Place Christmas trees in a stable stand, and attach the tree securely to a window or wall with something like fish line. We have known others who have hung their tree from the ceiling! To keep pets away from the tree, it may help to use a Scat Mat. While most dog owners use an indoor exercise pen to provide a safe place for a pet to play, during the holidays, some people place the pen around the tree. Even though you take precautions, make sure your dog is always supervised when in a room with a tree.

Tree needles can be toxic and cause mouth and stomach irritation. Even needles and the wire of artificial trees could pose a problem. Be sure your dog is not chewing on branches or eating fallen needles.

Tinsel's shininess is attractive. When eaten, it can cause blockages, which often require surgery to remove. Leave it off the tree altogether.

Angel hair, flocking, and artificial snow are mildly toxic. If consumed in larger amounts, however, they could cause blockage of the intestine. Try decorating with something less likely to cause a problem.

Electric cord and glass ornamentChewing on electrical cords, including cords of lights can cause problems ranging from burned mouths, to electrical shock to death by electrocution. Some larger lights can become quite hot, and could also cause burns. Unplug decorative lights when you are not there, use pet-proof extension cords, and spray cords with a product such as Bitter Apple or Chew Stop.

Dogs will often play with glass ornaments as if they were balls and serious oral lacerations can result. Sharp ornament hooks can also become imbedded in your pet's mouth or esophagus. Place ornaments that are shiny, or could be swallowed or broken high up on your tree. Larger, less intriguing ornaments can go near the bottom.

Decorating trees with food is asking for problems. Candy canes and gingerbread people can be as enticing to your dog as they are to children. We know of one diabetic dog who ran into some problems with regulating her disease because she was stealing candy canes off of the tree. Popcorn, raisin, or cranberry garlands are beautiful, but can cause an obstruction when eaten, requiring surgery.

Because tree preservatives are often sugar-based (and inviting to dogs) and because the water stands so long, the water in the tree stand often harbors potentially harmful bacteria. Fertilizers, insecticides, or flame retardants that were used on the tree may also get into the water. Cover the stand with a tree skirt or use other means to prevent access to the water.

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I always get my cat Wilma treats and new toys for Christmas.  She has her own stocking.  Now that we live with my bf and his cat Baby, I made her a stocking to fill.  Baby is a sphinx (hairless or in my opinion, naked) cat.  As a joke I'm going to try and find some sort of costume or clothes to make her look like a "real" cat.  Something faux fur or whatnot.  I keep saying I'm going to take all the hair that my cat sheds and make Baby a catsuit.  ;D

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Blue always gets presents which he is allowed to open himself.  We have learned not to wrap rawhide bones and put them under the tree because he sniffs them out and opens them early.

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I caved in last night & gave my dogs one of their Christmas presents early, it was a very durable looking tug of war toy with a tennis ball at one end & a squeaky rubby ball at the other tied together with very sturdy looking rope. I think it lasted an hour. Molly has some big teeth coming in!

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to get my dogs t open thier gifts, I wrap them in tissue paper instead of wrapping paper becasue it doesnt seem as intmidating, then i hide smelly, yummy treats in tehm so tehy will rip it open....Hehe...i

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to get my dogs t open thier gifts, I wrap them in tissue paper instead of wrapping paper becasue it doesnt seem as intmidating, then i hide smelly, yummy treats in tehm so tehy will rip it open....Hehe...i

I just crinkle the paper a little, then throw it & say, "go get it!"

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