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Holiday Etiquette for Pet Owners and Guests

There’s plenty of merriment swirling about the holidays, but sometimes the Stress Grinch pokes his nose in too. And with pets in the mix, anything can happen! Whether you’re the holiday host or a visiting guest, common-sense consideration goes a long way. With some careful planning, you can reduce the chance of hurt feelings, uh-ohs, and (let’s hope not) holiday squabbles.

1. If you’re welcoming friends and family for the holidays, be sure to let them know ahead of time that you have a pet. Be considerate if guests have allergies. PetMD suggests the following: Bathe your dog or brush your cat to reduce allergens. Clean your house, and pay special attention to upholstered furniture, carpets, and rugs. Consider making your guest room a pet-free zone where animals are not allowed. Keep over-the-counter allergy medications on hand.

2. Be honest. Your pet might be the family darling, but how does he react around strangers? Is your pet well-behaved or likely to get excited or aggressive amid the holiday hubbub? Vetstreet suggests introducing your pet to guests one-by-one, or simply allowing your pet to observe for a while rather than overwhelming him with a large chatty group. Brush up on obedience training before guests arrive.

3. As tempted as you might be to let your pet join in the holiday meal, keep in mind that certain “people foods” can upset pets’ stomachs and might even be toxic. Ask guests not to feed your pet table scraps, and consider keeping your pet away from the holiday table if the temptation is too great. Review the ASPCA’s list of foods to avoid feeding your pet.

4. Just as you need respite from all the commotion from time to time, your pet can benefit from breaks away from the stress. Vetstreet recommends a walk or other exercise to help him to burn off energy or frustration. A puzzle toy is another option to distract him and relieve holiday tension. Consider creating a little hideaway meant for your pet only (no guests) where he can unwind or get his bearings.

5. If you’re the guest, never assume that you can bring your pet, even if the host has pets or is a pet lover. If it’s okay with the host and other guests that you bring your pet, remember to bring all the accessories you need. Consider the possible extra stress on your host and on your pet, if your pet doesn’t travel well or has trouble adjusting to new situations. Hiring a pet sitter, preferably one who’s watched your pet before, might be the way to go to keep the seasonal harmony.

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Just Retired! Pet-Themed Clothtique Santa Figurines

Special Santa bulletin: These adorable, pet-themed Clothtique™ figurines have just been retired! Whether you’re an avid collector of these detailed decorations or you’re just starting your collection, you’ll want to “fetch” these figurines before they’re gone!

From Possible Dreams®, these Clothtique™ figurines depict Santa making fast friends with some darling four-legged creatures. These Clothtique™ Santa figurines are designed by Ann Dezendorf, and each has unique details: handpainted resin features and a hand-sewn stiffened cloth costume.

Santa has quite a surprise in his little red wagon. These Waggin’ tails belong to three pups who just can’t wait to meet their new owners on Christmas morning. Tiny Santa hats and a paw print ribbon around Kris Kringle’s gift bag make this one of the cutest Clothtiques™ ever.

Santa would hate for these frisky Three Little Kittens to undo all the elves’ nice wrapping work, so he’s happy to entertain them and distract them for a moment. A dangling red ornament should keep them off the naughty list and out of those festively wrapped presents.

Click here to view more retired Clothtique figurines, including the ones featured below.

Waggin Clothtique Three Little Kittens Clothtique

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Get Winter-Ready with Snowflake Holiday Pet Furniture Covers

The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re a pet owner, this usually means two things: one, you’re waging a constant war with pet hair to keep your home looking presentable for guests. And two, a willful cat or sad-eyed pup can never truly be kept off the couch. It just isn’t going to happen.

But all is not lost! Quilted furniture covers are stylish and make tidying up a breeze. With sizes available for your recliner, loveseat, or sofa, the Snowflake Furniture Protector features cushy box-quilting. So your pet may be more inclined to lounge around on your furniture, but that’s okay. The microfiber polyester material is water-repellent as well as soil- and snag-resistant. Just toss your furniture cover in the wash (cold on the gentle cycle!) when your living room could use some freshening up. No more last-minute lint rolling!

As a bonus, the elegant snowflake print on medium blue is perfect for low-key winter decorating. For once, you can find recliner and couch protectors for dogs and cats that actually fit your holiday aesthetic. A few Swedish paper stars all hung in the window, a fluffy throw for some cuddling with your animal friend, and you’re all set!

Click here to view measurement information and to order this holiday furniture cover.

Blue Snowflake Holiday Furniture Covers
Blue Snowflake Holiday Furniture Protectors

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New Pet-Themed Clothtique Santa Figurines for 2017

When he’s not supervising the toy-making efforts at the North Pole or delivering presents to the names on his “good list,” Santa loves to spend time with furry creatures! Santa has a definite soft spot for pets, from the gentle giants of the dog world to the tiniest kittens. These new Clothtique™ collectibles for 2017 depict Santa and his animal friends in sweet, sometimes playful scenes. Each Possible Dreams® Clothtique™ figurine is crafted with attention to detail; handpainted resin features and hand-sewn, stiffened cloth attire make these decorations stand out among your collectibles.

Click here to view a variety of pet-themed Clothtique™ figurines, including the new introductions shown below.

The Special Handling Required Clothtique™ captures a heartwarming moment as Santa and his four-legged pals mail holiday greetings to veterinarians and pet adoption centers.

You’ll agree that this patient pup is certainly a “Good Dog.” This Clothtique™ figurine depicts Santa and his canine helper decorating a little Christmas tree with glittery bone-shaped ornaments.

 Special Handling Required Clothtique Figurine Good Dog Clothtique

This frisky black kitten just can’t wait to find out if he “Got Catnip” for Christmas! This lighthearted Clothtique™ features Santa with an embroidered knit stocking and a curious cat nearby.

It looks like these animal buddies dozed off Waiting for Santa, but at least they remembered to leave him a treat! This Clothtique™ figurine has adorable details, including paw print stockings, a note for Santa, and treats in the bag for the slumbering mouse and dog.

Got Catnip Clothtique Waiting for Santa Clothtique

 

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Christmas Decorations and Pet Safety

Do you love digging out the Christmas decorations and turning your home into a holiday wonderland? Do you wrap presents like an origami master? If the holiday season is your time to shine, then enjoy every moment to the fullest—just remember that you might need to make a few alterations and substitutions if you have a furry friend in the house.

Here are a few seasonal decorations and accessories to avoid or to keep out of your pet’s reach, according to the ASPCA and PetMD. Together, you and your pet can have a safe and paw-some holiday!

Harmful or toxic plants:

  • Amaryllis
  • Holly
  • Lilies
  • Mistletoe

Poinsettias are not as harmful as people often think; however, they can still make your pet mildly sick.

Fire or burn hazards:

  • Electrical cords
  • Lighted candles (try LED flameless candles instead)
  • Lights on the lower branches of your tree

Choking risks or dangers to the digestive tract:

  • Breakable ornaments
  • Edible tree decorations like cranberry and popcorn
  • Liquid potpourri and sachets
  • Pine needles
  • Ribbons
  • String
  • Tinsel
  • Wire hooks
  • Wrapping paper

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Holiday Pets Personalized Christmas Stockings

Those shredded paper towel rolls, those scratches or tears on the furniture you weren’t supposed to notice… When your furry pal greets you after a long day or nuzzles up next to you, all is forgiven. And since your pet has charmed and nudged himself onto the good list, you’ll want to be ready with a Christmas stocking for his holiday bounty! Stock up on chew toys, treats, toy mice, and small food puzzles, then tuck them inside the Holiday Pets Fleece Christmas Stockings.

These pet Christmas stockings are beautifully embellished, so they’ll look just as darling as the other stockings hanging from your mantel. A furry white cuff crowns the red fleece stocking, which features either a striped, terry-cloth cat or a plush-material dog. Each animal wears a Nordic-patterned scarf and seems to be dreaming up its own winter fantasy: fish or bones. Clear iridescent sequins dapple the stocking like gentle snowfall, while more sequins decorate the white appliquéd treats.

These pet Christmas stockings can be “personalized” with your pet’s name, so all your visitors will see that Fluffy and Fido haven’t been left out of the holiday festivities.

Click here to view and purchase the Holiday Pets Fleece Christmas Stockings.

Holiday Cat Christmas Stocking Red

 

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Adopt; Don’t Shop! Choose a Shelter Pet

Will there be a wriggling, curious furball joining your family this December? Consider adopting a shelter pet into your loving home. You might be inspired to adopt a pet after reading a few reasons from the Humane Society.

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1. Save a Pet’s Life

Welcome a shelter pet into your home, and rest easy knowing you saved an animal’s life. Encourage other would-be pet owners to adopt shelter pets as well. Together, you can reduce the number of pets who are euthanized each year.

2. It’s a Smart Choice

The adoption fee often includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping.

3. Easier Adjustment Period

Many shelter pets are already housetrained, which makes those first few adjustment weeks easier on you, your pet, and your home.

4. Self-Esteem Boost

Enjoy the emotional boost and positive feelings that come from caring for a furry companion.

5. Personality Match

With all the pets to choose from, you can find a dog or cat who will fit your personality and lifestyle. Whether you’re always active or more laid back, there’s a pet out there just for you!

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