4 Ways to Include Your Pets at the Holidays + Giveaway

By Shannon Gurnee
In Dogs
December 11, 2016


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I love the holidays and everything about them! It all starts with Thanksgiving. On this day, we start cooking early in the morning (sometimes even the day before). Throughout the day, we snack on different appetizers and visit with family and friends. The day ends eating a lot of amazing food, loosening your pants and relaxing after a big meal. Sometimes with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, our pets get pushed to the background. They don’t get all the love and attention they normally would. It’s not because we don’t love them, but rather because the day gets away from us with all the busy activities going on.

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Our pets are just as important as all the members in the family and we don’t want them to feel forgotten during the holidays. So let’s make it a goal to include them in our holiday activities! Here are 3 ways to includeΒ your pets during the holidays:

1 – Fun toy. Our pets love to play with toys, right? Whether it’s a plush toy, a squeaky toy, or something to chew on – who doesn’t like a new toy? We gave the dogs a cute squeaky toy in the shape of a turkey leg (thank you Beneful) and they love it!

2 – Yummy food. We’ve partneredΒ with Beneful over the past year and our dogs have loved their products! They’ve enjoyed the varieties of wet food and dog food, as well as a variety of dog treats! With Beneful, you’ll find 8 varieties of dry dog food, 20 varieties of wet dog food, and 9 varieties of dog treats. Not only are Beneful productsΒ easy to find (i.e. you don’t have to special order), but they’re designed for your dog‘s specific type and size! Plus, real beef or chicken is now their #1 ingredient (with no added sugar).

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3 – Dinner time. How many times has your pet sat next to your dining table, anxiously awaiting a stray piece of food to fall from the table to the floor? Why not give your pet a special meal at dinner time as well? As mentioned above, Beneful products are a great option. Set up your pet‘s dish filled with food at the same time everyone else eats and enjoy your holiday meal as a family!

4 – Lots of cuddle time.Β Knowing that the holidays can be busy, be sure to make your pet feel special and include lots of cuddle time for him or her. Trust me, your pet will appreciate it and thank you with lots of nuzzles and kisses!

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Be sure to check out Beneful and discover the different varieties of dog food available. Plus, follow Beneful on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. A big thank you goes to Beneful for this awesome opportunity to partner together and spread the word about their great products!


1 lucky winner will receive a Beneful prize pack, including holiday themed stuffed toys, samples of Beneful products and Beneful coupons!!!

How do you include your pet in the holidays?



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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

67 Responses to “4 Ways to Include Your Pets at the Holidays + Giveaway”

  1. Brandi Dawn says:

    I love this! Of course our furry friends need to be included in our holiday fun! One of my favorite things to do is put together stockings and either put doggie treats in the bottom or cat nip and let them get all excited over the smell. They go crazy opening the stockings every year, lol.

  2. KV says:

    We include our dog in the holiday by wrapping treats for him.

  3. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    We get them stockings filled with special treats and toys!

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  5. Cynthia R says:

    My cats have a stocking and I stuff it with cat treats for Christmas.

  6. Amy Orvin says:

    I include my pets by buying them gifts, a stocking and let them eat turkey.

  7. Sonya Morris says:

    We give our pets a bag of treats for the holidays.

  8. Marty says:

    They get gifts and lots of treats!

  9. vickie couturier says:

    we take our little dog everywhere we go,,and take him his toys and treats to keep him entertained

  10. Kelly D says:

    We give our pets treats and a new bowl for Christmas.

  11. KENNETH OHL says:

    We have gifts under the tree for him he is just like an additional child for sure he’s part of the family

  12. Edye says:

    We get our pets stockings and presents! πŸ™‚

  13. janetfaye says:

    We buy gifts for my little dog on the holidays.

  14. Carol W says:

    My dog gets gifts from santa and unwraps them herself. she loves when we are all home around the tree.

  15. Candice says:

    I buy them special toys and treats, and usually do a stocking for them. I think I have more fun than they do, but it’s a good time.

  16. Renee Walters says:

    My dog babies have their own stockings and we all put treats and toys in them.

  17. Charlene S. says:

    Our dogs and cats each have a stocking with their name on it. They get treats and toys in them.

  18. Steve Weber says:

    We make sure to give gifts to my fur baby.

  19. Will G says:

    I sometimes buy them treats or a toy.

  20. Rachel says:

    I include my pets by getting them cute festive sweaters and gifts.

  21. Trisha Burgess says:

    My dog and cats have their own stockings that I fill with toys!

  22. Nannypanpan says:

    They get groomed and get gifts for the big day

  23. Michelle LeWinter says:

    I always make sure that the pets get their own stocking filled with their favorite treats and a new toy.

    Another thing to mindful with the holidays is that with extra people around, make sure pets are accounted for and nobody sneaks out of the house.

  24. Laurajj says:

    Oh we alway stuff their stockings with treats and toys! They have so much fun!

  25. Becca says:

    I like to give my dog extra fun treats and toys during the holidays.

  26. Donna L says:

    I wrap up toys and treats for my grandpup for the holidays.

  27. HilLesha says:

    My dogs get stockings of their own. πŸ™‚

  28. Geri Sandoval says:

    We get them stockings and fill them with special homemade treats and toys.

  29. Pam Halligan says:

    I include my pets by buying them gifts.

  30. Sheryl says:

    We make sure my son’s dog gets some special treats and toys. I like wearing his Santa hat too.

  31. carol clark says:

    we give him treats and dress him up

  32. stephanie hodges says:

    Buy them gifts and special meals.

  33. Susan Smith says:

    We give our dog a stocking full of goodies and presents too.

  34. Angela Saver says:

    We always buy our puts treats and toys so they are included in the fun!

  35. Terra Heck says:

    I make special treats for my cat and dog, and I purchase them small gifts. Thanks.

  36. Christie says:

    They are in the living room opening gifts with the rest of us on Christmas.

  37. Brittney House says:

    We make our doggies homemade holiday treats and they get their own stockings.

  38. Jaque Richards says:

    My little guy always gets a Christmas stocking with treats and toys….he gets so excited! πŸ™‚ Thank you.

  39. Cathy Truman says:

    We got our dog Bailey and our cat Jasmine new beds and they
    get a stocking full of toys and treats and some gifts to unwrap
    on Christmas morning we also get our bird Doodle some toys and treats
    for Christmas.

  40. Kimmy Ripley says:

    Every good dog deserves some special treats this time of year! I am going to spoil my rescue, Stormy!

  41. cheryl s says:

    they get toys and treats – plus they love being in on the action of the holidays

  42. Amy Pratt says:

    I always buy Christmas presents for my dogs. Usually its a long lasting treat that keeps them from tearing through the packages.

  43. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I make homemade pet treats

  44. Lisa V. says:

    Our dog gets to unwrap his own presents.

  45. Lori Walker says:

    Each gets a stocking!!

  46. Christina Sparks says:

    They get soup bones and stuffed animals!

  47. Aaron says:

    The pets get special treats.

  48. Susan Christy says:

    They are in all of the Christmas pictures and they also get a gift – dog cookies!

  49. nickie says:

    Our dog has his own gifts

  50. joe gersch says:

    i stuff my dogs stockings with treats

  51. Keeley Sullivan says:

    My dogs always have presents under the tree. Also I make sure the have special treats.

  52. S. Carter says:

    My dog is a part of everything we do. For Christmas he does get a special treat, a bone from the butcher shop.

  53. kim eddings says:

    i include our dog in holiday photos

  54. Laurie Emerson says:

    Each one has their very own stocking with their name on it. I also make sure to fill them with their favorite play toys and some treats.

  55. Stephanie Liske says:

    They get their own stockings.

  56. Ann Fantom says:

    We always have Christmas stockings full of treats for our pets

  57. Priscilla P. says:

    My Cujo goes every where with me. He is almost like a third arm. He is there when I wrap presents. I gave him a bow to play with. He rip the gift wrapping paper into a million pieces when presents were being open. He got a little bite of ham at dinner time.

  58. Kerry p says:

    My dog never leaves my side through all of the cooking and wrapping. He may not have a concept of holidays or rip open gifts but he is always a part of my daily activities.

  59. Jennifer Reed says:

    My pet’s all get presents and are right in the middle of the festivities for the holidays

  60. Beth Klocinski says:

    I buy gifts for my pets and make sure they have a special Christmas dinner of their own.

  61. Monique Rizzo says:

    We get our doggies stockings. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy Holidays.

  62. Vikki Billings says:

    My dogs both have their own stockings and they both get wrapped gifts, toys and treats.

  63. Roxi isn’t a pet, she is a member of our family. She gets a special meal on her birthday, Christmas, whenever we do! She also gets her own presents and boy, does she get excited! LOL

  64. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    I have had Molly for 14 years and she gets special presents everytime.

  65. Janice Gabriel says:

    I always have a present under the tree from and a present to the cats. On Christmas Eve, they all get some fish like the rest of the family to celebrate. And extra attention and hugs, of course!

  66. Sand says:

    My pets get presents and special treats this time of year!

  67. AEKZ2 says:

    We give our dog Christmas presents.

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