When your Dog wakes you earlier than the kids on Christmas morning then you are truly blessed. Dogs are part of life for so many families and at Christmas especially they are more so.
Before getting into the Christmas of dogs, it’s time to take not of giving puppies as a gift. A puppy as a gift is not a highly recommended idea unless planned and discussed. The whole idea of a cute Labrador in a box is close to impossible to actually pull off, but nonetheless a puppy as a gift can be given. Don’t just give because the puppy is cute and adorable but give because you want to bring a new family member into the home. Remember a young puppy needs rest and sleep to grow and bringing one into a noisy, boisterous home over Christmas full of kids that want to play and adults that want the “aawwww so cute” moments is potentially not good for the Dog. So a puppy as a gift is just a word of warning.
Over Christmas and the holiday season a dog will always play its part, and for this we should be grateful. How different would your festive season be without your dog? The party tricks you have taught the animal are acted out multiple times and the dog gets happier and happier to receive its treat for being a “good boy”. The “yum this tastes nice, Mom” lie as the dried up turkey is sneaked under the table and lapped up by the dog would never happen. Yes, we have all done it.
That Christmas day walk on crisp snow, playing fetch with a ball would not be the same without your mutt. Bounding through the snow, tail wagging happily your dog may very well make your Christmas memories each and every year, and although you may think the dog doesn’t know it’s Christmas you know damn well he really does. He knows, firstly because he had a new collar or a special red or green collar or worse you have dressed him in a Christmas outfit; have you ever wondered what your dog would say to you if he could talk? C’mon, really how would you like to be told to wear a Santa or elf outfit to meet the family in?
Yes, your dog is part of Christmas. For some a dog is the only company they have on Christmas day. The loneliness of some is only broken by a wet nose, bad breath and fluffy coat; the fireside conversations and reminiscing of happier Christmases are just something the dog seemingly and deeply understands. Without even knowing what they are doing a dog is making Christmas happier.
At this time of year wish your dog a happy Christmas, make some time to have a short conversation and share some love. Your dog deserves it, after all, your Dog truly does know its Christmas – trust me, just ask him.
Happy Christmas readers.
This post was written by international author Matt Newnham