Hi to you all!
I know we all consider our pets as part of the family so I was wondering what will be under the tree for yours this year.
We only have one dog this Christmas having lost our older one earlier this year. I swear that she knew what time of year it was and used to 'guard' the presents under the tree. I have always wrapped all of our dogs little 'pressies' loosely so they can get their teeth in and rip off the paper easily. Every year our Old English Sheepdog got so excited that he didn''t wait to get the paper off - as soon as he knew it was food everything got scoffed paper included!
We haven't been blessed with any Grandchildren but having had dogs over the years has been the next best thing. They all do different things that make us laugh.
Happy Christmas to all of you and your pets.
Santa will visit our dog Paddy this Christmas. It is his first Christmas with us as he joined our family four months ago from a rescue centre. He has settled and brings so much joy to our lives on a daily basis. I will make sure he has his favourite under the tree Pigs Ears and a cuddle toy. He loves his cuddy teddy bears which he rags and sleeps with.
Lovely to hear about Paddy and that he has settled in with you so well and I am sure he will make you christmas extra special. Our dog Louie was a rescue of sorts - he came from a breeder friend, who had used him as a stud dog, who's husband had died and couldn't manage all the dogs she had and the large property so she needed to downsize both home and the number os dogs she still had. Ours was not 'top dog' in her pack and was quite subservient but when he joined us at least he had our 15yr old girl to do things with and sort of join with her in a new pack. However we lost her in March and he has become very anxious and will not be left alone anywhere. We are working on the problem but it will be a long job as he has never ever been alone in his life before. Another thing we are also trying to help him with is to try and get him to play, he loves his walks as he had not been taken out before and his tummy tickles but toys, 'fetch' games and the like are of no interest. If you or anyone else has any tips to help please let me know. Apart from a new collar and lead and a new comfy bed the other pressies will be food treats which again he has never been used to getting and loves so I'll have to watch he doesn't eat them all in one go! He has tried all of the dog treats that Lidl sell and loves them all and I love the value compared to the pet shop he also has Lidl's foil & tinned dog food which I mix with the Royal Canin dry food he has eaten all his life so I don't like to change that.
Hello @CathG, I don't know if we have chatted before but its great to get this opportunity.
It sounds as though your dog Paddy will get a lovely Christmas because you have given him a loving home.
It would be lovely if you could post a photo for us to see Paddy, we all swoon over each others pets as we are real animal lovers on here @CathG
I have posted some tips on this group to help make sure we don't give our pets the wrong foods over the Christmas period and there are also some tips on keeping your pets warm and well.
I don't know if you will find them useful but I know we all treat our pets like our children and can sometimes over feed them or give them foods that are not good for them.
I look forward to chatting with you again soon @CathG
Hello @SuzyQ and welcome to our site. Its great to have you with us, we are a great bunch really and we try to keep matters light hearted. WE all share different things with each other and love to chat.
Its good to hear about your dog, we have 3 and they love their Christmas gifts too. I have one who picks his up and takes it to another room, he lays on it until he is ready to open it and if anyone tries to take it he growls at them.
The other 2 just tear theirs up and then swap with each other most of the time.
I have bought them all their own place mat for their Christmas meal and each one has their names on it for them.
I daren't put anything under the tree too early because I think they may pinch them.
It would be lovely to see your dog @SuzyQ, if you have a photo we would love to see your dog.
I love my dogs to bits, they don't argue although they all l have their own characters so they are great company. There is never a day when one or more of them make me laugh either.
Take a good look around our site when you get the chance @SuzyQ I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised. I
look forward to chatting with you again soon
It makes me so sad to hear how breeders treat their bitches - they must think that they are just money-makers and so long as they produce puppies that is fine. The problem is that if the birches are not well looked after they then go on to have sickly pups which sometimes the new owner doesn't find out about until they have fallen in love with the dog and then because most of us are kind hearted we will do and pay anything to try to make it well and happy again. So, I am so please to hear that you have given Misty a loving, warm and comfortable home and that you are trying to give her a wonderful life for many years I hope.
Enjoy your Christmas together!
When we got our Jack Russell I recall lots of people saying how easy they are to breed and how much I could earn if I put him to stud but when we got our Shih Tzu complete strangers would stop me asking if we would like to mate him. One man stopped us when we were on a short break in Bath, he offered us £2000 if we wold allow him to have Chunkie for breeding. He said if the first time was successful he would pay us a certain amount per dog and a different amount per bitch plus a bonus each time Chunkie was needed to stud again.
I couldn't believe it, how can people be so awful and expect these poor little things to just be there to generate money. My husband was not at all pleased and had more than a few choice words for the man, its one of the few times I have ever seen him get angry.
All my dogs have been neutered, Chunkie was a bit older than the others because of his size, but my 3 boys are pets or more like children really. They get spoiled, I don't go shopping without picking something up for them and they get so many cuddles I often wonder what they say about me to each other
@Roz Misty is so lucky to have you, she sounds like a darling who has a wonderful life thanks to you.
Have you posted a picture of her for us to see?, I can't remember.
Hallelujah!! @Roz @tommiesgirl I agree with everything you say. All of our dogs have been K C registered and we always paid extra for a 5 generation pedigree because too breed good dogs you have to know everything about them healthwise and also the health of their parents, grandparents and any extra ones you can find ot about. All dogs including the mixed breed ones cost lots of money to buy as a pup (hence the dubious breeders jumping on the bandwagon) and the heartbreak and the incurred vet costs if you have been sold a dog with inherited illnesses can lead to some of them being abandoned. We always have a lifetime insurance policy which guaranteees that what ever illness they get will continue to be covered all through their lives not just for the 1 year period of the policy. Of course these policies cost more but can pay for themselvess 10 times over if your pet becomes ill or injured.
Well, I must say, considering my original post about Christmas, we have covered a lot more than that but if our comments help someone or someones pet then we can't have done a bad thing.
Off shopping to Lidl now! Bye.