Archive for December, 2011
Almost half of dog owners are planning to make a special Christmas meal for their dog, according to research carried out by K9 Magazine on behalf of Direct Line Pet Insurance.
Of the 1,021 people surveyed, 49 per cent said they were planning on giving their dog a Christmas dinner with 46 per cent scheduling in a special family dog walk over the festive period. And a whopping 89 per cent of Britain’s dogs can expect a Christmas present under the tree this tear – 9 per cent of them receiving gifts to the tune of £100 or more.
K9 Magazine editor Ryan O’Meara said of the findings: “The fact that nearly half of all dog owners are preparing to fully include their canine pals in the Christmas festivities is indicative of just how much the relationship between pets and their owners has changed in modern times.
‘Chocolate, raisins, onions, and added salt should all be avoided, as should sharp or small bones’
“Dogs are now considered fully fledged members of the family and this research highlights just how seriously owners take that relationship. Dogs bring us so much joy every day, it’s nice to hear that owners take great delight in including them at this special time.”
But the figures don’t come without a warning. Adam Whiteley, head of pet insurance at Direct Line, added: “Dog owners going to the trouble of cooking a special Christmas dinner for their best furry friend are clearly doing so out of love and festive spirit.
“It’s worth remembering that there are a few things dogs shouldn’t eat at all, even on special occasions, as doing so can make them very ill or even cause death in extreme cases. Chocolate, raisins, onions, and added salt should all be avoided, as should sharp or small bones. It’s a good idea to make sure that all food items and treats are stored well out of reach of pets, during the holidays and all year round.”
And watch this video compiled by K9 Magazine entitled Does Your Dog Love Christmas… Ralphie makes an appearance two minutes and 14 seconds in!
Seriously, how cute are these puppies and how sad is it that they don’t have a home for Christmas?! Named after Santa’s reindeer, I’m pretty sure these pups won’t be homeless for long. Adorable!
A goody bag for doggies is up for grabs if you can correctly spot where in Milton Keynes Ralphie is exploring in this photo. Just pop your thoughts in the comments section below this post – with as many guesses as you like – and the correct entries will be placed into a draw at the end of December with a bag of dog treats for the lucky winner.
How much does your dog love Christmas? Ralphie’s just taken this survey to show how much he loves the festive season. And here are some pictures to prove it!
In control: Ralphie kicks back with some Christmas TV.
In the spirit: Ralphie does a Santa impression.
Festive slumber: Ralphie gives his Santa toy a sleepy cuddle.
Do you have any pictures of your dogs getting into the Christmas spirit? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or share them on Ralphie’s Facebook page.
We all know that you should never buy someone a dog for Christmas but, sadly, often not much consideration is given to how the Christmas festivities impact on a dog’s everyday routine.
Lynne Davies, a dog trainer and behaviourist based in Buckinghamshire, says: “A friend of mine was presented with a hefty veterinary bill when she came back from a last minute shopping trip to find that her Labrador had devoured the turkey, still frozen, along with all the chocolates off the Christmas tree and a tin of quality street whilst left home alone. Thankfully she discovered this quickly and was insured, however, they had to have sausages for Christmas dinner.”
Lynne, an instructor on BBC’s Dog Borstal, wrote the above warning for Hula Animal Rescue, which closes its doors to new animals in the four weeks before and after Christmas to discourage people from quitting on their pets over the festive season.
Christmas, for humans, is often a time for over indulgence but chocolate and alcohol can be toxic for your dog so be sure to keep them out of the reach of inquisitive paws and hungry mouths. Not all dogs like noise and big groups of people so make sure they have a quiet place they can go to escape the hustle and bustle if they want to, to keep out of the way or to rest. All the Christmas excitement can be tiring for a dog.
Dogs love their routine – and Ralphie’s no exception – so schedule time in for Christmas walkies, cuddles and plenty of rest and your dog can enjoy Christmas as much as you do.