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Ways to Include Your Pets in the Holidays - #BLUESantaSnacks

This post is sponsored by Blue Buffalo and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about BLUE Santa Snacks, but Growing Up Madison only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Blue Buffalo is not responsible for the content of this article.

Meet Bentley our beloved Cocker Spaniel. Bentley is almost 5 months old and is still a puppy even though he has grown quite a lot in the short time we've had him. We got him when he was only 2 months old and since then he has gone through so much. This is also going to Bentley's first Christmas with us as family and his first Christmas in general. While we know of lots of ways that we can spend the holidays with our human family, spending the holidays with your furry family is not that much different. Today I want to share with you 4 very simple tradition you can do with your pet.

Bentley when we first got him

1. Santa Portraits. I take my daughter every year to get her portrait taken with Santa. We have only missed one year since we traveled to the Caribbean and there was no Santa portraits being taken there. On a trip to my local mall I saw the sign saying to bring in your pets for their own very special picture on certain days. Check out your own local mall and see when Santa is taking pictures. If you would prefer, you can even take do a family portrait with your pet included. It's a great way to see how your pet has grown/changed over the years.

2. Get Personalized Ornaments made especially for your pets. There are numerous websites that can make personalized ornaments. Having an ornament for your tree will show that your furry friend is indeed a part of the family.

3. Make Your Pet his Own Christmas Stocking. Now that you've gotten your ornament, well how about getting him a stocking and adding a few goodies in there for him on Christmas. One such goodie can be Blue Buffalo™ Santa Snacks. BLUE Santa Snacks are baked with oatmeal and cinnamon and can be found easily at your local PetSmart.

4. Give him his own special dinner. I was able to also find BLUE Santa Stew Holiday Feast. This is a canned food made with turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberries. They are however only available for a limited time. Both the BLUE Santa Snacks and the BLUE Santa Stew are part of Blue Buffalo's Seasonal Sensations line that also include holiday items celebrating Valentine's Day, Independence Day and Halloween.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to wait until Christmas and gave him his special dinner and treat which he just loved. It was an early Christmas present just for Bentley. Since Blue Buffalo products are made with high quality ingredients I didn't feel guilty giving it to him and he truly appreciated me a lot more I think. This holidays Bentley is going to have an amazing Christmas and he can expect to have a lot more to come.

Let's discuss: How are you including your own furry friends this Christmas? 

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Annmarie John
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  1. Bentley is just too cute and I'm a fan of Cockers myself and Blue Buffalo has always been one of the foods that I like to feed my animals. I know that I'm getting high quality food that I don't have to worry about.

  2. What a gorgeous dog - I am a cocker mom and lover and we are giving Blue snacks for Christmas.

  3. I always make Milo his own snacks, but these would be perfect stocking stuffers for him.

  4. Awwww where's Ella? Bentley is cute but I just LOVE Ella. We have a Shih-Tzu and I'm sure that she would love this. We actually feed them Blue Buffalo but I don't think I've see this. Will have to check out PetSmart.

  5. I have heard this food is so good for pets. It is expensive though.

  6. We just got a new puppy for the kids for Christmas. We will be including our pets for the holidays!

  7. We always make our pets their own Christmas stocking. Sometimes they each get their own, and sometimes they have to share lol!

  8. These are really cute ideas. We made our cat her own stocking! We just have to plan a special meal for her!

  9. Bentley is BEAUTIFUL! Our Taffy (and CoCo both) has a stocking, and it didn't take her long to figure out that good things come out of it LOL

  10. What a sweet pup! I have heard great things about this brand!

  11. These are great suggestions. I always make sure our pets have their own Christmas stockings.

  12. What an adorable dog and he certainly looks like he enjoyed Blue Buffalo. I will have to check this line out for my own two pups. We also like them to have their own little treats wrapped under the tree each year and these snacks look like something they would like.

  13. I have always given my pets presents for the holidays. I like to get a Christmas photo each year at our local pet store.

  14. Cute little dinner packet! Love the idea of having a special gift for the pup for the holidays. My pups would love a sweet change, I'm sure.

  15. Our dog already includes himself whenever he can. He just got into the closet this week and polished off the rest of the leftover Halloween candy.

  16. Ahh! Too cute! We don't have any pets but if we did we would totally want to make sure they are part of the holiday celebrations! I really like the idea of making them their own little meal so that they won't feel left out (or try to sneak food from the table) while everyone else is eating.

  17. Look at him getting so big so fast already! We used to have Christmas stockings for my grandma's dogs. We' fill it up with doggie treats. :)

  18. We always make our cats their own Christmas stockings and fill them with cat treats and toys! They also get milk on Christmas morning :)


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