I am a firm believer pets should have Christmas presents, birthday presents, and just presents in general because they are a part of your family, not just the household. Some people look at their animals as adornments, not as creatures that feel, live, and breathe and have intelligence.
Most dogs, and a couple of cats, who have been part of my family have enjoyed receiving presents as much as any human I know (young or old). Chewie, of all my family, is the one who is not sure what to do with a present he receives because of his rough upbringing. Still, when the paper is shredded and you give him his gift, there is pride in his entire body, not just his eyes – Chewie won’t open gifts because he is afraid of getting in trouble.
Gabby and Willie, however, have no problem tearing into the gifts and ripping paper to shreds to get at the contents inside. Much to my surprise they don’t even try to open the presents while they are under the Christmas tree – at least Willie didn’t try last year, which was his first Christmas – but when they are given them, this is a completely different story. With Gaby, Miss Genius, we learned simply not to point out which ones were her’s because they will be opened regardless of the day or time. A present, in her world, is something which should be opened and enjoyed immediately!
Since there are no children for our family the dogs have taken that place and Willie has toys scattered everywhere. He gets toys “just because” and when he goes to the vet she rewards all of her good patients with a toy and Willie doesn’t want to leave without his toy, and trust me – he remembers! (Yeah, that was a bit surprising for us, too.)
This year could be Gabby’s last with us. She is 16 this year. So she has a few special gifts all her own.
Always remember to treat your pets well and always love them.