Holidays in our family wouldn’t be the same without pets: standard poodles in reindeer antlers, a pit bull in a fisherman’s sweater and light up Christmas collar, an otherwise proper relative (identity hidden to avoid coal in my stocking this year) startled into yelling “Crotch Dog!” at the holiday feast. Ah, the memories.
Then, there is the flip side of four-footed family reunions. Dodging dogs while lifting heavy trays from a hot oven, an unplanned trip to the store for pet stain remover for carpets (for the rental house with pets forbidden on the lease), the chemical warfare waged by the dog with dietary intolerances who gets into his “cousins’ ” food.
Let’s peek into the wrappings of successful pet visits with stocking stuffers for both hosts and guests.