By Jessica DiPaola
Posted in News, on November 30, 2017
We only want the best for our beloved pets, but let’s be honest, some months we have to be a tad more budget-conscious than others. December, in all honesty, is a little bit of a tease. It's the Holiday season and you want to spoil your pet, but it's also a month with a LOT of expenses. With that in mind, we thought everyone would appreciate some fun suggestions on how to spend a day (whether in -or outdoors) with your pet that won’t break the bank.
#1 Silly Fun
Come on, admit it, we’ve all tried to dress our pets in one way or another (or perhaps we should say ‘dogs’ here, as cats tend to be very strong-willed when it comes to their likes and dislikes ; ). And as long as your pet is comfortable and relaxed about it all (don’t make them do things that clearly stress them out), you can have a lot of fun together. Give your dog a silly hat to wear (and wear one yourself, as well) and have a fun little photo shoot together. Or invite your pup’s bestie over for even more fur-filled-fun! Be warned, some pets just love playing dress up and may be reluctant to give you your sweater back : ).
#2 Take a Hike (with) Buddy!
Go out and enjoy that springtime air! This is the perfect time of year for a long hike as the temperatures outside are mild and the air is clear. Spring is basically hike-heaven for your dog. Everything outside is in bloom and brings with it all those new smells your pup loves so much. And let’s face it, after a long, cold winter we can use a little bit of exercise ourselves. For all you fellow Angelinos out there, make sure to check out last month’s Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Hikes in LA post.
#3 Cuddle Time
This is such an obvious and pleasurable pastime, that it would almost have gone unsaid. It’s also great for those rainy days. Stay indoors, get your - and your furry buddy’s - favorite treats and cuddle up on the sofa with a great movie. Seriously, this one needs very little explaining. Cuddling has to be one of our favorite things to do with our fur babes! Enough said.
#4 Make a “gourmet” meal for your pup
Don’t worry - this is a lot easier than it sounds. Spend an afternoon making a fresh and yummy meal for your pet. Pick something lean and nutritious like fresh chicken or turkey – you know what your pup likes best – and add it to their regular kibble. Make a big batch, and they’ll enjoy it for days! ; ) (We have a great chicken recipe we like to give our dogs and will discuss in next month’s post. So stay tuned!)
#5 The Dog Park
Some dogs just love being social. And a little interaction with other dogs is good for all pups. They can play fetch with you, chase their furry friends and bark up a storm, if they want to ; ) It’s an easy outing and some socializing fun for both of you!