With the holidays upon us, it is very alarming that we just found out a very sad statistic: over a third of Americans purchase holiday gifts for their pet. Yikes! We have a holiday warning to all dog parents and responsible pet moms and dads: Let folks know that this isn’t the time to bring a pet into the family in most circumstances. A pet is a long commitment and not one to be taken lightly. Many pets end up in shelters in January and beyond because their welcome has worn itself out. Well, Fidose of Reality is here to encourage our readers to spread the word thanks to our friends at the ASPCA.
You know those puppies in pet stores? Sadly, they more than likely came from a puppy mill where their breeders really could care less about them: cramped in small cages and so many other horrible conditions. If you want to give a gift to someone who IS a pet lover, we’ve got a video of suggestions along with a prize pack to give away! You can even give this as a New Year’s gift to a special someone if you win. Meantime, everyone wins when they don’t “surprise” someone with a pet for the holidays.
As fun gift ideas for DIY enthusiasts or just those trying to cut back on costs, ASPCA behavior experts have put together the following suggestions:
- To make a tasty chew toy, soak a rope toy in chicken broth and then freeze. Once frozen, give the toy to your dog for hours of savory chewing.
- For cats, fill plastic Easter eggs with wet cat food as a fun food puzzle.
- Rinse out an empty, cardboard milk carton, fill it with dry pet food and poke holes for a food-dispensing puzzle toy.
Okay now get ready to win. Simply tell us the name of the pet you are sharing the holidays with or the one you will be visiting or seeing over the holidays. Feel free to name more than one pet. One entry per person and we will select one person at random for the goodie basket of items on Tuesday, December 17th. You might not have the package for Christmas Day, but we will let our sponsor know you won and get it to you as soon as they can!
Here is what is in the goodie package: AND WE HAVE A WINNER: CONGRATS TO JACKIE PREAS WHO HAS WON THE GOODIE PACK!!!! THANKS TO ALL AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
- ASPCA 5-Piece Gift Set
- Walker’s Shortbread Cookies
- ASPCA Orange Tote
- Fight Cruelty Wristband
- Cat Ears Hat
- 2014 Animal Calendar
- Kitten play toy
- Dog holiday hat
IT’S EASY TO ENTER THE CONTEST!
How to enter: Simply tell us the name of the pet you are sharing the holidays with or the one you will be visiting or seeing over the holidays. Feel free to name more than one pet
When does the contest end? Monday, 12/16 at 11:59 pm est
Who can enter? Fidose of Reality staff and their families are not eligible to win but anyone in the United States or Canada ages 18 or over is eligible.
What are we judged on? One random winner will be selected.
Can my friends and family play? Sure! The more the merrier. We love to see tails wagging here at Fidose of Reality, so spread the word and make your voice heard.
What if I win? Winners will be notified and announced on the Fidose of Reality blog in this thread and via email no later than 12/17/13. Winners must provide name and mailing address so we can ship the prize. If winner does not reply within 5 days, a new winner will be selected.
We are also sharing this with many of our pet blogging buddies, like the ones below: