Don’t forget your furry friends this holiday season

By Dr. Parker T. Barker

Christmas is my favorite time of year. Why? That’s easy. There is food everywhere and some of it is sure to drop on the floor and Mom makes sure I have a stocking and stuff under the tree on Christmas morning just like everybody else. My friend Percy and I have been cruising the internet to see what might pique our fancy as “our big” gift for this year. So you won’t have to work hard, we thought we’d share them with you.

1 Alligator by KongFirst is Ali the Alligator by Kong. These gators have a super-soft, plush fabric outer layer that makes them so squishy that I love to toss them in the air. Then there is a second layer of nylon fabric for added durability in case a pup like me gets too excited. The internal squeaker is also protected with its own durable fabric pouch for lasting fun! And getting the bite on a gator living in South Carolina makes me feel invincible – at least until I meet one in person.

Next up is an interactive dog bowl from Aikiou. I tend to gobble my food (who doesn’t) and it kind of makes Mom nuts so she wants to get me this torture machine which has five compartments and makes me work for my food. She says it will improve my digestion, create a sense of calm during feeding time and improve my overall health. Yeah right! I’ve had a chat with Santa and I think somehow this little item is going to get lost in that big red bag of his.

9 cat cribPercy found the perfect gift if your cat is fond of hiding under furniture. Ever heard of the Cat Crib? Me either but it is a space-saving cat hammock your feline will love. This is cat furniture that doesn’t mess up the esthetics of your rooms or make them seem cluttered. The cat hammock fits under just about any chair and provides a place to hide and sleep. The patented strap design won’t slip either and unless they eat it, your cat will have a great space all to himself.

Percy says that almost all cats love to play in and with boxes. So he found Catty Stacks which provides basically boxes. But very cool boxes. Designer colors and shapes will provide him hours of fun.

So there you have it. Don’t feel you have to get your pet all of these great presents but, I am sure they were really good this year so a reward might be in order don’t you think? At least get them a whole shelf full of treats. And no coal. Definitely, no coal. Merry Christmas everybody. Have a wonderful time with your family and friends. And if it is just you and your pet this Christmas, snuggle and go for a long walk together. The together part is so much more important than all of these presents…except maybe the alligator one…

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