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November 9, 2012

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How Do You & Your Pet Give Thanks?

By Natalie Lester, PetSafe Brand Marketing Specialist

At Thanksgiving last year, I wrote about how to protect your pet from the different areas and potential danger in your home during the holidays. I remember thinking how exciting it would be to celebrate the holiday with a pet of my own and create special traditions.

Yet when I adopted Emma and added a +1 to my home, I can’t say I really thought again about how different the holidays would be with the new member to my family. Now that they are so close, I feel like I’m behind and don’t have anything fun planned for us! I need to get on it, so I started brainstorming all the fun Thanksgiving things we could do together. I thought I’d share them with you in hopes you would add to them and help us get off on the right paw with our traditions.

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• Feasting traditions

Families that cook together stay together, right? To prepare for our Thanksgiving feast, I think I’ll add a special dog treat to my recipe list. There should be multiple dogs at my family’s feast and why shouldn’t they a special treat as well? I think I’ve found the perfect recipe, too.

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• Televised traditions

I’ve always been a fan of waking up early on Thanksgiving to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade from beginning to end. I’ll drag Emma out of the covers with me this year, and we’ll even pay special attention to The National Dog Show that will come on after the parade. I’ve heard from other pet parents that this can be a great tradition. Heck, I always love keeping a score card during pageants like Miss America or Miss USA so maybe Emma and I will try our hand at scoring the pretty pooches on this show.

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• Shopping traditions

We’ll be heading to bed early and setting our alarms so we won’t miss any deals on Black Friday. I’m seriously considering letting Emma join in a trip to a local pet store, so stay tuned for a post on how we’ll be sure she’s on her best behavior!

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What about you? Do you and your pets have any special traditions around Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other holidays? Share them with me so Emma and I can join you!


As the PetSafe Brand Marketing Specialist, Natalie manages The Paw Print blog and generates other brand related content including public relations and promotions. Before PetSafe, Natalie worked in the local media covering politics, education, and religion. Natalie’s puppy, Emma, spends almost as much time in the office as she does.

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