Do you know a dog person that completely goes the extra mile when it comes to including their pet in holiday festivities? While the focus trends towards Santa Clause and other traditions for kids, for many households, the kid has four legs, not two. And they are just as excited to celebrate and get involved in the morning mayhem on December 25th.
According to a new survey by Statistica, there were 89.7 million dogs living in American households in 2017. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are approximately 73.8 million children in the United States. Christmas is a big holiday for pet-related products and services as loving dog owners spent more than $66.75 million dollars in 2016 alone.
That’s a lot of love (and dog sweaters, chewy bones, and squeaky toys). If the holidays are slowly ‘going to the dogs’, pet-people and manufacturers are definitely not complaining.
Since dogs are part of the family, it’s fun to include them in holiday activities, like playing outside and traveling. But some parents go over the top, to show their four-legged friends love and devotion, even more during the holiday season. Check out these ‘feel good’ ten viral videos of dog owners getting their celebration on, with their fur babies.
Giant Teddy Visits Dogs for Christmas
After the dog parents of Maymo and Penny sat back and watched their pooches completely destroy the stuffed animals they got for Christmas, they arranged for a friend dressed as a giant teddy bear to visit and play with their pups.
It takes a brave mascot to enter the room, and play with two large dogs who have just demonstrated exactly how much they love tearing apart stuffed animals. That is probably why the video has already earned over 1.5 million views on YouTube, and lots of laughs. The reaction from the dogs? Priceless.
Puppy Opening Christmas Presents
This cool young couple are pet-parents to two Golden Retrievers, named ‘Super Cooper’ and Coda. After visiting family for the holiday, they discovered that both dogs get really excited about opening presents. Or ripping paper in general. You decide.
Dog Unwraps Owner for Christmas
A Shih Tzu named ‘Trouble’ got the best Christmas gift a dog could ask for. What was wrapped inside, that got him so excited? Find out what every dog wants as holiday gift, from Santa Paws, in this cute video that already earned a half million views on YouTube.
Stella Vs. Snowman
If you are lucky enough to have snow for the holidays, building a snowman is a lot of fun, and they are pretty to look at. But if you ask Stella, the yellow Labrador retriever, you just can’t trust a snowman, even when he lives on your front lawn. Check out how Stella handled the problem.
English Bulldog Mad at Mom
Our obsession with dressing up dogs in colorful holiday sweaters isn’t always about keeping them warm (be honest). It’s because they look adorable. But Marshall the English Bulldog decides to tell his mom exactly how much he dislikes wearing a sweater, in this hilarious viral video.
Brothers Refuse to Open Christmas Presents Until Missing Puppy Returns Home
How strong is the bond between dog and human? Enough for two young boys to refuse to open their Christmas gifts in 2016, until their dog was returned home. The young family suspected their dog was stolen on Christmas Eve, and the boys video was featured on Inside Edition, with a plea to return their 3-month old puppy, named Jackson.
Was there a good ending to the unhappy tail? The family was overjoyed when Jackson was returned a short while after in California, when the children’s video went viral with over two million views over the holiday. He had been surrendered anonymously to a pound, and the family was reunited, proving Christmas wishes do come true.
Dog owners remember to pet-proof your home over the holiday before Santa Claws arrives. Make sure that cords and wires are hidden and out of reach, and avoid toxic plants like poinsettias, which can be poisonous to both dogs and cats.
The holiday season can be fun, but also stressful for pets when new people are introduced. Never leave children unattended with your dog, and watch outside temperatures to reduce the risk of frostbite and other cold-related health risks for your pet.