Ethical gifts for pets

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What makes a great gift for a pet?

The best gift a pet can ask for is your time and company! However, you might like to do something a little special this year to show your fur baby how much you love them.

Here are some Christmas gift ideas that are ethical and sustainable, as well as sure to make tails wag. These also make excellent treats for that pet lover in your life. 

Make your own toys and treats

Set aside a weekend crafternoon making treats and toys for your best friend. These are also inexpensive, low waste and fun to make with your pet by your side. 

Some home-made gift ideas include:

Dog treat ingredients

Photographs of your pet

There's nothing nicer than looking at pet pictures, especially of your own four-legged friend. So why not grab your smartphone, pop some treats in your pocket for your model and get snapping!

You might choose to print and frame some pictures of your pet or create a gorgeous photo book to send to friends and family. Or, perhaps your pet can be on the front of your new home-made Christmas cards!

Here is a handy blog post on taking awesome pet photos. 

Plan an outdoor adventure in the new year

Create some fun memories by planning a fun outdoor adventure for your pet in the new year. You might even like to bring along your favourite human friends too! 

For example, pack up the car and head to the park for a Christmas themed picnic in the sun when the weather improves. Or take your dog on a fun drive to a dog-friendly cafe.

Your pet will love spending time with you on their fun adventure. Plus, this mixes the routine and creates some happy memories. 

Support an animal shelter

Choosing a reputable shelter to support genuinely contributes to the welfare of animals in our community, especially around Christmas time.

This is a great gift for the pet lover who is hard to buy for, as it's sure to make them smile inside and out. Likewise, you might even like to make a donation to a charity or shelter on behalf of your pet!

woman and dog

Have a Pamper 

Just like us humans, your pet might appreciate a freshen-up.

You might like to take your pet to a groomer for a wash and trim, or just spend the afternoon giving them a luxurious brush. Remember that many Pawshake pet sitters offer grooming services, so be sure to ask next time you make a booking.

A healthy New Year

Caring for your pet's health is the greatest gift you can give. Therefore, incorporate your pet into your New Year's fitness resolution and commit to taking them for extra runs or walks in 2021.

You might also like to invest some time into teaching your pet some new tricks or improve their eating habits with slow feeding

Many of our sitters are able to offer training services as well as sitting, so if you want to brush up your pet’s sit and stay skills then this is a great treat. Your pup will return home a sit-stay-come prodigy!

And if you need to go away on your own holiday in the New Year, a stay with a loving Pawshake pet sitter can be the best mini-break your pet could ask for. Search for a pet sitter today.