Whether you and your four legged friends celebrated Monkey Day or Hanukkah, or plan to celebrate Yule, Festivus, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, there are myriad ways for you to help others this holiday season. We've listed a few good ones for you below. But first we wanted to be sure that you're planning on doing something nice for your canine family members this holiday (and in general, really), because as the first piece below explains, your dogs will definitely appreciate it!
Some Gifts We Found For You
Winter Travel With Dogs
Those of us with dogs generally love our dogs so much that we always want them with us - even when we travel away from home. Depending on the season, however, travel often comes with a bevy of perils for your pooch. But have no fear! As we shared last December, DogChannel.com pulled together a list of measures you can take to minimize your dog's discomfort on this winter's trip over the river and through the woods. Click the image at left to get started.
Risks of Flying With Dogs
In addition to DogChannel.com's list of precautions for winter travel, you will want to read one or both of these Huffington Post articles about the specific dangers of flying with your dog. Read how Janet Sinclair witnessed United Airlines mishandling her pets, and learn about Michael Jarboe's Change.org petition calling for accountability by the airlines, one of which was responsible for his mastiff's death.
Winter Dog Grooming
Another article we're revisiting this winter brings you some great tips for all aspects of cold weather grooming that will keep your furry friend happy, healthy, and looking his best. From bathing and coat trimming to walks outside and flea control, the cold winter months offer their own specific challenges. Click the handsome hound at right for the answers to your winter dog grooming questions.
All Hail The Crate!
If you're planning on bringing a new puppy into your home this holiday season, you'll benefit from this great article about crate training. Click the image above to learn how a crate can simplify your puppy training and provide your dog an ongoing refuge.
Some Gifts You Can Give Others
The Fox & the Hound... "Let Us Keep Our Coats, It's Cold!"
Gifts That Give Back
Need a baseball autographed by a major leaguer? Maybe you're just looking for a cool t-shirt. Either way, click Santa Dog above for the DogChannel.com lineup of gifts that help animal charities. There's even a 30% discount code for one of the great sites in their list!
The Animal Rescue Site is one of nine charity branches of the organization Greater Good. On their main site, you'll find all the wonderful projects you can be a part of and how you can help animals every day for free. Through their store (click the image above), you can buy all manner of things from clothing to kitchen items to home and office tidbits, plus animal supplies of course! And every item brings at least 14 bowls of food to needy shelter animals.
If it's diamonds you're in the market for this holiday, or any time really, click the image above and check out the PAWSitively Yours collection from Fred Meyer Jewelers. You'll find sparkling pieces for you, your loved ones, even your four-legged friends, from $40 to $500. And for every PAWSitively Yours purchase, Fred Meyer will donate $3 to the Humane Society.
A New Car!
If you'll be buying a new car this month, consider helping the ASPCA at the same time by leasing a Subaru. For every new Subaru leased from now through January 2, 2014, Subaru will donate $250 to your charity of choice; and the ASPCA is one option. Subaru also doubled its total donation from $5M to $10M this year. Click the .gif above to learn more, and drive away happy!
For the Book-Loving Dog Lover
Thanks to the NY Times Sunday Book Review, we learned of these two canine science-centered books, and we're super excited about both! How Dogs Love Us comes from the same people and MRI breakthroughs we covered in the first bit in this month's post, and you can take a peek (and buy it if you like) with a click of the cover at left. What the Dog Knows is close to our hearts since it delves into the world of service dogs, which is our focus at Aussie Doodle Acres. Click the cover at right to visit Cat Warren's website all about this great new book.