Happy Howl-idays from Big Heart Pet Brands

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This Christmas is very special because it is Buster’s first! Our precious pup not only will celebrate his first with us, but his first ever! Do you have new pet family members for this holiday? It can be as much fun to buy for them as it is to buy for the kids!

Big Heart Pet Brands, makers of such pet faves as MilkBone Dog Treats, loves pets as much as we do. They’ve launched a new website to celebrate our pet kids!

On TheNosePrint.com, check out some of the fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas they’ve dreamed up:
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My favorite was the Mistletreat.
Get it? (I love a good pun!) Slobbery kisses? Check. Yummy treat? Check.
I’m also loving the homemade paw-print ornament. I’ve seen these with children’s handprints before. Why not have your fur child make an ornament too?
Other great homemade doggy gifts include a treat bouquet, a sweet treat jar, and a ho-ho-howliday treat bag.
The NosePrint.com also asked 3,000 Americans about their dog-related holiday habits, including whether their dog is involved in gift-giving, stocking-stuffing, Christmas sweater-wearing, and other holiday traditions.
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What they found is that Americans really LOVE their pets. For instance, did you know 71% of dog parents give gifts to their pups? Have you completed your Christmas doggy shopping yet?
According to the survey, here are the top 5 reasons people give gifts to their dog:
 1. To express love to my dog:  72%
 2. Because it’s fun for me:  60%
 3. To help my dog feel included like a family member:  54%
 4. To give my dog a moment of happiness:  53%
 5. To feel closer and bond with my dog:  43%
For me, I like to give presents to Buster because of all of these reasons. He’s such an important part of the family!
The study also shared how often dogs are included into popular Christmas traditions:
1.    48% of dog parents hang a Christmas stocking for their dog.
2.    43% of dog parents include a dog in a photo for a family holiday card.
3.    32% post photos of their dog on social media with a holiday message.
4.    29% dress up their dog in a holiday-themed costume or outfit.
5.    22% make or buy dog-themed holiday decorations.
For photos and instructions on how to add more dog-related fun to your home holiday traditions, check out these cool projects they have here:
Finally, want to know which states have the most spoiled pups?
The 2015 TheNosePrint.com Santa Dog Index ranks states based on how much, on average, dog parents will spend on their furry friends:
Top 10 States That Spend the Most on Holiday Gifts for Dogs:
 1. New Jersey: $29.61 (average gift spending per dog for state residents)
 2. New York: $28.95
 3. Pennsylvania: $28.75
 4. Utah: $27.75
 5. Georgia: $27.04
 6. California: $26.07
 7. Washington: $25.81
 8. Florida: $25.13
 9. Illinois: $24.98
 10. Virginia: $24.58
Apparently, it’s good to be a dog in the New York tri-state area.  SO happy to see our state as #3! You can find the complete rankings of all 50 states at www.TheNosePrint.com.
One final thing:  The folks at TheNosePrint.com have generously offered to give away a FREE Christmas doggy care package filled with some of the most delicious stocking stuffer treats for your pup.
To be entered to win the care package, just visit this DIY decor article on TheNosePrint.com tell me in the comments below which DIY doggy decor project that you think your family would love best.
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