Monday, November 18, 2019

Pup-centric Advent Calendars

Whether you want to admit it or not, the Christmas season is upon us. And I bet your dog is already putting together their Christmas wish list. If your dog is like mine, they'll be wishing for a treat to come every day.

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. Gerhard Lang, an Austrian printer, is believed to have created the first calendar with doors, back in the early 20th century.

Nowadays, there are calendars ranging from simple paper with (sometimes terrible) chocolate treats, to extravagant diamond-filled calendars from Tiffany.

Regardless of your religious leaning, it's always fun to spoil your dogs a little bit, and these doggy advent calendars are just the trick. I like getting them all excited for what might possibly be in there - What could it be? Is it for me? Is it food?

Trader Joe's Advent Calendar for Dogs

Trader Joe's has a salmon and sweet potato advent calendar. Each day shows a little note from the dog - either letting you know what toy they'd like to receive, or an activity they'd like to do. The treats come in different shapes to keep it interesting.

Trader Joe's Advent Calendar for Dogs

Bosco and Roxy's 24 Dog Days of Christmas Advent Treat Calendar

This is such a pretty box. Bosco and Roxy's make two different styles of advent calendar with treats made from crushed peanuts and applesauce.  And the final cookie is a big one. Yum!

Bosco and Roxy's 24 Dog Days of Christmas

Wufers Advent Cookie Calendar

The Wufers Christmas cookie advent calendar is as beautiful as its cookies are tasty. The book-style calendar has a magnetic closure to keep everything fresh. Each cookie is individually decorated with pet-friendly icing and sprinkles.

Wufers Advent Dog Cookie Calendar

Dog Treat Advent Wreath

Etsy has some beautiful handmade calendars. This one from Dog Bones Boutique is my favourite, I think. It's a wreath made of 24 dog treats in the shape of bones, each one numbered to help with the countdown. And it's made in Canada!

Dog Bones Advent Wreath

GoodBoy Pawsley Meaty Treats Advent Calendar for Dogs

This advent calendar has treats made from real, human-grade meat. Chicken strips, duck bites, chicken stars and more. You'll have to make sure to keep it out of reach!

Good Boy Pawsley Meaty Treats Advent Calendar

Primitives Pocket Good Dog Advent Calendar

And if you want to go really simple and handmade, how about this fabric pocket calendar? You can fill the pockets with treats of your choice so you know exactly what you're giving your dog.

Fabric Pocket Dog Advent Calendar

How's that for choices?!

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