This year has been terrible for me. My stepdad has stage four cancer, which has basically made everything suck. My depression has been up and down, and the sadness in my family has been real. But what’s the one constant in my life that I can always depend on? My animals. My babies are always there for me no matter what. Whether I’m having a horrible day or a rare wonderful day, my dogs and cats love me and show no judgement. Sometimes I feel like a bad mom because my depression gets me down, but my six kids always help me stay afloat. It’s Pet Appreciation Week, so I want to share some ways that you can show your pets appreciation!
Bake a Special Treat
I’m a big fan of baking homemade goodies for my kids! I have a popular arsenal of DIY dog treats that you will love! From cupcakes to frozen treats to peanut butter snacks, your dogs will appreciate the recipes I have to share. Maybe you’re having a bad day and need a pick-me-up; baking some homemade dog treats is a great activity for you and your pups!
Take Them on an Adventure
Sure, it’s wonderful to take your dogs out for a daily walk, but how about taking them on a new adventure? Dairy Queen offers free pup cups in their drive thru, and that’s an activity I enjoy doing with my dogs frequently. If the weather is nice in your area, go discover a new park or walking trail. Dog friendly restaurants or shops near you? Take your dog somewhere new for a fabulous lunch or shopping date! It doesn’t have to be fancy – your dog will appreciate any new adventure! Need some dog friendly ideas? I have a great list of places for you here.
Buy Them a New Toy
Many cats and dogs love receiving new goodies! If you have a pet that enjoys going out and about, take them to PetSmart and pick out a new toy! (Birds, guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, etc. included). You don’t have to have a big budget to purchase a toy. PetSmart has great sales and clearance bins with fun toys for all animals!
Enjoy Some One on One Time
Sometimes all our pets want is undivided attention. Put your phone down, and take 15 extra minutes to play with your pet. That’s literally all they want. You + your pet + playtime = love.
Tell Them About Your Appreciation
Sound silly? Maybe to you. BUT animals know when we bust out our happy voices. Look at your beloved furry friend and tell them how much you appreciate them. Make sure you put on your brightest smile – many animals can read facial expressions! Happiness and joy don’t cost a thing!
For Pet Appreciation Week, how do you plan on showing your pets that you appreciation them? I’d love to hear about your pets in the comments!