As I was scrolling through Instagram and smiling at pics of dogs romping through snow, hiking through woods, playing in leaves, fetching balls, snuggling on couches, and (unknowingly) bringing smiles to everyone peeking in on their adventures, one little word came to mind.
Fluffy or silky, ball fetching or frisbee catching, muddy paws or dressed as Santa Claus, each of our four-legged family members are adorably unique. Yet they all have one thing in common—they’re each a happy factory of smiles and love. Anyone who has a furry friend by their side knows the joy that our dogs unendingly share with us every day. And if you’re at a time in your life where you may not have a dog, maybe you find joy in remembering pets from your childhood, enjoying other’s pets, or even smiling at pet pics. Dogs bring joy.
But what brings our dogs the most joy?
That made me wonder. I was as curious as a puppy discovering her first snowflake to know what it is that brings all those happy pups we see on social media the most joy? And how will their families be sharing joy with them this holiday season?
Chloe, our own happy-go-doodle goldendoodle, has given us so many smiley and happy times. I decided to jot down all the things that she loves and pick her favorites to share with her over the holiday break. Here’s what I came up with… (And, for a little more fun, it’s written to the tune of the last verse of The 12 Days of Christmas. Sing along! Maybe it will get stuck in your head!)
12 Christmas Joys You Can Share With Your Dog
Chloe’s 12 Days of Christmas Joys
On the twelfth day of Christmas
we’ll share with our puppy…
12 games of fetching
11 walky walkies
9 “load-up!” outings
8 toothy brushings
7 belly scratches
6 games of “GET IT”
5 GAMES OF FETCH!
(Yes, a repeat of day twelve because Chloe’s the biggest ball-loving dog ever!)
4 fun car rides
3 brain games
2 tasty treats
And a mer-ry, lov-ing FAMILY!
What joys do you share with your dog during the holidays?
We’d love to hear what happy activities or fun frolics you’ll be sharing with your dog! Please comment below.
It will be snow fun to hear from you and find out what brings your puppy pal the most happiness.
Love and tail wags!
A little bit about Happy-Go-Doodle…
With the joy of the Christmas season here, this felt like the perfect time to start our new Happy-Go-Doodle journey with you. Our vision is to share goodness and joy through social media, and to celebrate and nurture the bond between goldendoodles (labradoodles, poodles, other “oodle” dogs, and all dogs) and the people who love them. Quite simply, we hope to share as much joy with others as Chloe shares with us.