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Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy Howlidays, everyone! 

We're wrapping up yet another great year here at Blue Dog Bakery and want to do something extra special for our biggest supporters…. our dogs, of course! Sure, they get treated the whole year 'round (they do hang out at a dog treat company all week long), but they're like children to us and we think they deserve to partake in the holiday fun! Just like children, their excitement sure does show when they see wrapping paper to tear into. And unlike children, the wig-wagging of the tail tells us just how happy they are! 
Here are a few stocking stuffer ideas we have for our beloved fur babies this year! 
Santa Paws: 
Okay, this one is obvious. It's our seasonal gingerbread flavored dog treat and the pups sure love them! They get the occasional Santa Paw here and there, but now we plan on giving them their own special bag all for themselves!! 

Chew Toys: 
We have some dogs here who love the rope chew toys, some love the ones with little squeakers inside, some love tennis balls, and some are happy just chewing on their leashes. Regardless of their favorite object to gnaw on, they will all be getting fresh toys! We can see (and hear) the excitement now! 
New Leashes:
A lot of wear and tear happens to a leash within a year so Christmas is the perfect time to start over with a new one. Our dogs love a new leash, but perhaps the biggest gift is letting them go leash-free for a few days at the end of the year (indoors only). Can you imagine the freedom they must feel?! 
There you have it! A fool-proof list of goodies to stuff in your dogs' stockings this year. Treats, toys, leashes. Where can you possibly go wrong?? 
*For more fun Christmas ideas, check out PetSmart's Holiday Pin-speration board on Pinterest. Adorable! 

The snow is falling, the stockings are hung, there is a certain magic looming in the air - the holiday season is upon us. Not only is this the time of year we tend to bake more, eat more (a lot more), and shop more, but it's also a time when everyone wants to reveal their inner-artist. Thanks to sites like Pinterest, giving out DIY presents has become an easy way for many of us to save money… and have a little fun while doing it! 

With all that money you're saving, why not go ahead and make something extra for the pets in your life? We've found some fun and easy (and cheap) holiday crafts for you to make for all those lucky fur-babies in your lives. 

Personalized Wooden Dog Bone Ornaments

This adorable DIY dog bone ornament can be made with only a few supplies: Dog bone wood cutouts (or something as sturdy), acrylic paint, drill (or hammer and nail), hemp twine or craft wire, round thin paint brush, and a pencil and scissors. 

Step One: Create holes in the wood cutout using your drill (or hammer and nail). Be sure the hole is big enough for your twine or wire to fit through.

Step Two: Paint the bone using an acrylic paint color of your choice.

Step Three: Using a pencil, sketch the name or word onto your patented bone. Make sure you wait until it is dry!

Step Four: Using your paint brush, trace over your penciled letters with paint.

Step Five: Add any extra flair you would like to your dog bones (polka dots, lines, etc) with your paint brush or a toothpick.

Step Six: Attach your twine or wire to your completed ornament.

Step Seven (optional): Use your completed dog bone ornament as an embellishment on a gift bag of dog bones or simply hang it on your Christmas tree! 

To see step by step photos, check out the Crafts Unleashed website.

Dog Paw Stocking

Every dog needs his very own stocking hung by the fireplace! The giant paw print on this DIY stocking will surely let Santa know to fill it with lots of treats and tennis balls. Don't let this project intimidate you - you don't need to own a sewing machine for this one! Pick up the following supplies: 

  • 2 pieces light tan faux fur (or color of your choice) - 24x13 inches
  • 2 pieces dark tan faux fur (or color of your choice) - 24x13 inches
  • Sheet of dark brown felt - 9x12 inches
  • Long sewing pins
  • Large-eye sewing needle
  • Dark brown embroidery floss
  • Clear tape
  • 9 inches of tan twist cord

Step One: Download the dog paw stocking pattern here.

Step Two: Cut 1 paw shape from each piece of the light and dark furs so you have 4 paw shapes total. 

Step Three: Cut paw pads from the brown felt

Step Four: Pin the paw pads to the furry side of a dark tan paw and use the floss to whipstitch the pads in place. (See the Spoonful website for photo reference)

Step Five: Pin the 4 paws with the dark tank paws on the outside, furry sides out, and the light tan paws on the inside, furry sides in. 

Step Six: Using the floss, whipstitch around the edges, sewing the pads together. Leave the top edges unsewn. 

Step Seven: At the top, sew together the front two edges, then the back two edges. 

Step Eight: Fold down the top to make a cuff.

Step Nine: Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging. 

To see step by step photos, check out the Spoonful website

There you have it! Two doggon' fun craft ideas for the lucky canines in your lives. 

If you have any other fun Doggy DIY crafts you would like to see featured on our blog, please email


Did your dog make the naughty or nice list this year? Maybe he accidentally chewed up your new shoe, but then he made up for it with adorable faces and warm welcomes at the front door every day. And maybe you could overlook that delicious slab of meat he ate off the kitchen counter since he was the best friend and protector to your children all year long. 

Some of these mishaps just come with the territory of owning a pet. But they're still part of the family and you should still include them in the festive, holiday fun. Whether you splurge on big gifts or simply put together a stocking for your canine kid, here are a few fun ideas for you to choose from this year. 

1. A New Collar

2. Fun & Festive Clothes

  • Only $6.99 to $9.99, these Christmas Jammies from Doctors Foster and Smith are too cute to pass up! 

  • Every dog needs a Fleece Hoodie! This one from Baxter Boo ranges from $13.57 to $22.57

3. Feeding Bowls and Accessories

  • This Waterhog Pet Placemat from LL Bean is only $39.00 and will keep your pet's eating area clean all year long. 

4. New Toys

5. Dog Bed