Gift giving is a huge part of the holiday season- but even the most sentimental among us can lose site of what makes such an exchange truly meaningful. Thankfully, our furry friends are once again here to ground us and offer us humans some perspective on keeping things real.
A gift is essentially defined as a token offered willingly with no expectation of payment or reciprocity.
Given this definition, gift-giving is something our companion animals do for us each and every day. Whether it's a grand welcome home, a comforting paw at the end of a trying day, a reminder that we are important and special to them- these 'gifts' are given freely and with genuine appreciation.
A physical present is often given as a means of honoring another and typically chosen with a mind toward what the gifter believes the recipient might appreciate or enjoy. Again our furry friends seem to get this concept quite well. When Fido gifts us his favorite stick, a muddy shoe or a well seasoned security blanket-it's clear he is offering something that has brought him great joy- is intended to bring you the same- and is therefore of great value.
So in this season of human gift giving- let's not overlook our loyal companions who are expert gift-givers every day of the year. Thankfully the furry ones on our gift lists can be the simplest to please- but take the time to really consider what they might truly enjoy or benefit from.
A gift made by you is often the best way to go for human and companion animal recipients alike. Because the gifter has taken the time to create it especially for the chosen recipient- it is by definition imbued with love, energy and intention.
Martha offers no shortage of DIY holiday gift ideas- here are just a few personal favorites to consider making for furry friends and family!
Be sure and let us know how they are received.
Dr. Pia Salk