This Pug Life My Life, with a pug named Pug Sat, 28 Apr 2018 18:06:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 40923987 Pug and Pugs Celebrate Earth Day Sat, 28 Apr 2018 18:06:51 +0000

I’ve been attending the annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival for about five years, but this was the first year I was able to bring the pugs with me. It’s always been a dog friendly event and I was always so jealous seeing everyone’s dogs, but alas, it’s usually a bit too warm for my guys. This year the cloud cover and threat of rain (which we just missed) kept the temps comfortable for puggies, even those riding on my back.

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St. Louis Earth Day Festival 2018 St. Louis Earth Day Festival 2018No, really, I was stopped no less than 10 times for people to pet him!

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So you can imagine their reaction when they realized I had a second pug strapped to my back, ha!

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The only picture I got of Pugs looking at the alpacas because he was entirely more interested in the nearby puppy.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival 2018Pulled pork sliders earned his undivided attention.

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Doing a little shopping at the Pets in the City booth.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival 2018This kitty was riding in one of those backpacks with the plastic lookout dome. It was hilarious, I’ve seen them online but never in the wild!

St. Louis Earth Day Festival 2018When we got home the boys got to split their Earth Day cookie.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival 2018It’s a miracle! He can see!

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And we finished up our festivities with a can of Earth Day Delight from Merrick!

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Pugs Marched For Our Lives Thu, 29 Mar 2018 20:32:47 +0000

March For Our Lives O'Fallon, IL On Saturday we joined people all over the country in local March For Our Lives events. While there was a much larger march planned for St. Louis, I decided to join the nearby march in O’Fallon, IL. Not only was it in my own state, but I wanted to support the high school students who had done an amazing job organizing. Even though it’s not a big city, and it was only 40 degrees and raining, a couple hundred people showed up to support the cause.

And while it was slightly miserable, there was something empowering about marching in the rain. Pugs was…not quite as enthused about it but he did a great job and was a big hit.

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One Year with Pugs Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:52:59 +0000

Pugs two layer doggy cakeIt’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since Pugs joined our family. Yet it feels like he was always meant to be. Since I was in the hospital for his birthday on November 30, I went all out for his first Gotcha Day and made him a two-layer cake to celebrate. And what a first year it’s been!

Pugs two layer doggy cake

After waiting months for him to be available, Pugs came to live with me on March 4 of last year. Just weeks later he went to his first Easter Egg hunt, and a couple of months later we made the drive to Chicago for Pugs Take Chicago. That fall Pugs nursed me back to health after my bowel resection surgery, and earlier this year he and Pug helped me grieve the loss of Molly. Just a few weeks ago he participated in his first (and frigidly cold!) Beggin’ Pet Parade. Here’s to many more years together, Pugs!

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I thought I’d get a cute picture of the boys both eating the cake…Pugs two layer doggy cake

That didn’t work out.

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Pugs Review: Whimzees Dental Dog Treats Wed, 28 Feb 2018 22:59:35 +0000

Whimzees Dental ChewsFebruary is Pet Dental Health Month, so naturally I chose a dental treat for our Chewy Review. I’ve been a big fan of Whimzees dental treats for a few years now, but I’d only ever bought the alligator version. Frankly, because I think they’re the cutest. But I was curious to try a different shape to see if they performed differently, hence the Whimzees Stix.

As part of the Chewy Influencer program, I received this package of Whimzees Dental Treats for free in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own and I never endorse any products I don’t truly love!

Whimzees Dental Chews
All Whimzees Dental Treats, regardless of shape, are made of the same high-quality ingredients. They’re fully digestible, limited-ingredient and grain and gluten free. The only dogs they wouldn’t be suitable for are dogs with potato allergy/intolerance since potato starch is the main ingredient. Here’s a look at the full ingredient list:

Potato Starch, Glycerin, Powdered Cellulose, Lecithin, Yeast, Color Added (Malt Extract, Annatto Extract, Alfalfa Extract).

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The texture of the Whimzees is quite hard, so they do take a few minutes to chew through. Your dog will kind of soften them up as they gnaw and be able to eat them that way. But they’re not so hard that my old guy with bad teeth can’t tackle them. I will say, the main difference I found between the Stix and the alligators was that Pug had an easier time, but Pugs got through them more quickly.

So I’d say for older dogs with fewer teeth, the Stix are ideal. But for my younger guy, I will stick with the alligators. That way they will be able to finish at about the same time, and Pugs won’t try to sneak in and steal his brother’s!

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Also, the alligators have a lot of great nubs which are great for their teeth and gums. But since Pug has such poor gums and teeth, he could actually sometimes cause himself to bleed. This didn’t occur with the Stix.

Whimzees Stix

The Whimzees come in three different colors which are naturally produced with alfalfa, annatto and malt extracts that also provide beta-carotene, antioxidants, vitamins K and C, and six B vitamins. Even the treats with color do not stain in my experience, which makes Whimzees a great choice if your dog likes to eat their dental chews on the furniture!

Whimzees packaging

And last but not least, I love that the Whimzees packaging seals with Velcro! It’s the little things in life, right? But I swear I have so many treat packages with broken zipper seals. The Velcro is such a nice convenience.

If you haven’t tried Whimzees yet, definitely pick some up. And if you’re already a fan, give a new shape a try. You might be surprised!

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Soulard Mardi Gras Beggin’ Pet Parade 2018 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:47:46 +0000

Beggin' Pet Parade St. Louis Mardi Gras

This past weekend we kicked off the Mardi Gras season with our fifth Beggin’ Pet Parade (Pugs’ first). It was miserably cold so the crowds were smaller than usual. But we along with about 1,000 others braved the elements to strut our stuff.

I went with a royal court theme, making Pug and Pugs royal capes and turning the stroller into a Mardi Gras themed throne. And we even became finalists in the costume contest! You can vote for us here once daily through February 18th! If we win there is a cash prize and we’ll be inducted into the Mystical Krewe of Barkus.

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Soulard St. Louis Mardi Gras beads in tree

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This little mermaid is Gizmo, she’s a 13 year-old pug and I highly suggest you give her a vote in the Queen category finalists!

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Marnie and Ellie are fellow finalists for “Most Loyal Subjects” but I won’t hold it against them because their costumes and stroller are too darn cute! The pugs were definitely well represented this year.

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If you follow all of my posts, this cutie will look familiar. I’ve run into her at my local fall festival and Howloween festival.

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Looking for more? Check out parades of year’s past:

2017: Pug Patrol Part 1 and Pug Patrol Part 2

2016: Fire Pugs Part 1 and Parade Part 2

2015: m&m Pugs Part 1 and Parade Part 2

2014: Minion Pugs Part 1 and Part 2

2013: Part 1 and Part 2

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Crohn’s Chronicles – Part 4 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:53:34 +0000 hospital room viewWell, this post is long overdue since I had my bowel resection surgery way back on November 29th. Between recovery, the holidays, caring for and saying goodbye to Molly, life has just gotten in the way of my writing schedule.

I was pretty nervous going into surgery, largely because my first resection was so painful. But, I got lucky this time. Not only did my epidural work (wonderfully), I got a huge surprise upon waking up to find out that my surgeon was able to complete my surgery laparoscopically! I definitely didn’t have my hopes up for that, and frankly neither did my doctor, due to how many abdominal surgeries I’d already had.

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Feeling comfy with my epidural pumping.

The downside of the wonderfully effective epidural was that I was totally overconfident in how well I felt. Because when that thing came out I got a rude awakening! It may have been laparoscopic but it was still a major surgery. But, the pain medicine they prescribed kept me quite comfortable and I was able to discontinue those after about a week at home.

New SLU Hospital construction site

There was a lot to be desired about the patient rooms at SLU, but at least I got an interesting view of the new hospital being built.

I still get a small twinge once in a while if I’m really straining my abdomen, but for the most part I feel totally back to normal and my scars are quite healed.

The pathology report that came back looked good, in fact it didn’t even show any active Crohn’s disease. The problem was indeed scar tissue.

That said, while I should now not have to worry about developing obstructions, for the most part I feel exactly the same. Which, was to be expected. This surgery was only going to “cure” the narrowing that kept getting obstructed. It wouldn’t do anything for the overall fact that I have chronic joint pain, fatigue and just generally feel like crap. What hopefully will fix that is the new medication, Remicade.

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The boys welcoming me home. I had to use a pillow shield for the first couple weeks to keep Pugs off my incision sites.

Unfortunately, I can’t start doing the Remicade infusions until 3 months post-op. Which, makes sense, it’s an immunosuppresant and they want to make sure I’m totally and completely healed from surgery. But, I’m obviously anxious to start. Best case I actually start feeling better, worst case I don’t respond again and we can try the next option. While I would definitely prefer a medication that I can take at home, if it makes me feel better having to do an infusion once a month will be well worth it.

So, my next update will be in about 6 weeks when I am able to get my first Remicade infusion.

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Start the New Year with Better Health with Profivex Probiotics Sat, 30 Dec 2017 20:07:39 +0000

Probiotics are a great wellness tool for your pets whether you use them all the time, or situationally, like when your dog is put on a round of antibiotics or has a yeast overgrowth (from experience, probiotics are exceptionally good at killing off excess yeast!). Having Crohn’s disease myself, I know how an unhealthy gut can wreak havoc on your immune system and body.

(This post is sponsored by Profivex®. As always, all opinions are my own, and I never recommend any products I don’t fully support.)

You may remember my glowing review of a product called Glandex a couple years ago – when the company reached out about their new probiotic, Profivex, I knew it was a brand I could trust. I began testing the Profivex probiotic powder right away, adding a scoop to each of the pug’s food at dinner time every night.

I was very interested in trying a probiotic for both of my pugs for different reasons. Pug is a senior and it’s important that his poops are as healthy and solid as possible because of his neurological problems. The healthier his bowels are, the fewer accidents he has in the house (or bed, or car…).

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On the other hand, Pugs has sensitive skin and seems prone to allergic reactions. Itchy paws, random red patches on his belly and irritated ears.

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How can probiotics help such a large range of issues? Because 70% of a dogs immune cells reside in their gut! [1] Finding this out, I was even more inclined to use a probiotic for 13 year old Pug, as I want his senior immune system as strong as possible!

Profivex contains five of the most beneficial strains of probiotics, with a total of five billion CFUs per scoop:

Bifidobacterium bifidum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactbacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum, Streptococcus thermophiles

The different strains have different benefits. There is some scientific evidence that Bifidobacterium helps the overall immune system and diarrhea symptoms, while Lactobacillus can improve nutrient absorption. [1]

Plus, two prebiotics including sweet potato which adds fiber and keeps those poops nice and healthy. Prebiotics help promote the growth of the good bacteria in the gut. [2]

Having used the Profivex probiotic powder for about 6 weeks, I can give a positive anecdotal report. Since I’ve been using it, Pug has had 70% fewer poop accidents. And while the probiotic obviously can’t help the underlying neurological issues, I feel that having the healthiest digestive tract possible certainly helps. And, scientific evidence has shown probiotics can help with stress-induced diarrhea. [2] Very helpful for a pug who sometimes has what I refer to as “angry poops”.

As for Pugs, after a week or two on the probiotic I noticed a definite decrease in the amount of scratching, paw licking and redness. In fact, I’ve only had to treat him with Benadryl once during the entire period, and I had been dosing him 1-3 times per week.

So, whether your dog has specific digestive issues or inflammation, or you just want to keep their immune system in tip-top shape, adding Profivex probiotic powder to their daily routine can help. Start 2018 off on a healthier note! Check out the Profivex website for more information, and the links below for more research on probiotic benefits for dogs.



Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Holiday Gift Guide For Dogs 2017 + Giveaway Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:35:43 +0000

It’s the MOST wonderful POST of the year! My annual holiday gift guide for dogs, where I curate all my top finds for the holiday season just for your pooch. Stay tuned to the end to enter my giveaway to win one of the chosen gifts!

(As always, my annual gift guide is set by me alone. I reach out to brands after they’ve been chosen about sponsoring a giveaway prize. The list is not contingent in any way on whether they participate. So without further ado, let’s get to it!)

P.L.A.Y. Christmas Ornament dog toys

image: P.L.A.Y.

This set of Santa’s Little Squeakers from P.L.A.Y. is perfect for the holidays. First of all, their toys are top quality and eco-friendly. Pugs has one and loves it. But, this set in particular is great because you save money versus buying the ornaments individually. Then, you can either decorate your tree with them prior to Christmas and give them all to your dog, or split them up and gift a few to friend’s dogs.

Honest Kitchen Instant Goat's Milk eggnog for dogs

image: The Honest Kitchen

Don’t let your dog miss out when everyone else is drinking eggnog out of their moose mugs (reference anyone?). The Honest Kitchen’s Instant Eggnog mixes goat’s milk (super healthy for dogs!), eggs and a hint of cinnamon to create a tasty, healthy holiday treat for your dog. And, it’s all dehydrated so it’s shelf stable. Just add water and serve.

vintage santa claus dog toys

image: Harry Barker

I won’t lie, the main reason I love these Retro Santa Claus dog toys from Harry Barker is that they remind me of the old plastic Santa Claus ornaments that hung on my grandparent’s Christmas tree. And I remember those in particular because their dog Mitzi (that I grew up with) chewed up a bunch of them when she was a puppy, but my grandma never got rid of them. So, basically these toys remind me of the Santa ornaments with chewed off feet/no faces hanging on my grandparent’s tree.

Fetchers bully stick candy cane

image: Red Barn

Every year I look for treats in fun holiday shapes that aren’t rawhide. This year I came across these Fetcher Candy Canes from Red Barn that fit the bill. Perfect for hanging in stockings, these candy canes are fully digestible and super tasty!

holiday bow ties for dogs

image: Tuesday’s Ties

Maybe your dog doesn’t like to dress up, but most all dogs will rock a bow tie. Tuesday’s Ties are one of my very favorites and not just because I’m a total fangirl of Tuesday the pug herself. I love that her ties come on elastic bands instead of clipping onto a collar. My pugs don’t wear collars and the few collars I have on hand don’t usually match my bow ties. This is all in one, and is nice and stretchy so it fits every breed!

Soda Pup Christmas ornament chew toy treat dispenser

image: SodaPup

This SodaPup Holiday Ornament chew toy and treat dispenser is super simple in concept, but great fun. And it’s not so glaringly “Christmas” that it’ll look out of place the rest of the year.

turkey stuffing and cranberry dog treats

image: Vita Bone

Give your dog a taste of Christmas dinner with these Turkey Stuffing & Cranberry flavored biscuits from Vita Bone. Check their website to find a retailer near you.

Rudolph burrow toy

image: ZippyPaws

Zippy Paws is known for their fun “burrow” toys, and they have a great collection of holiday burrows, including this Rudolph version. They’re the perfect toy for the dog that likes to pull stuff out of their toys, because these are designed that way and can simply be put back together. The best part of the Zippy Paws toys is that they sell refills of the mini toys if they get lost or destroyed.

Gingerbread cookie dog treats

image: Three Dog Bakery

Three Dog Bakery always brings it when it comes to seasonal and holiday flavors, and their Gingerbeg Cookies are no exception.

Outward Hound Holiday tennis balls

image: Outward Hound

The tennis ball – a classic and a favorite. Outward Hound adds festive color and cheeky wording to make these holiday balls a perfect stocking stuffer.

Santa's Helper holiday dog treats

image: Amazon

Einstein Pets Santa’s Helper treats combine a full Christmas dinner (sweet potato, turkey, cranberries) into one tiny treat, in fun holiday packaging.

Polka Dog Stocking Stuffers

image: Polka Dog Bakery

Polka Dog Cod Skins are a super popular treat, and Polka Dog created a couple of mini tubes perfect for gift giving. The mini tubes come in chicken or duck flavor.

Christmas light dog toy

image: Bark Shop

I was an early adopter of Bark Box, gifting my mom a subscription and featuring it in one of my very first Holiday Gift Guides. This year I’ve won a couple of free boxes and I’ve become increasingly impressed with the quality and creativity of their toys. Two of Pugs’ all time favorites are from Bark Box (the dumplings toy and sushi toy).

For the holidays, I really love the “Clark’s Fuse Free Lights” toy because it’s a. cute, and b. a reference to my fave Christmas movie. They also have some awesome Hanukkah toy selections which makes the Bark Shop a wonderful resource for holiday gift giving!

Wellness holiday gingerbread treats

image: Petsmart

We reviewed the Wellness Soft Wellbites earlier this year and enjoyed them, and this holiday season they come in a gingerbread flavor and cute winter packaging.


Six lucky readers will win one of the prizes listed below. Giveaway open to US residents 18 and over. The giveaway will run through December 19, and winners will have 48 hours to respond once contacted, or a new winner will be chosen. Check the Rafflecopter widget for full terms and conditions. Good luck!

  • P.L.A.Y. Santa’s Little Squeaker toy set
  • Tuesday’s Ties Holiday Bow Tie
  • Three Dog Bakery prize pack
  • Two Red Barn Fetcher’s Candy Canes + Red Barn Filled Biscuits
  • Vita Bone Artisan Inspired Treats
  • Two SodaPup Holiday Ornament chewy toys

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Holiday Gift Guide for Dog Lovers 2017 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:55:23 +0000

Looking for a great holiday gift for your favorite pet parent? I’ve got you covered! I’ve rounded up my top ten holiday gifts for dog lovers for my annual Holiday Gift Guide. Looking for gifts for your pet? Stay tuned next week for my annual Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and giveaway!

Pet yearly stats chalkboard photo prop

image: Pearhead

Why should babies and kids going back to school have all the fun? This Pet Chalkboard Photo Prop from Pearhead is perfect for new puppy parents or any dog lover that celebrates their dog’s milestones.

Rescued Wine Candles check a lot of boxes. They’re environmentally friendly, their scents are wine inspired, and they donate a portion of their proceeds to animal rescue. And, they make a perfect holiday gift! These soy candles are poured into repurposed, hand-cut wine bottles in small batches in California.

PetCube Bites

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I often include a pet tech item in this gift guide, and the pet cameras on the market just keep getting better and more innovative. The latest and greatest, PetCube Bites, is an HD pet camera AND treat dispenser. It features 2-way audio and night vision. But, the big seller for me is being able to talk to your pet and toss them a treat, right from your phone, while you’re away from home!

Curly Tail Coffee

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Curly Tail Coffee is a small batch coffee roaster out of Pennsylvania. It’s owned by two pug lovers and $1 from every bag of coffee goes to pug (or pig) rescue. While any variety would make a wonderful gift, they also have a holiday roast sampler available, perfect for gift giving!


Lilipi pug pillow with santa hat

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I received one of these pug pillows (sans Santa hat) as a gift from Pugs’ foster mom and I absolutely adore it. But, Lilipi has a huge variety of breeds to choose from. They also have a limited selection via Amazon.

No need to knock, we know you're here welcome mat

image: Urban Owl Co

Pretty self explanatory and all too real. May as well laugh! Five dollars from the purchase of this welcome mat (and any of their pet themed mats) is donated to animal rescue.

image: Bark Shop

The best part of Dogs and Their People, published by the team at Bark Box, is that it comes with a miniature dog toy version for your best friend! From the blurb:

Dogs And Their People is the first-ever BarkBook, written by the brains behind our publishing arm, BarkPost! Our dog-obsessed humans have put into words and photographs the depth, spirit, and power of the extraordinary bonds between humans and their pups.

Dog Breed silhouette hand lettered address stamp

image: Paper Peach Shop

I may be old fashioned, but I still love snail mail, and I would adore one of these dog breed address stamps! The creator custom makes each stamp, fitting your address into or around the dog silhouette. While I naturally featured the pug, they have dozens of breeds available and you can contact them if your breed isn’t listed.

Picture Your Pet - President

image: Uncommon Goods

Know someone whose pet is king of their castle? Or, in this case, commander in chief? With Picture Your Pet, artist Patricia Carlin uses a photo of your pet and places them in a wonderfully illustrated oval office.

Dog Bone Pet Name Necklace

image: Little Miss Lilyan

Who wouldn’t want to wear their love for their pet around their neck? These dainty Dog Bone Pet Name necklaces are stylish, pretty, and let you keep your fur baby close to your heart. For multiple pets, I like the idea of layering the different metals and chain lengths.

That’s it for 2017! What did you think of these picks? If you need even more inspiration, check our previous year’s gift guides below!

Gift Guide 2016

Gift Guide 2015

Gift Guide 2014

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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DIY Advent Calendar for Dogs Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:10:17 +0000

DIY Advent Calendar for DogsWhen I was young, the ladies at the church where my before and after school program was held made all the kids an Advent Calendar. It was super simple, tiny trinkets wrapped and hot glued to a piece of green cardboard. But I loved opening my tiny gift every day leading up to Christmas. I see different Advent Calendar ideas on Pinterest every year and I’ve long wanted to create one for my dogs. And finally, this year, I collected the supplies in time to make it happen!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 25 cardboard tubes (I used toilet paper tubes cut in half, you can use whole tubes, paper towel tubes, paper cups, plastic cups, whatever size you want! Michael’s even sells packs of cardboard tubes the same size as TP rolls)
  • piece of cardboard (large enough to fit all of your tubes/cups)
  • green wrapping paper
  • green tissue paper
  • ruler
  • pen
  • hot glue gun
  • scotch tape
  • Advent Calendar date stickers
  • double-sided tape (optional)
  • dog treats

Fair warning, I realized, literally seconds after completing my advent calendar that they’re supposed to be 24 days, not 25. But, I was already done and obviously wasn’t starting over. So, you may want to do it correctly and make yours 24 days. My dogs will enjoy the extra day of treats.

DIY Advent Calendar for Dogs

To begin, set up your tubes (or cups) into a Christmas tree shape on your piece of cardboard. Use the ruler and pen to mark out your cut lines.

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Once your cardboard tree base is cut out, wrap it in green wrapping paper.

DIY Advent Calendar for Dogs

Now, set your tubes back up and attach them using hot glue.

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Hot glue cools nearly instantly but I waited a good ten minutes just to be sure it was completely dry before loading my treats in.

DIY Advent Calendar for DogsEven using half tubes, I was able to squeeze three treats into each tube. If you want to use larger items like a dental treat, or jerky, you’ll need to use a taller tube or cup.

DIY Advent Calendar for Dogs

To cover everything up, layer your tissue paper until you can’t see through to the treats. That took three sheets for me. Then, just use scotch tape to secure it down, trimming excess as you go. You can do this neatly if you plan to leave the tissue paper as is. I added a wrapping paper collar in the next step.

DIY Advent Calendar for Dogs

Here I covered the edges of my tubes with strips of wrapping paper using double-sided tape.

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And here’s the finished product with the wrapping paper attached.

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Finally, print out a set of my Advent Calendar Date Stickers. Each sticker is 1-inch in diameter, so if you have a 1-inch circle punch this step will be much quicker. If not, I added cut lines to cut them by hand. I printed mine onto sticker paper, but you can just as easily print on regular paper and attach them using double-sided tape. Just feel around to find each tube under the tissue paper and place your sticker in the center.

At this point you can add a ribbon to hang your calendar, but I am displaying mine on a shelf. I am afraid a ribbon might come loose and the dogs would have a smorgasbord if it fell off the wall!

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The boys got a sneak peek so we could get a photo of the Advent Calendar in action, and you can see it is a big hit! The hard part was keeping them from busting into the rest of the days while I took photos.

If you decide to make a Doggy Advent Calendar, tag me on social media so I can see!

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