Pets and Christmas

Pets and Christmas

By Archibald, the golden retriever storyteller

Christmas is coming. I can't wait to see what my mom & dad are going to put under my Christmas tree. Yes, we pets are people, too — at least when it comes to holiday gifts.

My name is Archibald. I am probably the first golden retriever storyteller ever. I love to tell stories, and I have tons of it to share. (P.S.: I know, I have to take a bath. It's just I was in a bit of a hurry to write this post blog and Aless, my mom, wanted to take a picture of me)

Did you know that more than half of dog owners and nearly 40 percent of cat owners buy their pets gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah, according to the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group? 

See? So you should definitely get something to your beloved pet (and my friend) for Christmas or Hanukkah. More that's 39 million dogs and 32 million cats on holiday lists this year, the group reports. And don't forget to tell all those pet aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends, let alone pleasing favorite pet parents and all-around animal enthusiasts with human gifts just for US, pets.

I know you are always in a hurry. Sometimes don't even have enough time to walk with me and all. So I put together some cool Christmas gift ideas:


I called a friend of mine here in New York so she could give me some insights to write this post blog. Look at what she told me: "Squeakers are always popular," said Alessandra Rosin, Chief Pets Officer for the New York-based online store PetBorough New York. And they can be cheap. For the holidays, has some with Christmas treats, like this Super crunchy crinkle paper in the stuffless body (for dogs) or this Play-N-Squeak Thrill of the Chase (for cats).

"Pets just love to destroy their toys. This one, for example, has embroidered eyes," Rosin said.

You can't go wrong with balls. Lots of balls. Or go for durable toys in sturdy nylon or rope.



Do you like my bed? Well, this is actually my cousin's bed.

Admit it: my bed is part of home decor. A beautiful part, actually. You might as well find one that looks reasonably good as a gift. Choose one with a holiday theme for an added festive feel.

For example: check out this beautiful vintage line of beds, perfect colors combination, and affordable price


Now let's just be fair: our dedicated moms & dads also deserve the best. They are our loyal partners-in-crime during 365 years every single year. 

Take a look at some options: 


All right, honestly? These are some of my favorite gifts: Why? Well, because it comes with my photo on it and I can buy the gift that I love the most. Also, I can give these cards to my pet friends and family. Oh, I will be introducing them in the future. Nothing like family & friends. They are our support in those rainy days.

All right, now I feel like I want to share some facts about my life with you all. After all, that is what a blog is about, isn't it? I mean, this is not a journal or something. If you like journals, I could always invite 


My full name is Archibald. J. Golden. I am a genuine and proud Golden Retriever, sort of the all-American dog. I say "sort of" because I live in New York and my city is a wonderful mix of cultures and ethnicitiesfrom all over the planet. I love it. We are the favorite dogs to be in movies and commercials, have you ever noticed that? Also, we are the often portrayed family dog.

I am very humble and love to be your faithful friend forever. But I am aware of my irresistible charisma. I am intelligent and kind and I am always ready for a party. By "party" I mean: whether if it's a birthday party or if you play me with a ball – we make it a big party. 

For those of you thinking about adding one of us to your family – or for those of you who are currently Golden moms & dads – I will be revealing 90 secrets of our lives. This is part I and you will get my first ten secrets that will be sure to deepen your appreciation for me and my fellows:


1. The Golden Retriever’s breeding records begin as early as 1835.

2. These pretty pups were originally bred for retrieving various kinds of fallen birds for hunters – hence the name retriever.

3. There used to be a myth that Golden Retrievers were the product of a pack of Russian Sheepdogs in a circus that accidentally produced a Golden.

4. In actuality, Goldens were developed in Scotland by Lord Tweedmouth (nope, didn’t make that up) to be attentive hunting companions.

5. Lord Tweedmouth achieved the Golden as the result of breeding the now extinct Tweedwater Spaniel with the yellow Flat Coated Retriever. 

6. Goldens used to be known as the ‘golden flat coat’ due to their lineage from the yellow Flat Coated Retriever.

7. To further define the breed, Newfoundlands, Bloodhounds, Labrador Retrievers, and Red Setters were also later thrown in the mix.

8. They are also exceptional swimmers.

9. Goldens were first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1925.

10. Talk about a strange pairing!  There’s actually a baby kangaroo in Australia named Dusty who thinks his mom is a Golden Retriever named Lilly.

To wrap up this story, I would like to share a cool video where my friend Jonathan is playing with his best friend Mark. Hope you enjoy! See you on our next story – before Christmas.

Oh, by the way, those puppies on the picture above are my nephews, my sister's kids. I will be introducing the whole family in the future... See ya, guys!

Archibald's nephews: Sophie Helene and John Richard



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