Being an animal-loving nation, we see our pets as another member of the family.  The little face that greets us at the door with so much joy and rarely a complaint.  Their trust in us is endless as is their love for us and so it’s only natural that we’d want to show them that we care.  Yes, of course most of us “humanise” our pets, we have funny voices for them and tell our troubles (at least they don’t have an opinion) and they still put up with us!

After months of being locked-down and isolated our faithful friends have been a blessing.  Our excuse to leave the house and get some fresh air, something to cuddle and something to boost our spirits.

It’s no surprise, then, that there has been a huge surge in pet sales.  Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the wonders of nature with a four-legged friend at their side?  With nowhere to go, it’s inevitable that people will try to find their happy with what they’ve got at home. 

For years our fur-babies have helped us to lower blood pressure, helping us to recuperate more quickly from major illnesses as well as lifting spirits - and all this simply from just by being themselves.  Dogs are especially well-known for living in the moment which you’ll gather from the rapturous welcome you receive whether you’re arriving home from work or you’ve just popped to the shops – time just means nothing.  Cats, whilst probably being just as excited do this in a more quiet, dignified manner - a meow, a rub against your legs or jumping on your knee for a cuddle, whichever way they do it, they’ve missed you!

So, what do you give back to your pampered pooch or playful puss when the basics are not enough?  The luxury pet market has soared in recent years with the grandest gestures consisting of diamond-studded collars, luxury beds (suitable even for a human’s good night’s sleep) and for the discerning pet athlete, how about a treadmill?  Price tags for these extravagant gifts vary, but be warned, they aren’t the most-affordable!

Keeping it real, here at OohBox, we’ve thought of practical pet gifts – no treadmills (sorry, they won’t fit into our boxes!), but practical gifts to keep you and your pet happy and some festive treats too!  After all we’ve already established that they are part of the family and you wouldn’t leave your favourite child off the present list would you?

So in the run up to Christmas what better than to treat your dog to the ultimate pampering experience?  Complete with brush, towel, shampoo, body mist and a paw balm for those hard-working pads, not only will your pooch be clean, groomed and smell amazing, they will be well fed and watered.  Once the hard work is done, they can settle down with a bottle of Champaws (non-alcoholic, of course) accompanied by vegetable-based dental chews to keep them gnashers looking fresh (we can’t guarantee dog’s breath will always smell fresh, though!)  On Christmas morning you can share the fabulous bone shaped Dog Christmas stocking complete with chews, body spray and a brush so pooch looks fabulous for the big day!

And let’s not forget about the cat.  For your feline friend, we have included a brush, crinkle bag, huggy island scratch post, treat dispenser toy and as a special treat at the end of all that playing, a lovely little catnip toy.  We know that puss will love to play with the left over paper and boxes but we’ve included the Huggy Island and cat nip mouse in their Fishy stocking, just for those cats that are Purrfect!

Whatever your budget, the biggest and cheapest reward you can ever give your pet is good, old-fashioned love, but a little appreciation for all those unsung qualities they bring to our lives also goes a long way!

November 02, 2021 — Julie Selby