It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and busyness of the holiday season, and forget what it’s all about. Christmas is still my favorite holiday, and I think we all need to be sure to take a moment to remember that it’s about giving, sharing, caring, and believing. It’s a time to give to others, and to share happy greetings. Gifts don’t have to be physical, but can be the gift of helping others, or of sharing a heartwarming story, a laugh, or a smile.
I’m seeing so much generosity and the spirit of Christmas around me, that I wanted to share just a couple of things that especially touched me this year.
The Spirit of Giving
Our friends Caren, Cody, and Dakota, from Cat Chat with Caren and Cody and Dakota’s Den have been very busy this holiday season helping shelter animals. In a post this last weekend, they shared ways they and other bloggers have been helping, and ways that you can help if you care to. I wanted to share one special drive here as well.
The Santa Paws Drive was created over 5 years ago as an online effort to collect toys and treats for pets and shelters. They have raised over $55,000 in toys, treats, and donations for over 30 shelters worldwide in that time. You can read more about them by clicking on their name above or use the widget below to be taken directly to their donation page, where there are many options for helping, big and small.
There are so many blogs doing wonderful giveaways for the holiday season this year! We have been enjoying being co-hosts of the #Advent4Dogs giveaways, along with Kol’s Notes, Dogthusiast, Heart Like a Dog, and NEPA Pets. We hope you’ve been entering the 24 days of giveaways. If you haven’t been entering, what are you waiting for? Every time you enter, you have a chance to win that day’s prize as well as every prize from all 24 days (that’s over $1000 in prizes!) Today’s prize is $25 worth of treats from Jones Natural Chews.
We are hosting today’s trivia question as well. Visit Kol’s Notes to enter the answer as part of today’s giveaway!
The Spirit of Sharing
Even the dogs are showing their Christmas spirit! Sheba is being so good to her brother Luke, who is supposed to be resting his knee, by playing nicely with him on the couch. Do you think they do this all the time, or is it only because Santa is watching? 🙂
Who doesn’t love to read a happy story at the holidays, especially about pets? Our friend Jen at Dogthusiast put together a blog hop for sharing adoption stories, for the #JoyfulMoments movement – an internet event celebrating the joy we share with our pets. We shared stories of our adoptions of our first dog Shelby and of Luke who came home with us just before Christmas last year. It was in looking for Shelby’s story that I was inspired to re-share a blog post I wrote two years ago about Shelby and how I first fell in love with dogs. I’m including the blog hop linky list here so you can also read and enjoy all of these stories. You might want to have a box of tissues close by, just in case. You can also join in the hop or share your own stories in other ways as well. Visit Dogthusiast here to find out how.