SAN DIEGO, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cosbys, the Bradys, the Simpsons or more recently, the Dunphys… every family is different. Pet parents know that each household has its own unique characteristics, enjoys different activities and has their own holiday traditions. Since 80 percent of pet parents consider their fur-child a part of the family, family pets often reflect the family's personality. So whether you are travelers like the Partridge family or more traditional like the Cleavers, Petco™ has the perfect pet gift to care for your four-legged bundle of joy's physical, mental, social and emotional health this holiday.
The Traditional Family: Inspired by the Cleavers, this family enjoys decorating with garland and tinsel, as well as caroling and eggnog. Parents and kids may even wear matching reindeer sweaters during this special time of year. If that's the case, then Petco has the perfect Yule-tide clothing and toys for the traditional pet. Dress dogs in Wag-a-Tude Holiday Sweaters (SRP: $14.99-$19.99), which don faces of Santa Claus, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman so Fido blends right in with the rest of the family. Or, maybe the pet wants to warm up on those cold nights with the Wag-a-Tude Reindeer Hoodie (SRP: $19.99). This fleece sweater keeps dogs cozy, while staying in the Christmas spirit with an antler hood and jingle bells! If pets don't want a full sweater this season, try the Petco Holiday Fairisle Bandana (SRP: $9.99). The vintage looking "ho ho ho" print is just the right touch for that traditional dog. For those conventional, yet playful pups, gift them a Petco Holiday Cord Santa Toy (SRP $8.99). This jolly, plush toy will keep them emotionally happy and secure all Christmas season.
The Intellectual Family: Intelligence often runs in the family, just look at Frasier Crane and his brother, Niles. While intellectual families may enjoy reading books by a fire or playing games this holiday season, they are sure to include pets in the brain powered fun. Stimulating pets mentally not only keeps their mind sharp, but can also keep them occupied indoors when the temperature drops below. Try out the newest models of Kyjen Dog Games (SRP: $14.99-$19.99), such as Tic-Tac Twirl or Yin-Yang Yum. Of course, your little smarty-pants will need to look the part with Petco's Holiday Party Vest (SRP: $14.99-$19.99). This dapper, plaid vest not only screams smarts, but is also fashionable. Every genius needs a sidekick to bounce ideas off of and the Petco Holiday Owl Plush Toy (SRP: $7.99), with academic black-rimmed glasses, is perfect.
The Fashionista Family: This family has no trouble "Keeping Up With The Kardashians". Gifts under the tree mimic the pages of Vogue and pets in the house must look just as fashionable – no exception. Give dogs a Petco Sequin Puffy Holiday Coat (SRP $19.99), which not only keeps pooches warm this winter, but also sparkles and shines with festive red sequins. Dogs can also look their best in a Petco Sequin Bow Tie Collar (SRP: $7.99). For a more sophisticated style the Wag-a-Tude Holiday Shawl (SRP $9.99) with faux fur is the perfect pooch present. Don't leave cats out... keep them looking fab with a Petco Sequin Peter Pan Cat Collar (SRP: $4.99) or a Petco Poinsettia Cat Collar (SRP: $4.99). The high-fashion finds continue with customizable bowls, because what fashion family wants boring water and food bowls? Bowl Mates (SRP: various prices) come in different sizes, patterns and colors, which means the pet has a one-of-a-kind find that rack shoppers would never have. After a long day of shopping, trendy families can take pets in for Petco Sugar Cookie Spa Works Package (SRP: $19.99). This day of pampering, not only relaxes pets, but means they are groomed and looking their best for any holiday party.
The Wanderlust Family: This crew spends more time on the road than the Partridge family and enjoys getting away for the holidays, often bringing pets along for the ride. Be sure dogs are properly secured with the two necessary harnesses for any road trip. Strap them safely in the car with the Kurgo Harness (SRP: $34.99). Kurgo is the only company to have spent the time and resources to properly crash test its harnesses. Outside the car, keep dogs from scampering away with a walking harness like the Wag-a-Tude Reindeer harness (SRP: $19.99). It easily fastens on the dog while allowing the pet to have a little holiday fun. Being out on the road may cause anxiety. Keep pets emotionally secure by bringing along their favorite cuddle buddy such as Petco's Moose with Blanket Dog Toy (SRP: $9.99). Picking up a pet's waste is often a daunting task. Make it merrier with Petco Candy Cane Waste Bags (SRP: $14.99). The peppermint smell masks even the hardest to pick up poop. Since bath time is a little less frequent when traveling, reach for a Reviver Reusable Pet Wipes (SRP: $2.99). These compact wipes brush on dry and help eliminate pet odors. For those little critters that can't get away, give them a home amusement park with the Roll-a-Coaster Hamster Cage (SRP: $29.99). All the twists and turns will keep them occupied and mentally stimulated while you're away.
The Foodie Family: Move over Paula Dean, this family loves to cook and often has the best home-cooked ham or turkey on the block. Naturally, the family pet also enjoys cleansing his or her fine palate and, not only are table scraps unsafe, but they just won't do. Instead opt for entertaining pets with one of Petco's Food-Themed Plush Toys (SRP: $4.99-$7.99) including, eggnog, ham, a fruitcake, turkey, bacon, gingerbread or even a Christmas pie. Can't decide on just one? Go for Petco's Gourmet Gift Set (SRP: $19.99) which includes a variety of toy food products packaged in a festive box that makes the perfect foodie pet present! For cats, serve Petco's Can of Sardines Plush Toys (SRP: $4.99), which comes in a set of six sardines. Good food is meant to be eaten slowly and Kyjen's Slow Feeders not only keep pets mentally stimulated, but physically fit by preventing them from gobbling down their food in one breath. Fish-loving, foodie families will love the AquaFarm Fish Tank (SRP: $49.99). The new home Aquaponics system includes a 3-gallon fish tank, basil, lettuce, and wheatgrass seeds that can all be grown on the roof of the tank. The tank is self-cleaning because the water provides all the nutrients for the yummy garden above.
The Outdoorsy Family: Although this family may not live in a tree house like the Swiss Family Robinson, they enjoy the outdoors with their pets and the holidays are all about making snowmen, snow angels and snowballs. Keep dogs warm with a Petco Reversible Cozy Coat (SRP: $19.99) that has a fashionable Peter Pan collar. For cats that like to brave the outdoor elements, keep them toasty in Petco's Lumberjack Plaid Hat (SRP $4.99). The fuzzy inside will keep cats' ears from freezing and the plaid, hipster print keeps with today's trends. Pets need outdoor physical activity, even when it's cold outside. Spice up the normal fetch routine with Petco's Holiday Six Pack of Christmas Balls (SRP: $5.99). Or bring the outdoors in for pets with Petco's Woodland Creature Plush Toys (SRP: $6.99-$9.99). Whether it's the cord squirrel toy, the plaid quail with a scarf or the cord hedgehog, these fun toys will keep pets busy when the weather outside is frightful. For those cats who can't bring themselves to get outside this holiday, bring the snowman fun to them with Petco's Snowman Costume (SRP $9.99). Although it's not made with real snow, dressing cats in this fun costume will be sure to give the whole family, including the feline, a good laugh.
*For families that want to give back this holiday, donate to the Petco Foundation Tree of Hope campaign, sponsored by Hill's Science Diet. For every $1 donated, Hill's Science Diet will donate $1 up to $75,000. Every year four million pets do not live to see the holiday season and Petco is encouraging those who are passionate about animals to donate from November 1 - December 24, 2013 at their nearest Petco store, Unleashed by Petco store or Pooch Hotel location or online at www.petco.com/toh. Donations help feed homeless pets in shelters, give lifesaving medical assistance, enable rescuers to ease the burdens of overfull shelters, and provide venues and grants to help find more forever homes for animals in need.
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