Hanford Veterinary Hospital Blog
How to Include Your Pet on a Date this Holiday Season
The holidays are a uniquely delightful and romantic time to be dating, but if you’re just getting to know someone, there may still be plenty of awkward pauses, nervous conversation, and other less-than-desirable moments. Including your pet on a date might be the perfect way to lighten the mood, and it can allow you to more fully enjoy all the wonders of the season together. Check out these ideas for fun, romantic, and pet-friendly holiday dates!
Holiday Fun (With Pets!)
One of the best parts about bringing your pet on a date is that it doesn’t have to be too expensive. Get into the spirit of the season with the following affordable ideas:
- Holiday lights tour – Grab your date and your dog (don’t forget waste baggies!) and take a leisurely stroll through your favorite festive neighborhood after dark to enjoy all the gorgeous lights.
- Dog park fun – Mugs of hot cocoa and candy canes for dipping turn a regular trip to the dog park into a cute holiday date.
- Movie night – Snuggle up on the couch with your pet and your date to enjoy a pet-themed holiday movie night.
- In the kitchen – Cooking together is a surprisingly romantic endeavour, and you don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen to whip up a batch of holiday dog or cat cookies.
- Snow outing – Although we’re unlikely to see any snow here in Hanford, a quick drive up to the Sierra Nevadas can put you, your date, and your pet in a winter wonderland. Bundle up and head out for a snowy walk, snowball fight, and, of course, some hot chocolate (for humans only!) upon your return.
Including Your Pet on a Date
If you’ve spent any time with us here at Hanford Veterinary Hospital, you know the safety and comfort of your pet is our top priority. Keep the following tips in mind before bringing your pet on a date:
- For their safety and the safety of others, leave your pet at home if they’re aggressive, anxious, overly shy, very young, or very old.
- Consider outfitting your pet in a sweater or waterproof coat for cold weather outings. Bring along a towel to dry them thoroughly if they get wet.
- Always supervise your pet anytime you’re away from home, and make sure they’re wearing a collar with current ID tags and that their microchip has been updated.
- Has your pet seen us for a wellness exam lately? Give us a call to schedule an appointment! We’ll make sure your best pal is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention before heading out for your date.
From all of us at Hanford Veterinary Hospital, we wish you and your pet a wonderful holiday season!