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Chooiee was my first ‘baby’ we got him a month before I found out I was pregnant with Marloe and he truly was the best cuddle buddy throughout my pregnancy with her. He taught me a lot about taking care of another living thing, and helped prepare me for motherhood! When he was a puppy, he would cry in the middle of the night, and we had to take him out potty multiple times throughout the night as well. It was like having a little baby (KIND OF) and it was much simpler stepping into real life parenthood after taking care of him. He has always been a gentle and loving dog, but after Marloe was born, he became even more gentle & more loving! He loves laying next to her bed as she sleeps, loves licking her sticky hands, and is her ultimate protector. When she first learned to crawl and stand, she would be climbing all over him, and he would let her without moving or budging! Now Marloe loves throwing the ball to him outside, and enjoys taking him to the park so they both can get some energy out! Chooiee is 100% part of the family, and we wouldn’t be complete without him in our lives.
Our first Holiday Season (2 years ago) with our Chooiee was one of the craziest ever. Ten days before Christmas, our daughter Marloe was born, and our lives completely changed! Let’s just say the Holidays weren't our main concern as we were navigating parenthood. I had wanted to be a cute mom & go all out with gifts and stockings for both Chooiee & Marloe....but of course it didn’t happen that way, my only concern was our new baby and trying to get some sleep! Then last year I had such good intentions of making a stocking for Chooiee, but somehow time got away from me & I never made it happen! But I'm not letting that happen this year! I am prepared, and ready to let Chooiee celebrate the holidays with us. I made him this DIY stocking that is supposed to look like him & have gotten him some special presents/treats to go inside it!
After I made this stocking, I headed to Walmart and picked up some of Chooiee’s favorite treats and toys to fill it up with. I am sharing some of the products I bought for him today, and also sharing this fun DIY project to create the perfect stocking for your pup!
My mother in law started this awesome tradition many many years ago, where she made stockings that resemble her 3 kids. When each of her kids got married, she made one for their spouses (one of them being me!) as well. As we have all started having kids, each of our kiddos have one now, and it's so fun seeing their excitement each year as we get the stockings out. My sister in law has a cute little dog named Bentley, and she made him his own stocking two years ago! I had totally been slacking on making Chooiee his stocking, but finally got around to doing it this year...with a little help from my mother in law!
FOR THE STOCKING
WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 plain white (or any color base) cotton stocking
-Yarn that is the color of your pup
-Eyes (from the craft department)
-Felt fabric for the tongue/nose (any color you want)
-Hot Glue Gun
-Sewing machine (or you can hand stitch)
1. Stitch or sew on the yarn, by looping it in small (or large if your dog has longer hair like mine) circles. You can sew it in any direction/way, based off the shape of your pup!
2. Hot glue gun the eyes, and the felt mouth/nose wherever you want to on the stocking!
3. Once everything is set and dry, brush out the yarn gently to make it look like the texture of dog hair/fur!
4. Add on any additional pieces (like a fun collar) that are unique to your dog!
I ran to Walmart and picked up some of Chooiee's favorite dog treats to put inside the stocking from the dog treat aisle. I grabbed a big box of Milk-Bone Flavor Snacks because he not only LOVES them, but they feature the same teeth cleaning and vitamin-enriched goodness of Milk-Bone Original biscuits but in five delicious flavors!! We give him a treat on our walks, and when he does tricks for Marloe! He is such a good pup and shows us so much unconditional love, so he deserves a little something from time to time!
I also grabbed some Pup-Peroni, Original Beef Flavor dog treats for his stocking. These are probably his favorite treats EVER. He can smell when I buy them, and I have to hid them or else he begs and begs and begs for one haha (sounds like my toddler with her treats lol) I feel good knowing that real beef if the #1 ingredient too! So I definitely don't mind treating my pup to one often!
I grabbed some of his favorite chew toys from Walmart as well, and plan on putting the rest of them in his stocking, closer to the big day! He goes though toys so quickly, so I will probably give him one to play with every couple of weeks! :)
Hope you enjoyed this DIY Holiday stocking ides for your pup! If you're not the creative type, and plan on buying an already made one, thats fine too! Just don't forget to head to the dog isle at Walmart to grab your pup some yummy treats...like the ones I mentioned above!