Five years ago, I posted an advent calendar that’s been a family tradition since I was too small to remember. A Kiss a Day ‘Til Christmas is the way we count down until the big day, and this year, we wanted to include our new furry friend in the festivities. We needed a Doggie Advent version of our Kiss a Days.
The name is not as cute, I’ll admit, but the idea is certainly popular with our dog, Braida. We simply replaced the Hershey kisses with Snausages, and every night, we clip off a Snausage and Braida gets to enjoy a treat with the rest of the family.
As a side note, Braida only joined our family in January. I’ve never had a pet — with the exception of a beta fish in college — so this has been a new journey for me. It’s a lot more challenging than younger me thought it would be, but Braida makes it worth it.
She’s a sweet Dutch shepherd/Lab mix, and came from the local animal shelter. We don’t know her backstory, but she came to us with some pretty high anxiety and fear of being abandoned, so I don’t think it was entirely happy.
We chose her because she is just about the sweetest dog around, and our kids can pull her ears and tail all day (not that we let them). All she does is let out a little sigh and shoot me a resigned look.
For images of how this is put together, check out this post. This is done the same way, only with Snausages instead of kisses!