Dear Santa Paws: A Christmas gift list from the dog

Story by Donna Barrett

Winter 2022

Dear Santa Paws, I have been not just a good dog this year, I have been an exceptional companion to my humans and a perfect canine citizen. I know I am on your Good List! Please tell my humans I would like any of the following for Christmas 2022:

I love to pretend I am foraging in the wild for my food, so a snuffle mat made by local dog lover Melissa Little of Prime Pawz Boutique would be perfect for eating my kibble and treats.

I love to entertain myself with food dispensing toys like these ones from Kong: Gyro, Squeezz, Rewards Tinker or Goodie Bones and Ribbons. These are available in Airdrie at Global Pet, Pet Valu and Pet Planet.

Since my humans insist on bathing me, I would like a lick mat to keep my mind and mouth busy while getting wet. Bone and Biscuit in Airdrie has the best selection, they even have mats for cats.

I can show off my intelligence by solving the Outward Hound MultiPuzzle faster than you can solve a Rubik’s Cube. Also at Bone and Biscuit in Airdrie.

If we have to go travelling by car, I really like to lick dog ‘treat parfaits’ from the West Paw Tux or Toppl toys. West Paw also has delicious recipes for filling the toys on their website.

As for travel tunes, I like anything from “Through a Dog’s Ear”. Can you please include a volume for me on your next Amazon order?



PS: The Cat has been pretty good to me this year. So if you have room in your sleigh, the Cat deserves the Kong Bat-About Flicker Flurry and the Cat Active CrissCross puzzle available at Petland Airdrie.


Donna Barrett, CPDT-KA, is a professional dog trainer and owner of Polite Pups Training.