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Holiday Cards We Love, Starring the Pets

By Christy True
December 16, 2019 • 2 min. read
Golden Retrievers dressed up

It’s a holly jolly tradition this time of year to send out a holiday card – whether the old-fashioned paper cards sent by snail mail or the electronic variety shared via email or social media.

Thankfully the practice of including a long letter updating everyone on the happenings of each family member seems to be on the decline, but millennials are continuing the card exchange tradition, even as they update it by relying more on electronic card giving, using tech to create customized cards or paying someone else to make handmade cards on sites like Etsy.

One trend we love seeing is the increasing inclusion of the family pets, either as part of a family photo or even as the focal point for the annual greeting. Here are some of our favorite pet-centric holiday cards (or photos that would make great cards), many of which were submitted by customers of Healthy Paws.

Dogs in funny costumes that make them look like tiny people: Never gets old

Why light up a Christmas tree when you have a pet who does the job?

Pit bull in lights
Submitted by Healthy Paws pet parent Holly B. of her pit bull Molly.

As we all know, cats love Christmas trees, maybe just not in the way we do

Cat with Christmas tree
Credit: Lovely animals world

The bipolar pet pairing

The one pet who won’t cooperate (of course it’s the cat!)

Christmas card with pets
Submitted by Healthy Paws pet parent Julie H.

Did the Grinch steal Christmas or did Max steal his heart?

Man dressed as Grinch
Submitted by Healthy Paws pet parent Lisa K.

Just chillin’


And all through the house, not a creature was stirring…

Christmasy house with 3 dogs
Submitted by Healthy Paws pet parent Rebecca S.

When you have mad Photoshop skills

Holiday card from Henrich's
Card courtesy of David H.

A Christmas miracle: All 3 dogs looking at the camera

Holiday card
Submitted by Healthy Paws pet parent Allyson G.

Save some for Santa, guys!

Dog and cat cookie thieves
Credit: Thriftyfun

I will destroy you, imposter!

White cat looking at tree
Cat eating ornament

Credit: Three chatty cats

When you are really, really into your dog

Husky dog with husky Christmas tree
Credit: Pinterest
Christy True and Tomas
By Christy True

Christy has been writing about pets for Healthy Paws for 21 dog years. She previously worked in journalism, hence her penchant for writing about offbeat animal studies and the latest viral pet trends. She has been owned by several dogs, and right now, Tomas, a Mexican street dog rescue, is staring at her because he wants a walk. Outside of work, she can usually be found sliding down a mountain near her home in Bend, Ore.

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