Casper’s First Christmas 2016

We have a very special Christmas coming up with our new family addition.

It would be 3 months on Christmas Day since we travelled from Essex to Yorkshire to pick up our beautiful white German Shepherd puppy. Here are a couple of adorable photos that the breeder sent up to fall in love with before we saw the pup in person…


So many people have told me that having a dog is like having a child. You worry about them constantly, wondering how they are getting on with their day if you’re not there with them. You love them even when they are being naughty. In our case, we even take him to doggie day care so that he socialises with others and grows up to be a well behaved, well rounded dog. As I’ve not had children myself I don’t notice the similarities but when I talk about Casper, our gorgeous puppy, the comment definitely comes up a lot 🙂

In two and a half months I feel that we’ve achieved so much together and have grown close. I’ve worked my socks off to get him trained as he’s going to be a MASSIVE dog (…his paws…) and after a few hard weeks and some sleepless nights I can definitely say we’re in a healthy routine and are looking forward to the festivities.

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I might be going OTT here but I decided to put some treats and toys together for Casper so that he has something new for Christmas. Yup, as I said it’s like having a child haha. This Christmas is going to be extra special too because it’s his very first! The lovely team at Harrods offered to send me a few bits from their new My First Christmas at Harrods collection which I’m sure Casper will appreciate very much 🙂

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It was easy to stuff the white Christmas stocking* with puppy items. The hubby and I bought some toys that are good for his puppy teeth and teething and got extra treats that will either keep him occupied or encourage good dog behaviour.

When it came to the My First Christmas Advent calendar* it had perfectly sized pouches for single treats. Just like the hubby and I, Casper is treated once a day to a small treat. As chocolate is poisonous to dogs this advent calendar is ideal… and super cute. I cannot wait for Christmas Day now!

Is it just me or do you give your pets Christmas presents too?


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • December 12, 2016

    Jon Gutteridge

    That’s dog sure has got some excellent Christmas treats!!! You can never go wrong with some meaty sticks!

  • December 12, 2016


    An advent calendar for a doggy – how utterly adorable? I don’t know why I never thought of this before.

  • December 12, 2016

    Mellissa Williams

    Oh my gosh, I love your dog he’s gorgeous. I can see how you love him so. He’s one of the family now and perfectly acceptable to give him toys at Christmas!

  • December 12, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    Casper is so cute! Doc would love to have an advent calendar too, but I’m not telling him that there’s such a thing 😉 Haha.

  • December 12, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    Wow I have never seen a white German Shepherd before, what a stunning dog Casper is. I like the stocking too.

  • December 13, 2016

    five little doves

    Ahh I love that he has his own advent calendar! Our dog isn’t so lucky, with four children there really isn’t any more room on the mantelpiece!

  • December 13, 2016


    Aww Casper is adorable 🙂 Lovely treats for him. I love to spoilt my Mollie at Christmas too. You are so right, I am always worrying about Mollie, just like I do my kids ..

  • December 13, 2016


    OMG he is adorable. Not really a fan of xmas presents for pets but I think he will be pleased

  • December 14, 2016

    Zena's Suitcase

    That is one beautiful dog you have there, and I think he is going to love his treats. I wish I had the time a patience for a dog, but I’ll just have to admire yours for now

  • December 14, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    What a lucky puppy. He is a cutie.

  • December 14, 2016


    Some great things I think I will pick up for my fur baby which on the 21st we would of had her 4 years

  • December 14, 2016


    Oh my, he is incredibly cute. Definitely have to have a present for a pet dog, it’s Christmas for the whole family x

  • December 15, 2016

    Chloe Ciliberto

    Oh my gosh he is so sweet! What an adorable present idea for him. So spoilt! x

  • December 17, 2016

    Kerry Norris

    I give my dog pressies too. He is so cute x