PetSmart® Swaps out Gum Drops and Candy Canes for Dog Biscuits and Treats to Transform Classic Gingerbread House into Edible Doggy Delight

Pet Party Expert, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Shares Festive DIY
Creations for Holiday Home Décor and Petsgiving Celebrations

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This time of year, as families everywhere look for more ways to
incorporate their pets into holiday traditions, PetSmart and party
expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, editor-at-large of Southern Living
Magazine
and author of Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animal,
have teamed up to share easy and creative dog-friendly holiday recipes.


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Two iconic holiday classics – the gingerbread house and holiday wreath –
have been recreated with dogs in mind using popular PetSmart treats like
Milk Bone® dog biscuits, Pup-Peroni® and Milo’s Kitchen® treats. These
dog-friendly crafts are a festive and yummy treat for our furry friends
and a wow-factor gift or holiday party idea.

“I love Petsgiving – that special time of year when we, as pet parents,
give thanks to our best friends for the unconditional love they give us
all year long,” said Whitman. “I like the idea of not only buying and
making gifts for your own pets, but also thinking about pet-friendly
parties and presents for fellow pet parents.

“These two amazing creations – the Gingerbread Dog House and Dog Treat
Holiday Wreath – are simple and fun for any dog enthusiast. The wreath
makes a unique home décor item and the Gingerbread Dog House is a
fabulous dog party theme. Picture pet parents coming together to make
this great holiday treat, then letting the dogs enjoy it.”

Gingerbread Dog House

The Gingerbread Dog House is a straight-forward, simple cookie recipe
similar to the classic treat made of cookie dough rolled and baked into
the shape of walls and roof panels. The icing is made of low-fat cream
cheese and you can also use all-natural peanut butter – both serve as
delicious adhesives for putting together the house and affixing
pup-friendly embellishments. The white icing is best applied using a
pastry bag or a plastic storage bag with the corner snipped off to give
the house a classic winter feel, Whitman advises.

“The Pup-Peroni® treats are log-like and give the gingerbread house a
rustic cabin feel and make the perfect exterior wall treatment. You can
use Milo’s Kitchen® treats for the roof shingles – the chicken jerky
strips or chicken grillers both work, but the grillers with the grill
marks make for a great roof. The Milk Bone® dog biscuits offer the
finishing touch for the door, chimney – even a front walkway!”

Created as a treat, not a meal, the Gingerbread Dog House is perfect for
a holiday pet party, where dogs can share and enjoy the treat together,
Whitman said. See the easy DIY recipe here.

Dog Treat Wreath

This simple creation starts with a circular piece of cardboard the size
of the desired wreath. A Milk Bone® biscuit and a Pup-Peroni® treat, cut
in half, are paired up and affixed to the cardboard base by snugly
lacing and wrapping a 2-inch festive ribbon around the treat pairs.
There is no glue involved, so when the holidays are over, you can easily
remove the ribbon and let your pup indulge. See here
for more detailed instruction on this DIY holiday item.

“You are sure to get ooohs and aaahs when you show up with this wreath
on your arm – the perfect holiday hostess gift for any dog lover,” said
Whitman.

About PetSmart®

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Inc.
is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions
for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we
believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection,
PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their
pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts
everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates,
and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000
associates, operate approximately 1,444 pet stores in the United States,
Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart®
PetsHotel®
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broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers
dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart
Doggie Day Camp
day care services and pet adoption services
in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com,
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and petMD.com
– offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care
information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership
with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart
Charities™
and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save
the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition,
PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to
call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart
Gives Back
™. By giving back to the communities where we live and
work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich
people’s lives—we live it.

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Danielle Bickelmann, 972-341-2503
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