We spoke with Kirsten Meier, Senior Merchant – Pet Supplies, about all the buzz her Pet Advent Calendar received and what ways our members can “treat” their pet this holiday season.

Question:

Explain why you developed the Advent calendar for dogs (and what it is)?

Answer:
Last holiday season I started noticing advent calendars with much more than your standard chocolates inside. There were some with beauty products, cheese, wine and toys for kids. I know my dog deserves to take part in the holiday just as much as anyone, and how fun it would be to have an advent calendar with healthy treats for her?! I worked with a supplier in Germany, which is where traditional Advent Calendars originated, to provide treats with only two all-natural ingredients. Now we can count down to Christmas together!


Question:

The advent calendar was all over the internet! What was the funniest call out you saw?

Answer:
An article from Delish stated, “It is being sold online and in-store for only $9.98. That's less than 10 dollars to ensure unconditional love and affection from your dog forever—a pretty good deal, if you ask me.” And it certainly made me giggle!

Question:

The advent calendar is still in some clubs, but you know that our members are treating their pets to something special with other items too! What else do you have for “Scooter”’s Stocking?

Answer:
Here are my five must have presents for your pup!


Lumabone Durable Chew Toys: Great long-lasting chew (infused with real bacon!) and members get 3 for under $15!

Our Serta Camelback Couch Bed is a great pet bed for large dogs has Cool Twist gel memory foam technology and orthopedic dual-foam support. It’s also a great value – our members are getting a 25% larger bed for less money than they would spend at other retailers. AND more than 170 members have given it a 5-star rating on our site!

Bone & Barkers Nordic Friends Holiday Toy Pack – 3 large toys or 4 smaller toys per package for less than $13.

Member’s Mark Dental Treats are always a good stocking stuffer and this item is certified by the Veterinary Oral Health Council to reduce plaque and tartar. Perfect way to treat and take care of your furbaby!


Question:

Do our members buy more gifts for their pets than the average pet parent? What stats can you share about how people gift to their pets?

Answer:
The Holiday season is big for pets! As pets become more a part of our families, we want to treat them as such. Did you know that 40% of all pet beds are sold around the holidays – who doesn’t love putting a new bed under the tree for Fido?

Question:

Best holiday gift item for kitties?

Answer:


Our Trixie Baza Grande is the perfect cat house and gives your kitty a perfect perch to keep an eye on things as well as a comforting house where they can feel safe.


Question:

Best holiday gift item for puppies?

Answer:
We’ve curated very posh selection of food and water bowls and we have some great new designs on samsclub.com! Click on the gift items below to learn more.



Question:

Last one! Toto or Beethoven?

Answer:
Beethoven!