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Finding out about an Advent Calendar for dogs had me just as giddy as I was more than forty years ago when my human children were toddlers. Silly me, I even took a photo of my local Trader Joe’s store manager Tim holding the calendar…
Personally, I didn’t catch onto the Advent Calendar excitement until we lived in Germany. Tiffany and Jamie were two & four when we arrived and seven & nine when we returned to America. This gave us plenty of time to adopt such a wonderful seasonal tradition.

Germany’s fall and winter months are my favorite seasons. They are also the most festive times of the entire year.

“Fasching” (or Carnival season) begins on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 minutes after 11am. #doodletruth It ends at the stroke of midnight on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. What a way to start the holiday season!


History shows the first printed calendars date back to the early 1900’s. Production stopped during the World Wars because cardboard was rationed. By the late 1940’s chocolate filled Advent Calendars were available for sale…

For my two children, seeing an Advent Calendar in the house symbolized the countdown for St. Nick’s arrival was near. I remember Tiffany’s college freshman year, I mailed her an Advent Calendar and she was elated. By her sophomore year, I was mailing close to a dozen for her friends.


Now that you know a little about my giddiness towards Advent Calendars, imagine my squeal when I read this…

Trader Joe’s Advent Calendar for dogs is finally here, now your pup can countdown to Christmas too…

It’s a 24-day Advent Calendar filled with Salmon and Sweet Potato dog treats – one for each day.

In addition to the cute illustrations – there are tasks included #thisoughttobefun …

Only $5.99 – I’m sure they will not be available for long – so don’t wait – go grab one at your local Trader Joe’s.

While you don’t need an Advent Calendar to know that Christmas is coming, opening a little numbered door to reveal a prize is an idea that practically everyone – canine or human – religious or not – can get behind.


December 1st you can follow the Boys on –




as they count down to Christmas!

Get a first hand look at what’s inside their Advent Calendars.

Something tells me – the next two weeks will seem like furever for two special Doods…

Smile at someone and I betcha they’ll smile back ❤️

  • Shadow's & Ducky's Mom
    November 12, 2018

    Even though all four of my grandparents were German – and two were first-generation immigrants – they never had advent calendars in their homes when my brother and I were little. Of course, that was in the early to mid 50s. They were probably not used to them being available since we kids were born so soon after the end of WWII. So, I never bothered with them either. And my girls don’t like fish.

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 19, 2018

      Germany got us hooked on them. By the time we were state side, the military commissaries started carrying them. So I was able to still mail them to nieces and nephews. Jaxson is “so-so” with salmon, I’m interested in the “tasks” that come with it and for $5.99 I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I’ll let you know…

  • Dashlilly
    November 13, 2018

    Ohhhhhh. I love this!!! But I can’t get to trader joes until the weekend! Cross your fingers! What an awesome idea! Thanks for writing about it. I too love advent calendars!

  • My GBGV Life
    November 13, 2018

    Advent calendars are a big thing in Germany. I bought them and sent them over for my niece and nephew when they were little. Did you see Aldi has them for adults? They have wine and cheese ones and one or two other kinds. Lots of fun stuff! I’m sure those will go fast too.

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 19, 2018

      Germany is where we got hooked on them! I too used to mail them back, and everyone loved them. I will stop by Aldi’s this weekend because my children will love to receive them at their age in lieu of the chocolates.

  • All Things Collie
    November 13, 2018

    what a great idea! I bet they are sold out in no time!

  • Jan K
    November 16, 2018

    We don’t have a Trader Joe’s! Waaahhhh! Guess we’ll have to live vicariously through you and the Doods. 🙂
    (Honestly, I’ve never had an Advent calendar of any kind. I feel like I’ve lived a deprived life!)

  • Monika & Sam
    November 21, 2018

    What a cool idea!