With the holiday season upon us, I’m thinking through my gift giving ideas for every member of my family. While there are endless options for my boys and tons of ideas bouncing around in my head for my hubby, one person I always struggle to find the perfect gift for is my grandmother (I call her Nan). Yes, you heard me right….I’m very fortunate that Nan is still a very important part of my life. At 88 years young, she’s been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember. In fact, I can’t really remember any Christmas celebrations that she and my Pop weren’t a part of. But this year, things are a little different. You see, my Pop passed away last April so it’s Nan’s first Christmas alone. Now this in itself makes it important to find a special gift. But more so than ever, I wanted to find a way this year to spread the holiday joy with a gift that will not only delight my Nan but will also help as she navigates this next chapter of life alone.
I guess to really understand why this gift matters so much, I should tell you a little bit of the back story that I’ve heard so many times. Nan was married to Pop by the time she was 16. At 17, she welcomed my mom into the world, followed by my two uncles. She and Pop were married for over 70 years. My point of sharing these numbers is that Nan has never lived alone…until now. And while I’m not sure how long she will choose to live alone, I felt that it was important for her to have the company of a companion. However, there’s one more thing I need to tell you about Nan and that’s that she has arthritis which would make keeping a live pet very difficult. When Pop was living, they took over ownership of my mom’s dog but now that it’s just her, that’s not an option. So, where am I going with all this information on my very special Nan? Well, I’m leading up to telling you why Hasbro’s JOY FOR ALL interactive companion pet from Walmart is the perfect gift for my Nan this year.
JOY FOR ALL Companion Pets are designed to bring comfort, companionship and fun to elder loved ones. With realistic fur and pet-like sounds – and sensors that respond to petting and hugs with familiar pet-like actions – Companion Pets deliver a soothing, joyful experience that inspire smiles, laughter and fond memories for people of all ages.
As soon as I heard about these interactive companion pets, I was curious. Could this be an option for Nan? Would it bring a smile to her face? I pondered these questions as I learned more about these interactive cats and dogs that can be purchased at Walmart and are perfect for elderly relatives who may just be lonely or may be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. And once I had a chance to get my hands on my very own JOY FOR ALL Companion Pet, the answer was clear!
Upon opening the box with Nan, we were both thrilled with the adorable face of our tabby cat. Complete with it’s own brush, the companion pet was easy to take out of the box and simply required flipping a switch on the bottom of the cat’s belly to turn it on.
As soon as we turned our JOY FOR ALL companion pet on, it came to life in a way which was exciting to see. Reacting to stimulation of it’s many sensors, the cat purred, meowed and closed it’s little eyes as Nan interacted with it. It’s fur was completely life like and the entire experience mimicked the hands on love that a pet can bring into any home. I have to admit that in our first moments with our companion pet, we were all shocked at the realistic purring, meowing and reactions that were amazingly similar to a real, live pet. And Nan, responding to the cat’s reaction to her, quickly fell in love.
But the hands on experience didn’t stop with just the rich vibrations of purring and the soft fur! Just when we thought we had seen it all, our companion cat flipped over, showing the ultimate sign of trust by offering it’s belly up for scratching!
I have to say, watching Nan interact with her JOY FOR ALL companion pet was truly amazing. I could not believe how engaged she became with the pet and how much happiness it seemed to instantly bring to her. As she sat and brushed it and talked to it, I knew I had found a gift that truly would bring her joy in this new season of her life. But in addition to making her happy, it brought me joy knowing that when my mom or I can’t be around, she will have the companionship of her beloved new pet to keep her company.
After listening to her coo and sing to her new found companion, I knew that pictures alone did not do justice to the joy that this amazing holiday gift brings. So I decided to put together a short video to showcase how interactive the JOY FOR ALL companion cat from Walmart really is. Be sure to check it out below.
Now that I’ve shared how I’m bringing joy in an unexpected way to Nan this holiday season, it’s your turn! With a variety of options including the Tabby Cat, Silver Cat and Golden Pup, JOY FOR ALL is sure to offer a perfect way to bring joy to someone special in your life this holiday season! If you’re one of the 73% of adults who provide some level of care for a person 50+, this is a gift that you need to add to your list! Not only will finding it under the tree make the holiday brighter for a parent or grandparent you’re caring for but it will also help ensure that in those moments you can’t be there, your loved one is never alone!
Be sure to learn more about the JOY FOR ALL interactive companion pets from Walmart that are designed for elderly recipients but are really perfect for all ages HERE! Then pick yours up today to ensure that you have a perfect way to bring joy to someone in your life who really needs it this year!
Tell me, who do you know that would love to receive a JOY FOR ALL companion pet?