Flagstaff Sedona Dog Magazine: Timber Talks
Fall is here, and with it come two holiday celebrations that you will want to share with your family . . . and your family pets. More pets are being included in family celebrations every year, because we have become part of your family, no longer just a “pet”. Along with this inclusion in your family come certain responsibilities to protect us during these holidays.
Please remember that Halloween can be scary for us. If we enjoy dressing up and going out with our humans on Halloween, that is wonderful. There are many dogs that love it. My little Shih Tzu sibling always feels special when she is wearing a doggy dress or bows in her hair. Me? – Not so much. I’ll wear a bandana, but that’s my limit. I have my Husky image to maintain.
If your doggy-child becomes stiff and refuses to move when you put him in a costume, believe him. He’s telling you that he doesn’t like to wear clothes, especially that silly cowboy hat and fringed vest you put on him. He can still accompany you on your Halloween walk, just put on a special collar or bandana and let him be a dog.
If he doesn’t like the excited kids in costume running through the streets and startling him, leave your dog at home in a quiet place with his pillow and a treat. Both you and your dog will enjoy the evening better this way.
Also remember to keep all Halloween candy in a safe place, far away from your dogs and cats. One of my Husky siblings is a “counter sweeper” and can steal candy faster than you can blink.
Then there’s Thanksgiving. I personally love Thanksgiving because I can smell the turkey cooking all day and I know I will get some to eat later with my regular meal. Mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes are a treat for me, too. But don’t give your dog too much of your Thanksgiving feast or you’ll have a sick dog on your hands a few hours later.
We are creatures of habit, and that includes our tummies. When our tummies are filled with too much of a new thing, we tend to re-deliver the meal on your carpet or in front of your guests. I much prefer a little turkey with my regular dinner and a safe, quiet place to relax. You can visit with the noisy celebrating relatives in the main part of the house, while I sleep on your bed.
Also remember to keep lighted candles away from my sensitive nose and my wagging tail. I can be a little clumsy around tables and centerpieces. If you have a special holiday plant not usually in the house, keep it out of my reach. I don’t want to eat anything that may be poisonous to me.
And last, don’t give me any of your holiday cakes, mince pies (full of grapes-raisins), chocolate of any kind, turkey bones (or any poultry bones), fat trimmings, macadamia or other nuts. While these are wonderful treats for your human family, they are dangerous to your four-legged family.
Now—you have your instructions. Go have a fun, spooky Halloween and a blessed Thanksgiving feast with your friends, family and four-legged babies. I’m going to go look for a treat now. I suddenly have a taste for sweet potatoes!
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