Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Ah, the leaves are changing from shades of green and melting into amber hues yellows and bright, bold reds. Add that to the backdrop of a crisp, blue sky and it's as if heaven's paint box has spilled over! From pumpkins and spice to pies and turkey filled tummies, the arrival of the holidays bring a sense of excitement into the air... but what about our furry friends? How can we make this special time of year sweet, safe and saliva provoking yummy for them too? Read on to find out.

Turkey Table - Dogs Welcome
Admit it. When we banish Fido to the basement for holiday gatherings we feel pretty crummy. Sometimes, we can't even have fun thinking that they are down there moping around while we are upstairs living it up.
When it comes to doggies and the dinner table... we all know that it can be a little strange to guests when our dog is given a seat at the head of the table. But, just because we shouldn't sit him next to Uncle Tim doesn't mean that we have to banish him from the gatherings all together.
Create a special little place for your pet at the end of the dining room or in his favorite spot. Make it festive and bright. A good way to do this all while keeping all those wayward kids at bay while you cook? Cut out a big piece of cardboard and let the kids draw on a cute autumn scene from the dining table. Place crayons into sandwich bags for each child to avoid the age old fight over the red crayon.
Dining Safety
Bones and birds and gravy... oh my! Thanksgiving is a dog's dining dream and those "begging" eyes make it no secret. But what thanksgiving treats are safe for dogs and which ones should be avoided?
Foods to Avoid:
- Spicy, oniony and greasy food - these items can cause pancreatitis in pets, a painful and sometimes dangerous inflammation of the pancreas
- Bones - they break or splinter and become lodged in the digestive track, in some cases they can even puncture areas of puppy's delicate tummy
- Nuts - these can cause swelling in legs, tremors and other numerous pup illnesses
- Chocolate and Sweets - chocolate can be especially toxic and sweets that have been sweetened with xylitol can be just as deadly
- Grapes or Raisins - these unsafe treats can cause kidney failure in pets
- Mushrooms - some types may prove toxic to animals
Foods Perfect for Pets
- Green Beans - a perfect treat both healthy and safe for doggie snacking
- Cottage Cheese and Plain Yogurt - the pro-biotics are great for doggie digestion
- Apples - it's true even for dogs, an apple a day keeps the vet away
- Low Fat Peanut Butter - (healthy even though it sticks to the roof of his mouth)
- Turkey - and the dogs of the world said "amen!" Poultry when thoroughly cooked and not covered in greases is a great treat for pups

Adorable Ensembles
In today's modern world festive fashion isn't just for pet mommies. Turn your furry sweetie into a gobble-gobble "he's so cute" gush waiting to happen with this adorable do it yourself doggie thanksgiving tee.
Tail Wagging Thankfulness
Start out with a simple doggie tee that you already have in your pet's closet. You will need five sheets of peel and stick felt - brown, red, yellow, white and orange.
Start out by cutting a "peanut" shaped piece of brown felt and sticking it onto the back of your tee shirt. This will be your turkey's head and body. Second, cut two "feet" from your orange felt and stick it onto the bottom of turkey's body. Continue by cutting feather shapes from your orange, red and yellow felt. Stick the feathers on around the head and body.
Once your turkey's body is complete, cut out two eyes from your white felt along with an orange beak and a read "dangler" to match. For added fun cut out small letters to spell "Gobble" and place them above or below your turkey to finish your look.
From yummy yams to tees filled with thanks, from our families to yours, we're wishing you a thanksgiving truly filled with so much to be thankful for!

David Beart is the owner of the PetYak. Our site covers pet related topics such as dealing with dog vomiting and diarrhea to training and behavior.
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