Ah, yes, Thanksgiving. I’ve got my turkey brining (no dry turkey in this household, uh-uh!) and am already dreaming of kayaking down a river of butter along the banks of some pillowy mashed potatoes and splashing down into a pool of rich, brown, turkey gravy…mm-mmm!


No matter the size gathering you’re having this year, we all should take a moment this Thanksgiving to relax and give thanks for whatever blessings we have been given during this tumultuous year. No matter our circumstances, we can always find something to be grateful for.


I, for one, am grateful to have been able to move closer to my family and become part of the family dog training business. Even though I’m only 2 short months into the job, I’m grateful for the clients I’ve worked with. It gives me great pleasure to be invited into people’s homes and teach them how to live in harmony with their dogs. Happy dogs = happy families!


Thanksgiving is typically a day of abundance and indulgence. We allow ourselves to eat All The Things and we often feel compelled to indulge our little fur babies as well.


If you do feel the urge to pamper your pooches, just keep in mind a few rules to make sure you’re not accidentally spending Thanksgiving evening or the day after at an emergency vet visit.


1) Cooked bones are no bueno. Never give a dog cooked bones of any type. Cooked bones are more brittle and they can splinter in your dog’s throat causing him to choke. Raw bones are great if you want to give your dog a special treat.


2) Stay away from fatty meat. Protein is good for a dog, but not cooked fat. If you’re going to feed Rover some table scraps, be sure you’re only feeding him the lean breast meat of the turkey. Avoid feeding the more fatty dark meat and the skin.


3) Keep it plain. As for the other sides, keep it plain and wholesome. Green beans = good; green bean casserole in a heavy cream sauce = bad. Plain baked sweet potatoes = good; sugary, syrupy sweet potato casserole = bad. Canned pumpkin = good; pumpkin pie = bad. Turkey broth = good; turkey gravy = bad.


4) Other no-no foods. Stay away from bread and carbohydrates, including stuffing and dinner rolls. Cranberries and grapes are also no good for dogs. Vampires aren’t real, so no need to give your dogs anything with onions or garlic either. Chocolate, of course, is a big No-No. And be especially vigilant of anything that contains artificial sweeteners like Xylitol as they can be deadly to your dog.


One more word of advice: if you have a mischievous dog that likes to get into the trash, be sure to put your full trash bags in the garage or another safe space ASAP. Tragedy has struck when a dog has gotten into the trash and eaten all the foods we successfully avoided feeding them at the dinner table.


And if you discover after the holiday that your dog is naughtier than you thought and caused you undue stress and embarrassment at your Thanksgiving gathering, rest assured that Bark Busters can help. Just give us a call at 1-877-500-BARK (2275).


I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with abundance, gratitude, joy, love, and many blessings. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!


Wag more,


Haley Heathman
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