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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mutt Monday:
Planning Ahead for Thanksgiving

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
I'll admit it; I'm a little anal when it comes to planning ahead for the holidays. Is this too soon to be thinking about what I'll do with the pups when company arrives, or what the menu will be? If so, oh well! I'll trudge on anyway.

With the smell of turkey and sweet potatoes wafting throughout the house on Thanksgiving, the dogs' noses are always on high alert. Oliver's Medical Alert nose not withstanding, even Tanner and Jacque will be quite attuned to what's going on in the kitchen. Cooking is definitely of interest to these boys!

While I prepare a delicious repast for my family, it is also important to assure that the dogs get their yummies to be thankful for. And besides, it keeps them out of mischief when the buffet table may be within Tanner's reach. Isn't counter-surfing fun?!!!

Lots of preparation goes into making this day of family fun a success. Training for good behavior is as important as training to assure no food aggression, preparing a special treat for the dogs, and making sure that all our guests are aware of how best to manage the dogs' presence. After all, the dogs do live here. I don't banish them to the bedroom just because company arrives.

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Schooner and Skipper said...

This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah come on the same day so we are celebrating both. We will have turkey, mash potatoes & gravy, dressing and brisket, latkes and more all on the same table. It is called Thanksgivukkah. It won't happen again for 70,000 years. I am going to set a turkey figurine in front of the menorah. It should be a very interesting dinner.

Barbara Gallisath said...

The decision to lock up pets in a bedroom depends on whether or not one or more of the guests are allergic to dogs, unfortunately. And taking the dog for a short walk during the party helps in keeping them quite for the rest of the party.

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