Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Puppies and Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and this year we have a 13 wk old puppy to consider when planning our Holiday weekend. Here is what we have planned:

1) Wednesday late afternoon: a long hike with 2 and 4 footed friends so Melissa will be tired so I can bake in the evening.
2) In fact she will have several play sessions outdoors to tire her out every day of the Holiday weekend. A tired dog is a good dog. Melissa will be content to spend some time in her ex-pen with a bone while we eat dinner. We also have a new interactive toy for her.
3) We will make changes in our schedule to accommodate her. Her house training is coming along nicely, we don't want her to regress by leaving her confined for long periods of time. We will keep to her routine as much as possible.
4) No leftovers or table scraps for puppy Melissa. Few dogs who are given leftovers or who raid the trash come away with no ill effects, most have digestive upset. During the Holiday Season be most vigilant about cooked bones. They should be wrapped and disposed of in a sealed trash can that has a secure lid. Take the trash out to an area where your dog will not be tempted.
5) We will take advantage of this busy weekend to socialize Melissa. New people, new places, new sights and sounds.
6) We will also make sure she has some down time. Away from the hustle and bustle of the festivities. We want to socialize her, not overwhelm her.

Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. Hi Chris,

    I hope you had a very nice thanksgiving. I have been very busy here with family and we actually had two thanksgiving dinners several days apart. Bridget got ahold of my glasses and did a number on them (reminds me of when Billy got them). So I guess I have to get new ones. I can still wear them but they are in pretty rough shape.
    Talk to you soon,

  2. Hi Judy,

    Sorry you have to get new glasses. This is the time of year when we are all extra busy, but with a bit of planning we can keep our pets happy and content, and out of trouble. Next time you are busy with guests, give Bridget lots of exercise before company arrives. When you are unable to keep your eye on her, confine her to a crate with an interactive toy or bone to chew on. Even though she is over a year old, her previous home may have never taught her what is appropriate to chew on and what is not. Be vigilant when she is loose in the house, pick up any stray items and keep them out of her reach. Check my blog on Rainy Day: What to do with puppy Melissa it will give you some ideas how to keep Bridget occupied. My next blog will be about puppy Melissa's favorite toys, it may give you some more ideas for adolescent Bridget.