Friday, December 25, 2009

Puppy Melissa's First Christmas

It's been a busy few weeks, but the 3-day Christmas weekend has finally arrived. Having a puppy around the Holidays takes a bit of planning on our part. My priority has been finding ways to give Melissa enough physical exercise. Luckily the temps have risen to just above freezing, making the snow soft enough for the dogs to run through. Melissa had a good work-out this morning with her Lab friend Lucy and is now sleeping soundly.

Puppies are curious, all gift wrapping material and presents have been confined to a room that is off limits to Melissa. Baby gates come in handy in managing Melissa's whereabouts.

Chocolate and Poinsettias are poisonous to dogs, if at any time you suspect your dog has ingested a toxic item please call the Poison Hot-line 888 426-4435

Holidays mean an over abundance of food. We humans might be able to handle the fancy appetizers, the eggnog, candy and desserts, but our dog's digestive system is not made to handle such items. Although pleading eyes may tell you otherwise. Keep to your dog's regular diet as much as possible; her digestive system will appreciate it.

There is so much to do this time of year! Our dogs do not understand what all the commotion is about. Take the time to give lots of physical exercise before you visit with guests. Your dog will then be ready to curl up with a new bone or a stuffed interactive toy stuffed with something extra special for the time your dog is home alone or you are busy with company. Use crates, x-pens or baby gates as needed, keep your dog safe from running out an open front door.

It's time to put the glaze on our two day project: a chocolate hazelnut torte. Paul is making the chocolate shavings as I type. You guessed it, the kitchen is off limits to the dogs while we prepare the dessert.

Melissa will have another run through the woods and another play session with Lab Lucy before we visit with friends. The two are evenly matched when it comes to playing. They run, they chase, they wrestle. More about appropriate playmates in a future blog.

Have a safe and happy Holiday weekend.

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