Archive for November, 2019
We know we just got done telling you how to spend Thanksgiving with your dog, but now Christmas is right around the corner! If you’re wondering about ways to include your pet in all of your festivities we’ve got you covered!
There are plenty of outings that lead up to the big day, so why not bring good ol’ Spot with you to help break out the Holiday Cheer?!
- Finding your Christmas Tree! Picking out your tree can be such a lovely experience; there’s hot cocoa (or apple cider), the smell of the trees, and just the general excitement of finding that perfect tree. Now think of how excited your dog would be to smell the smells, and go on this adventure with you.
- Christmas Caroling! Plan on going door-to-door caroling with a few friends this year? Bring your dog! They love spending some outside time with you, and meeting new people! You can even dress them up to look the part.
If you feel apprehensive about bringing your dog with you out and about because they may not have the right training for it, click here for information on courses we offer here at Shaggy Shack to get you and your pet on the right track!
You don’t only need to go outside to celebrate the holidays with your pup, there are loads of things to do around your home as well!
3. Advent Calendars! Think of how much you, your kids, and/or your friends enjoy advent calendars for yourselves to help count down the days until Christmas. Imagine how much fun it would be to celebrate Christmas with your dog by having one for them as well! You can buy one, or make one yourself, they will love it either way!
4. Rest! With all of the running around, and boisterous holiday cheer, your pet will definitely need some down time. Make sure they have a safe place to go lie down for a couple of hours away from all of the noise. It may be good to have a water bowl in that area as well for them.
Another holiday event can be work and/or friends’ holiday parties. Make sure if your pet is not allowed in they have a safe spot to be looked after. For either just a few hours in daycare, or maybe an overnight stay with boarding, Shaggy Shack can help you out there as well, click here to find out more.
On the big day is where most of the excitement happens! Keep in mind your pet will be almost as excited (and stressed) as you are.
5. Dress them up! Most of us have some sort of holiday outfit we love to wear, why not include your pet? Maybe they can be Santa’s helper, or even a reindeer! Or, if you’re feeling a little more conservative with the outfits, you can do a classy red and green collar to show a little holiday cheer.
6. Christmas Cookies! Santa isn’t the only one who enjoys some tasty treats! Make or buy some special Christmas treats for your pup to spoil them just a little extra on this wonderful occasion.
7. Meet and Greet! So you’ve got Fiddo all decked out in Christmas gear, and your guests will be arriving soon for the roast beast feast. Have your dog with you when greeting your guests. They will love it, and so will he. This also gives him an opportunity to meet everyone on your terms, no surprises!
If your pup is looking a little mangy, and you’re worried about getting him spruced up before your big holiday plans, don’t fret! Our capable staff can get your pup clean and pristine just in time for presents! Click here to call and schedule a grooming appointment today.
Oh, and we forgot to mention, have fun!
From everyone here at Shaggy Shack, we hope you have a holly jolly Christmas!
Shaggy Shack Pet Resort Presents:
Free Photos With Santa!
Sunday Dec 1st
Sunday Dec 8th
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Come join us here at Shaggy Shack for free photos with Santa! Bring your pets, and create memories you will keep forever! Santa will be here on Sunday December 1st and 8th from 10 am to 1 pm. We look forward to seeing you to celebrate this wonderful holiday season!
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Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where everyone is looking forward to the food, and that includes your dog! We have come up with a few safety tips, and helpful hints for what foods your dog can enjoy with you. We want Thanksgiving with your dog to be special for everyone, and safe!
- Be sure not to give your dog any uncooked dough! Yeast in uncooked bread dough can cause serious harm to your pets. When cats or dogs have yeast, they can become “drunk” from the alcohol released when yeast is consumed. Thanksgiving with your dog shouldn’t include an emergency vet visit.
- Sweet potatoes are great for dogs! You can share your sweet potato dish with your pets, as long as there aren’t any marshmallows on them. Marshmallows have an ingredient called xylitol which is harmful to dogs (some peanut butters contain this ingredient as well).
- If you are worried about your dog’s manners when company comes over, consider a basic training course. When the big day comes, you and your pet will feel less anxious, and more laid back with some boundaries set. Click here to check out Shaggy Shack Pet Resort’s dog training courses!
- Do not feed your dog any turkey bones! Poultry bones are more likely to splinter, especially after being cooked, and can be dangerous for dogs. This does not mean don’t give Spot any turkey however. Just make sure there are no bones in the meat before feeding to your pet.
- While on the topic of turkey, keep any of the “extras” you find inside your turkey before preparing it to be cooked. There is typically a heart, gizzard, and liver tucked inside of whole birds. For the heart and liver you can chop these up and cook them as a tasty snack for your pet. The gizzard takes a little more work, you need to cut it open and remove all of the pebbles and such before cooking.
- Pies are always a staple of Thanksgiving, especially apple pie and pumpkin pie. Save some of your fresh pumpkin, or pumpkin puree for your pup! Pumpkin is great for their digestive system, and dogs love it! Also you can save a few apple slices for them! Just make sure there are no seeds.
- Plan on serving some veggie dishes as well? Pass Fido some carrots and green beans! Carrots have tons of vitamins and fiber, and are actually a good snack for dogs with cancer. Green beans also have loads of fiber and vitamins, but are often cooked with onions. Be sure not to feed any dishes with onions to your pet!
- While everyone else is enjoying their feast, prep a small dish with all of the tasty dog-friendly dishes you’ve created so you can enjoy Thanksgiving with your dog!
- If you are planning an out-of-town trip, and your dog is not invited, be sure to look into boarding. Shaggy Shack is open everyday for boarding, and the staff is carefully trained to keep your dog safe, happy, and well taken care of. Click here for more info on boarding with Shaggy Shack.
Here’s a bonus tip: use some of your unwanted leftovers for your dog’s dinner! Pass the turkey, but hold the onions and mushrooms!
Everyone here at Shaggy Shack wishes you all a Pawtastic Thanksgiving with your dog!