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“Gobble, Gobble!” (Translation: “Have a Happy Veggie Thanksgiving!”)

“Happy (vegetarian) Thanksgiving!” Photo by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, CA
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Dear readers:
I’m off on my usual Thanksgiving Vacation and will be back on Monday, Nov. 28.



Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2011
Under: Thanksgiving, wild turkeys | 3 Comments »

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

We’re ready for Thanksgiving! Photo by Glenda Blue of “Bodacious Bichons,” Satellite Beach, FL, submitted by her friend John Sherry, Lafayette, CA.
Thanksgiving Bichons

“We’re ready for Thanksgiving!”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I’m off on my annual Thanksgiving week vacation. I’ll be back here blogging on Monday, Nov. 29. See ya! /Gary

Posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Under: dogs, Thanksgiving | No Comments »

Thanksgiving: The dogs who sailed over on the Mayflower

MayflowerII. Photo by Flickr user Paul Keleher used under a Creative Commons License.
MayflowerII Paul Keleher

With Thanksgiving just around the corner (next Thursday), this seems like an appropriate time for this information I just received from the American Kennel Club (AKC):

Research confirms that pilgrims weren’t the only passengers aboard the Mayflower.  Turns out man’s best friend also made the transatlantic voyage from Southampton, England to Plymouth, MA in 1620.

In other words, two dog breeds were apparently the first to make dogs a part of everyday life for the earliest Western settlers. I figure that’s worth a little celebration, don’t you?
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Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2009
Under: American Kennel Club, dogs, Thanksgiving | 1 Comment »

Thanksgiving and your pets

I’m taking a Thanksgiving break and will be back on Nov. 27. In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind about pets and Thanksgiving:

1. Thanksgiving is for humans, not pets. We spend all year feeding our animal companions relatively bland diets. If you let your dogs and cats have treats of rich turkey tidbits and spicy foods, or you let them lick the fat or gravy off pans and plates, you can end up with sick animals.

2. Be extra careful to dispose of the greasy string that holds your roasting turkey together. It can cause choking or intestinal blockage if swallowed by a pet. (Make sure the lid on your outside garbage can is fastened securely so hungry wild animals can’t reach that tasty string.)

3. Salmonella (food poisoning) bacteria is usually killed by cooking, but turkeys are often undercooked. Unrefrigerated food left sitting out all afternoon while you visit with guests should be dumped into the garbage, and not into pet dishes.

4. Poultry bones are dangerous for pets to eat. The hollow bones shatter easily, and sharp pieces can pierce the intestines.

5. Don’t forget that chocolate is bad for dogs and cats. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to these animals.

6. Your pets might enjoy the quiet confines of a back bedroom if visiting grandchildren get too frisky.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! See you next Tuesday!

Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
Under: Pets, Thanksgiving | 2 Comments »