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A K9 holiday

HAPPY thanksgiving and Thanksgivukkah (chanukah)

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IT has been kind of a canine holiday….

first, watched Lassie Come Home, not with Timmy but a kid named Joe in England… good movie

found out about Woofipedia

http://www.woofipedia.com/

had lots of goodies to eat… and Cici gave me lots of kisses, wags and belly showing for some turkey

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 the dog show winner: 

Jewel, a dominant American Foxhound won The National Dog Show during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.  Jewel was selected by Best in Show Judge Randy E. Garren from among the seven canines emerging from the judging of over 1,500 dogs at the tradition-rich, all-breed show.

After successfully defending her 2012 Hound Group win at the show, Jewel edged out an ADORABLE with personality Bearded Collie, a Pekingese, a Norfolk Terrier, a Standard Schnauzer, a Bichon Frise and an Irish Water Spaniel on the Best in Show stage. Jewel also won the Hound Group at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past February.

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Doggie Turkey Dinner

Before you know it, Thanksgiving (and Chanukah) will be here, in a few weeks. The first day of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving day. It is a unique double holiday and will not happen again for over 70000 years!  You might add latkes to your turkey dinner or other Festival of Lights treats to celebrate.

http://www.examiner.com/article/thanksgivukkah-or-chanukah-2013

Whichever holiday you observe, or maybe both, as you plan for your human dinner, you might also consider the following items to feed your special four legged furry family members. As part of the family, they deserve a special turkey dinner, too.

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-Thanksgiving Turkey: Yes dogs can certainly eat turkey; however Thanksgiving turkey is typically high in fat.  For this reason, we recommend cooking up a separate piece of turkey especially for your dog.  You can dress up the turkey with some rosemary, sage and chicken stock.  You could also serve them turkey franks or ground turkey burgers raw or cooked. 

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-Green Bean Casserole: A classic dish. But this dish is loaded with not so friendly doggy foods like the fried onion toppings, mushrooms and creamy soup base. That doesn’t mean your dog can’t enjoy some plain steamed green beans with his turkey. Or green beans and cheese. 

 

-Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkins are great foods for dogs, but butter, sugar and fat are not. We recommend making pumpkin doggy biscuits instead. There a lot of recipes out there, but http://www.food.com/recipe/pumpkin-dog-biscuits-28099 is a recipe from Food.com that looks so easy to make that you might start to make it year round.

 

-Mashed Potatoes: Buttery, creamy mashed potatoes & gravy – yum! Potatoes do offer nutritional benefits, but the butter and cream, and sometimes garlic, should not be consumed by your dog. Better than a mashed potato? A baked potato. Remember to only serve your dog a small portion (Think 1/4th or 1/8th of a potato). This is because potatoes are high in carbohydrates, which is not good for your dog’s blood sugar.

 

-Baked Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are found in a variety of high quality dog foods and offer a lot of nutritional benefits. Although on Thanksgiving, they are usually covered in a bed of marshmallows, which is definitely not a doggy friendly food. If you skip the marshmallows and the sugar, baked sweet potatoes are a great treat for your dog. http://www.food.com/recipe/sweet-potato-chews-for-dogs-248608 is a recipe from Food.com for homemade sweet potato chews. (Hint: There is only one ingredient)

 

-Foods to Always Avoid: These foods should never be given to your dog – not even in small quantities: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, garlic, alcohol, plums, sugary foods, fatty meats and cooked bones of any kind (unless specifically pressurized & made for dogs).

With a little bit of substituting, you can always find a way for your pup to join the party & the feast.

Suggestions from:

Andrea Servadio

Co-Owner, Fitdog Sports Club

Santa Monica, Calif.

In June of 2009, Andrea Servadio co-founded Fitdog Sports Club with business partner Brandy Han.  Their goal was simple: to provide high quality products and unique services that enable dog owners to create a healthy and active lifestyle for their dogs.

 

Just three years later, Fitdog has grown into one of the premier dog care facilities in Los Angeles. 

 


Blog Hop time…thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop  link 

 

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Giving Thanks

Slathering Cici with Lavendar mixed with coconut oil on her itchies. Made a lavendar oil infused bandana for her neck. And also applying Dr Harvey’s healing cream to her tush and feeding her wild salmon oil with her food. Gave her an herbal bath and a soft cone to keep her from scratching and biting her rear.

And yesterday the pit bull across the street decided to get out of her gate and run after us on the way to the park barking all the way. The two dogs do not really know one another. Both girls. And have barked at other. I was not going to chance a fight or barkfest so I managed to keep them far apart. And it was scary. I tried to get Sasha back into her yard to no avail. And tried to enlist two men to help me. They were both scared of Sasha the pit bull… Finally, I convinced one man to hold onto Cici and I chased Sasha back into her yard. On the way to the yard, two cars came while she was in the middle of the road. Thankfully they both stopped and were driving slowly. Did not feel secure enough to know if Sasha would stay inside, so I grabbed Cici and brought her inside our home. I wondered if the old guy who lives in the house was ok. And how long Sasha was outside. I decided to bring her over some water and food just in case. A few hours later, I saw my neighbor’s car and went over and told him what happened. He simply forgot to lock the gate. And I made friends with Sasha up close and personal. Let her smell me. Am very thankful it all ended well.

looks like Sasha…

Am also thankful for my roommate being a jerk. and for spending my birthday / Thanksgiving alone this year. At least that is how it seems it is going to be since roomie is being a tick.

Am REALLY thankful for the wonderful foot massage I had yesterday before all the dog chaos.

Am REALLY thankful for the lovely comp meal I will have at Benihana’s today, the movie I will see (Lincoln) and for my polka dot princess, the best dog on the planet.

And am REALLY thankful to all of you dear readers!!!

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and remembering the people
and things we are thankful for – including our furry family members. This year, Pet360.com has created the following list of the top nine reasons to be thankful for our dogs and cats.

–  Easy to Please: After a long day at the office, few things are better
than coming home to your pet. A bowl full of food and a nice long belly
rub or ear scratch is all it takes to make their day.
—  Up For Anything: Plane? Train? Automobile? Regardless of where you
travel, most pets are content to be anywhere you are, and they’ll never
ask, “Mom! Are we there yet?”
—  Get Us Moving: Whether it is the dog that needs to go out, or the cat
you are entertaining with a feather teaser, our pets always keep us on
our feet and on the go.
—  Love to Snuggle: From when they are kittens and puppies until they
become senior pets, our dogs and cats will always snuggle up with us on
the couch or in bed, making any snuggle session ten times better.
—  Calm Us: Whenever we are having a hectic day, one look at our pet
reminds us to take a deep breath and be calm. Petting, scratching, and
even rubbing your pet’s belly can be therapeutic, too.
—  Appreciate the Little Things: Our pets remind us every day that it is
the little things — a cardboard box, a shoelace, or a walk outdoors -
that are most important in life.
—  Keep us on Schedule: Our pets make sure we are up on time everyday!
Whether it is a paw to the forehead or a lick to the face, these gentle
reminders to be fed or go outside make sure we’re awake to see the
sunrise.
—  Get us Out of Jams: Date not going well? Stuck at a neighbor’s? If
nothing else, pets provide us with a perfect built-in excuse to quickly
exit a situation. Who would ask you to stay when you suddenly remember
that you have forgotten to feed the pets?
—  Provide Unconditional Love: Above all, our pets teach us what
unconditional love is and remind us to always be the people our pets
think we are.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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2,000 dogs will be dogs

It’s been 11 years since actor John O’Hurley began an unlikely new Thanksgiving tradition: Co-hosting a dog show on national television in front of tens of millions of viewers. And, the 58-year-old admits, he has the now-famous mockumentary “Best In Show” to thank for the gig…

“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina.” “It was just an odd opportunity and yet it’s returned just so much joy to me over the 11 years I’ve been doing it.”

Every year a whopping 2,000 show dogs representing more than 150 breeds descend on the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, and while canine expert David Frei provides commentary and sportscaster Mary Carillio does the sideline interviews (with the handlers, not the actual canines), O’Hurley brings plenty of humor to the show and admits he’s more of a dog lover than an expert … though he’s learned plenty over the last decade.

“I’m amazed at how well behaved the dogs are with each other. You take a dog to go to a dog park and you get a dog fight in the middle of it. That doesn’t happen at the dog show,” O’Hurley explains. “You have 2,000 well-behaved dogs who are just happy as heck to be there. It’s a very exciting arena with all these great smells and all these people around who want to pet them. There really is an aesthetic sense to it. You’re seeing the best of the breeds and they are just beautiful to see.”

O’Hurley and some furry friends. (NBC)

As for why he thinks the show pulls in more than 20 million viewers every year, O’Hurley says it’s simply too difficult for viewers to pass the pups by.

“I think it’s a perfect piece of television. It falls on a huge family day and there’s something for everybody, whether you’re 5 or 95, everybody loves the world of dogs,” he shares. “If you’re twiddling through the remote and you come upon the dog show you just have to pause and watch it for a little while.”

The “Dancing With the Stars” contestant has had dogs in his life since he was just 4 years old and his family brought home a Dachshund named Taffy. Today, he and wife Lisa are raising a King Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Sadie and a Havanese named Lucy (along with their son, William, who turns 6 in December), but O’Hurley is adamant about the fact that dog ownership and those considering it should think long and hard.

“Having a dog really is a lifelong responsibility. You’re responsible for that little life in the same way that you would be for a child. And, unfortunately, our rescue shelters are filled with people who didn’t take the responsibility seriously. It’s not a trial thing,” notes O’Hurley, who works with others involved with the dog show to promote responsible pet ownership. “It’s not, ‘Oh it’s a cute puppy, but unfortunately as it grew up it doesn’t fit our lifestyle.’ Get to know the idiosyncrasies of each breed and make sure they fit your lifestyle,” he implores.

But whether or not a dog fits your lifestyle, dogs will be dogs, as O’Hurley occasionally gets to see firsthand. “In show number three, a Great Dane was walking around the ring, walked in front of David and me at the NBC booth, took one look at us, and then squatted down and gave a little review of our performance,” he recalls with a laugh. “And it took someone with Olympic elephant equipment to get it out of there.”

“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” airs Thanksgiving Day at 12 p.m. ET/PT.

http://omg.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-pets/john-o-hurley-thanksgiving-tradition-2-000-dogs-011303680.html

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turkey day feast for pooches

ok, this year Thanksgiving and my birthday are one and the same day…

so what are you and your dog up to for turkey day (remember, be good, it’s a day to be thankful and grateful and appreciate all you have…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/23/dogs-dressed-like-turkeys_n_786977.html#s188391

Genetically modified ingredients can be an unwelcome and hidden guest at your Thanksgiving celebration. This year, GMO Inside, a new coalition that advocates for increased consumer awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods, is offering tips and suggestions for consumers on how to remove unwanted GMOs from their holiday feasts. From identifying GMO–laden products and offering non-GMO alternatives to giving tips on how to help spread the word on genetically engineered foods, GMO Inside hopes to give consumers the information they need to celebrate a non-GMO Thanksgiving.

Alisa Gravitz, president, Green America said: “Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Consumers should be able to do this without worrying about feeding hidden GMOs to their loved ones. GMO Inside’s Thanksgiving campaign allows people to make educated decisions about what will be served at their holiday gathering.”

Some common Thanksgiving products that are suspect for GMOs include: Campbell’s Tomato Soup, Wesson Canola Oil, Bruce’s Yams, Hershey Milk Chocolate, Pepperidge Farm Crackers, Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing, Rice-a-Roni chicken flavored rice, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, and Kraft’s Stove Top Stuffing. GMO Inside provides alternatives to these foods here:  http://gmoinside.org/launch-thanksgiving/.

If you already purchased holiday food containing GMOs, you can check to see if food containing GMOs has money-back guarantees. If it does, you can send food back to the manufacturer and ask for your money back.

Sixty countries around the world have labeled GMO foods. GMO Inside believes that all U.S. citizens have the right to know what is in the food they eat. Genetically engineered foods have not been adequately tested for human consumption. It is unethical to put an experimental technology into the food Americans feed their families without providing information on the label that allows Americans to choose whether or not their food contains GMOs. Americans deserve to know if there are GMOs inside.
and here are some no no foods to not feed your pooch

http://www.ilovedogs.com/2011/10/10-thanksgiving-foods-dangerous-to-your-dog/#.UKPSAxW-amA

and instead of and/or in addition to eating turkey, you could adopt one… Adopting a turkey is a great way to give “turkey day” a new, kind meaning.

http://thekindlife.com/blog/post/farm-sanctuary-adopt-a-turkey-2012

Anyone want to adopt me??? LOL…

here are some yummy sounding recipe items…

http://thekindlife.com/blog/post/my-thanksgiving-menu-2010

a turkey day feast for pooches

http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=3678

If you’re looking for a delicious grain-free treat for your pooch, follow a standard turkey meatball recipe and omit the breadcrumbs. Here is one of our grain-free personal favorites:

1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sweet basil
1 1/2 tsp. parsley
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup romano or parmesan cheese

Mix all ingredients together and roll into small balls. Place shaped meatballs on a baking sheet and bake for 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

http://dogs-a-jammin.tumblr.com/post/1659924222/thanksgiving-dog-treat-recipes

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the early dog gets the turkey

hilarious …

http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/gallery/0,,20491164_22,00.html#21083821

Eat it !!! 

 

 

since we went wordless this wednesday, decided to join the wordless wed. pet blog hop, thanks to blog paws, here’s the code, hop hop along now…

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turkey dinner tips for chow hounds

That big turkey dinner won’t just put you to sleep this year; it’ll also cost you an arm and a wing. According to a recent survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the price of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will rise 13 percent this year. That means an average meal for 10 could set you back $49.20, up $5.73 from 2010.

Tom Turkey is the main culprit behind the biggest increase in 26 years. A 16-pound bird will run $21.57, up more than 22 percent from last year.

Note, we bought a small turkey from Safeway for $5… we had to spend $25 to get it but they had plenty of turkeys on display.  I’d say, shop around and look at coupons to get the best deal. Of course, if organic is the only way to go, then you are going to spend a lot more than $5 for a turkey.

a seriously doggie dream turkey, bacon wrapped turkey, oh my…

http://www.squidoo.com/bacon-thanksgiving-recipes

Note: You  might consider NOT eating turkey this year and having a Vegan or Vegetarian meal instead.

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/shoppingproducts/tp/Vegetarian-Turkey-Subsitutes.htm

And if you don’t want to share any of your turkey meat with your dog, you could always give them Honest Kitchen’s Keen made with cage free turkey, gluten-free.

Dehydrated cage-free turkey, organic oats, potatoes, organic flax, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa, organic kelp, apples, honey, garlic, rosemary, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

My dog eats better than I do… If your dog is anything like Cici, she will eat until she explodes. When giving treats and pet food, don’t overdo just because you have had a little too much holiday cheer… spiked eggnog, wine or whatever.

Here are some turkey dinner tips for pets 

From Lucy Postins, CEO of The Honest Kitchen:

Sharing a moderate amount of holiday leftovers with your pet can be a great way keep her included in the festivities. There are lots of ‘people foods’ that are fine for most pets to eat, and they can add some healthy variety and extra nutrition to her regular meals. Here are some seasonal holiday ingredients that can be added safely to your dog’s usual fare to make her feel special and part of the family.

Be sure that guests understand what foods you do and don’t want your pet to be fed. If she’s hanging out with the guests, a ‘no scraps’ rule might be simpler to enforce than trying to train guests on which foods are pet-safe.   Reassure and confine your pet appropriately to help reduce stress, especially if she’s likely to help herself to food from unattended plates.

Don’t switch diets when you travel, and also be sure to prevent pets from gorging excessively on holiday leftovers, which can trigger GI upset and pancreas problems when fed in excess. If your pet gets into the holiday trash or decides to counter surf at your host’s abode, keep a close eye on him for signs of bloating or impaction (cooked meat bones can be especially tempting and problematic during the holidays). For general gorging and overindulgence, the homeopathic remedy Nux vomica is worth considering.

Fresh, growing wheatgrass (available from many health food stores) is a good option and well worth the investment. You could also add a little fresh mint or parsley to his food, to help settle the digestive system.

If you do decide to share holiday foods with pets, here are some specific guidelines…

Turkey, Ham, Prime Rib and other meats. These can all be added to Fido’s food in moderation. The key things to remember are that dogs should never be fed any type of cooked bones because they can splinter and damage or impact the GI tract.  Too much fat and gristle can be problematic and can lead to pancreatitis, which is very painful and potentially dangerous. Try to avoid prepared meats that have added nitrites and preservatives if possible. Whenever you can, choose free-range, natural and grass-fed meats, which are better for you and your pet as well as the animal who provided the meat in the first place.

Green Bean Casserole. A natural creamy sauce with the green beans is okay in small amounts, but don’t include the onion topping. Alternatively, just add some fresh raw or cooked green beans to your dog’s usual food. Most dogs love the naturally sweet taste – just be sure to trim them to a manageable size for smaller dogs.

Sweet Potatoes. These are an excellent source of beta carotene and make a highly nutritious meal addition for dogs. Steamed or baked sweet potatoes are ideal; raw root vegetables can be difficult to digest unless completely pulverized in a blender or food processor. Avoid giving your dog the kind of holiday-themed sweet potato side dishes that contain lots of maple syrup, melted marshmallows or candied nuts.

Cranberries are a great addition to your pet’s meals at any time of year and especially during the holidays. Many dogs enjoy fresh cranberries but cranberry sauce and jelly can be full of sugar and other ingredients that Fido doesn’t need. Dried cranberries are a nice alternative, provided they don’t have lots of added sweeteners. Cranberries contain natural compounds that can help prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall, so they are an excellent choice for cats and dogs who are prone to urinary tract infections.

Pumpkin & Squash are great foods to share with cats and dogs in moderate amounts. Most pets love the taste of these nutritious, fibrous vegetables. If you’re making a soup, consider setting aside some of the gently cooked cubes of squash before you begin adding wine, cream, onions and other less pet-friendly ingredients to the mix.

Winter greens like chard and kale are a super source of vitamins and antioxidants. Brussels sprouts and cabbage are also loaded with nutrients, but they tend to cause gas. These can be added raw, lightly steamed or sautéed. Avoid serving your pet large amounts of winter greens that contain lots of added salt, wine, soy-sauce or butter.

White potatoes are fine in moderate amounts. They contain fiber and minerals. Try to avoid serving your pet potato dishes that are prepared with lots of cream, ranch dressing, oil or butter. Potatoes provide a good source of Vitamins B3 and B6, Vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, Copper and Fiber.  Potatoes have been associated with some adverse publicity in the past due to their content of glycoalkaloids, which can develop in the stems, shoots and green parts of the skin of potatoes that are improperly stored and where the skin is subjected to excessive or prolonged exposure to light. The shoots and green parts of potatoes should not be consumed by people or animals for this reason and should be removed before serving.

Stuffing and corn pudding  should be avoided for most pets, because they tend to contain onion and sometimes raisins, as well as ingredients like bread and cornmeal which aren’t very nutritious and can actually exacerbate ear infections and skin problems.

Desserts and Cheeses should be avoided too, because they can cause tummy upsets, especially when eaten in excess.

Relishes, pickles and sauces are also best left out of your pet’s bowl because they tend to contain heavy spices, sugar, onion and other ingredients than can unsettle their GI tract.

The following foods are toxic to dogs and cats and should not be offered in the form of leftovers or people-food additions to her usual meals: onions, chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins & candies containing the sweetened xylitol.

If you do decide to share your holiday meals with your dog or cat, ensure that you make additions gradually to ensure he or she can tolerate what you’re serving. Don’t allow your pet to gorge excessively either, because this can lead to health problems such as pancreatitis and bloat. If you do have an incident where your pet gets up on the counter or into the holiday trash and consumes a large amount of leftovers, keep a close eye on him. The homeopathic remedy nux vomica can be helpful for the side effects of minor overindulgences but if you notice any sign of bloating, vomiting or other digestive problems such as diarrhea or constipation, a visit to the vet office is recommended, without delay.

And here’s a great idea from our good friends at BadRap… Thanksgiving Stuffing

http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanksgiving-stuffin.html

Now back to the people fixin’s portion of our post…

If you’re a perennial chef, or just cooking your first turkey dinner, consider the following tips to avoid economic indigestion.

1. Smaller Can Be Better
If you’re not a fan of leftovers, buying a smaller turkey will save you some cash, since guests often fill up on side dishes anyway.

2. Buy Early
Got extra space in your freezer? Then buy the bird now. Supermarkets tend to stock up early, then offer some excellent prices per pound. Shop early sales and keep an eye out for printable grocery coupons at websites like CouponSherpa.com.

3. Go Traditional
You can either end up with a wine cellar full of hostess gifts or ask guests to bring their favorite dish instead of a bottle. If you’re cooking the big bird, they might be willing to help with the smaller sides.

4. Be a Borrower
Borrow serving dishes and specialty cookware, instead of purchasing them. That particularly applies to that tin-foil turkey roaster you end up buying each year to avoid cleaning. If you don’t feel like scrubbing into the night, try this Cooks.com recipe for roasting the perfect bird in a brown paper bag.

5. Bulk Up Your Drink Purchases
Stock up on wine and beer from bulk retailers like Costco. They have a great selection and offer deals of up to 30-percent less than grocery stores.

6. Bring Nature Indoors
Use decor inspired by nature, like pine cones and intertwined twigs. Pumpkins spray-painted gold offer a festive touch, one that would cost over $30 if purchased at a specialty store. Plus, they’re cheaper after Halloween. Or you could cut holes in fruit, insert tealights, and create a natural and inexpensive centerpiece. Check out FreshHomeIdeas.com for more concepts.

7. DIY
Avoid prepared foods, which are typically marked up over 40 percent. Besides, you didn’t really believe boxed stuffing tastes as good as the real stuff.

8. Save at Dollar Stores
Buy paper goods, napkins, favors, etc. at dollar stores. You’d be surprised how many party fixings you can buy for just $1 apiece.

9. Do Your Own Prep
Buy your veggies whole and do the prep yourself. Pre-cut and pre-sliced produce are more expensive and often not as fresh. You can enlist a friend to help handle all the prep and chat while working.

10. Homemake Desserts
Pre-made desserts are marked up 100 percent, so it really pays to make your own. Try this Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie recipe from SimplyRecipes for down-home goodness.

11. Stick to Your list
It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit while shopping for Thanksgiving goodies, and supermarkets guide you in the direction of overspending with these sneaky strategies. Before heading to the store, make a detailed list of what you need and stick to it. And also fix yourself a sandwich; there’s nothing more dangerous than holiday grocery shopping on an empty stomach.

Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc.

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tips for traveling dogs

This Thanksgiving, 42.5 million people are expected to hit the road to visit family and friends, according to AAA.  You can visit our Pet Travel Tips page for an overview of the way that Cici and I roll. And want ideas about where to go, be sure to visit our Free Guide to Pet Friendly Cities (places we’ve visited and recommend). But here are a few more fun pet travel tips for pet owners traveling with their dogs this holiday season.

Cici and  I suggest:

If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to put towels, seat covers and/or sheets over the car seats to stop the fur from flying all over the place.  Bergan’s travel seat protectors can help.  I’ve also seen dog seats (like car seats for kids) that you can get although we’ve never tried any of them.

It’s also a good idea to bring pet food in a plastic storage bin to keep food fresh. And I always carry a pet travel bag for Cici filled with her items (toys, treats, green first aid kit including Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy, aromatherapy oils such as Lavendar and more). And if you are into hiking with your dog, there are backpacks for dogs to carry their own weight.

Now here’s a word from other dog travelers:

From Lucy Postins, CEO of The Honest Kitchen: (Cici loves Keen pet food)

Adding a small amount of dried ginger or ginger tea to a light meal before you depart can  be beneficial for pets who are prone to sickness in the car. Some dogs do better if they fast right before hitting the road.

I have three dogs…90 lb, 75 lb and a 40lb that travel three times a year

between Minneapolis and Denver with me . I do several things:

1. they all wear their seatbelts which attach to their harnesses, and to

the actual seatbelt. Without those, they’d be all over the place.

2. We listen to either classical music or Through a Dogs Ear music. Both

really settle them down and lull them to sleep.

3. We stop at dog friendly parks where there is a gated area and they can

RUN. Just walking them on the leash doesn’t cut it.

4. When it’s dark, they just go to sleep. But if I’m trying to do it in a

day I use Happy Traveler, which is an herbal mixture my vet recommended.

That also keeps them very relaxed. (it’s chamomile, hops, etc)

5. I don’t give them rawhides or too many treats. Driving makes them very

thirsty, and those make it worse.

Tips from Bart the Dumpster Dog

 www.bartthedumpsterdog.com

I suggest crating the dogs in the back of the car or tethering them or at least providing some Kong-type toys to occupy them.

www.thatmutt.com

www.runthatmutt.com

Sap:

Dog appeasing pheromones can be spritzed in the air. Also

available as a plug in outlet or as a dog collar (there is a kitty

version as well). This is the stuff the mommy dog emits to the

puppies. It can be helpful in stressful situations (one of my dogs is

storm phobic).

Carsickness:

Some swear by gingersnap cookies. Others like the Calming Cap by

Premier Products (which lowers the visual stimulus for the dog). One

owner showed me how she would just put a puppy potty pad in the crate

with the dog to make her clean up easier. If you go this route, carry a

zip style bag to seal off the pad and something like Nature’s Miracle

really cuts the smell.

BRING ME:

a favorite toy, bed and a couple of treats. I like to teach “place” on

a dishtowel. I can bring the towel, do a quick review of the command in

a new place and the dog understands that all the rules from home, apply

here too.

Abby Harrison

Sit Dog Stay

Houston TX

When traveling with a dog to visit relatives who might be a little

squeamish, win them over with wonderful treats like a Doggie Candle or a

Doggie Room Spray or some kind of all-natural aromas with a

pet-friendly twist and the wonderful thing is that when you get them from

Soap Hope, all the profits go to lift women from poverty. They make a

great housewarming gift for your travel host, especially since the gift

note says “Every dollar of profit from this gift will empower a woman to

defeat poverty.”

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holiday pet friendly lodging

Perhaps you are going to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving and have all your arrangements made. If not, and you want to take your furry friends with you and are looking for some pet friendly possibilities, you might consider visiting one of the places or venues below…

Note: Cici and I have NOT visited any of these venues so we cannot recommend whether they are truly pet friendly with Dogitude or simply pet tolerant…If you go, please let us know. We have visited various Red Roof Inns and can say that they are pet friendly, in that they do NOT charge fees for pets and they do not offer amenities. They are affordable and do NOT limit pets by breed or weight.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is considered a very “pet friendly” state; and has many lodging places that

roll out the red carpet for dogs at any time of year. Here are some

suggestions:

The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls http://millfalls.com/index.htm,

Meredith, NH – This vacation destination on the shores of Lake

Winnipesaukee, has all the perks of a pet-friendly environment that

allows guests to not only bring their furry friend along, but also

provides several amenities :

Pet Friendly Rooms and Service at Church Landing and The Inn at Mill

Falls <http://millfalls.com/inns/pet_friendly.htm> :

Upon checkin at the Mill Falls Inns, pets are greeted with a special

dog or cat treat and a personalized sign for being such a “good boy or girl” on

the trip. Pets and guests are then shown to a room that comes equipped

with a special pet bed, a water and food bowl, a blanket to sit on if

they are allowed on the couch, a kitty litter box for cat-friendly rooms

and a special bag filled with treats and a map of the walking trails

that Fido can meet and play with new friends. After a day filled with

either swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee or walking along its beautiful

shores, both pet and owner can book a massage appointment at the Cascade

Spa <http://millfalls.com/cascade_spa/index.htm> at Church Landing!

Small animal practitioner DeAnne M. Racz provides soothing cat or dog

specific massages. In addition, pet sitting and veterinary information

are both readily available at the front desk.

*While The Inns charge a $25 fee per pet for pet specific rooms, $10 of

that fee goes to the New Hampshire Humane Society to aid in the rescue

and care of animals that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. The

Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have contributed a total of $8,990 to the New

Hampshire Humane Society since 2008.

The Lazy Dog Inn http://www.lazydoginn.com/, Chocorua, New Hampshire

was Voted “Most Pet Friendly B&B in North America,” this inn provides guests and their dogs traditional New England comforts in a historically rich 160-year-old farmhouse. Meghan and Molly, two golden retrievers, are the inn’s ‘doggie hosts.” Picturesque hiking and walking trails give two-and four-footed visitors much to do in the surrounding area. 603- 323-8350, (888-323-8350), www.lazydoginn.com

Golden Girls

The Notchland Inn http://www.notchland.com/welcome.html, Hart’s

Location, NH, The Notchland Inn occupies a granite manor house,

completed in 1862, within the White Mountain National Forest with

sixteen individually appointed guestrooms with woodburning fireplaces.

The inn serves a 5-course dinner and full country breakfast in the

fireplaced dining room overlooking the pond and gardens. The COTTAGES

are the Inn’s newest accommodations and pets are welcome. The cottages

offer the Inn’s perks and atmosphere while affording more independence

for guests.

Village House Bed and Breakfast http://www.villagehouse.com/,

Jackson, NH, The Village House Inn is home to the Yellow Snow Dog Gear

(collar and lead manufacturing company), in a three story home that

offers accommodations with the carefree ambiance of visiting a well

loved relative. It is located just through the covered bridge in Jackson

Village on six acres of rolling green lawns overlooking the White

Mountains. The owners of the inn also manufacture dog collars and leads

right on the property. Their understanding and interest in dogs led them

to welcome well behaved dogs into Village House. Guest comment: “Our dog

got to play with her dog in training (they have a nice big run out

back). We chatted with another couple there and everyone had a dog.”

Arizona

Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale, Arizona is a pet-friendly hotel, where pets stay for free. Guests receive a welcome pet amenity that includes dog treats, a double-sided bowl for water and food, a pick-up-after-your-pet bag, and a sign that says ‘Pet in Room’. Furry friends are welcome to enjoy the hotel’s lush grounds and courtyards with lots of room to throw a ball or a Frisbee! For more information on this restored mid-century property, please visit the website at www.hotelvalleyho.com.

Red Roof Inns

Red Roof offers guests with pets comfortable lodging at a great price year round: http://www.redroof.com/about-us/why-red-roof/pet-friendly

Red Roof is also offering guests an additional 20% off when they book 10 days in advance of Thanksgiving with their furry friends.

Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is pet friendly, inviting guests to

bring their dogs along with them on their holiday getaway. Upon arrival

to the resort, guests traveling with pets will receive a personalized

welcome amenity consisting of a Ritz-Carlton water bowl and biscuits

that guests may take with them on their departure.

Also, the Resort’s renowned culinary team will feature a special

Thanksgiving Buffet for resort and local guest in celebration of the

holiday.

Washington 

Iron Springs Resort http://www.ironspringsresort.com/ is a recently-renovated property along the Washington Coast, with 24 oceanside cabins and a sandy beach. Throughout the entire resort, guests will find amenities, specific for canines from the dog washing stations and plush and absorbent dog towels in each cabin to the complimentary tennis balls available in the check-in office. For dog-owners, the fully stocked kitchens provide everything they will need to create a full Turkey Day spread. Plus forget the olive oil, or need to grab an extra bottle of wine? The General Store in Cabin No. 1 has plenty of basics that may get left behind. Plus, for those dogs that want to wear their Iron Springs pride, there are branded collars and leashes available in the store as well.

For those after less of an “out-of-town” stay, the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa http://www.thewoodmark.com/in Kirkland, WA, has plush accommodations that cater to four-footed and two-footed guests alike. Upon check-in to a dog-friendly room, there will be a full spread waiting for the traveled pups to use throughout the stay, including a cushy pet bed, food and water dishes, bottled water, leash, tennis ball and doggy biscuits. There’s even a walking map to take the pup on a waterfront stroll along Lake Washington, right outside the hotel doors. Making the whole holiday even easier, the hotel restaurant, Bin on the lake http://binonthelake.com/, is serving a decadent Thanksgiving Dinner with a side of spectacular views. And finally, don’t forget to pet Woody on your way in and out! The resident Labradoodle is Director of Guest Satisfaction and loves a good rub on the head.

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holiday treats for your dog

Next week is my birthday and Thanksgiving. Everyone will be feasting, eating turkey or tofurky and other goodies. So what about your pets? Do you feed your furry friends anything special for the holidays?

Here are a few tasty treats that Cici found to be simply droolicious…

Zuke’s Mini Naturals made with Wild New Zealand Rabbit

I know that Cici would have a lot of fun chasing rabbits, but she LOVED these tasty morsels, made from an environmentally friendly protein source, low in calories and YUMMY. While Cici loved the taste sensation, I love that all of the treats are

  • Wheat-free, corn-free and soy-free
  • Made in the USA

The Mini Naturals also come in Chicken, Salmon, and Peanut Butter flavors but Cici thinks the Wild Rabbit just hit the right spots (the ones in her tummy)… Flavors that dogs crave and rave about.

Now, Cici is a BIG Cookie monster who Loves to eat cookies, so she also taste tested the Turkey n Taters Mini Bakes biscuits from Zuke’s… and scarfed them down, too…  She is very picky about her cookies, too and some she will just leave on the floor but not these. She ate them up in record time.  Zuke’s also offers Chicken n Cherryz and Peanut Butter and Blueberryz.

Ingredients:

Ground Oats, Rice Bran, Turkey, Potatoes, Oat Fiber, Blackstrap Molasses, Oil Blend (sunflower, olive and canola), Natural Vegetable Flavors

Most surprising, she even devoured the cookies WITHOUT any meat in them. Zuke’s SuperFood Organic Dog Biscuits… Very Berryz… They also offer Mean Greenz and Health Nutz. I can tell you that when I gave her some real blueberries the other day with her yogurt, she spit them right out. But not these cookies, she devoured them with all of the zest she could muster. And she can muster up quite a lot of doggie zeal for cookies, let me tell you.

Ingredients:

Organic Ground Oats*, Organic Ground Barley*, Blueberries, Cranberries, Potatoes, Oat Fiber, Organic Blackstrap Molasses*, Oil Blend (sunflower, olive and canola), Beets, Raspberries, Cherries, Blackberries, Natural Vegetable Flavors.
Yummy treats for your pooches is just a click away.
Why is Zuke’s called Zuke’s you might wonder, strange name, huh.  Well, there actually is a REAL DOG named ta da Zuke…

The company began on a hike with Zuke in 1995.  He’d become exhausted and was given a piece of energy bar and he perked right up. The light dawned and heavens opened up and Zuke’s was born with healthy, all–natural treats.  Zuke’s treats are all formulated to provide the specific nutrients your cat or dog needs. Wow… Zuke’s even offers a money back guarantee on everything they sell.

and they are eco friendly, too…

Wind Power 

Every box of Mini Bakes Biscuits and Superfood Biscuits are made in a manufacturing facility that is 100% wind powered. And they pay employees to leave the car at home and ride their bikes or scooters to work. The offices are powered with 100% green electricity.

Patrick Meiering, Founder and Head Bone Maker and Zuke’s (the dog) pet parent sure knows how to give pet parents what they and their pets want. Tasty Top Quality eco friendly treats. Woof !

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