Momo gives thanks

This Thanksgiving, we definitely showed Momo how thankful we are to have her in our lives. Unfortunately there are millions of dogs that are not as lucky. We know that every dog can’t be adopted over the holiday season but we wanted to highlight some of the great things people can do to help out needy dogs this Thanksgiving.

Angels for Animals

Momo is an inside dog, we just wouldn’t have it any other way. Unfortunately for some pets, they just don’t have the same privileges. For those that spend their lives as “backyard dogs”, PETA is working to provide them a shelter to keep them protected from the elements. By becoming a PETA “Angels for Animals” sponsor, you are helping build and provide study, straw-filled doghouses to needy dogs whose guardians won’t relinquish them or let them inside. For more information, visit PETA’s donation site here.

Thanksgiving dinner for the dogs

The great folks at River Oaks Pet Resort in Houston have been cooking up Thanksgiving turkeys for the last two years as a special treat for the dogs staying at their resorts - and have expanded it to include the pets at the local shelter,Citizens for Animal Protection, as well. When asked about the kind gesture, co-owner Joy Lee said, "When you see the loving care that our clients give their pet companions each day, it breaks your heart to know that thousands of wonderful shelter pets won’t enjoy that same happiness this Thanksgiving. We wanted to do something special for the pets at CAP and give them a holiday treat too.”

Become a foster parent Many shelters are cold, scary and overcrowded. If you aren’t ready to bring a dog into your home permanently, consider fostering a dog waiting for their forever home. Some shelters even have programs to foster an animal just during the holiday season. What better gift than to give a needy dog a loving home, if even just for a few days. Contact your local shelter or check out www.petfinder.com to find a dog that would be more than grateful to be fostered.

Volunteer your time

If bringing a dog into your home isn’t an option, volunteer some of your time to a local shelter or sanctuary. Lots of shelters are understaffed and overworked – they are always looking for people to help out. Many dogs rarely have any human contact, let alone get to go for long walks. Just being able to run and stretch their legs is something they will definitely appreciate. To find a shelter close to you, check out www. animalshelter.og.

Even though Thanksgiving is officially over, these are all great ways to help give a needy dog something to be thankful for.

We hope everyone had a great holiday!

By Will & Deb on Nov 27, 2010 at 2:50 am 0 Comments

Every Monday we’ll be dedicating our post to Momo - focusing on all the fun things she’s been up to and everything that is making her curly tail wag.

Since Thanksgiving is this week, our first Momo Monday is all about the special ways you can show your beloved four-legged friend that you are thankful for them.

We all hear it - don't feed your dog any table scraps, but we figure as long as you know what foods to avoid and your dog doesn't have any food allergies or digestive issues - a few treats here and there (especially on turkey day) will be a welcome surprise for your pup.

Dogs want to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner too!

If you have time, a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving with your dog is to make them a special meal ahead of time and serve it to them while you enjoy your dinner. Here’s a great recipe that your dog is sure to love. Turkey Loaf Dinner Ingredients:

• 2 pounds ground turkey

• 1/2 cup cooked peas and carrots

• 1 egg, beaten

• 1 cup cooked rice

• 1/2 cup canned low-fat gravy

Preparation

• Grease a loaf pan; set aside.

• In a large bowl mix turkey, vegetables, eggs and rice. Put into pan.

• Pour the gravy over the loaf and bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 1 hour or until nicely browned on top.

• Cool and serve.

Another great way to give your pet a treat is to mix in some goodies straight into their kibble. Even though Momo is really good about eating her food, we know she'll be sniffing around the table when the turkey comes out of the oven. We'll be sure to add some chopped pieces of turkey (no skin or bones), cooked carrots and peas and a spoon full of gravy to make her Thanksgiving meal a real treat.

Keep your pup’s tummy happy

Although Thanksgiving is one of those days everyone stuffs themselves silly - be careful to not overfeed your pup. A little turkey meat and veggies are fine (on occasion), but just be sure to avoid these:

• Alcoholic beverages

• Avocado

• Chocolate (all forms)

• Coffee (all forms)

• Fatty foods

• Macadamia nuts

• Moldy or spoiled foods

• Onions, onion powder

• Raisins and grapes

• Salt

• Yeast dough

• Garlic

• Artificial sweeteners

In the event your dog does eat something toxic - Don't panic. If your dog seems normal, but you are pretty sure they ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian¡ or the Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) immediately.

Full bellies, heavy eyelids

We all know how tired we get with a belly full of turkey. Make sure to check out our website for our full selection of dog beds – you’re sure to find one that will be the perfect place for your dog to take a nap. Just ask Momo, she loves hers.

By Will & Deb on Nov 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm 0 Comments