Austin was just 3 months old when he celebrated his first Christmas with us here at home. Putting up decorations and a tree turned out to be more of a chore than the year before. Don’t get me wrong! I love Christmas and all that goes into the preparations, decorations and gift giving. But as much as I enjoy the celebrations, it is also a lot of extra work. Having a little puppy at your feet looking for attention when you’re up and down on a latter trying to string lights on a tree is not easy. So, what do you do? This is when you stop, pick him up and in a nice tone, tell him he needs to go in his crate with a cookie. Well, that lasted for about 5 minutes. He started to cry, whine, bark and howl! (Oh boy Austin, you are such a hound!) After a while he settled down and I managed to finish decorating the tree. It wasn’t too much later after letting him out of his crate that he discovered the popcorn garland and started chewing on it. When he finished with a piece of popcorn, he went for the big water bowl. THE TREE STAND!! Thank goodness there wasn’t any tree preservative in it. Every year I would add some to the water. That year I could not find any. Thank God!!
There are also many holiday plants that are poisonous to your dog. I have two beautiful holly bushes outside under my dining room window. Every year I cut some down to add to home decor. Keeping them up high and out of reach from children and animals. Did you know too, that poinsettia leaves are dangerous for your pets? They can irritate the inside of their mouths.
I found putting packaged gifts under the tree before Christmas is not a good idea with a curious puppy around them. That year I had to re-wrap some gifts because Austin I guess thought they were for him, and tore them apart. I caught him before he could ingest any wrapping paper or ribbon.
At 6 years old now, he is still curious and at times confused about what the fuss is all about at Christmas. Especially when everything but the tree is now hanging on the ceiling. (Great idea unless you have birds)
So before those accidents happen, do the homework, protect your pets, and have a wonderful Christmas with friends, family, and of course your dog.
For the love of dogs today