How to Spend Thanksgiving with your Dog

If dogs had a favorite holiday, my guess is that it would be Thanksgiving. A day centered around eating and being with family would probably be one of their favorite days. Although your dog may not be joining you at the table, there are still ways you can include him or her in the holiday fun.

Active Ideas

 

Turkey Trot

If you are going to be away for the day, you may want to get out early with your dog to give him some activity before you leave. Elite K911 will be holding a Thanksgiving morning pack walk at Bradley Woods. The hour long walk will start at 9 a.m. and the $10 donation per dog will go to the Rescue K911.

Looking to burn a few calories before stuffing your stomach? Take your dog to the annual Turkey Trot downtown. Dogs on leashes are welcome at the 1 mile or 5 mile run. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Race organizers ask that you bring canned goods and non-perishable items with you on race day.
http://www.hermescleveland.com/roadracing/turkeytrot/about_faqs.php

Stay at Home Ideas

If you’re more of the lounge-at-home Thanksgiving type and you’ll be hanging out with your dog, why not let him join in the fun? There are a number of traditional Thanksgiving foods that dogs can eat*. So load up a plate with any of the following to share the day with your dog:

Sweet potatoes without the skin Steamed carrots, broccoli or string beans without any seasoning or salt
Salt-free chicken broth
Yams – no brown sugar or marshmallows
Corn – in small amounts, provides carbs for energy
Cranberries – high in Vitamin C and antioxidants
Mashed potatoes without the gravy
Pumpkin, before you turn it into pie

If your dog will be staying home by his lonesome, here’s a good article on a festive way to stuff a Kong (with pumpkin and peanut butter) to keep him busy: http://www.keepthetailwagging.com/how-to-stuff-a-kong-121130/

But, be careful, not all Thanksgiving foods or seasonings are meant for dogs. DO NOTlet your dog eat these foods**:

 

Turkey Skin
Cooked Bones
Onions and Garlic
Nutmeg
Sage
Chocolate
Nuts
Alcohol

I hope you and your dog have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 Source: http://www.ilovedogs.com/2011/11/15-thanksgiving-foods-you-can-feed-your-dog/?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite#.UpNjqbB3vIU

** Source: http://dogingtonpost.com/thanksgiving-day-foods-that-can-kill-your-dog/#.UpNjrrB3vIW