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Woof Wednesday: Pet Proof Christmas & Broken Memories

198/365/928 (December 26, 2010) - Peaceable Kingdom at Christmas

Holiday homes become pet playgrounds at this time of year. Cats delight in un-decking the halls and climbing the tree. Dogs eat decorations and baptize the tree. The result is a holiday that’s anything but merry. My latest Paw Nation article addresses some of the most common holiday safety issues for pets with how to pet proof your holiday.

Dogs and especially puppies chew nearly anything, including plants. Cats rarely eat plants, but they do claw them and then lick/groom away the residue. Fireplaces offer extra warmth and atmosphere to holiday gatherings, but can prompt singed whiskers or burned paws.

Gobbling any sort of candy may cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. But some food items can actually kill your pet.

Holiday trees pose additional challenges for pet families. Refer to these tips to keep your pets safe and your holiday happy.

If you’re planning to board your dogs over the holidays, I urge you to keep him safe with proper vaccinations for kennel cough. You can learn more here about this highly contagious disease in my latest puppy-licious article here.

The holidays is an awful time of year to run short of funds for pet care. For those wanting to make a big difference in the lives of needy pet owners–and their pets–perhaps you’d like to donate to a Good Samaritan fund for vet care help. Or maybe you need a little extra help this year. Here’s a list of several organizations that will help you with vet bills.

MENDED TEARS

Holidays mean memories and damage to “things” may matter more at this time of year than others. My grandmother always displayed a gorgeous white porcelain nativity each year. That nativity symbolized for me all-good-things about Grandma’s house and Christmas–good food, happy reunions, presents, and love shared by our close-nit family. So when Grandma died, I was blessed to keep her Nativity and continue to display it in my own home.

When Seren-kitty arrived, I was nervous about her rambunctious behavior around the Holy Family. But it wasn’t until a decade later that the worst happened while my husband played his nightly fetch game with the dog–it could have been me, so there’s no blame here. The Magical-Dawg’s ball ricocheted off of the delicate nativity and managed to behead Joseph and lop off Mary’s hand.Sounds funny, right?

I had a melt down. You probably could hear my scream for miles and the sobs lasted days. It wasn’t just china, a THING damaged. It was my personal Christmas, my Grandma, childhood happy times–shattered.

Eventually I stopped crying. There was no question of replacing the pieces–they’re hard to find and besides, it was THAT nativity that meant everything to me. We did find a restoration expert able to give Mary back her hand and replace Joseph’s head right in time for the next Christmas. So this weekend, Grandma’s Nativity once again will add to our personal traditions and holiday happiness.

And the Magical-Dawg’s games of fetch are suspended until after New Year’s, at least inside the house! Hey, it wasn’t the dog’s fault. But it’s up to us humans to protect what’s important to us–not just our pets but our memories.

What do you do to keep your Christmas memories safe from doggy damage? Does the baby-gate-of-despair keep the tree and poochie free from harm? Have you ever “lost your head” over holiday damage?

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Feline Friday: Cat-mas Trees & Book Winners

two Persian kittens with Christmas ribbons

Red & green--festive, but be sure all decor is safe!

The Christmas tree might as well be an early holiday gift to your cats. Kitty can’t resist the urge to sniff, cheek rub, claw—and scale the branches to reach the highest possible perch. Don’t blame your cat. It’s normal for cats to compete for the top spot (literally and figuratively) to secure their place in kitty society.

Youngsters won’t care about social standing, but high energy kitten play turns the holiday tree into a jungle gym. Tree encounters of the kitty kind not only risks breaking your heirloom ornaments, your furred family members can be injured by chewing or swallow dangerous items.

Rather than fight a losing battle to keep cats at bay, create a second cat-safe tree with these 12 tips, so the fur-kids can enjoy the holidays as much as you do. Today, I’m a guest blogger over at Petflow with these 12 tips for a cat-safe Christmas tree. For all you dog lovers–and especially the folks with SQUEEEEE! puppies, check out the Woof Wednesday topic just for doggies here.

Hey, I’m not the only one with cautions for pets this holiday season. My colleagues over at VNN (Veterinary News Network) just posted this excellent video.

WINNERS WINNERS & MORE WINNERS!

This month as a special “thank you” to all my furry-fantastic-followers, I’ve drawn two names from all the awesome folks who commented on this blog during the past month. There were FORTY-FIVE INDIVIDUALS who commented about their aging dogs and/or cats, wow! Although there wasn’t extra incentive to comment more than once, some of you did–5, 7, 9 and one person 18 times during the month. WOOT! So instead of just drawing two names, I’m adding one more winner (I can make up the rules *s*) and giving one book to the 18-comments follower:

KARYL CUNNINGHAM–I’ll email you to get your snail mail address, your choice of either the AGING CAT or AGING DOG book and how you’d like it paw-tographed. Thanks so much for following the blog and adding to the conversation.

The other two winners by random drawing are:

LESLIE SMITH

GRACEY

CONGRATULATIONS! And thanks so much for commenting on the blog and adding to the conversation. I will email each of you for your choice of which book:  Complete Care for Your Aging Cat or Complete Care for Your Aging Dog. If the book isn’t for you but will be a gift, I’m happy to send it to the winner or paw-tograph to the person of their choice for a holiday gift.

And as an EXTRA-special incentive–and to encourage all of y’all to mentor each other and spread the blogging/twitter/Facebook love–LESLIE SMITH and GRACEY each get to name one purr-son  (someone who gives them wags of support) and I’ll send those chosen mentors a paw-tographed book, too!

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Folks who “follow” me on Twitter @amyshojai and @About_Puppies are the most awesome Sweet Tweets around–they love #cats and #dogs and #pets, many #amwriting. We’ve become a great community including those in the #MyWANA social network twibe hosted by the awesome @KristenLambTX.  I’ve created my own hashtag to make it easier to follow my writerly & sparkle-icity endeavors by including the #AskAmy in your tweets. Lots of like-minded folks have started using this #AskAmy to find pithy links to articles, books, blogs, experts, fictioning and more!

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