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Yorkie Central, Issue #011
December 03, 2006

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Issue: 11

December 2006

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In this issue you will find:

  • Dog Safety: 10 Christmas Tree Decorating Tips For Your Dog In Mind
  • Huge rise in strays at pets home
  • Christmas Meals – Dangerous for dogs?
  • Just added

Dog Safety: 10 Christmas Tree Decorating Tips For Your Dog In Mind

Creating a holiday tree that is both beautiful to look at for you and unattractive to your dog is a special challenge. Here are some suggestions to keep your tree pet-friendly.

1. Tree water at the base of live trees can be harmful if preservative chemicals have been added to prolong the life of the tree. Keep your dog from drinking the water by covering the tree basin with foil or a tree skirt.

2. Place dog-safe ornaments near the bottom of the tree in case your dog decides to use the ornaments as playthings.

3. Tie up loose electrical cords of the lights used to decorate the tree and keep them concealed by attaching them with wire or cord to the trunk of the tree. End-to-end lights eliminate individual cords dangling from the tree that might entice your dog to chew them.

4. If you have lots of tree lights that are not end to end, purchase a power strip in which to plug the lights. Attach the strip to the tree trunk at a level that is higher than the height of your dog. As a result, you will have only one heavy-duty power cord running from the tree to the outlet instead of several flimsy cords from single strings of lights.

5. To prevent your dog from knocking over your holiday tree, anchor it with cord or wire to the ceiling directly above the tree's trunk. Don't attach it with wire to a wall behind the tree because your dog could get caught in the wire if be darts behind the tree.

6. Spray the tower branches of the tree with bitter apple, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, or other unappealing scents.

7. Hang your ornaments with ribbons rather than hooks to keep your dog from accidentally swallowing something that could get lodged in his throat.

8. Do not use tinsel or angel hair on your tree. Angel hair, made of glass fiber, and tinsel, made of metal, can cause internal damage if your dog swallows any.

9. Avoid decorating your tree with strings of berries or other edible ornaments - many are harmful if swallowed. The string on which they are attached can cause damage to your dog's intestines if swallowed, and a dog, eager to get to the "treats," could knock over the tree.

10. If you like, decorate a small, artificial tree for your dog with items he will find appealing, such as doggie biscuits and dog toys. Hide the tree until you are ready for your dog to open his presents.

In the News

Huge rise in strays at pets home

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas – that is the message that animal welfare workers are sending out this Christmas as a rise in abandoned animals has risen by more than 50 per cent since last year.

Many of the dogs are thought to be missing and homes like the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home are hoping that owners will reclaim their pets. As the situation worsens the likely hood of healthy dogs being put down increases as the homes cannot cope with soaring numbers.

For many years now there has been a plea during every festive season not to give dogs as presents unless you are absolutely sure that that dog will be a part of the family forever. As us owners know having a dog in your life is precious and an extremely fulfilling experience, so don’t give a dog to someone that won’t give as much love as you would.

Another disturbing point is that many of the abandoned dogs have been ‘fashionable’ and then dis-guarded. Examples include Staffordshire Bull Terriers who have received a lot of negative press in recent years. They are in fact very people orientated and if trained properly can be a great pet. Other mixes or mongrels are also being abandoned due to health problems and high maintenance.

So, when you go shopping for a dog this Christmas remember that if you fall in love that it should be for life and that having a dog is like any commitment in life – its forever.

Christmas Meals – Dangerous for dogs?

So, another Christmas I upon us and no doubt the dogs in our lives are going to be circling the dinner tables begging for a plate of turkey, potatoes,stuffing and gravy. But, don’t be too eager to please because what you give your pooch, no matter how delicious, can be damaging to its health.

Let us have a quick look at what could be on your menu:

  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Gammon
  • Cauliflower Cheese
  • Potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Sausages
  • Bacon
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Chocolate

Many of the above will not do any damage to your dog apart from adding a few pounds! Beef, lamb and gammon are fine as is white turkey meat, but be sure to keep the dark meat and skin well away from the dog bowl.

Many homemade dishes include garlic and onions and these substances are not good for dogs, you can also find onions in gravy and soup. Gravy can also have nuts and both walnuts and macadamia nuts are bad news.

Deserts are also very popular among the snack searching pup and once again you have to be careful what you feed him, if anything. Grapes and raisins are out of the question so check fruit salads and bread & butter pudding. Remember chocolate is a no go area so all chocolate gateau and muffins are strictly for humans only. Sugarless candy is also something you must look out for. Read the back of packages to make sure there are no substances.

Just Added

We have recently added some great new articles. Check them out:

Check out this great new Yorkie Gallery . If you would like your pet to be part of our new Yorkie gallery please send in your pics. Or if you want your yorkie to become one of Harry’s friends send your yorkie’s picture in with a story or description attached.

Earlier in the month I also added an article on Dogs who growl when you stare at them. Read more

Also added this month a great page of christmas toys

Check it out and spoil your yorkie at this festive time!

Check out these pages also: Yorkie apparel
Christmas apparel
Calendars for the New Year
Gifts for yorkie lovers
Christmas is creeping up on us fast, help your yorkie join in the festivities…

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From all of us here at Yorkie Central have a great month! We look forward to hearing your comments and getting the next edition of Yorkie Central ready for you and your friends!


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