I haven’t blogged in forever, but wanted to stop by to wish everyone a lovely Christmas. Our tree is up, my presents are underneath and I’ve been tracking Santa’s progress and hope he gets here soon! I’m all ready for him:-)
Most of all I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent me cards and ecards, I’ve been truly touched that you remembered me even though I haven’t blogged in so long. I hope to get back to it in the New Year. I already have a competition in mind 🙂
But in the meantime, have a lovely time and looking forward to catching up with you all soon.
How was your Christmas? Mine was really nice, with lots of turkey scraps – yum! Daddy tried to give me the neck of the turkey and also the giblets, partly cos he thought I’d like it but also to see if I’d like raw food generally. My reaction? Thanks, but I’d prefer it cooked!
Daddy was very disappointed in my lack of enthusiasm and it was soon replaced by some kibble. Nice try though Daddy.
In the meantime, mummy got some lovely Christmas gifts inspired by me. How cool are these.
What did you get for Christmas?
Yes, it’s the first of December today which means I get to open the first box on my advent calendar:-)
Can’t believe it’s going to be Christmas soon!
Do you have an advent calendar this year?
I’ve been AWOL for a few days so I’m just trying to catch up now. Part of the reason is that due to all the horrid fireworks we haven’t done very much. Over the weekend we went to see nanny and grampy and it sounded like we were being bombed! Although I’ve learnt to tolerate them alot more, I’m still not impressed.
In the meantime I’ve spent some time with old and new friends, including an older husky who desperately wanted to play but she has hip dysplaysia.
We still had a dip in the stream together though:-)
The other thing is, it’s now only 44 days till christmas – scary thought! If anyone would like to exchange Christmas cards this year, please drop me a line with your address to: email@example.com. I’ll also be posting my e-card on the 24th as usual.
Happy Monday everyone!
As you know Bashful is staying with me until the New year so I spent today helping to make him comfortable. First of all I helped him to unpack his box
And then I treated him, as I would any guest, to a nice wash:
When he was nice and refreshed, he and I helped mummy wrap up some of the Christmas presents. Only mummy got a bit carried away:
Luckily I realised in time and helped him to break free. Phew!
A little later in the day he went missing. I was worried! I looked everywhere for him until eventually I spotted a familiar face in the tree:
Yep Bashful had found a santa hat and got quite into the Christmas spirit (I did wonder if he’d got into the spirits too lol).
Mummy was hoping to take him into London but the weather is supposed to be pretty dire over the next few days with strong gales heading our way. If the trains are affected their trip may have to wait till after Christmas, which is a shame.
Anyway, hope you are all enjoying the run-up to Christmas. London trip or not, I’ll have more Bashful news for you tomorrow:-)
Lintbells have sent me the above infographic and the following information about how to keep us pets safe this Christmas:
Christmas, as we know, is “the most wonderful time of the year”… But what should be “the happiest season of all” can soon degenerate into something quite different, if we ignore the dangers our festive celebrations can pose to our animals. For instance, while Christmas dinner may look very tempting to your Labrador or Alaskan Malamute (and who are you to deny him or her on Christmas Day??), for them there is far more at stake than simply their waistline.
Among the many unexpected hazards on your Christmas menu are the onions in your gravy and stuffing. Onions contain a substance known as thiosulphate, which is toxic to dogs and cats, causing oxidative damage to red blood cells. Early signs of onion poisoning include diarrhoea, vomiting and lethargy.
Turkey bones – from your plate, kitchen counter, or rubbish bin – are hollow, and splinter easily, causing obstruction and sometimes perforation of the intestinal tract.
You also need to be cautious once pudding has arrived….. Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mince pies are rich in alcohol and raisins, which, like onions, are toxic to dogs and cats. Grapes and raisins are especially hazardous.
Nuts (macadamias, in particular) are likewise dangerous to pets. Signs of macadamia poisoning include weakness and ataxia (difficulty walking, due to lack of coordination). Once you have removed the onions, bones, raisins and nuts from your pet’s Christmas dinner, you can treat them to some fat trimmings and roast potatoes but be aware fatty meals can result in loose stools or potentially a trip to the vets.
Sadly, not only our Christmas dinner but also our Christmas decorations, can be dangerous to pets. Christmas trees (pine), holly, mistletoe and poinsettia are all mildly toxic, causing diarrhoea and vomiting if ingested. Furthermore, though we may know chocolate is toxic to pets, it is easy to overlook the chocolate coins dangling enticingly from branches, or wrapped beneath the tree.
Non-chocolate tree decorations can also be tempting to our pets. As well as presenting a choking hazard, baubles tend to shatter, causing lacerations to the mouth and/or intestines. Tinsel can be eaten like spaghetti. Unlike spaghetti, however, tinsel bunches and twists within the intestines, requiring immediate surgery.
We all know the festive season can be stressful, but, by following these tips, and ensuring your pets are safe this Christmas, you can at least avoid the expense of an unscheduled visit to your vets. Now, go have yourselves a merry little Christmas… Santa Paws is coming to town.
Thank you Lintbells for that info. Have a safe and happy Christmas everyone!
I was reading Stuart‘s bloggy the other day about the blogville Christmas card exchange and how he’d missed out. I have to confess, I forgot to sign up too!! I’m sure it’s all mummy’s fault. Anyway, I have a few of your addresses, but if you would like to get a card from me, please drop me a line and I’ll add you to my list. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, the most fabulous thing has happened! My boydawg Gizmo had a guest blogger at his pad who advised that it is beneficial for us doggies to get more Omega 3 in our diets during the winter. The suggestion was to add half a sardine to our kibble – for medicinal purposes ofc. So guess what I found in my food bowl last night – oh yeah!! I can’t add any pictures because it didn’t last long enough hehehe:-) On top of that, we’ve also just heard that we’re headed for a cold snap in the UK. Snow isn’t quite on the cards yet, but we’re heading in the right direction. I love winter woohoohoo!!
Right, I’m off to keep my vigil in the garden. Mummy has hung some seed on our bird house and I’m hoping one will stop to take a bite so I can
pounce errr say hello to the birdies *cough*
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to pop by to check on Oscar. He got in a nasty fight yesterday and has a nasty war wound. Wishing you a speedy recovery buddy xx
Notice there are 4 presents here:
Now there are only 3…
This is because as mummy went to take the picture *someone* ran off with the veggie croc into the garden. Luckily I caught the perpetrator but as it was already half eaten I figured i might as well finish it off.
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I sure did! I got some lovely gifts and was thoroughly spoilt:-)
Plus I got a yummy bone:-)
Today (26th) was also mummy’s birthday. She’s ancient now so I had to help her open her presents.
I bought her some thermal socks to wear with her wellies so she doesn’t get cold feet when I take her walking. Clever, eh?
I had lots of fun meeting my doggie cousin Dizzy. But I’ll tell you about that tomorrow.