Did you know that there is a whole list of days for pet owners recognizing different days having to do with being a pet owner? Yes, you can Google Pet Holidays and find lists such as this one, and learn that there are many days in honor of our pets. Today, April 18, 2017 for instance, is known as Pet Owners Independence Day. So what is this day exactly, well if you read up online it was a day to switch roles with your pets. Can you imagine your dog or cat driving into work, while we lay on the floor, waiting for attention, someone to scratch our head. Seems pretty funny, but wouldn’t it be nice. Here is a link to some of the details I found on this holiday. And of course my image of choice is my Melky. I guess I will have to get one of him sitting at my desk with a little jacket on, to truly play the role.
It is International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, and our dogs do appreciate the creator! In this day and age, our dogs are often more like part of the family, and we are turning to making pet food, even though we might not make our own. And, of course, they get treats too. I don’t know about you, but my dog is actually picky when it comes to treats, almost a snob. Just the good stuff for my Melky, so the traditional treats don’t work so much. I have found some pretty good recipes for online such as this one or these.
But then I also found step-by-step directions to kind of create your own treats based on your dog’s likes. Whatever your choice just remember, to love your animal, as I do Melky, and to reward sparingly.
Today is officially fruitcake day!! As you eat your delicious cake, try and keep it to yourself, as your favorite four legged buddy should not eat it. If you are wondering why, well, not only the alcohol contained in these dense cakes can cause a problem, but if it doesn’t the raisins, currants and yeast most definitely will.
Raisins and currants can be highly toxic to your dog’s kidney. Certain breeds are more sensitive than others and since scientists have yet to figure out which toxin is the culprit, it’s best to beware. Dogs that are affected can end up with potentially fatal acute renal (kidney) failure. If you would like to read more on how fruitcake is hazardous to your dogs health, click here.