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Monday Mischief – All Wrapped Up For Christmas

This time it’s not Mischievous Daisy, but rather Mischievous Mommy….

When DD and I decorate the tree, we put on a fun Christmas CD and wrap glittering garland around our necks like flowing boas. Then we sing, laugh, and sparkle our way along until our home becomes a Christmas wonderland. (Yeah, we’re really into Christmas here!)

So this year we decided to inaugurate Daisy into our tradition.

She wasn’t very amused.

What is this crazy sparkly stuff?? And why has it taken over my body??

I refuse to look at you while wearing yet another humiliating holiday "outfit".

You better not be posting these pictures online!

This is just getting ridiculous....Dad, tell her to stop taking pictures! Uh, Dad, why are you laughing too.....

We took the garland off her right after our little photo shoot, but it just had to be done!! 😀

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Naughty Havachon! Daisy’s First Christmas Decoration Destruction

Okay, I admit it, I love those vintage brush trees from Christmases past. You know, the ones that added a bit of “outdoor realism” to model villages and train sets. I got a bunch of them at an estate auction a few years back, and they’ve been dotting my Christmas village ever since.

Until now.

Daisy has discovered brush trees. She hasn’t bothered with any of the decorations that are well within her reach all this time, but yesterday DD found her happily chewing away on the base of one of the trees. Oh, the carnage! Flocking and sparkles were everywhere!

But the worst part is that the base of the tree is made of wood and it’s painted red – OLD red paint, which could potentially have lead in it. We found very little of the wood base in the wreckage, so we have to assume she swallowed most of it.

The tree base isn’t large, but she still destroyed a pretty good amount of it and got enough of it into her stomach to possibly cause her problems. I looked up information about problems dogs could have from ingesting wood, and it seems that the wood itself won’t do her any harm; it’s more the paint we’re worried about. Frankly, I’m shocked she didn’t get any splinters in her gums!

We waited all day for this mauled tree base to make its appearance – in a very unpleasing form – but nothing happened. I guess it wasn’t enough to cause Daisy any harm after all. It’s a Christmas miracle! LOL! 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone from Daisy and her family!

Merry Christmas!

 

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Thanksgiving’s Over – On Toward Christmas!

Well Thanksgiving was wonderful as always. Daisy loved meeting her new relatives and they certainly enjoyed playing with her!

Point me to the Christmas tree!

With Daisy’s sensitive tummy, we have a strict “no table food” rule, and I’m happy to say that everyone honored it. Daisy only tried once to tempt an aunt into sharing her dinner by jumping up so her front paws were on my aunt’s lap, but as soon as we told her “down”, she resigned herself to the fact that today was no different from any other, and went about playing.

Now comes the big challenge – decorating for Christmas and keeping Daisy from eating the decorations. We usually put tinsel on our tree – we like the icy look it gives the tree, as well as the Christmas-of-yore feel of it. But I don’t think we’ll be using it this year – according to an article at  Pet Education.com, tinsel is one of those sparkling, moving things dogs are attracted to and will eat, causing blockages that require surgery. Even tree needles can be toxic, so we’ll be vacuuming a lot and keeping a very close eye on Daisy, only allowing her near the tree when we’re there with her.  And we certainly won’t be bringing toxic poinsettia plants in. As a young puppy, she’s curious about everything!

Pedigree Pups has a wonderful article about the dangers of Christmas trees for dogs and how to make them more pet-friendly. One big thing to be cautious of is glass ornaments, which dogs like to play with and can result in serious mouth cuts (we won’t even discuss what could happen if they swallow some pieces). I think we’ll put the glass ornaments higher on the tree this year and put non-breakables at the bottom.

The site also recommends securing the tree so it’s not wobbly, spraying the lower part of the tree with bitter apple or other citrus sprays to make it unappealing to your dog, keeping a cover over the tree’s water supply so you dog won’t drink it, keeping light cords out of the dog’s reach (or at least putting something over them that the dog can’t chew through), keeping ornament hooks off the floor so they won’t cut your dog’s paw or wreak havoc on his insides if he swallows one, and much more. The article is definitely an important dog-owner’s holiday safety guide.

Taking safety precautions will give you and your dog happier holidays!

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