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And that although dogs like treats, they should NOT have the treats your kids have, especially this time of year. I’m looking at YOU, Halloween candy, cupcakes, cookies and more. Luckily, there’s something just for them and built just for them.
Athena is the most interesting dog I’ve ever had, and by interesting – I mean she’s polite, dainty, picky, loyal, aiming to please and wonderful in nearly every way. I’m not going to say every other dog I’ve ever had has been a slobbering monster, but it’s interesting to have a dog who doesn’t just gulp down food or treats. Instead, she analyzes its worth. I like to pretend that she only wants healthy and natural snacks and will settle for nothing less. That’s why I go to the Target pet care section (well there are a million reasons I go to Target) and I buy her Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks
Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks are perfect for our healthy, active, family, rescue, weirdly polite little girl. They even pass her rigorous standards, and they pass mine too because they’re crafted in small batches and grain free. Not only that, chicken is the #1 ingredient, there’s no corn, wheat or soy, there’s no poultry or by-product meal, no artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, and the company doesn’t make any false claims about the product. The treats are crafted in Arkansas, which is not horribly far from where our Alabama girl was born and rescued before she was ours.
Purina Beyond White Meat Chicken Cutlets Natural Dog Snacks are a year-round snack to fit into Athena’s normal and healthy routine. That said, with it being Halloween, here are some safety tips to follow for your pets:
- Keep that treat bowl out of reach! There are many treats that can sicken or kill your dog, including chocolate (especially dark chocolate), hard candy, raisins and grapes, macadamia nuts, xylitol and more.
Educate your children about keeping treats from dogs. I never let down my guard, but there are conversations we have about what can hurt Athena with both kids and Scarlet (age 6) knows how important it is to protect the dog.
Keep your dog away from the front door! My lovely, polite and wonderful dog is also a top-notch escape artist. Many a times, we have chased her around and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.
Don’t take your dog trick-or-treating. You never really know how your dog will react to strangers in costumes. Just like your kids! Also, there are ample opportunities to steal candy and/or run away when trick-or-treating.
Make sure your dog’s ID is current. Athena has a microchip, and we have to make sure the contact information is current, and that she’s wearing her ID tag on her collar. If she does escape, we want people to know she’s ours.
Beware of electrical wires and cords. In this house, we do put out Halloween lights and decorations, but Athena goes on little chewing binges if we’re not careful. An electrical shock is very dangerous to dogs.
Give them their own treats, of course. Why would Athena feel left out out about the candy bars, when she has her own special bag of goodness?