Hi, everybody! Big Daddy here. Sorry I forgot to write about Christmas. I found out Santa Claus wasn’t real this year and I was a little upset and didn’t want to talk about it. Yes, some Jewish dogs believe in Santa Claus. What about it? But anyway, I am here to tell you all about New Year’s Eve safety for dogs, and about a special New Year’s treat my Mama is launching on Saturday, January 6 at the Marietta Square Farmers Market in Georgia.
So today, I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks my Mama does for me when those scary, loud sounds are popping and cracking outside — she calls them fireworks. And how scary does that word sound? First rule of dog ownership and New Year’s Eve fireworks is to keep us inside. When we get scared, our first instinct is to run away, and most of the time, we don’t even know where we are going. That’s how we get lost. Second rule, make sure your guests know to keep an eye on us dogs (and cats, too, I guess) to make sure we don’t escape out the door. Write a note and place them on all the doors saying “Watch out for Dog,” or something more creative than that. Hey, I’m I dog, not an English major. And in the horrible event that we do accidentally get out of our house and run, make sure we have on our favorite collar with tags on there, and that the tags have our name and our human’s phone number. There’s also something called a microchip that we are supposed to have and it’s supposed to be updated. I’ve never seen it, but my Mama says it’s there and vets can scan me. See, this is me with my microchip (and Big Mama). You can’t even see it, but it’s there. The vet knows where to find it.
After the horrible night is over, before letting us outside, check around the yard for leftover pieces of fireworks and other crap that we may want to try a little taste of. Speaking of taste, don’t let the people in your house give us table scraps and other human food — no matter how much we may want it, and how sad we look at you and when we drool on your knee. I hate that rule, but Mama says it’s really important
Since us dogs will probably be scared of the loud noises outside, even inside the house, it’s important to invest in things that will help keep us calm. There are delicious treats made to keep us calm — like calming treats and Happy Traveler treats — collars with soothing scents, and even something called “Rescue Remedy,” according to my Mama. This Rescue Remedy stuff kinda tastes like sugar to me, so I really like it. And it mellows me out. You know what else mellows me out? Treats with something called CBD oil in them. And no, this dog doesn’t like to get high, necessarily, but these treats are legal and help keep us dogs (and even humans) calm. Sometimes in addition to all that stuff, my mom makes me wear a tight shirt that feels like I’m getting a warm, safe hug. She calls it a Thunder Shirt. I don’t know about that, but I do know it makes me feel safe and like I’m being cuddled. My Mama says we get all of our calm stuff at our friend Ms. Vicki’s store, Park Pet Supply by our house in East Atlanta Village. Oh! It’s also important to keep us in a quiet room with soft music or a television playing so we don’t hear the noises as loud. A nice Kong to play with to take our minds off of things is always good, too.
After the horrible night is over, before letting us outside, check around the yard for leftover pieces of fireworks and other crap that we may want to try a little taste of. Speaking of taste, don’t let the people in your house give us table scraps and other human food — no matter how much we may want it, and how sad we look at you and when we drool on your knee. I hate that rule, but Mama says it’s really important.
In fact, Mama says maybe you can even make it your “New Year’s Resolution,” whatever that means, to feed us really good food this year so we have to go to the vet less and we get to live a lot longer and hang out with you forever. Eating healthy doesn’t mean we don’t get treats, and my Mama made some special New Year’s treats that are so delicious, and also healthy. I can’t even tell they’re healthy because all I taste is peanut butter, cinnamon, and banana. Yum, yum. Mama says these treats are called fortune cookies, and they are not only delicious, but they will have fortunes inside for you and for your dog. There will also be a 20 percent off coupon in one of them.
Well, that’s all from me for now. I’m going to go eat another fortune cookie. My last cookies I ate said, “The cat did it,” and “The grass is greener in the neighbor’s yard.” I can’t wait to find out what the next one says. Oh, and Happy New Year from me, Big Daddy, and my Mama.