LOS ANGELES – The holidays are coming! Tis the season for festive parties and sharing time with friends and family. And, if you’re anything like us at the Squad, your furry friends will be part of the merriment. Now is a good time to remind us of some safety issues during the holiday. I know, I know — we’re always on the “safety” bandwagon. But we wouldn’t be doing you any favors by not providing these simple reminders:

  • Tinsel, ribbons, ornaments and garland are beautiful on your tree or centerpiece — but if swallowed, can choke your dog or damage his intestines. Place these decorations above your dog’s reach or better yet, find a safe alternative. Bernie would recommend edible dog cookies but that could be tempting fate!
  • Poinsettias, holly and mistletoe add that special holiday touch to any arrangement. Unfortunately, they are toxic for your dog. Make sure they are high up and out of reach. If your pet eats any part of the plant he could experience vomiting, diarrhea or worse!
  • Christmas lights are a decorator’s staple for any tree. However, some dogs acquire an unexplained taste for these beautiful orbs. Avoid locations where your dog can reach them as they could electrocute themselves.

Now enough of the dire warnings and onto the fun. There are a few fun pet-friendly holidays activities you can enjoy — and they just happen to be free:

  • Griffith Park Light Festival – Bundle up and take a walk with your dogs for a close-up view of the light display. It is “pedestrian only” now through December 7th. The walk is approximately 1 mile. Park at the zoo.
  • Dog Park Party – Pack a holiday lunch and meet your friends at the nearest dog park or dog friendly beach. Bundle up if the weather is cold, sip hot cocoa, share holiday cookies and watch your dogs play!

If you know of any holiday dog activities in your area email us at dawgsquad@rocketmail.com and we’ll spread the word!

Happy Holidays,
The Dawg Squad