If you’re like 99% of Americans, you’ve already started planning your Thanksgiving Day - regardless of whether you intend to cook or just stuff your face. And if your home resembles 47% of other households in this country, according to the Humane Society of the United States, you also own at least one dog.
You know what that means: Nearly half the country must decide if it will give - or not give - Fido a little something extra in his bowl on the country's most food-focused national holiday.
When my mother-in-law stays with us, however, the rules go out the window: She can’t deny dogs the pleasure of a treat. “One piece of pork won’t kill her!” she says. But of course one piece leads to three. This practice has led to heated debates about what pet owners should and shouldn’t feed their canine companions.
Think of the overview below as a menu that bridges the gap between man’s best friend and man’s best attempt at group gluttony.
The No-Brainer Foods to Avoid
What to serve poochie instead? Plain mashed potatoes are fine (skip the gravy), as are steamed veggies like broccoli and green beans. The easiest alternative is raw baby carrots. Somehow, I’ve convinced Chloe that these are treats. (Now I just have to convince my step-mom that the dog isn’t doing me a favor by eating them.)
Mashed pumpkin is okay. Apple slices are terrific. A small bowl of milk is superb. Leave the marshmallows on the table. He won’t know what he’s missing.
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