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“Twas the night before Christmas…”

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS SAFELY WITH THESE PET SAFETY TIPS

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From all of us here at MHS, best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!

 

Each year, families across Michigan and throughout  the world,  sit down with their families to celebrate the holidays with festive parties, big meals and colorful decorations. However, while these traditions are what make the holidays special for all of us, some can be potentially dangerous for our furry friends. The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) offers the following tips for keeping pets safe during the holiday season:

 

  • Holiday plants can be harmful or toxic, including mistletoe, holly, Japanese yew, Jerusalem cherry, lilies and the bulb of the Amaryllis plant. A common myth is that Poinsettia are poisonous to pets – while not ideal, they are not lethal. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet is vomiting, lethargic or foaming at the mouth. A list of emergency veterinarians is available at www.michiganhumane.org.
  • Keep pets away from holiday decorations and never leave them unsupervised around the Christmas tree. Tinsel, ribbon, and bows – which many cats find irresistible – are choking hazards and can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. Glass balls may be “fetched” off the tree and break. Also, if you have a real Christmas tree, ingested pine needles can puncture the intestines, so vacuum around the tree often.
  • Make sure lights and electrical cords are out of reach. Besides the risk of electrocution, the tree may topple over. Don’t spend your holidays imitating the Griswolds!
  • Secure four-legged family members while entertaining. More guests mean more chances for a pet to slip out. MHS strongly recommends that all pets have identification, including a collar and ID tag, as well as microchip as a permanent, safe and effective form of identification.

  • Provide a safe, quiet place away from the hustle and bustle. Some pets are social butterflies who enjoy the extra activity of the holidays, but others may prefer peace and quiet. Stock the area with their favorite toys, food and water, a litter box for cats and comfy bedding. If they are agitated, soothing music may be helpful.

 

  • Hold the leftovers. A taste or two may be okay for most pets, but a drastic change in a pet’s diet can cause severe gastrointestinal upset and require emergency medical attention. Never give animals poultry or steak bones, which can splinter or lodge in the throat, stomach or intestinal tract.  Poultry skin can be harmful as well, while onions, garlic, grapes and raisins are dangerous for dogs. And of course, be sure the garbage is secured.
  • Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can prove fatal depending on the dog’s size and the amount and type of chocolate ingested. The safest rule is to keep all chocolate out of a dog’s reach.
  • Lighted candles should never be left unattended, especially with animals around.
  • Alcohol and pets do not mix. Keep alcoholic drinks where animals cannot reach them. If ingested, the animal could become very sick and weak, possibly resulting in respiratory failure.

 

The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values. For more information, please visit www.michiganhumane.org.

DISNEY SANTA PAWS 2: THE SANTA PUPS!! Give-Away!!

Ok, I am breaking my rule about not mentioning anything Christmas related until AFTER Thanksgiving because this is just too darned cute NOT to mention!

When the nice people at Disney asked if I would join other bloggers in spreading the word and holding a give-away for my readers I was more than happy to do so!

From the Creators of the Disney Buddies Franchise Comes the All-New Heartwarming and Hilarious Movie Starring the Most Adorable Talking Pups on the Planet!

 

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“SANTA PAWS 2: THE SANTA PUPS”

 

The New Litter Arrives This Holiday Season on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack,

DVD and HD Digital on November 20, 2012

The story is full of holiday spirit and puppy mischief!  Starring a brand-new litter of the cutest talking pups ever — Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble — it’s perfect for the whole family. When Mrs. Claus travels to Pineville, the playful Santa Pups stow away on her sled. Taking mischief to a whole new level, they begin granting joyful wishes to Pineville’s boys and girls, but something goes terribly wrong — the Christmas spirit begins to disappear. Now the Santa Pups and Mrs. Claus must race to save Christmas around the world. From the creators of Disney Buddies, this magical, heartwarming tale is brimming with hope, cheer and Christmas spirit.

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This cute litter consists of three female pups and one male pup. HOPE is the daring tomboy who wears a backwards red cap and rarely looks before she leaps. JINGLE is the diva with a bell on her collar who loves to sing, but can’t carry a tune. CHARITY is the girliest and most self-centered of the pups, with a mistletoe barrette, who has yet to learn the meaning of her name. And NOBLE is the mischievous only brother and self-appointed leader who is distinguished by a cheeky black spot around his eye.

Cheryl Ladd with one of the pups. Photo courtesy of Disney Studios

About the Cast & Filmmakers:

“SANTA PUPS” stars Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels), Danny Woodburn (Mirror, Mirror; The Search for Santa Paws), Pat Finn (Spooky Buddies), Kaitlyn Maher (Treasure Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws), Josh Feldman (The Closer), George Newbern (The Father of the Bride), Obba Babatunde (Broadway version of Dream Girls) as human characters.


The pups are voiced by Marlowe Peyton (Applebaum) as Jingle, Tatiana Gudegast (Spooky Buddies) as Hope, Aidan Gemme (Treasure Buddies) as Noble, and G. Hannelius (Treasure Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws) as Charity. And additional canines are voiced by Tom Everett Scott (Air Bud) as the voice of Santa Paws, Bonnie Somerville (The Ugly Truth) as Mrs. Paws, Richard Kind (Santa Buddies) as Eddy, the head elf dog, Trevor Wright (Air Buddies) as Baxter the scruffy mutt and Josh Flitter (Santa Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws) as Brutis, an unlikely friend for the Pups.

The film is directed by Robert Vince, written and produced by Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts, original music is by Brahm Wenger (The Search for Santa Paws, Treasure Buddies), Animal Coordinator is Mark Forbes (We Bought a Zoo, Treasure Buddies) and the choreographer is Mark Swanhart (Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion in Las Vegas).

The film will be available for purchase at retail stores nationwide as a 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S., a 1-Disc DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.99 U.S., and via High Definition Digital for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S..

ENTER TO WIN!!!  TWO LUCKY READERS (U.S. ONLY PLEASE) are going to win their own Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups DVD!  Just leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS…AN ENTRY WITH NO EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!! Telling me why you would like to win this DVD! DEADLINE TO ENTER IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26th AT 5PM. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th. 

Good luck!

 

Stay connected with the latest news and information about “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups.”

 

We were not compensated for this post. We agreed to help spread the word about this adorable DVD and were thrilled to host a give-away for our readers when asked to do so.