Whole Dog Journal's Blog November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving and the Dog Machinations

Posted at 12:38PM - Comments: (5)

Ack! As I type these words, it’s the day before Thanksgiving, and I have less than an hour to write this. I had a different topic in mind for this week’s blog post, but it’s going to take more time to write it, and I’ve run out of time.

I overslept this morning. My husband and I were up too late, tidying up the house, getting ready to have houseguests for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Ordinarily, I would put them up at the house where I have my office, two blocks away, where they would probably be more comfortable, with their own bathroom, but the comfort I’m working to preserve is that of – you guessed it – dogs!

Mama Hound is more concerned about guarding her food bowl than guarding her puppies, but with that many mouths to feed, she gets a pass.

Five of the seven puppies, close to weaning.

At my office/house, I already have a delicate dog situation. I’m fostering a mama hound and her seven puppies, and I have a tenant there who has a female dog, MJ, who is my dog Woody’s crush and very good playmate, but MJ and Mama Hound don’t much care for each other, and orchestrating their movements takes a bit of care.

My guests for the weekend are my husband’s brother and his wife, and their Boxer Rosie, and they are bringing a foster Boxer, too. Rosie is another female with a strong personality and opinions about things, and having her stay at the house with the other two females – not a good idea. So they can stay at our house, instead, where all we will have to juggle are the cats (who can generally take care of themselves, even if it means spending a certain amount of time on the roof) and the chickens, who will have to suffer the indignity of being locked in their pen for the weekend, so they don’t end up as Boxer food.

A shot from one of our epic Thanksgiving hikes with the in-laws and their Rosie

I might leave Woody at my office house overnights with my tenant and MJ. They get along splendidly, and it might be less bananas. The foster Boxer is reportedly an adolescent who doesn’t know much. If he likes to play, he and Woody might be too much to contain in a small house.

Who won’t be here to play this year: My son’s dog, Cole! He and my son are having the holiday with my son’s dad and that part of his family. They will be missed, especially on the hikes.

Otto, wondering what's taking me so long. Thanksgiving hike 2016

Once everyone is settled, I’m looking forward to glorious hikes with all the dogs (well, not Mama or the pups, but all the puppy-free grownup dogs); my in-laws are great hikers, and we always have epic dog hikes when they come. I’m so looking forward to it! Especially because my sister, the chef, is cooking for all of us! We will need to hike for four days to work off one dinner!

Stairs on the trail

All the dogs will be settled into safe zones before we go to my sister’s house; we won’t bring any dogs there, not even my dogs, who have been there many times and who get along with her dogs, because there will just be too many people and dogs in one spot. My sister and her husband have four little dogs; they don’t take up much physical space, but they take up a lot of the sound space, if you get my drift. Ruff! They are darling, but I don’t want to add to the chaos.

Another Thanksgiving hike, with my dogs, Rosie the Boxer, and my son's hound Cole, who will be missing this year.

Well, maybe just dignified Otto can come. He doesn’t add to chaos, ever. He’s the anti-chaos dog.

I hope you all have a nice holiday with your dogs. Just don’t skip an extra long walk with your dog or dogs sometime afterward, Friday, the weekend, or both. In my view, it’s the part of the holiday I’m more thankful for.

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Posted by: elizabethwmcglone | November 30, 2017 9:25 AM    Report this comment

Happy Thanksgiving Yíall!
Iím late reading my email so forgive the late good wishes.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Next year 2018, is the Chinese Year of the Dog!
Saw a great T-shirt with that sentiment AND a Boston Terrier on it. I think I really need to have it, donít you? Amazon, available with other breeds, too!

Posted by: Her Woofness | November 28, 2017 12:01 PM    Report this comment

Dog logistics are part of having a dog. They are members of the family and I would not dream of making them stay behind a barrier while the rest of the family and guests sat down to Thanksgiving dinner. Our dog and the guest dog (a big dog of 150 pounds) circled the table politely but did not try to steal food. They are well trained. Eventually, this mean "little" tiny bits of what we were eating, and a big spray of canned whipped cream licked from our hands. Yes, it was a bit messy, but what's the real reason for having a dog? Toshare love and laughs...and food.

Posted by: Three Dog Mom | November 23, 2017 10:44 PM    Report this comment

Quite the logistics to consider! I'm thankful I only have one to try to work around (Lab mix, 83 lbs., but is content to sleep. Unless there's food involved (his, not ours. He's totally uninterested in people food. Fortunately.)

He will get a special treat for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow, when it's not raining, we'll go for several 20 minute walks. He loves those as much as he does food.

Posted by: DreamWeaver | November 23, 2017 2:37 PM    Report this comment

We are always looking for epic dog hikes. Especially those where they can be off leash some and really stretch their legs. They are under voice command (...unless they spot a jack rabbit). We have found a few but would love to hear where you've experienced yours. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Posted by: TriciaG | November 23, 2017 9:50 AM    Report this comment

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