The family dog has a few things for you to consider
By Jon Nelson
This weekend is likely full of family activities, mainly centrally focused around food. When you’re celebrating Easter, don’t forget the family dog! Here are a few things canines would like you to keep in mind:
Keep that chocolate away from me – I don’t know I shouldn’t have it!
Number one and most important on this list — don’t forget that chocolate is bad for me! Methylxanthines, the caffeine-like chemical in chocolate, can cause illness or possibly death. Make sure your kids keep their chocolate treats up high and account for all the chocolate eggs you hide when the hunt is over! Here is the Pet Poison Helpline.
We don’t need any real rabbits up in this house
We’re good with just the dog (me). Rabbits aren’t great pets. Some people love ‘em, and kudos to those people, but don’t surprise your kid with a bunny just because it’s Easter. Nobody is going to want to clean the cage and guess what? Rabbits live for like twenty years. It’s a commitment you should think about before too many rabbits end up at the shelter.
I wanna hunt too!
Seeing kids hunting for things gets me all riled up. You’re playing my game! Keep me out of areas where chocolate is hidden, but if you love me as much as you love your kids (or more), hide some dog treats around the house too and let me get in on the action!
Dress me up
Bunny costumes are all the rage and as long as they’re comfortable, I’ll happily help you blow up your Instagram with adorable pics!
Let me get some family time
Having people over? Better tire me out first! I suggest a long walk in the morning before guests arrive. I’ll happily say hello but won’t be too rambunctious when everyone’s trying to relax or eat dinner.
I might not be the best at meeting new children
Not all dogs like children (can you blame them?). If your family is bringing over young children I haven’t met, establish some rules, especially around my food, toys, or anything I might be protective of.
Don’t let me eat your flowers
Everybody brings flowers for Easter, but some varieties of lilies can be toxic. If you’re not sure which are which, put them where I can’t get to them until you get a chance to check online.