Happy Thanksgivukkah

A rare 2 in 1 holiday mashup! Thanksgiving, a day of feasting and prayer thanking God for His blessings, and Hannukah, also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, an eight day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple, will converge on the same day this year.  Thus "Thanksgivukkah" was born.  The term was trademarked by a Bostonian who, along with her sister-in-law, created a Facebook page and a Twitter account devoted to the phenomenon, a  once-in-a-lifetime concept that has been embraced around the U.S. by Christians and Jews.

A turkey-shaped menorah called a Menurkey was dreamed up by a 9-year-old from New York City along with the little ditty "Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, come light the Menurkey, Once in a lifetime, the candles meet the turkey."  So light the Menurkey and celebrate with family, friends, and of course, your canine companions.

Menurkey

Just a few tips for a fido friendly meal:

  • Limit those table scraps since too much can result in vomiting, diarrhea, or worse.
  • Stick to bland foods to avoid ingredients that are not safe for dogs.  There are many beneficial herbs and spices which are safe but there are also some which are highly toxic for dogs so unless you know exactly which ones have been used it's best to avoid all seasoned foods.
  • Trim the fat from the turkey or ham which can cause pancreatis. This includes the poultry skin.
  • Throw away the bones which can splinter once cooked causing a choking hazard or obstruction and damage to internal organs.
  • No desserts which can contain chocolate, certain nuts, or raw dough, all of which can harm or kill a dog.
  • Offer healthy alternatives like seedless apple slices, peeled bananas, green beans, carrot sticks, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin.
  • To avoid upsetting your dog's stomach, mix his usual kibble or a little rice into any serving of human food you feed your dog.
  • Stay safe by taking out that tempting garbage which probably contains everything that can make your dog ill.
  • If you've done everything you can to keep your dog safe, but he still manages to eat something he shouldn't, call your local vet immediately. If your vet is unavailable, dial the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.