Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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No gobble-gobble for pups

With the holidays at hand, we have to be extra mindful that the pups don't get into things that can hurt them, like the Thanksgiving turkey.

No gobble-gobble for pups

We were cautioned at the most recent puppy meeting to be extra vigilant with the pups getting into things around the holidays, particularly with the Thanksgiving turkey. The Seeing Eye pups are not allowed to eat human food in any case, but the turkey bones and carcass can be very dangerous for dogs. The poultry bones splinter when chewed, posing obvious perils of choking and stomach problems.  

Also, we are mindful to keep the dogs under control when guests arrive, and next month, when holiday presents are opened. One case in point: A few years ago, a family member gift-wrapped chocolates and placed them artfully around the Christmas tree. Overnight, Porter sniffed them out and devoured them. Luckily, there must not have been enough to do him any damage, but chocolate is poisonous for dogs.

Porter, being a Lab, is a compulsive scrounger and will eat anything that is remotely edible. He'll also go to great lengths to do so, climbing onto countertops and pushing into cupboards. He can wolf down an entire bunch of bananas, a loaf of bread, or a bag of fresh tomatoes. Meat, of course, is his preference!

George Carter
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George Carter, The Inquirer's weekend national/foreign editor, has always counted dogs among his closest companions. According to family lore, he learned to walk by clinging to the side of a saintly patient mutt named Spanker. In turn, one of his earliest hazy memories is of tossing treats to the family dogs gathered expectantly on the porch of their Maryland farmhouse. It was only natural then, that when George saw a newspaper ad looking for families to raise puppies for the Seeing Eye of Morristown, N.J., he bit at the chance. From the start, it has been a family project, with teenage daughter Betsy as the official puppy-raiser. First there was Porter, a big-hearted yellow Lab born on Memorial Day 2004. A few years later, the Carters raised Velma, a gorgeous Lab/golden cross. Just a couple weeks ago, Velma's 7-week-old daughter Sparkle arrived as the latest family charge. George, Betsy and mom Cathy are thrilled that Sparkle is from Velma's very first litter. You can reach George Carter at 215-854-2411 or by clicking here. Reach George at gcarter@phillynews.com.

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