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JAR Tips: Including Rover in Your Thanksgiving Gathering

Updated: Nov 22


Feasting with Fido: Bringing Joy and Gratitude to the Thanksgiving Table. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฆƒ(Image created by Just Add Rover with DALL-E by OpenAI)
Feasting with Fido: Bringing Joy and Gratitude to the Thanksgiving Table. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฆƒ(Image created by Just Add Rover with DALL-E by OpenAI)

Thanksgiving is a time of warmth, family, and gratitude. And who better to share it with than our loyal four-legged family members? Hereโ€™s how you can include your family dog in the Thanksgiving festivities safely and joyfully.


Autumn Bubbles and Tail Wags: Capturing the Simple Joys of Fall with Our Furry Friends. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ (Image created by Just Add Rover with DALL-E by OpenAI)
Autumn Bubbles and Tail Wags: Capturing the Simple Joys of Fall with Our Furry Friends. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ (Image created by Just Add Rover with DALL-E by OpenAI)

๐Ÿฆƒ Turkey Broth Scented Bubble Mix


Dogs and kids alike will love this! Mix a little turkey broth with non-toxic bubble solution for a fun, sensory experience. As the bubbles pop, the scent of turkey will keep the dogs engaged and entertained.


(Safety Tip: Ensure the broth is onion and garlic-free, as these are harmful to dogs.)


๐ŸŽจ Turkey Art with a Twist


Create memorable art with a canine touch! Before the party, cut out turkey shapes from white construction paper. At the party:

  • For Dogs: Add dabs of dog-safe peanut butter on a Ziplock bag containing the turkey cut-out and tempura paint. As the dog licks the bag, they'll create a unique piece of art!

  • For Kids: Kids can use a paintbrush on the outside of the bag or paint directly on the paper.

(Supervision is key: Ensure an adult is present, especially with young children around.)


Masterpaws at Work: Unleashing Creativity with Our Turkey Art Project! ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿฆƒ(Image created by Just Add Rover with DALL-E by OpenAI)
Masterpaws at Work: Unleashing Creativity with Our Turkey Art Project! ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿฆƒ(Image created by Just Add Rover with DALL-E by OpenAI)

๐Ÿพ A Quiet Retreat for Your Pup


A busy party can be overwhelming for dogs. Create a calm, secluded spot where they can relax. For example, a bed tucked away in a quiet corner or a crate in a low-traffic area can provide a safe haven.


๐Ÿšซ A Gentle Reminder: Doggy Diet Do's and Don'ts

Guests love treating pets, but not all foods are safe. Consider:

  • Placing a sign near the food area reminding guests not to feed the dog food from the table.

  • Providing a small bowl of healthy, low-calorie dog treats that guests can give instead.

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Thanksgiving Foods: Yes and No for Dogs*

  • Safe in Moderation: Turkey meat (no bones or skin), plain sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans.

  • Unsafe: Onions, garlic, yeast dough, raisins or grapes, chocolate and candy, xylitol (found in sugar-free foods), alcohol, fried foods, nuts, dairy, and turkey bones and skin.

(*For a more comprehensive list of Thanksgiving dog safety tips, please see the American Veterinary Medical Association's Thanksgiving Pet Safety page: here.)


By including these fun activities and safety tips, you'll ensure that both your two-legged and four-legged guests have a delightful Thanksgiving!


BONUS: Here is a free printable for coloring fun!:



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