Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thoughtless Thursday: Dog-Friendly Holiday Decorating

Hey Everyone!

As we've been decorating for the holidays (Mom loves making our place look festive), we've had many drawbacks and failures over the past years.  Us furry family members LOVE messing with the decorations.  They're just so exciting!

Mom also told me to just look at the lights, rather than trying to nibble.
With these things in mind, Mom said she's changing her "game plan" for decorating this year- she said she's going to make sure that she prevails in her decorating (aka that we don't rip all her stuff down like last year)!

Things she's doing differently:
  • Better ways to hang things up.  The last 2 years have been an enlightening wake-up call that cheap adhesive hooks DO NOT WORK when your cat hangs on the garland (she's looking at you, Thor).  Therefore, Mom will be using more durable hooks (maybe 3M? Or actually drilling in little metal cup hooks?)
  • Making the "Christmas Village" cat-proof.  This has been tradition- Mom has a cute little ceramic village that lights up, with little roads, lights, and people.  For the past 2 years though, "Catzilla" has made his appearance.  He terrorizes the village, knocking the people over and sleeping in the middle of the "town square".  When the pieces fall off the table, it's a perfect deal, because then I can eat the pretend hay bales (styrofoam with sawdust-looking stuff glued to the outside of it)!  Sweet!  Mom's going to make sure that everything is secured, wires are hidden under a blanket of white felt, and that everything is closer to the wall so that it won't fall off.  We can't change the "Catzilla" part, though.  He might be here to stay. ;-)
  • The Christmas tree will no longer be a "walk-up salad bar".
  • Using battery-operated candles in certain holiday candle holders.  
I leave the fake trees/garlands alone.  My kitties, however......
What do you do to keep your furry friends safe?  Discuss!

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  1. Beautiful Tree Sandie, just boot i fulls.
    Just like you.
    Luvs Freya Rose Blossom x

  2. I agrees with Aunty Freya, it is a stunning tree
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. It's very important to keep us kids in mind
    Lily & Edward

  4. Hi Y'all!

    All my Human has to worry about is keepin' things away from where my tail might whip them away!

    Merry Christmas!
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. Hari OM
    Love the light in your eye when you smile.... hehehehehe.... good plan there mum! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  6. Battery operated candles are a must around our house. Those cats knock everything over.

  7. Since I'm so low to the ground, it is easy for Mama and Papa to keep things out of my way. They have a non-living tree this year that doesn't start until at least a foot off the ground (above my head). The poinsettias are supposedly just up on tabletops and counters (I can't see them from down here), and the stockings are hung way up high so I can't mess with them. *wags* - Gilligan from

  8. You look more tangled with the lights! . Happy Thoughtless Thursday! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I can totally relate to Catzilla. We have 3 of those!! The dogs do not care about the decorations and are well behaved but not the cats. We have a fake tree and the cats chew on it and the garland! They are so bratty! LOL We do fake lights in our candle holders, too and I do my best to run the cats away from the decorations.

  10. Mom puts out the tree and we leave it alone. That's pretty much the way it works.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  11. OMD we think there is a scary book about that...
    Catzilla... Pillage of the Village...

  12. Crikey ..... that sure is a good lookin' tree, aye?? Made even better with you under it Sadie.

  13. We pretty much have the nothing under four feet rule - even our tree is on a table. :)

    Monty and Harlow


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