As I sit here typing on my computer I hear a faint ” thump, thump, thump” sound coming from the other room of the house. Without getting up I stop typing and listen for the noise; after a moment I assume it was something outside and I begin to type again. Within a few seconds I hear a “Thump … thump! Splat! I suddenly spring from my seat and bolt out into the kitchen just in time to see my precious female Cocker Spaniel Pebbles look up at me with that ” caught in the act ” stare from her eyes. She had managed to retrieve the remnants of last nights chicken bones from the trash and spill them all onto the kitchen floor for her to devour. Much to her dismay I quickly picked them up and proceeded to clean up the mess. Tying the trash bag together and disposing it into the dumpster outside. When I returned I gave Pebbles her red ball to chew on. I informed her that it was more durable and better for her teeth then last nights chicken bones. A dog’s nose is three times more sensitive to smell than that of a human nose. They have the ability to sniff out even the most burried treasure from the bottom of a trash can. A dried up turkey carcass dumped in the trash can smell awful yummy to your pet. That yummy smell to your dog can quickly turn into a dangerous and costly emergency vet visit for you. Bones after they have been cooked become dry and brittle. If a dog is allowed to chew on a leftover bone they can easily break and splitter in his mouth. Lodging in the dogs’s mouth, gums, or throat. If the dog swallows a chipped or splintered bone it can cause serious damage to his intestial stomach lining. I checked with a local vet in the area and I was told ” it is not recommended to give your pet any type of bones, raw or cooked. With the exception of Rawhide bones bought from you local pet or feed store.” Often times when pets think we are not looking they will jump up and snatch food right off the kitchen table. Knocking everything else around it down on the floor to rescue their forbidden treasure. There are various ways to prevent such incidents around the holidays and keep your pets safe. There are several Pet Sitters available in every city that can be found in your local Penny Saver weekly mailer. Pet Sitters are available to walk your dog or sit with your pet keeping them company caring for them while you are away. You are able to enjoy the festivities knowing that your pet is safe and happy and away from potential dangers. Some pet owners prefer to leave their dog or cat at a Pet Boarding facility for the day and pick them up on their way home from work or a holiday event. Other options include housing your pet in a specific area of the backyard with his food, water and pet toys. Making sure the area is safe and warm with adequate shelter. When the night is over and the guest have started to leave your pet can once again join you and the family. Holidays are a special day to enjoy for you and your pet.