Thanksgiving is finally here! Every year our lodging Ranchers enjoy their turkey dinner on Thanksgiving and we love watching them lick their bowl clean. This year I wanted my fur-babies to not be left out during the Thanksgiving feast at home…but I have so many questions on where to start! Would I have to prepare two separate meals?!  I spoke with Kim Smith, the founder and owner of Pawderosa Ranch. Kim not only makes our homemade Treat of the Month treats, but she has been cooking Thanksgiving dinners for the pups at the Ranch for three years now. I’d say she’s a bit of an expert when it comes to making tasty treats that pups love! I asked her all of my questions to make sure my pets have a safe and joyful Thanksgiving meal and I want to share them with you!

What made you want to offer a home cooked meal for Thanksgiving? 
Thanksgiving is about family. It’s about time spent with loved ones and the creation of happy memories together. Unfortunately, sometimes our furry family is unable to travel with us to our Thanksgiving gathering, or it may be less stressful that they lodge elsewhere when our human family comes to town.  Pawderosa is your pup’s second family and we are honored to provide them love when you are unable.

As you know, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving celebration is the meal. Three years ago, we decided to offer a dog safe Turkey Dinner to the dogs lodging with us over the holiday. We knew that they would love it and that their human families would feel a little better about not having them at home for the holiday. We also knew that our team would be thrilled to see the tails wag wildly when they delivered the meal. The meal was so well received that we also decided to offer it to the shelter dogs (and cats) at The Animal Defense League of Texas. Who better to receive some holiday joy than pets without a forever home?


What are common Thanksgiving foods that I should avoid giving to my dog?
The meal we offer consists of Roast Turkey, Green Beans with Plain Yogurt, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon, a Cranberry Dog Biscuit, and Pumpkin with a dollop of Whipped Cream. It is homemade and dog safe. Some typical Thanksgiving foods to avoid giving your pup are: Stuffing, Traditional Green Bean Casserole, Fried Onions, Turkey Skin, Candied Yams, Pumpkin Pie Filling and other Desserts. Keep in mind that any human food can negatively affect dogs prone to pancreatitis, diabetes, sensitive stomach, allergies or other medical issues. Please use your best judgment or consult with your veterinarian if unsure about your pup’s sensitivities.

What if I want to avoid the pressure of cooking a separate Thanksgiving meal for my pup, what do you suggest?
Thanksgiving can be hectic and, though we want our pup to share in the meal, we may not have time to prepare a separate dog safe menu. Don’t fret! Use what you have. When starting to cook, set aside some green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn and fresh cranberries. You can feed these items raw or cooked. If any items are canned with salt, be sure to rinse them. No need to add seasoning! When time to serve your pet, don’t forget to carve off a small piece of skinless Turkey Breast. If you didn’t plan on feeding your pup but those puppy dog eyes worked their magic on you while at the table, you can offer him a piece of skinless Turkey Breast, rinse off some green beans, corn and carrots, and finish the meal with a dollop of whipped cream. As with our own Thanksgiving meal, moderation is key!
 

If you want to leave the cooking to someone else, we are offering our dog safe Turkey Dinners “To-Go” on Wednesday, 11/21. The meal is $10.95 plus tax. Give us a call by 11/20 to reserve one for your pup!​

Until next week…Well Wishes and Puppy Kisses!
XOXO,
Baelyn

At Pawderosa Ranch we welcome all dogs to come play and stay with us! Each rancher is cared for by a specialized staff who understand the benefits of dog daycare and lodging and who are passionate about making Pawderosa Ranch the best dog boarding in San Antonio. We can’t wait to see your pup!

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