September 26, 2008, Newsletter Issue #14: Getting Ready for a New Puppy

Tip of the Week

As you think about all the things you'll need for your new puppy, you're feeling a bit overwhelmed. You wish you could ask someone to throw you a puppy shower as you're getting ready for a new puppy, but that's not really possible, right? Actually, it is a great idea, as long as you're willing to be the one planning the party.
Send invitations to the dogs that belong to friends and family instead of the people in the household. Make sure you include a few guidelines about behavior and safety. You can keep it lighthearted by giving the guidelines to the dogs. For example, try asking all dogs to keep their owners on a leash for the owner's safety instead of making a list of dos and don'ts for the human guests.Register your puppy at the local pet store. If you can't find someone willing to go along with your party plans, you can head for a local big discount chain, like Target, to register your puppy. While these stores may not have a registry specifically for pets, they do offer other registries and you can register for any items in the store. Simply modify a baby registry for your puppy.
Provide healthy treats for the pets and make sure any food you serve the owners is non-toxic for dogs. Avoid grapes, chocolate, onions and other foods people enjoy that could be fatal for the canine guests.

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