Everywhere I look, someone is offering me advice about my dog for Thanksgiving.
How to travel with her. What to feed her so she doesn’t get sick. How to groom her for holiday pictures.
But no one has offered advice about the most important topic.
Should I invite my dog to Thanksgiving dinner?
Ask yourself a few questions so you can decide if your pup belongs at the Thanksgiving table.
1. How do you feel about feeding your dog table scraps?
A. Are you kidding me? It’s a dog. Kibble is good enough.
B. No way. My dog is on a perfectly balanced diet. Do you want her to get pancreatitis?
C. A little morsel of turkey or string beans won’t hurt. And it makes him so happy.
2. What does your dog do around people food?
A. I wouldn’t know. Dogs aren’t allowed in the room where we’re eating.
B. I’ve perfectly trained my dog so she never shows any interest in people food.
C. The smell of giblets inspires his biggest smile. And he looks darn adorable.
3. How well does your dog get along with visitors?
A. My dogs hang out in the basement when guests come over. Along with the kids. It’s neater that way.
B. I insist that my dog sit before greeting anyone. And then she has to stay on her pillow until guests leave.
C. We watch him carefully to make sure he’s comfortable and having fun. I think he enjoys all the extra attention he gets.
4. What’s your dog’s favorite way to spend the day?
A. Do dogs care about anything but walks, sleeping, and food?
B. I plan lots of structured activities to tire my dog out, stimulate her brain, and strengthen her training.
C. With me, of course. He’s usually happy no matter what we do. As long as we’re together.
5. How does your dog feel about football?
B. I’d never let my dog watch television. It rots the brain.
C. After a big meal, my dog and I would both benefit from tossing a ball around the yard.
6. When you’re busy working in the kitchen, what does your dog do?
A. Dogs don’t belong in the kitchen. We prepare food there.
B. After I take her for a five-mile hike in the mountains, she’s ready to sleep in her crate while I’m cooking.
C. We mix things up so he gets breaks for tug and if he sits quietly on his bed, I toss him an occasional treat.
7. What kind of centerpiece would your dog most appreciate?
A. Are you stupid? Dogs don’t notice those things.
B. My dog has hundreds of dollars worth of food puzzle games. Why would she ever need another centerpiece?
C. My dog is my favorite centerpiece. And I am his.
So you should invite your pup to share Thanksgiving dinner with you?
If you answered mostly A’s, you didn’t even take this quiz. Because you’d never think of inviting your dog to Thanksgiving dinner.
If you answered mostly B’s, you’re a total overachiever. You probably invented an entirely new holiday to celebrate with your dog.
If you answered mostly C’s, you can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t invite their dog to Thanksgiving dinner.
We’re thankful for you, our wonderful readers. The way you love your animals gives me hope for the world. Happy Thanksgiving.