Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Lifestyles

December 19, 2012

Family dog is on the guest list for holiday dinner

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All of the dog's food can go in one bowl, Zorn said. Every other day of the year, Rowdy gets 1 1/2 cups of food twice a day, so he'll get the same on Christmas Day. "We are talking about making this special, but he's not going to gain 10 pounds."

Zorn drew up a quick nice-naughty dog food list.

Bad: Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, raisins and grapes, onions and garlic, milk, avocado, macadamia nuts and yeast. Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower can cause gas but are OK in small doses. Tomatoes, eggplant and peppers aren't dangerous but add nothing positive to a dog's diet.

Good: Lean meats, fish, tuna, olive oil, eggs, egg shells, yogurt, carrots, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes and pumpkin.

Finally, Zorn said Santa's reindeer would probably turn up their noses at Santa's cookies and milk.

But they would welcome a bowl of berries, acorns, a carrot, a little hay or alfalfa pellets, along with a bowl of water.

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