Happy Paw-lidays from The HOL Dog!

Pearl fell asleep waiting for mama to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas...
Pearl fell asleep waiting for mama to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

We are about to take some time off to get ready for Christmas celebrations and spending time with family. We hope y’all get to do the same, if that’s your thing.

But we also want to remind you of the holiday dangers for your precious pup:

  • alcohol
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • grapes/raisins
  • macadamia nuts
  • raw yeast bread dough
  • onions
  • anything with Xylitol
  • cooked meat bones
  • rich or heavy sauces

Probably not a good idea to let your dog drink the tree water.

Keep an eye on burning candles that are on about the same level as a wagging tail.

Be mindful of attractive ornaments that could result in an expensive intestinal blockage.

2014 has brought tremendous blessings to us at The HOL Dog, and we are STOKED about 2015!

Thanks for all the follows!

pugs & kisses,

Samantha, Pearl & Truman

Happy Howl-o-Ween!!

pugs pumpkin Halloween costume funny


OOOOooooo!!! SCARY!

It can be very scary for your pets, you know.

Remember to keep them inside and away from stupid teenagers. And mean drunks.

Especially if your dog (or cat) is black.

And here’s a list of things that can result in a pricey visit to the vet. So, even though there’s lots of distractions and lots of strangers coming to the door, keep an eye on your fur baby during the witching hours.


  • Chocolate (toxic)
  • Candy (Your dog does not need sugar. for real.)
  • Grapes & Raisins (toxic)
  • Glow sticks & glow jewelry (Although not toxic, can cause mouth irritation and profuse drooling)
  • Candles (An excited tail and a well-placed candle can singe the heck out of some fur. Or burn your house down. Keep ’em up).
  • Costumes (That costume is super cute. Is it making her over heat? Is it obscuring her vision? Is it too tight, making it hard for her to breathe?)

Basically, pay attention and be smart. An ounce of prevention & all that noise.

And if your pup digs into the candy despite your best efforts, here’s the number for poison control.


Have fun!

pugs & kisses,


res ipsa loquitur
res ipsa loquitur

Dogs will eat almost anything. (See pic).

Here’s a list of What Not to Feed your dog:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Coffee
  3. Alcohol
  4. Avocado*
  5. Macadamia Nuts
  6. Grapes
  7. Raisins
  8. Raw Yeast Bread Dough
  9. Anything with Xylitol (sugar free chewing gum)
  10. Onions/ garlic

Why the * on avocado?

Nearly every list I’ve seen shows avocados as a food to avoid. While avocados can be fatal to birds & bunnies, dogs can eat them. Avocados can cause vomiting & a case of the runs, but they are a great source of essential fat. (Fat = Fuel).

Just don’t let Precious snarf down a wHOLe one, which could cause an obstruction & an expensive surgery. We’re trying to avoid that sort of thing, right?

(What’s that I said about moderation & balance?)

Peel it, remove the pit, mash it up with some sea salt. A little guac-er for your cocker! (no onions, tho. Read the wHOLe list).

Everything else listed can kill your dog.┬áSeizures, tremors, liver & kidney failure. It’s hard to say how much it would take to do it. Don’t try to find out. Just know that it can and has happened.

I’ve known stupid fraternity boys who think it’s hilarious to get a dog drunk. Report those fools to the police.

And if you think your dog has gobbled up a bag full of something he shouldn’t have, call:

Animal Poison Control Center. 1-800-213-6680.

Emergency instructions are on http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com.

Be safe!

pugs & kisses,