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Holiday Pet Safety

tabby cat sitting in branches of Christmas tree, surrounded by red balls and bowsIf you’re like me, you adore furry friends. Amid the hustle-bustle of the holidays it’s easy to overlook or forget precautions related to their safety. As a cat owner for years, I know my felines loved glittery Christmas balls, bows, ribbons and wrapping paper. It’s one matter for frisky felines to “sled” across the carpet on a piece of wrapping paper, another to bat a glass ornament until it falls and shatters, creating a safety hazard for soft paws. To help keep your cats and dogs safe, here are some handy tips to remember when preparing for the holiday season:

The History of the Yule Log

A festive hearth decorated for Christmas, Yule Log burning brightlyWho doesn’t love to see the warm amber glow of firelight flooding from a hearth and hear the crackle of wood, especially at this time of year?

No fireplace? No worries. For the last several years, most cable-TV providers have made it possible to dial up a virtual Yule log for your flatscreen TV. Pretty snazzy, but how did the tradition of the Yule Log originally start?