Monday, 19 December 2011

Dog Plays Piano, Sings

This is quite the talented dog.  I've posted before about dogs singing to people here at Animal Oddities (and people singing to dogs or singing like dogs, for that matter), but this dog plays the piano too!

Watch the video and then check out the tips below on keeping pets safe this holiday season, provided by my friends over at CSA International.

Keep Pets Safe This Holiday Season

  • Cords are not chew toys: Carefully inspect holiday light strings yearly and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders or loose connections as sometimes you can’t prevent a curious and playful pet from sniffing around new things. Ensure that all holiday decorations are in proper working order and all cords are fully insulated to help avoid electrical and fire hazards.
  • Up, up and away: When decorating a tree or other indoor areas, place breakable ornaments and electrical decorations up high to help protect both pets and small children. It’s also important to keep potentially deadly eatables out of a pet’s reach, such as chocolate, poinsettias, tinsel, ribbons and colorful, breakable ornaments that may look like a ball or toy.
  • No sparks for Sparky: Whenever possible, protect family and pets from electric shock by connecting all outdoor lighting into receptacles protected by weatherproof ground fault circuit interrupters.
  • Cat and canine candle concerns: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface, out of the reach of children and pets. And if you leave the room, blow out the candle.
  • Safe storage: After the holidays, wrap and store lights and decorations in their original packaging, as they likely contain manufacturer’s instructions on replacement bulbs and details for proper product use. Keep pets away from packages and your gift wrapping area. Ingested string, plastic, and even wrapping paper can lead to intestinal blockage and require a trip to the vet.
  • Spot the mark to help keep Spot safe: When purchasing light strings, extension cords or electrical decorations, look for a certification mark such as one from CSA International. This provides assurance that products are tested and certified to applicable standards for safety and performance.
  • Fresh or fake, be safe: If you buy a real tree, make sure it’s fresh. Fresh trees are less likely to dry out and become a fire hazard. Artificial trees with electrical lights should have a certification mark on them and should be made of fire-resistant materials. Pet owners should take the time to tether their Christmas tree to a wall or the ceiling to avoid tipping by a pet or child.

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