Treats for both you and your pet

Lily is a three-year-old female border collie/Lab mix who would love a home with no cats but she does love other dogs.

Lily is a three-year-old female border collie/Lab mix who would love a home with no cats but she does love other dogs.

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Recently at the dog park we were discussing Thanksgiving and the wonderful holiday food. Of course pumpkin pie came up, and Wayne mentioned that he gave a bit of pumpkin to his dogs every day. He had read that it helps with their digestion, and he firmly believes it does. His dogs are healthy and happy.

With that in mind I went on a search to find fruits and vegetables that are good for pets.

Canned pumpkin was right up there on the list. Pumpkin adds taste to dog food along with vitamins A, C and E, and all you need is a spoon or two.

Blueberries are an easy delicious treat that help strengthen your pet’s immune system. Watson really thinks he’s getting a goodie when I give him a berry. Dogs usually like fruit, but cats don’t because they lack receptors for sweetness.

Sweet potatoes are a treat for both cats and dogs. Just bake and scoop a bit into your pet’s bowl. Dogs love the sweetness, and it’s safe for cats as well. It adds variety and fiber to their diet. I suspect regular potatoes would be a hit also.

A few of the vegetables that Watson likes are carrots, zucchini, broccoli and green beans. I’ve found he likes them cooked, not raw. You should never feed your pets grapes, raisins, onions, avocados, garlic and chocolate because they are potentially toxic.

With the holidays coming, I think Watson and I will be enjoying a veggie platter and maybe an occasional cookie. “Bone” appetite!


Volunteers to help build kennels. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Folks to sign up for AmazonSmile program, details below.

Towels and blankets for our dog kennels.

Volunteers to walk dogs or play with cats. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Aluminum cans, which we recycle to augment our shelter funds. We are unable to pick up cans because of trailer problems, but please continue to save them.


Brenda Utterback for her dedication to CAPS. We are so grateful for all of the items you magically procure for our shelter. We are constantly delighted and amazed by your enthusiasm to find the necessary things we need to continue caring for our guests. A Four Paws Salute to you.


CAPS will be at Walmart on Dec. 16 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by to get your pooch smooch. Christmas is coming and we have caps, shirts, and mugs, so be sure to check out the merchandise after you have loved on our pup.


November Pet Holidays:

Pet Diabetes Month

To register in the AmazonSmile program, a website operated by Amazon. Customers enjoy many of the same selection of products, low prices and shopping features as on The only difference is that, when you shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by you.

Flower Tree Nursery will be raffling a 20-gallon blue spruce tree on Dec. 16, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Please visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable. CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week’s column.


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