My Dogs Want To Eat My Kids Turkey


The other day Gracie was making a paper turkey for school and she had to color it and decorate it however she wanted. The goal was to get creative and use things around the house to make the turkey colorful and fun.

Some of the suggestions of items to use were buttons, glitter, macaroni and other things.

Gracie being the sweet tooth little princess that she is used Skittles, M&M’s, marshmallows and Nerds to decorate her turkey.

The finished product was quite….how should I put this……..colorful and sweet and when she was making it I couldn’t help but think of the conversation that we were going to have when she tried to hang it up.

Been there. Done that.

She always wants to hang it at her eye level where she can see it and I don’t blame her. I mean who wants to strain their neck looking at their masterpiece that is hanging at the 12 foot mark.

But Gracie’s eye level is exactly the same as Sherman and Leroy’s mouth level and if we put it at their mouth level we’re either going to have a masterpiece that goes missing in the middle of the night or someone is going to slobber all over it trying to get a good sniff which is going to leave a big mess of Skittle colors running together on someone or something.

So over the years we’ve had to compromise on where the turkeys, candy cane reindeer, gingerbread men, gingerbread houses, cookie ornaments and marshmallow snowman masterpieces are allowed to be displayed.


We have a “safe zone.” Which is basically an “”out of the reach of Sherman and Leroy zone.” Which is basically a 6 foot tall zone, which kind of sucks for a 4 foot tall sweet tooth princess. Luckily for me she’s a pretty understanding sweet tooth princess and doesn’t want her dogs eating or getting sick from one of her masterpieces.

She doesn’t want that heat.

I have taught her well.

Now…… I have approximately 3 weeks to find some good “safe zone” areas for all of the rest her masterpieces that are going to make it into our home.

This is just a friendly reminder to all those dog Moms out there who have little ones at home bringing home or making their holiday masterpieces. Keep them out of reach of your dog or cat and remember that this doesn’t just apply to the holiday season, check out this story where a dog ate a child’s edible volcano project that was held together with straight pins.  A very creative idea until the dog swallowed it. 

I would never tell Gracie she couldn’t make something fun and creative or that she couldn’t display something that she made with love and Skittles, but we do keep in mind that we live with curious dogs who may or may not want to eat that love and Skittles. :)


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23 Comments on My Dogs Want To Eat My Kids Turkey

  1. bichonpawz
    November 27, 2013 at 1:38 am (5 months ago)

    What an awesome turkey!! Good reminders…wouldn’t want Leroy or Sherman getting sick from eating any of those skittles!!
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  2. tylersat99
    November 27, 2013 at 3:57 am (5 months ago)

    Gracie you. re very creatiive and have made a becautiful turkey. I would want to display that also. Luckily when my first two children were young we had a Pomeranium and a Shih-tzu that were too small to reach anything. And a cat that was keeping them busy attacking them from the back of our chair. He would jump off the chair on top of them. Thus all beautiful creations were safe :-)
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  3. emma
    November 27, 2013 at 7:15 am (5 months ago)

    Fortunately we don’t have mini humans to worry about, but we do have Bailie this year and she is plenty…good point, though for those with mini humans.
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  4. MelF
    November 27, 2013 at 8:13 am (5 months ago)

    You always make me smile with your Gracie stories. I suspect she is not just a sweet-tooth princess, but a very sweet princess overall. I love her turkey. It is beautiful and colorful (us visual learners love color) and hung just at the right spot. A good reminder for all parents too.
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  5. Roxy the Traveling Dog
    November 27, 2013 at 9:55 am (5 months ago)

    That’s the cutest turkey I have ever seen. Good job Gracie!

  6. slimdoggy
    November 27, 2013 at 10:49 am (5 months ago)

    Looks like Gracie has the real talent in the family ;)
    Good reminders about keeping the dogs and the art work safe.
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  7. Taryn
    November 27, 2013 at 11:02 am (5 months ago)

    That’s one of the pluses of corgis. They can’t reach a lot with their short legs. Of course they sometimes make up for it with their smarts. Wilson has been known to move a chair so he can hop up on the table ;-)

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  8. Kristine
    November 27, 2013 at 11:32 am (5 months ago)

    Great tip and even better turkey decorating! She did a great job but I can’t blame the dogs for being tempted, I would be as well.

    Even homes without children sometimes have problems with this. Every time I forget that my dog is a thief she quickly reminds me by stealing the pizza I mistakenly left on the counter or knocking over the garbage can. :-P
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  9. jan
    November 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm (5 months ago)

    Pass on our compliments to Gracie for a creative project well done.

    I was curious to find out where you managed to display sweet projects out of Newf reach. My dogs are too little to get into much but sometimes I get careless and forget about their deviousness.
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  10. Flea
    November 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm (5 months ago)

    Fortunately, the dogs don’t eat what they’re not supposed to, and the cat won’t touch anything but a special food (stupid, prissy prima dona cat). I love Gracie’s turkey!
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  11. Jackie Bouchard
    November 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm (5 months ago)

    Good job, Gracie! And good job, Mom for displaying the art and teaching Gracie about keeping both her art and the pups safe! We had our first small human here at the house yesterday – Rita didn’t know what to make of it! Happy Thanksgiving!
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  12. Daisy
    November 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm (5 months ago)

    Good for you finding a display zone to protect Gracie’s fantastic artwork. Just remind people to stand back while admiring it, so they don’t get a crick in the neck.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  13. Tenacious Little Terrier
    November 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm (5 months ago)

    Fortunately, Onyxx and Mr. N aren’t tall enough to reach anything important. Onyxx tries but he’s not devious enough. Whereas I feel like if Mr. N really wanted to, he would figure out a way to climb something but he’s pretty good about not eating stuff without permission. Outdoors is a different story.
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  14. Lauranne
    November 29, 2013 at 7:43 am (5 months ago)

    Sounds very wise to me! She is very artistic – I am impressed!
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  15. 2browndawgs
    December 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm (5 months ago)

    And here I thought I just had to worry about the tree. A turkey made of skittles would definitely be a goner around here….lol.
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